World Series Game One, Lester vs. Kluber
CLEVELAND (AP) — The starting pitchers are set for Game 1 of the World Series.
Jon Lester will get the start for the Cubs against Cleveland Tuesday. The 32-year-old lefty is 2-0 in three starts during this postseason, with wins over the Giants and Dodgers in the NL playoffs. He was 19-5 during the regular season.
Lester is 3-0 with a sparkling 0.43 ERA in three career World Series starts. Cubs manager Joe Maddon says Lester is "really, really in the moment" right now compiling a 0.85 earned run average in the NL playoffs.
Cleveland is going with former Cy Young award winner Corey Kluber. The Indians' ace is 2-1 with a 0.98 ERA and 20 strikeouts over 18 1/3 innings during his three postseason starts this month.
The Indians say Danny Salazar will be on the roster and could pitch against the Cubs. Salazar had been out since Sept. 9 because of tightness in his right forearm.
Cleveland may be without second baseman Jason Kipnis who's still recovering from a sprained left ankle. He sustained the injury in the postgame celebrations after Cleveland finished off Toronto in the ALCS.
Paying the price at Wrigley
CHICAGO (AP) — There could be more Cubs fans in limousines than on the Red Line as they make their way toward Wrigley Field this week.
Fans hoping to see the Cubs play in the World Series for the first time since 1945 are finding a seat at The Friendly Confines could cost them more than what their grandparents paid for their houses.
Box seats on ticket-selling sites such as StubHub were $50,000 and up, with one seller asking $100,000 for a seat and another asking for just under $1 million.
But there are lots of box seat tickets in the $5,000 to $10,000 range.
Standing room tickets were going for more than $2,200 each. List prices for World Series tickets at Wrigley range from $85 to $565, according to Major League Baseball figures.