Cleveland Indians face off against Chicago Cubs in Game 1 of World Series

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Joe Smith look on in the ninth inning during their MLB inter-league baseball game. Reuters/Tami Chappell

The World Series started off hot on Tuesday with Game 1 pitting the Cleveland Indians against the Chicago Cubs. This is the first time that the Indians have made it to the World Series since 1997.

History is being made since the two Major League Baseball (MLB) teams are in the long run of championship drought. The Cubs haven't had any championships in 108 years while the Indians last championship win was in 1948. Pressure is placed upon the shoulders of the Indians' since Cleveland's Cavaliers is celebrating their championship.

The Cleveland Indians starting lineup include: Rajai Davis, Jason Kipnis, Francisco Lindor, Mike Napoli, Carlos Santana, Jose Ramirez, Brandon Guyer, Lonnie Chisenhallm and Roberto Perez. The Chicago Cubs starts of with the lineup: Dexter Fowler, Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Ben Zobrist, Kyle Schwarber, Javy Baez, Chris Coghlan, Addison Russell and David Ross.

During the National League Championship Series, CBS Sports highlighted how Chicago Cubs southpaw Jon Lester refused to throw to first base. It didn't take long into the World Series for the Cleveland Indians to test and validate that observation as a fact.

Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor stole a base the first time he reached against Lester, staking out a solid lead in the process. It was the second time Lindor reached against Lester that things went batty. Lindor again staked out a similar lead, but this go-around he took off before Lester began his delivery. Lester stepped off and would've had Lindor picked off, except he refused to attempt a throw to first base. Lindor eventually tried stealing second base later in the sequence, and was thrown out, although it was a bang-bang play, and even slow-motion replays didn't make it clear whether he'd been tagged. The most interesting part of Lindor's strategy against Lester is that he refused to take extremely long leads.

At the moment, the Indians is leading the match with three points ahead of the Cubs. Kyle Schwarber of the Cubs have stricken out. Both fanbases are eager to know whether the Indians will keep this lead, or will the Cubs take the win with a comeback.