On Tuesday night, a World Series nobody could've predicted several years, or even decades ago begins when the Cleveland Indians play host to the Chicago Cubs. Both teams have more at stake than just a championship; the Indians haven't won a World Series in 68 years, while the Cubs haven't won a World Series in 108 years, the longest title drought in North American professional sports.

About the Indians

The Indians weren't expected to make it out of the ALDS before ending David Ortiz's career with a swift sweep of the Boston Red Sox. They were expected to get smacked around in the ALCS by the Toronto Blue Jays, only to let their bullpen and unsung heroes silence the once-scary Blue Jays bats.

Cleveland feasts off destroying expectations.

Cleveland is one of the best stealing teams in the MLB, so look for them to take advantage of that when they face Jon Lester in Games 1 and 5; he has a bad pickoff move, but he is quick to the plate. Having starter Danny Salazar back on the roster will be beneficial if Trevor Bauer can't pitch effectively due to his drone finger injury. The team's key is obviously their stacked bullpen, which has been dominating throughout the playoffs -- Andrew Miller won the ALCS MVP.

About the Cubs

On the other hand, the Cubs have been favorites since adding Jason Heyward in the winter and Aroldis Chapman at the trade deadline. They finished second in the NL in runs (only behind the Coors Field-aided Colorado Rockies), led by MVP candidates Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo.

They're also led by two Cy Young candidates in Jon Lester and Kyle Hendricks - none of this includes reigning Cy Young winner Jake Arrieta.

Chicago ran into some surprising offensive slumps in the NLCS from some of their key players, such as Rizzo and shortstop Addison Russell. By the end of the series, though, the bats were back in good order and bashing as well as they have all season, a poor sign for the Indians in the World Series.

The pick

As cliche as it may seem, this World Series is going to come down to the managers, two of the most brilliant in the MLB today. Joe Maddon seems to know how to push his guys, while Terry Francona always make the sound tactical move. Francona has already broken one curse, but Maddon is the better manager right now, and the Cubs are the more talented roster.

Goodbye Curse of the Billy Goat.Cubs in 6.

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