The last time the Cubs won the World Series, 108 years ago. Last time for Cleveland, 68 years ago. Great article (required if you like baseball!) about the two relief pitchers the Yanks traded earlier this year: Miller to the Indians and Chapman to the Cubs. Very interesting comments from Larry Rothschild, the Yankee pitching coach. There's lots more then what I excerpted so hit the link.
CLEVELAND — Andrew Miller never worked three consecutive games this season as a Yankee. Aroldis Chapman did it once.
The idea, pitching coach Larry Rothschild explained, was to preserve the duo for big games late in the year. Chapman, in particular, yearned to be used more. On three occasions with the Reds, he had pitched four straight days.
“But he understood,” Rothschild said by phone. “They both did. We didn’t want to use them three days in a row so we could do it later in the year. Unfortunately, it is for two different teams.”
“I am happy for those guys,” Rothschild said. “They did the right thing. They were always ready to pitch and great to be around. Everyone with the Yankees loved to have them, the circumstances did not allow us to [get to the World Series with them].”
Chapman was traded to the Cubs on July 25, and Miller was dealt six days later to the Indians. Both were great for the Yankees and arguably have been even better for their new clubs, with Miller, in particular, emerging as the biggest force of this postseason.