Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET, the Indians will try to clinch their first World Series championship since way back in 1948. They lead the best-of-seven series 3-1. The Cubs, meanwhile, will try to force a Game 6 and send the series back to Cleveland. We're here to tell what's going to happen in Game 5 ahead of time.
To be honest, trying to predict the outcome of one individual baseball game is a fool's errand, especially between clubs this good, but that's not going to stop us. Here are our official predictions for Game 5 of the World Series, as Jon Lester squares off against Trevor Bauer ...
| R.J. Anderson ||5-4||Bauer gets yanked early, but the bullpen holds the Cubs down and the Indians win the title.|
| Mike Axisa ||8-2||This Cubs team is way too good to drop three straight at home, so I'll say Lester comes up big with his team's back up against the wall. Regardless of the outcome, my guess is something will happen in Game 5 that we'll be talking about the rest of our lives.|
| Dayn Perry ||7-2||Lester pitches well and Bauer blows up before Francona can get to his bullpen. Kris Bryant awakes with a homer and a double.|
| Bill Reiter ||6-5||The Cubs commit four errors, Jon Lester works around the mounting ineptitude and Trevor Bauer makes the Cubs offense look passably alive.|
| Matt Snyder ||5-2||I have zero confidence in the Cubs getting a win right now for obvious reasons, but Jon Lester on normal rest vs. Trevor Bauer on short rest is exactly what the team needs to shake things up.|
| Jonah Keri || 4-3 ||What Snyder said.|