Betting the Cubs-Indians World Series Game One – Hot Trends

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Everybody and their mother is going to be betting on the Cubs-Indians World Series this week and has your Game One hot trends to mull over.  The Cubs were priced at -113, Indians +106 with a total of 6.5.

Why The Cubs-Indians World Series is Likely to Shatter Past Betting Records

Reuters noted on Monday that Vegas Strip sports book operators expect wagers to exceed the unofficial record set in 2004 when the Boston Red Sox snapped their 86-year championship drought.

"Because both of these teams haven't been there in such a long time it's capturing non-baseball fans' attention as well," Jay Kornegay, vice president race and sport operations Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, told Reuters on Monday.

Sports bettors outside of these two cities want to take part in a piece of history.  No matter the winner, one of these two teams will be ending its long championship drought just as the Red Sox did in 2004.

Cubs-Indians World Series Game 1 Pitching Matchup

PITCHING MATCHUP: Cubs LH Jon Lester (2-0, 0.86 ERA) vs. Indians RH Corey Kluber (2-1, 0.98)

Lester started in each of its last two playoff series.  He owns a 2.50 ERA in 19 career postseason games (17 starts) and is 4-0 with a 3.72 ERA in eight career starts at Progressive Field in Cleveland.

Kluber allowed nine hits over 13 1/3 scoreless innings in his first two postseason starts but struggled to close out the ALCS in Game 4 at Toronto.  Kluber did not walk a batter in his lone previous start against the Cubs and struck out 11 while allowing one run in 7 2/3 innings on Aug. 24, 2015.

Hot Betting Trends for the Cubs-Indians World Series Game One

The Cubs are 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.

Cleveland is 10-1 in their last 11 overall.

The Cubs are 8-2 in their last 11 road games vs. a right-handed starter.

The Indians are 10-4 in their last 14 interleague home games vs. a left-handed starter.

The Cubs are 10-1 in Lester’s last 11 starts vs. a team with a winning record, 6-2 in his last 8 road starts and 8-0 in Lester’s last 8 starts after allowing 2 runs or less in their previous game.

The Indians are 8-1 in Kluber’s last 9 starts following a team loss in their previous game, 20-7 in his last 27 starts and 11-4 in Kluber’s last 15 interleague starts.

- Dan Shapiro,

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