Here's what Paul Hoynes has to say about the Cleveland Indians after last night's game:
Sept. 17: Remember the date because that's when Indians' postseason dreams ended before they began. https://t.co/4fNAMyn1oi— paul hoynes (@hoynsie) September 18, 2016
And here's Jason Kipnis's response, which has also been retweeted by the @Indians account.
Then don't bother showing up the rest of the way... Can write from home if you already know how this one plays out! https://t.co/RmjFCQeAcB— Jason Kipnis (@TheJK_Kid) September 18, 2016
I don't know if Hoynes is trying to pull some reverse-psychology trick to motivate the team, but you don't see that kind of chatter from a team's own beat writer very often.
Is it frustrating to lose one of the best pitchers in the game to a fluky injury? Yes. Next man up. The Indians have made it this far on the strength of an entire system, and the support of a fan base that won't quit.
Today, the Indians can extend their record to 1,024-1 against the Tigers in 2016. They have an eight game lead in the division and the second-best run differential in the American League.
Here are the starting pitchers and lineups for today's game:
|DETROIT TIGERS||CLEVELAND INDIANS|
|Ian Kinsler - 2B||Rajai Davis - CF|
|Cameron Maybin - CF||Jason Kipnis - 2B|
|Miguel Cabrera - 1B||Francisco Lindor - SS|
|Victor Martinez - DH||Mike Napoli - DH|
|J.D. Martinez - RF||Carlos Santana - 1B|
|Justin Upton - LF||Jose Ramirez - 3B|
|Erick Aybar - 3B||Brandon Guyer - LF|
|James McCann - C||Abraham Almonte - RF|
|Jose Iglesias - SS||Chris Gimenez - C|
|Daniel Norris - LHP||Trevor Bauer - RHP|