B.S. Report: It’s Game 7 of the World Series
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – There are not many things more exciting in sports than a game seven of the World Series.
Tonight, in Cleveland, the Indians will host the Cubs to determine the best team in baseball. These have been the two best teams in the sport, as it’s been a great Fall Classic. Corey Kluber will go for the Tribe against Kyle Hendricks for the Cubbies. Can you imagine what the fans of these two teams feel right now? They are only a few hours away from feeling absolute joy.
It’s been 68 years since the Indians have won the World Series, and we all know it has been 108 years for the Cubs. You’ll feel sorry for the losers, but hey, they’ve been in this position before.
The Cubs have built a team around position players. They drafted position players, signed international position players and traded for position players. Then after accumulating a lot of talent in that area, the Cubs signed two free agent starting pitchers, traded for two starting pitchers and traded for two significant relievers. The formula worked, and in a few short years the Cubs have made history. The Indians just built a solid fundamental team. Both the Cubs and Indians have very good managers, and the talent is so close on the field that it’s really been a chess match between Cleveland’s Terry Francona and Chicago’s Joe Maddon.
Every year when I watch the World Series, I remember the 1990s – when the Braves were in the World Series five times. They won only once, but it’s hard to complain about that knowing it’s been 17 years since they’ve been. It’s been 15 years since they’ve even played for the National League pennant, so after a decade of becoming spoiled with a winning team, we are now craving a winner. How long before we’re talking about the Braves in the World Series?
Well, they still have work to do. The batting order was better after the addition of Matt Kemp in late-July. Then rookie Dansby Swanson came up in mid-August and made the team better. Swanson will likely be joined in the middle infield by Ozzie Albies sometime next season. The core is there, with Freddie Freeman leading the way and Ender Inciarte providing a great spark to lead off. The Braves just must get pitching – and it is on the way. They will have to sign a veteran or two in order to bridge the gap, but there are young kids ready to knock on the door.
Just like those great teams of the 1990s, the Braves will be built on pitching. There may not be a future Hall of Famer in the mix, but the overall group is very talented. And believe it or not, over the next few years, the Braves could see two or three young pitchers battle for rotation spots every season. Sean Newcomb, Patrick Weigel, Max Fried, Lucas Sims, Kolby Allard, Touki Toussaint, Mike Soroka, Joey Wentz, Ian Anderson and Kyle Muller… these are the names you’ll be hearing about. And maybe one day soon, I’ll be sitting here previewing the Braves in game seven of the World Series.
Until then, tonight we can enjoy one of the best events in sports – the deciding game of the Fall Classic.
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