The teams with longest championship drought made the World Series

The teams with longest championship drought made the World Series October 24, 2016

The two teams that have gone the longest without winning a championship are in the World Series this year.  The Chicago Cubs last won it all in 1908. The Cleveland Indians won it in 1948.

That these two teams have conquered their respective leagues should be encouraging news for all other losers.

I’m pulling for the Cubs, in honor of my late father, a die-hard Cubs fan.

Which team are you for?  Why?  What are your predictions?

What you need to know about the series, after the jump.

From  Cubs-Indians: A capsule look at the World Series, USA Today:

Schedule: (All times EDT) Game 1, Tuesday, at Cleveland (8:08 p.m.); Game 2, Wednesday, at Cleveland (8:08 p.m.); Game 3, Friday at Chicago (8:08 p.m.); Game 4, Saturday at Chicago (8:08 p.m.); x-Game 5, Sunday, Oct. 30, at Chicago (8:15 p.m.); x-Game 6, Tuesday, Nov. 1, at Cleveland (8:08 p.m.); x-Game 7, Wednesday, Nov. 2, at Cleveland (8:08 p.m.). (All games on FOX).

x-if necessary.

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Season Series: Did not play.

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Projected Lineups:

Cubs: CF Dexter Fowler (.276, 13 HRs, 48 RBIs), 3B Kris Bryant (.292, 39, 102, 121 runs, 176 hits), 1B Anthony Rizzo (.292, 32, 109, 170 hits), LF Ben Zobrist (.272, 18, 76), SS Addison Russell (.238, 21, 95), RF Jason Heyward (.230, 7, 49), 2B Javier Baez (.273, 14, 59), DH Miguel Montero (.216, 8, 33) or Jorge Soler (.238, 12, 31), C David Ross (.229, 10, 32) or Willson Contreras (.282, 12, 35 in 76 games).

Indians: DH or 1B Carlos Santana (.259, 34, 87, 99 walks), 2B Jason Kipnis (.275, 23, 82, 41 doubles), SS Francisco Lindor (.301, 15, 78, 19 steals), 1B or DH Mike Napoli (.239, career highs with 34 HRs, 101 RBIs), 3B Jose Ramirez (.312, 11, 76, 46 doubles, .357 with runners in scoring position), RF Lonnie Chisenhall (.286, 8, 57), LF Rajai Davis (.249, 12, 48, team-high 43 steals) or Coco Crisp (.231, 13, 55 with Oakland and Cleveland), CF Tyler Naquin (.296, 14, 43, among top 5 rookies in several offensive categories), C Roberto Perez (.183, 3, 17 in 61 games, limited by broken thumb).

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Projected Rotations:

Cubs: LH Jon Lester (19-5, 2.44 ERA, 197 Ks), RH Jake Arrieta (18-8, 3.10), RH Kyle Hendricks (16-8, MLB-best 2.13), RH John Lackey (11-8, 3.35).

Indians: RH Corey Kluber (18-9, 3.14, 227 Ks in 215 innings), RH Josh Tomlin (13-9, 4.40, 36 HRs in 174 innings), RH Trevor Bauer (12-8, 4.26, career-high 190 innings), LH Ryan Merritt (1-0, 1.64, 11 innings).

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Relievers:

Cubs: LH Aroldis Chapman (4-1, 1.55, 36/39 saves, 90 Ks, 58 IP for Yankees and Cubs), RH Hector Rondon (2-3, 3.53, 18/23 saves), RH Pedro Strop (2-2, 2.85), RH Carl Edwards Jr. (0-1, 3.75, 2 saves), LH Mike Montgomery (4-5, 2.52, 49 games, 7 starts for Mariners and Cubs), LH Travis Wood (4-0, 2.95), RH Justin Grimm (2-1, 4.10).

Indians: RH Cody Allen (3-5, 2.51, 32/35 saves), RH Bryan Shaw (2-5, 3.24, 75 games), LH Andrew Miller (10-1, 1.45 ERA, 12 saves, 14.9 Ks per 9 innings with Yankees and Indians), RH Dan Otero (5-1, 1.53, 39 of last 46 appearances scoreless), RH Jeff Manship (2-1, 3.12, 53 games), RH Zach McAllister (3-2, 4.44, 53 games), RH Mike Clevinger (3-3, 5.26 in 17 games, 10 starts).

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