The torrential rains conspired to postpone what should have been the last game of the series against the Tigers. Now, there’s a good chance the Tribe is going to have to sacrifice one precious day off before the ALDS to play a makeup game. That should be great for a team with a pitching staff comprising the reconstituted body parts of the 1901 Cleveland Spiders. But anyway, let’s see what happened around the league in the absence of Tribe baseball:
Tribe news & notes
Injury news! Injury news!! Injury news!!!
Kluber on track for game 1 or game 2 of ALDS | Indians.com - The quad strain was mild enough that there’s no way Corey Kluber would miss these games. Mickey Callaway says he’s like Curt Schilling in that regard - and we can only hope that’s where the similarities between him and Schilling end.
Brantley shouldn’t be out more than four months | Indians.com - Despite reports to the contrary floating around the interwebs today, Jordan Bastian confirms that the timeline for Michael Brantley’s return hasn’t changed. Given the way his recovery has gone so far, that tidbit certainly doesn’t guarantee anything, but hopefully it’s a positive sign.
Salazar takes steps toward ALDS appearance | Indians.com - Danny logged 30 pitches in bullpen session yesterday, working in his split-change with the fastball he’d previously been throwing. Tito says that in a perfect world, he might work Salazar into the game Sunday against Kansas City to get him some post-season prep.
Rookies to the rescue: Tribe has seen playoff success with youngsters | Burning River Baseball - From Duster Mails to Mike Clevinger, Joseph Coblitz narrates the history of successful rookie performances in the playoffs. Maybe a guy like Clevenger can do what Chad Ogea or Jaret Wright did for us in the 90’s (but ideally with a better overall end result).
Scoreboard watching and non-Tribe news
- CBS sports has a nice breakdown of the chaos that the Tribe/Tigers postponement could cause
- The Red Sox lost to the Yankees, dropping them to just a half game above the Tribe in the homefield advantage situation (the Rangers didn’t play and maintain a two-game lead)
- The Orioles beat the Blue Jays, locking the two teams into a tie for the two Wild card spots; Detroit now sits just 1.5 games back
- The Cubs and the Pirates, um, tied
- LGFT Asdrubal Cabrera has been playing out of his mind, and has become the Mets’ 2016 version of Daniel Murphy
- Freddie Freeman’s hitting streak ended at 30 games