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Indians news and notes: Clevinger gets set for postseason run

Morning news and notes for Tuesday, September 20, 2016.

Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Yesterday marked the final off day of the regular season for the Cleveland Indians. The next time that they do not play baseball, they will be getting ready for Game 1 of the ALDS, barring a historic, unprecedented collapse. With the magic number sitting at 7, there is a possibility that the Tribe could clinch the AL Central before heading off for their final road trip of the season. On the one hand, it would be great  to clinch at home in front of a roaring crowd. On the other hand, it may be just as sweet to clinch the division at Comerica Park next week in front of thousands of disheartened Tigers fans. Either way works for me. And now, onto the news!

Indians news

  • Clevinger's transformation complete -- and just in time | MLB
    Unless the Cleveland Indians elect to implement the "closers as openers" strategy as laid out by our own Matt Schlichting, the Tribe will need four starters throughout the duration of the playoffs. One of those starters will most likely be rookie starter Mike Clevinger.
  • Being careful not to make the same mistake as his counterpart, Jodan Bastian recognizes that the loss of Carlos Carrasco has made the postseason much more difficult for the Cleveland Indians while not saying that they have absolutely zero shot. Way to be, Bastian.
  • Corey Kluber is a workhorse, but could the Cleveland Indians' ace pitch on short rest in the postseason? |
    Indians' pitching coach Mickey Callaway hinted that both Corey Kluber and Trevor Bauer could each pitch on four days rest if need be. The proposition seems concerning if the plan is to have them continuously pitch on short rest for an extended duration.
  • Around the League

    • And finally, no graphical standings today. Instead, here's a postseason spectrum courtesy of Reddit user /u/halomace Grant Brisbee from his recent article on why you should be rooting for the Cleveland Indians in the playoffs (full article can be found here):