Some thoughts, numbered bullet point style like Terry Pluto:
- The post-season matchup is set - Cleveland versus Boston. If you want to be the champs, you have to beat your nemesis. Home field becomes even more important. Go, Toronto!
- What took the Indians so long to give Ryan Merritt a start? I know some of this is hindsight, but given the terrible results of most of the bullpen games, why wait until after the playoff spot is clinched to start an actual starting pitcher?
- Yordano Ventura is still a punk. Hitting Francisco Lindor after he celebrated breaking an 0-29 slump is flat out a punk move.
- Speaking of Lindor, if you had any doubt about what he means to the rest of the team, the shot of the joy in the dugout when he broke his long oh-fer streak should remove that doubt.
- As if the Indians' bullpen isn't already pretty lethal, adding Danny Salazar, even with just two pitches, gives Francona the possibility to pull a starter even sooner. Maybe if he's only throwing two pitches, Salazar can make them go where the catcher wants them.
- After all that's happened to Yan Gomes, did anyone really think he'd see any game action again this season? But can he hit? Can the Indians afford to roster him for the playoffs if all he can do is play a couple innings behind the plate?
Cleveland 7 - Kansas City 2
Ryan Merritt pitches Indians past Royals | MLB.com - Merritt logged five stellar innings against the reigning World Series champs in his first Major League start. He was backed by big offensive nights for Francisco Lindor and Carlos Santana, and made a winner thanks to a shutdown bullpen.
Francisco Lindor ends slump as Cleveland Indians beat Kansas City Royals, 7-2 | cleveland.com - Francisco Lindor doubled in the third inning Friday night to end an 0-for-29 slump.
Other Indians News
Indians, Tigers announce makeup game time | MLB.com - On Friday, Detroit announced that Monday's makeup game with the Tribe will have a 1 p.m. ET start time, if the contest is deemed necessary. Michael Fulmer would start for the Tigers.
Corey Kluber or Trevor Bauer? Cleveland Indians still don't know who starts ALDS opener | cleveland.com - "We've already talked to Trevor," said manager Terry Francona. "We need to talk through it with the staff, and we need to talk to Kluber more, too. We want to get a better feel for where he is, and we're not going to know that for a little bit. That's why we're waiting to see what's going on here."
Cleveland Indians defied predictions by most baseball experts in 2016 | cleveland.com - Most national experts picked the Indians to finish behind Kansas City in the American League Central Division, with a few notable exceptions. Here's what baseball's "experts" had to say.
Subplots abound as Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians to meet in ALDS - Boston Red Sox Blog- ESPN - There will be no shortage of storylines when the Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians meet in the American League Division Series beginning Thursday.
Cleveland Indians rookies dress up for final road trip | WKYC.com - The team's annual rookie "hazing" ritual of dressing the newcomers up took place and some of the outfits are, um, interesting to say the least.
Around the League
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