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Indians set ALDS roster; Trevor Bauer to start Game 1

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Assuming no one gets attacked by a drone or something else crazy happens, the Cleveland Indians tentatively have a postseason roster consisting of four starters, a seven-man bullpen, six infielders, six outfielders, and a pair of surprisingly effective catchers.

Per MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian, here’s how it breaks down:

ALDS Rotation

Game 1: Trevor Bauer
Game 2: Corey Kluber
Game 3: Carlos Carrasco
Game 4: Josh Tomlin (if needed)
Game 5: Corey Kluber (if needed)

Bullpen

Cody Allen
Andrew Miller
Bryan Shaw
Joe Smith
Tyler Olson
Danny Salazar
Mike Clevinger

Position players

C: Yan Gomes:
C: Roberto Perez
1B: Carlos Santana
2B: Jose Ramirez
SS: Francisco Lindor
3B: Giovanny Urshela
DH: Edwin Encarnacion
OF: Lonnie Chisenhall
OF: Austin Jackson
OF: Michael Brantley
OF: Greg Allen
OF: Jason Kipnis
OF: Jay Bruce
INF: Erik Gonzalez

Trevor Bauer getting the call in Game 1 might come as a surprise, but it gives Corey Kluber a full five-game rest for his 2017 postseason debut, with the option of using him on on four-days rest for a potential Game 5 on October 11.

The position player setup is about you should have expected, unless you were really optimistic about Yandy Diaz’s chances. While the real-life version of Machoke had a great resurgence in his second call-up to the majors with a .304/.407/.402 slash in 108 plate appearances, Giovanny Urshela’s downright wizardy with a glove at third base and ability to play multiple infield positions got him the job on the postseason roster.

The outfield will look like it did for much of September, sans the occasional Abraham Almonte appearance. Expect Michael Brantley to start just about every game in left field, with Jason Kipnis in center and some combination of Austin Jackson, Lonnie Chisenhall, and Jay Bruce Voltronning in right field.

Greg Allen is an intriguing piece to a postseason roster with his blazing speed, but I’d be surprised to see him get a lot of playing time outside of some pinch running late in games.

The next step is to figure out who this roster will be facing on Thursday, which we’ll find out tonight after the New York Yankees face the Minnesota Twins.