Game 6 of the 2016 World Series takes place on Tuesday night as the Cleveland Indians will try to capture their first championship since 1948 with one more win over the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs, meanwhile, will be looking to send the series to a sudden death Game 7 as they send ace Jake Arrieta to the mound to face the Indians' Josh Tomlin.

Pitching matchup

Arrieta last pitched on October 26 in Game 2 of the World Series. The right-hander held the Indians to one run over 5.2 innings pitched while allowing two hits, three walks and striking out six as he led the Cubs to a 5-1 win. For his career, Arrieta holds the Indians' hitters to a .273 average with a .355 OBP.

He's allowed home runs to Carlos Santana and Mike Napoli whilestriking out 15 in 66 career at-bats.

Tomlin last pitched in Game 3 on October 28 and will be going on only three days rest. Josh only allowed two hits and a walk in 4.2 innings pitched as he was pulled by manager Terry Francona in favor of Andrew Miller with a runner on base in the fifth. Having only thrown 58 pitches, pitching on short rest shouldn't be much of a problem for Tomlin.

Lineup changes

Game 2 was the last game in Cleveland and the last time in this series that the designated hitter was used. In that game, Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon had Kris Bryant hitting in the No. 2 hole with Anthony Rizzo, Ben Zobrist and Kyle Schwarber behind him.

For Game 6, Maddon has bumped Schwarber up to the No. 2 hole while bumping Bryant to No. 3 with Rizzo and Zobrist to follow.

Maddon didn't stop there. He inserted Jason Heyward back into the lineup and moved Addison Russell from the No. 9 spot to No. 6. Russell will be followed by Willson Contreras, Heyward and Javier Baez to round out the order.

It remains to be seen whether Maddon's changes will work, but he should be commended for trying to awaken a lineup that has scored six runs through the first five games of this series. If Maddon's alterations work, then we could be preparing for a Game 7 on Wednesday night.

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