ALCS: Houston 2 - New York 1
Houston took a 1-0 series lead behind 7 shutout innings from Dallas Keuchel.
Something Was Off with Kluber, Cleveland’s Stars | FanGraphs Baseball - Something was off by the eye test — and the pitch-tracking metrics. Kluber’s velocity didn’t drop in the postseason, but his release point has changed.
Indians attribute Corey Kluber’s rough ALDS starts to mechanical issue, not back problem - As of now, the Indians don’t see his ALDS struggles as health related as much as a mechanical issue that arose at the wrong time. It’s possible the two were connected in some way, but not necessarily.
How nobody -- even the Indians -- believed Dan Otero was that good - Since the trade deadline of this season, Otero has a 1.37 ERA. Three runs in 20 innings, without issuing a walk or allowing a home run. That's the guy who was not good enough to make Cleveland's postseason roster.
Marla Ridenour: Indians’ Terry Francona ‘wiped out’ physically after heart procedure, stunning ending - “I need to make a concerted effort to getting stronger. And I don’t mean stronger like look good in the lobby stronger. I felt like at times I leaned on Millsie and some of the coaches too much,” Francona said Friday, referring to bench coach Brad Mills. “It’s supposed to be the other way around, so I need to get a little stronger so I can uphold my responsibilities here, so I don’t short-change anybody.”
Even The Indians Can’t Escape Baseball’s Postseason Buzz Saw | FiveThirtyEight - The best team in baseball doesn’t often win — particularly when its ace is a no-show in October.
Indians hope to return full coaching staff | MLB.com - Indians manager Terry Francona hopes to have his entire coaching staff back for the 2018 season, but the skipper knows that other opportunities may arise elsewhere for some of them.
Indians won't overreact to postseason defeat | MLB.com - Indians manager Terry Francona has spent the past 24 hours sifting through supportive text messages, shaking the hands of his players as they head home for the offseason and going over all that happened during his club's unexpected ouster from the postseason.
Around the League
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