Update (11:55 PM EDT): We’re in a rain delay before the start of the 10th inning. The tarp is on the field.
The Cubs were four outs away from winning the World Series and they had lights-out closer Aroldis Chapman on the hill — just the way they drew it up. Chapman entered after Jon Lester gave up an infield single with two outs in the bottom of the eighth. Rajai Davis, who to this point had made two defensive miscues, redeemed himself by swatting a game-tying two-run home run down the left field line, knotting the game at six runs apiece.
According to FanGraphs, the Indians’ odds of winning the game shot up to 52.5 percent from 12 percent. In Game 7 of the World Series. There have only been a handful of home runs hit that have provided a bigger swing in the World Series.
And it’s begun to rain in Cleveland. The forecast is calling for rain the rest of the night and through the early morning. There’s a possibility that this could take a while. It hearkens back to Game 5 of the 2008 World Series between the Phillies and Rays. Due to rain, that game was suspended in the top of the sixth inning on October 27 and resumed on the 29th. Let’s hope that won’t be the case here.