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Go inside the numbers and matchups that will decide Friday nights showdown?between the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians in Game 3 of the World Series, and then vote for which team will win at the bottom of the page. Luke Glendening Red Wings Jersey . The series is tied 1-1.How we got hereKyle Schwarber fell out of his hospital bed and delivered two RBI singles, Jake Arrieta took a no-hitter into the sixth inning, Trevor Bauer pitched some excruciatingly mind-numbing baseball, the Indians walked eight batters, the weather was cold and miserable, and the game plodded along for four hours and four minutes. But the Cubs got their first World Series victory since Game 6 in 1945.?-- David SchoenfieldInside the pitching matchupWhen Josh Tomlin is on the mound: Only seven right-handed starters had a lower average fastball velocity than Tomlin, and two of them were knuckleballers. He may hit only 87-88 mph with his fastball, but hes not going to beat himself: With 20 walks in 174 innings, he had the lowest walk rate among qualified starting pitchers. He pounds the zone with his fastball, cutter, changeup and curveball, but did give up 36 home runs.After a terrible August in which he allowed 46 hits and 35 runs in 26? innings, Tomlin barely pitched for two weeks. But over his past six starts, including two in the postseason, he has a 1.98 ERA and just one home run allowed. Dont be fooled: While he has rediscovered his cutter after batters hit .407 against it in August, he hasnt suddenly turned into a ground ball pitcher (although his rate has gone up). He has given up 28 fly balls in those six starts and just that one home run, so there probably has been a little good fortune there. The Indians just need the bubble to keep from bursting for one or two more outings.Tomlin actually had a strong reverse split. Including the postseason, right-handed batters have an .832 OPS off him, while lefties have a .666 OPS. Whats odd about that, however, is that lefties have slugged .539 against his fastball while righties have hit .191/.238/.390 against it. So the fastball works against righties while everything else works better against lefties. The cutter could be his key pitch, as hell need to get that in on the fists of the Cubs left-handed hitters. -- SchoenfieldWhen Kyle Hendricks is on the mound: Like Tomlin, Hendricks relies on movement and command, as his average fastball velocity was 99th out of 104 right-handed starters, just below Tomlin. But as we saw in Game 6 of the NLCS, theres a reason Hendricks led the majors with a 2.13 ERA. No starter had a higher rate of first-pitch strikes and he pounds the corners while expertly changing speeds with a sinker, curveball, cutter and changeup. He pitches down in the zone, and away to lefties and away to righties.No starter had a higher percentage of pitches on the outer half of the plate than Hendricks, with 62 percent of his pitches on the outer third of the strike zone. As a result of that great command and movement, he led all starters in limiting hard contact (and batters hit just .207 against him overall).Hendricks has had an interesting approach in his three postseason starts (one of those abbreviated after getting hit in the forearm), as hes throwing fewer two-seam sinkers and more cutters and changeups. Look at his pitch breakdown:Regular season:Fastball: 49 percentChangeup: 27 percentCutter: 16 percentCurveball: 8 percentPostseason:Fastball: 33 percentChangeup: 30 percentCutter: 28 percentCurveball: 9 percentOf course, part of what makes Hendricks so good is hes not going to fall into a pattern. Still, the Indians will be able to load up their lineup with five or six lefties/switch-hitters, so Hendricks may keep using that cutter more, as he did so effectively against the Dodgers. -- SchoenfieldPlayers in the spotlightJorge Soler?and?Carlos Santana. Schwarber isnt going to play the field, so that leaves Joe Maddon the option of putting Jason Heyward back in the lineup, or using Soler or Chris Coghlan in right field. Given Tomlins reverse platoon split, Soler may get the start. Soler does big damage to fastballs (.941 OPS), but struggles with wiggly stuff. As mentioned, Tomlins fastball is more effective against righties than his off-speed stuff, so if Soler starts it looks like strength versus strength.?Its certainly understandable why Cleveland manager Terry Francona wants to get Santanas bat in the lineup -- hes the teams best hitter and Hendricks has a small platoon split, so the more left-handed batters the better. But starting Santana in left field is a huge risk, especially if the wind is going to be so severe. Santana has played just four innings in left field in the majors, in 2012 (although he did start 21 games there for Vero Beach ... way back in 2006). There was discussion last year about the Royals playing Kendrys Morales in the outfield, but Ned Yost refrained (sticking with light-hitting Alex Rios) and that worked out OK.Santana did play some third base in 2014, so Francona could have played him there and moved Jose Ramirez to left field (where he started 47 games this year), but I guess the feeling is Santana could do less potential damage in left field. As they say, well find out -- SchoenfieldDid you know ...Hendricks will be the third pitcher in the wild-card era (since 1995) to start a game in the World Series after winning the ERA title during the season with an ERA lower than 2.25. He joins Roger Clemens in 2005 (Astros) and Greg Maddux in 1995 (Braves). -- Dan McCarthy,?ESPN Stats & InformationWhat will decide the game Friday nightBe aggressive. Cleveland hitters should be aggressive against Hendricks, looking for a pitch to hit early in at-bats. If they cant find a pitch to hit early, they could struggle deeper into the count. This season, including the playoffs, Hendricks allowed an .814 OPS in the first two pitches of the at-bat. That dropped to .489 once he got at least three pitches into an at-bat. If the Indians cant be aggressive early, Hendricks could find a way to silence their offense. --?McCarthyThe man in blueJohn Hirschbeck has been an MLB umpire for more than 33 years. He previously umpired in the World Series in 1995, 2006, 2010 and 2013. His postseason claim to fame is being the umpire for Roy Halladays no-hitter (Game 1 of 2010 NLDS, Phillies versus Reds).Statistically speaking, Hirschbeck is more likely to call strikes than any of the other umpires on this World Series crew. From 2013 to 2015, he ranked among MLBs most likely strike-callers when compared to his peers (11th out of 88 umpires with at least 30 games behind the plate in called strike rate above average), but this season, hes closer to the MLB average (38th out of 87).Hirschbecks key tendency when a right-handed pitcher is on the mound: He often calls strikes on pitches on (or slightly off) the inside corner to left-handed batters.And when a right-handed batter is up, he will call the outside corner pitch a strike more often than his peers.Why is this important? Hirschbecks presence is notable because the two starting pitchers both tend to get called strikes at a high rate. Hendricks got called strikes on 39 percent of the pitches he threw that were taken, the fourth-highest rate in the majors. Tomlin ranked fifth at 38 percent.In the nine starts in which Tomlin had a called strike rate of 41.5 percent or higher, his ERA was 2.34. Hendricks isnt as reliant on them as a part of his success, though in the four starts in which he had his highest called-strike rate, he allowed five earned runs in 26 innings (1.73 ERA). -- Mark Simon, ESPN Stats & InfoBetting guide for Game 3Westgate line: Cleveland Indians (Tomlin) +180 at Chicago Cubs (Hendricks) -200, Over/under: 8 (-110 over)Game 2 PickCenter: 56 percent picking the CubsJoe Peta: The tone of baseball headlines sure changed after Game 2, but as you know from reading these pages, there was never a need for the Cubs to panic after Game 1. They are simply the much better team, and as weve seen this October, it takes a superior pitching performance to negate that advantage. Corey Kluber, like Clayton Kershaw, Johnny Cueto, et al., before him, has the skill set to turn in such a performance. Josh Tomlin , frankly, does not. In fact, Tomlin, a fly ball pitcher with a career-long penchant for giving up the long ball, pitching in Wrigley Field, a venue that consistently rewards right-handed home run hitters, is in just about the worst spot possible. On top of that, he doesnt have the one skill that can negate the Cubs offensive prowess -- the ability to strike batters out. Among qualified MLB starters in 2016, only four starters had a lower strikeout rate than Tomlins 16.2 percent. Click here for moreChoosing sides: Who will win??Hendricks versus ?Tomlin in the first World Series game at Wrigley Field since 1945. Yeah, Ill take Hendricks in this one -- Bradford Doolittle?The wind blowing out with warm temperatures for Game 3 is reminiscent of an October affair last season when the Cubs slugged their way past the St. Louis Cardinals. The same result will happen here in easily the highest-scoring contest so far. Tomlin is in for a long night. -- Jesse Rogers?While I think the Indians will take one of the three games at Wrigley, I dont think it will be this one. Though Tomlin has had a lot more success with extended rest, I think the Cubs lineup gets to him and Chicago will win Game 3. -- Andrew MarchandWhere the series standsThe first two games featured no lead changes -- in fact, they werent even tied after the first inning -- so maybe were due for a wild, back-and-forth contest. The wind is predicted to blow out at a good rate, which would seem to help the Cubs since Tomlin serves up more home runs. Wrigley is going to be crazy loud. The fans want to fly that W ... especially knowing Corey Kluber lies ahead in Game 4.?-- Schoenfield Steve Yzerman Jersey . Now that hes hitting streaking teammates with pin-point passes for easy layups, Love is asserting himself as one of the true superstars in the league. Riley Sheahan Jersey . -- There were a lot of firsts for the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night. http:///...en-red-wings-jersey/ . The next step is a better finish. Bae played bogey-free Friday on another gorgeous day at Riviera for a 5-under 66, giving him a one-shot lead over Aaron Baddeley and Robert Garrigus going into the weekend. MILWAUKEE -- Gordon Beckhams fly ball in the 12th inning Monday night was deep enough in center field to make for an easy scorers decision.Matt Kemp scored from third after Keon Broxton dropped Beckhams fly, and the Atlanta Braves beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-3.Man, he put a good swing on that ball, Braves interim manager Brian Snitker said. He knocked the heck out of it. It was almost a great catch in center field. He did exactly what he needed to do, get the ball in the air right there.With the bases loaded and nobody out, Beckham ripped Carlos Torres pitch to the warning track, and Broxton dropped it. An error was given to Broxton, but Beckham was awarded a sacrifice fly and an RBI.I faced him the last at-bat and hit a ball decent, Beckham said. I just tried to duplicate that. I got a pitch over the plate and was able to get it done.Kemp drew a walk off Torres (2-2) to start the 12th and went to third on a ground-rule double to right-center by Nick Markakis. An intentional walk to Adonis Garcia loaded the bases.Brewers reliever Blaine Boyer came on to work out of the bases-loaded jam with no further damage.Brandon Cunniff (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings to earn his first win. Jim Johnson stranded the tying run at second base for his ninth save. Relievers Jose Ramirez, Mauricio Cabrera, Cunniff and Johnson combined for six scoreless innings.Ramirez was dialed in, Snitker said. So was Brandon. They all were good. They have been. They have been handing the ball off to each other and picking each other up for awhile now.Rookie Rob Whalen made his second start this season and pitched six innings of three-run ball, allowing five hits and a walk while striking out seven. Whalen got the win in his major league debut on Aug. 3 despite allowing four runs in five innings against the Pirates.I pitched with a lot more confidence, Whalen said. I wasnt as nervous or jittery. I was just trying to be as relaxed as possible.Zach Davies allowed thrree runs and eight hits over seven innings. Kris Draper Red Wings Jersey. The right-hander gave up homers to Markakis and A.J. Pierzynski.The 0-2 (pitch) to Markakis wasnt high enough or in enough for 0-2, Davies said. It was a good pitch but not for that count. The one to Pierzynski was a good pitch but hes a strong enough guy that if he sits on it, its out. Frustrated a little bit with my outing but at the same time, I can take some positives from it.Milwaukee catcher Martin Maldonado tied it 3-3 with a two-run homer in the fifth inning.I was a little ticked off about that, Whalen said. I made a decent pitch. A lot of times that sinker gets hit into the ground there, but these are big league hitters. I got too much of the plate and he put a charge on it.STILL STREAKINGBraves CF Ender Inciarte extended his hitting streak to a career-best 19 games with a two-out single off Davies in the fifth. SS Erick Aybar pushed his hitting streak to 13 games with a single off Corey Knebel in the eighth.TRAINERS ROOMBraves: RHP Chris Withrow went on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation. He was sent back to Atlanta for further examination.Brewers: RHP Junior Guerra was placed on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation. RHP Wily Peralta was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs to take Guerras scheduled start Tuesday. ... OF Domingo Santana went 0 for 4 in his first game of a rehab assignment with Class A Wisconsin.UP NEXTBraves: RHP Tyrell Jenkins (1-2, 4.33 ERA) will make his sixth career start when he faces the Brewers on Tuesday. The rookie has allowed just one earned run over 12 innings in his last two starts.Brewers: Peralta (4-7, 6.68 ERA) will be making his first start in the majors since June 11. Milwaukees opening day starter had just two quality starts in 13 outings before being sent to Triple-A. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '