Shut out twice in the World Series, the Cubs trail 2-1 against Cleveland. But they’ve been here before and thrived. Chicago was down 2-1 to the Dodgers in the NL Championship Series following consecutive shutout defeats, then broke out for 23 runs over the next three games to advance. It will be Lackey’s fifth World Series start and seventh appearance. He is 2-1 with a 3.42 ERA. KLUBER VS. CUBS, ROUND 2
His first came in Game 4 of the ALCS, when he pitched five innings of two-run ball in a 5-1 loss to Toronto. Kluber won Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday night behind six-plus innings and nine strikeouts in a 6-0 victory, and the effort required only 88 pitches. ‘PEN CHECK
Cleveland’s bullpen tossed 4 1/3 innings Friday, but relief aces Andrew Miller and Cody Allen should be in good shape for Game 4 one night later. Miller threw 17 pitches over 1 1/3 innings in Game 3, and Allen got the save with 18 pitches over 1 1/3 innings. That duo has combined for 25 scoreless innings this postseason, accounting for seven saves, two wins and six holds. Miller hasn’t allowed a run since Sept. 7, a span of 19 appearances. ‘ZO KNOWS
He is 6 for 12 with a hit in each game, raising his career Series average to .310 in 12 games. Zobrist had four doubles in five Series games last year while winning a championship with the Royals. He’s about the only thing keeping the Cubs’ offense afloat thus far amid struggles by Dexter Fowler (.154), Kris Bryant (.091), Anthony Rizzo (.182), Willson Contreras (.111), Javier Baez (.154) and Addison Russell (.091).