Game 6 isn't quite over yet, which could make this post seem like a silly errand. It's theninth inning, though, and the Chicago Cubs lead 9-2 - they're going to win this game. That will set up a Game 7 for the ages on Wednesday night at Progressive Field in Cleveland. The winner will break a franchise drought stretching back generations; the loser will spend a winter wondering if this was their best shot at a World Series for the forseeable future.

Pitching matchup

Wednesday night will pit two potential Cy Young winners up against each other in Corey Kluber (Cleveland) and Kyle Hendricks (Chicago).

Hendricks had his most dominant season of his career, winning 16 games and posting a 2.13 ERA. He recorded six strikeouts in World Series Game 3 without giving up a run, though Chicago didn't come away with the win. Kluber is a strikeout maestro who has already shutdown the Cubs twice this series. He gave up no runs en route to a win in Game 1, and just a single run on his way to another win in Game 4.

Bullpen usage should be interesting, with all hands on deck for the last game of the season. The advantage there lies with Cleveland, who have used the blowout on Tuesday as an opportunity to keep star relievers Andrew Miller and Cody Allen out of the game. That means they'll be fresh and ready to go for Game 7.

The X-factor

If fate has its way, this game will come down to Chicago Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward. The star, who signed a massive contract in the winter last year, has struggled all season, and has taken those struggles into the offseason. That led to manager Joe Maddon benching him for several games.

So far in Game 6, he's 0 for 4 (though he did make a great fielding play). Game 7 of the World Series would be a great time for him to redeem himself and reclaim the narrative of his season.

The prediction

The Cubs will certainly have momentum on their side heading into Game 7, if you believe in such a concept.

Hendricks was the better pitcher during the year, yet it feels as if Cleveland has the advantage in that category for Wednesday night -- pitching wins championships.Cleveland 2, Chicago 1

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