The Indians have a very clear cut goal ahead of them in order to win their first World Series in 68 years – and that’s to win one of the next two games at Progressive Field in front of their home fans.
The Cubs, their task is much tougher, to win two World Series road games against two pitchers who are a combined 6-1 in the postseason with an ERA under two.
If there’s one thing the Indians have done well in 2016, it’s win at home. The team was 53-28 in front of the home crowd, a very good mark as the team at times dominated in Cleveland.
As far as streaks go, the Tribe just one time in 2016 lost more than two games in a row at home, losing three straight to the Minnesota Twins back on August 1st, 2nd and 3rd.
Other than that, the team lost just two in a row at home six times, with two of those two-game home losing streaks coming in April and May as the team was still rounding into form as the best team in the AL Central.
Here’s a look at the six home losing streaks during the 2016 season, something the Cubs are hoping to duplicate tonight and tomorrow to stun the Indians and win the World Series.
April 20-21 Seattle Mariners
Lost 2-1 on April 20th and 10-7 on April 21st
May 14-15 Minnesota Twins
Lost 6-3 on May 14th and 5-1 on May 15th
May 29-30 Texas Rangers
Lost 9-2 on May 29th and 7-3 on May 30th
July 9-10 New York Yankees
Lost 7-6 on July 9th and 11-7 on July 10th
August 1-3 Minnesota Twins (only 3 game home losing streak)
Lost 12-5 on August 1st, 10-6 on August 2nd and 13-3 on August 3rd
September 5-6 Houston Astros
Lost 6-2 on September 5th and 4-2 on September 6th
September 24-25 Chicago White Sox
Lost 8-1 on September 24th and 3-0 on September 25th