Who's going to win the World Series?
Staff favors Cubs 5-3 to win their first World Series in 108 years
Beau Troutman – Cubs in four
Did you really expect me to say the Cleveland Indians here? As pitcher Carlos Zambrano (probably) once said in Cubs’ pinstripes, hell no. It’s been 108 years since the Cubs' last World Series title—1908, to be exact. The curse of the goat will finally come to an end. The Steve Bartman incident will finally be rectified. “Back to the Future” almost called it. It’s time. These 2016 Cubs deserve this more than any team in baseball. Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and the gang—not to mention Kyle Schwarber possibly at DH—are going to tee off on the Indians’ pitching. I’m looking at you, Corey Kluber. The only Indians pitcher capable of muzzling this Cubs lineup is one Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn, who has long since retired. No amount of bubble gum can save Indians’ manager Terry Francona now. Give me the Cubs with the sweep. Yeah, I said it. #FlytheW
Josh Peick – Cubs in five
Although it is almost sacrilegious as a St. Louis Cardinals fan, I have to go with the Chicago Cubs to beat the Cleveland Indians in the World Series. The Cubs just have too many dangerous bats up and down their lineup. How can anyone expect to beat them when their third-string catcher Miguel Montero is hitting game-winning grand slams?
If Cleveland’s starting rotation was healthier (Carlos Carrasco, Danny Salazar and Trevor Bauer), I would give them a chance, but since all of them are likely out, the Cubs are going to light up the scoreboard. The Cubs will win in five games with Cleveland winning one game when Corey Kluber is on the mound.
Brady McAtamney – Cubs in six
A celebration 108 years in the making, the Cubs are on the verge of shaking off the Billy Goat and Steve Bartman's demonic presences that can still be felt over the creaky rafters of Wrigley. Add in the possibility of Kyle Schwarber returning to an already loaded roster, and the Lovable Losers will fend off the feisty Tribe and win it in six.
Natalie Longroy – Cubs in six
I’m a sucker for underdogs, so for a team that hasn’t been to the World Series in 108 years, I’m picking the Chicago Cubs to win it all. In the past eight games for Cleveland, they have a solid bullpen with 1.77 ERA while allowing just 15 runs. Cleveland has struggled offensively and they have gotten five days of rest while the Cubs only have two days before the first game. Rest ruins momentum. Chicago is the more well-rounded team going into the World Series and will win in six games.
Mason Tronsor – Indians in seven
If there is one thing we all learned from the NBA Finals this years, it is that anything is possible. The Cubs are similar to the Golden State Warriors—very exciting to watch and rising star talent. The Indians are the underdogs just as the Cleveland Cavaliers were (minus LeBron, of course). Chicago will punch "Believeland" in the mouth to open the series, but it will be the stars of the movie "Major League" who will get the last laugh.
Jake Carroll – Indians in six
Who would’ve thought that the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians would be in the World Series? I mean, it’s been 71 years since the Cubs were there, and 19 for the Indians. I have been a Cubs fan all my life. Other than the Tigers, they are the only team in the MLB that I can watch without absolutely despising their franchise. Plus, the Indians are an AL Central team along with the Tigers, so how am I supposed to root for them in any series? That being said, I’m unfortunately taking the Indians in six games. They’re just a better team.
Brendan McMahon – Indians in seven
The Curse of the Billy Goat will continue to haunt the Cubs for yet another year. As perfect a story as it has been for the Cubs this season, the Indians will pose a much more difficult challenge than they have faced all year. The Cubs seem loose and much too enthused to have simply just made the World Series for the first time in 71 years. The Indians will rely on home field advantage and the same dominant pitching they have produced all postseason. The Indians will win the World Series in seven games.
Danny Schwartz – Cubs in five
The two MLB teams with the longest current World Series championship droughts are the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians, and they will now face off in the World Series. For Cleveland, it’s been 67 seasons and their last championship was in 1948. For the Cubbies, it’s been 107 seasons with their last championship coming in 1908. I think this goes to the youngest, hungriest team. Kris Bryant, Javier Baez, Anthony Rizzo and John Lester will lead them. The Cubs will win the 2016 World Series in five games. The “Back to the Future II” prediction was off by one year, correct? I guess time machines aren’t always accurate.