Thanks to a walk off win by the Rangers, theTribe's playoff hopes are still alive. IT COULD STILL HAPPEN GUYS. IT TOTALLY COULD! ...Ahem. Anyway, here's what else is going on around baseball...
Indians news & notes
Kluber or Hernandez? Cy voters have it rough | Indians.com - Jordan Bastian weighs in on the Corey Kluber vs. Felix Hernandez Cy Young race. With Hernandez' rough outing this week, Kluber has a chance to put the exclamation point on his season and sway Cy voters toward his cause.
Kluber-led rotation could remain intact for years | Cleveland.com - Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, Danny Salazar, Trevor Bauer, and T.J. House: we've got control of these guys for years to come. If things proceed in the future as they have this season, those are gonna be some enjoyable years.
Top five Indians picthing performances... | Cleveland.com - ... as seen by Paul Hoynes. Get Hoynsie's unique and unfiltered take on the five best pitching performances he's ever seen. Only one Kluber start on here. I wonder if Klubot approves.
Indians had the pieces but couldn't solve the puzzle | Did The Tribe Win Last Night? - Just because we needed at least one Debbie Downer in the parade, Laurel Wilder looks back on the season and laments that we could never quite get all the pieces clicking at the same time.
Is Trevor Bauer running out of steam? | Wahoo's On First - OK, there's another Debbie Downer. Bauer looked like he was getting things figured out, but a drop in velocity late in the season is cause for concern.
Tidbits from around MLB
- FanGraphs looks at what hitters are trying to do to get to the league's best pitcher, Clayton Kershaw.
- Sports On Earth sinks below its usual excellence in examining what the Yankees will look like without Jeter.
- Speaking of The Captain, of course he delivered a walk off hit in his final game, because baseball is rigged.
- Dayn Perry talks about the uncommon durability of Mark Buehrle, who's now thrown 200+ innings in 14 consecutive seasons.
- Paul Konerko deals with his retirement in a much classier way.