NEW YORK (WFAN) — If the Cubs don’t pull out the final two games of the World Series, you can blame it largely on their free-swinging ways, MLB Network’s Mark DeRosa said Tuesday.

Appearing on Mike Francesa’s WFAN show, DeRosa said he is blown away that the Cubs won 103 games during the regular season despite their seeming lack of strike-zone awareness in the World Series.

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“I’d like to chalk it up to youthful exuberance, but a lot of these guys have been down this road before last year in the NLCS with the Mets,” said DeRosa, who played for both the Cubs and Indians.

“There has been a lot of guys just swinging at breaking balls in the other batter’s box.”

The series returns to Cleveland for Game 6 on Tuesday night. The Indians lead 3-2.


DeRosa said he is interested to see how Indians manager Terry Francona and Cubs manager Joe Maddon approach Game 6. For example, will the Indians go to their dominant reliever, Andrew Miller, early? And if so, how many innings might be throw?

“This is going to be a real interesting game because if you go for it and it doesn’t pan out in Game 6, you expose yourself big time in Game 7,” DeRosa said.

To listen to the full interview, click on the audio player above.