Friday night at 8 p.m. ET, Game 3 of the World Series will take place. When it's over, either the Cleveland Indians or Chicago Cubs will hold a 2-1 advantage in the best-of-seven series. We're here to tell you which team will have that advantage ahead of time.
Trying to predict the outcome of one individual baseball game is pointless, especially between clubs this good, but that's not going to stop us from making fools of ourselves. Here are our official predictions for Game 3 of the World Series, as Josh Tomlin squares off against Kyle Hendricks:
| R.J. Anderson ||7-2||Tomlin departs early after yielding a few home runs. Hendricks spins another gem. Cubs win.|
| Mike Axisa ||5-2||Tomlin bests Hendricks in a matchup of command righties. Lindor has a big game and drives in four runs. This one is tight until the Indians tack on a pair of runs in the ninth.|
| Jonah Keri ||4-1||I said at the beginning of the series that the Indians would win two games Corey Kluber starts, and lose the other four. Not changing my mind here. Hendricks has too big an edge here, even over the version of Josh Tomlin that has pitched much better since ace pitching coach Mickey Callaway worked with him during an early-September hiatus.|
| Dayn Perry ||3-2||Cleveland scratches out a second-inning lead, and then the Indians bullpen allows one run in five innings of work.|
| Bill Reiter ||6-1||Kyle Hendricks remains unmerciful at home, the Cubs offense surges, and the prize comes within two mere games.|
| Matt Snyder ||6-1||Similar story to Game 2 except Hendricks doesn't have command issues and gets the ball directly to Aroldis Chapman.|
Feel free to mock the wrong ones later on.