Last Night's Postponement
Starting in the early afternoon, a blob of steady (and at times more than steady) rain arrived in Northeast Ohio and just wouldn't leave. I'm sure there's a more elegant way to describe it, but I'm a blogger, not a meteorologist. Even if the rain had stopped about 8:30 or 9 PM, the outfield was so soaked that playing the game would have been borderline dangerous.
Because the two team don't have a common off day between now and the end of the season, this game won't be able to be made up the traditional way. So there's two options, neither of which are exactly optimal from the Indians' standpoint. The more likely outcome is that the game will be made up on Monday, October 5 if the game has any postseason implications. Translation: if the Indians are either a half-game behind or a half-game ahead of a wild-card spot, the Tigers will travel to Cleveland to play the game.
The other option is to have the Tigers travel to Cleveland for a day game, and the Indians play the scheduled night game against a different opponent. This did happen in 2000, when the Indians played the White Sox in the afternoon and the Twins in the evening. In that season, rainouts were a primary reason why the Indians missed the playoffs; they had a stretch in September in which they played three doubleheaders (including the three-team doubleheader) in six days, and the pitching staff just didn't hold up. The prime candidates for a three-team doubleheader would be this Thursday (Sept 17) and Thursday, October 1; the Indians are scheduled to play the Royals at night this Thursday (though perhaps that could be shifted to a day game), and the Tigers would be headed home from a series in Chicago. On October 1st, the Tigers would be traveling from Texas to Chicago, while the Indians are playing the Twins at night.
Kluber threw long-toss yesterday, but the Indians haven't yet said that he'll pitch on Thursday, the spot where they'd need a sixth starter.
Quotes from the team about the two rainouts. Cody Anderson, who was scheduled to pitch on Friday, will need to get ready for a third straight day.
Cleveland Indians' Fifth Starter Job Is Still Open For 2016 - Wahoos on First
It is nice to talk about a fifth starter for next year when in recent memory we weren't sure who would be the fourth starter (or even the third starter).
The Clippers took a 2-1 lead in their series with Norfolk last night, winning 6-2. If they win tonight, they advance to the Governors' Cup finals.
Latest 25-man/40-man Roster
The only change to the roster this past week came when the Indians activated Carlos Carrasco from the Disabled List. Carlos Moncrief did clear waivers, and so he remains in the organization for now; he will become a minor-league free agent next month.