When it comes to World Series championship droughts in the MLB, there aren't anyteams who've had it worse than this year's top contenders in the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Cubs.The Indians have not won a World Series since 1948, when Lou Boudreau was both the starting SS and manager of the team, a trend that has long been extinguished in professional baseball. But if anyone thought Cleveland had it tough, then they should cover their ears and close their eyes for this bombshell: the Cubs have not won a championship since 1908.

To make matters even worse, the Cubs have been a part of seven World Series since then, but have lost them all.

Even worse still, the latest of those seven appearances was over 70 years ago when World War II ended in 1945, making this year's Cubs team impressive enough just making it to the World Series.

So no matter which city ends the night in celebration, history and fans alike will remember this hard-fought series as the drought-ender.

For whom the mound tolls

The match-up tonight between Cubs RHP Kyle Hendricks and Indians RHP Corey Kluber could bring a pitching masterpiece to an already enticing Game 7.Kluber, who has been Bumgarner-esque in his postseason performances this year, has posted a 0.89 ERA in 30.1 innings of work, along with 35 strikeouts and just one home run given up over that span. Kluber's fight tonight will possibly be against fatigue though, as the ace is pitching on only three days rest after having donethe same before Game 4 due to starting the series opener.

A large part of the Cubs' success, not only in the postseason, but throughout the regular season, was the long ball, with four players hitting at least 18 home runs in 2016. So if Kluber can continue to keep the ball down in the zone,then the city of Cleveland may have their second professional championship just this year.

But along comes Hendricks, who features a 1.31 ERA and a .211 BAA in 20.2 innings so far this postseason, a strong follow up to his MLB leading and career best 2.13 ERA during the 2016 regular season.Although his velocity typically only resides in the high 80s and low 90s, Hendricks features pinpoint control and a strong sinker that induces a lot of ground balls and keeps the ball in the park, a fact evidenced by his 0.71 HR/9, good for fifth in the NL.

If Hendricks can keep that winning formula alive, with the Cubs currently hot lineup ready to back him, they have a great shot at ending their 108 year championship drought.

Power. It's the key for a Cubs roster that strives for extra-base knocks, timely hitting, and, most of all, home runs.Beyond their top-to-bottom power though, their discipline also played a big role in their 103 win success this past season.That doesn't necessarily mean they're not aggressive, they just hold until it's the right time to pounce. Most of the lineuphas strong OBPs too, a characteristic that makes sure each and every inning is a possible scoring opportunity with runners on for the power bats.

The Indians and Terry Francona use a much more small-ball approach, although the top of the lineup still houses strong bats in Lindor, Napoli, Kipnis, and Santana.

Indians hitters are also speedy throughout, giving them a few stolen base threats, including Davis, who had 43 this year.

This historic series will come down to the stellar pitching match-up between two of the game's bestarms who have pitched extraordinarily recently. But never sleep on the power bats in both lineups that could flip the game upside down on just one swing.

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