The Cleveland Indians lead the World Series three games to two over the Chicago Cubs, which means the Tribe can win the championship tonight in Progressive Field. Or lose it.

That’s right, depending on which generational roster you represent — Team Millennial or Team Baby Boomer — the Indians either capture the Series 4-2 or lose it 3-3.
Please explain that fuzzy arithmetic?

Glad to. It’s not about math. It’s about mentality. Cleveland fans of Millennial vintage are all in with Believeland. These 18- to-34-year-olds expect to win. It’s the Cavaliers Effect. LeBron and Co. won the 2015-16 NBA title, the city’s first major sports championship since 1964, which allowed the SLAHs (Still Living At Homes) to snap selfies with the championship trophy even as they mocked the silly curse that pessimistic (read: older) Cleveland fans found oddly comforting.

Or maybe Team Millennial’s optimism simply derives from not being jaded by decades of disappointment? Whatever the reason, the new narrative being written by Me-llennials is “Why worry? We got this.”

Team Viagra counters with “We’re gonna get it, all right.” Why even play Game 7 if Chicago wins Game 6? We all know how it’s going to end. If the Cubbies tie the series 3-3, they win the title.

Team Millennial, meanwhile, is almost defiant in its positive outlook. If I had a nickel for every #hope text I received from my 19-year-old son after Cleveland’s 3-2 loss in Game 5, I could afford to pay my Verizon bill; the one that still includes his iPhone, which is a newer model than my own. #enablingparent.

But I digress. In practical terms, the game between Team Millennial and Team Baby Boomer plays out in point, counterpoint:

Team Millennial: We’ve got Josh Tomlin on the mound tonight. #perf He is 2-0 in three postseason starts, including shutting out the Cubbies in Game 3 on two hits over 4 2/3 innings. #Windians.

Team Boomer: Tomlin is pitching on short rest for the first time in his career. #Doomed.
Team Millennial: We’re thrilled the Tribe won two games in Chicago. #blessed. Granted, losing Game 5 was mildly disappointing, but taking all three in Wrigley was unrealistic in the first place. #hope

Team Boomer: We needed to win Game 5, because now the Cubs have figured out our pitching. Plus, they’ll be more relaxed at the plate not feeling the pressure of playing in front of well-heeled fans who have never mowed their own lawns.

Team Happy: But we have Terry Francona!!!

Team Gloomer: Love Tito, but if it was his call, he waited one batter too long to have Rajai Davis steal third in the eighth inning of Game 5. Should have sent him with Jason Kipnis at the plate, so Kip could score Davis with a ground ball vs. needing a hit off an Aroldis Chapman 100 mph heater. Instead, Kipnis flies out, Davis steals third with two out and Francisco Lindor strikes out to strand Davis. #Seriesover.

Team Red Bull: Say what you want. We’re up 3-2 and need only one more win. Cubs need two. And we would have Corey Kluber going in Game 7. I don’t care if Joe Buck loves Kyle Schwarber like a son, we don’t lose that one. Only four times since 1958 has a team come back from 3-1 to win the Series.

Team Maxwell House: Or look at it another way: The past four times that a team tied the Series 3-3 after trailing 3-1 it went on to win Game 7, which is why tonight’s game is the deciding game.

And so it goes. Cleveland could use Team Gen X to bring balance to this Series. Something like, say, Cubs win tonight and Tribe takes Game 7. That’s called a multigenerational win-win.

— You can reach Rob Oller at roller@dispatch.com or on Twitter @rollerCD.