You’ve got to take a second to step back and appreciate how amazing it is that this team has won 100 games for just the third time in franchise history. It truly is a golden age for Cleveland sports.
Like the first two games of the series, the end got a bit hairy, but the Indians hung on to win even #100. Jason Kipnis, Roberto Perez, and Jay Bruce homered, but the real star was Carlos Carrasco, who threw eight shutout innings. Perhaps more important than the 100th with, the Tribe keeps their one game lead over Houston for the AL #1 seed. Houston, as you will see below, won.
Tribe news & notes
We’ve all woken up in a cold sweat wondering what would have happened if Carlos Carrasco was healthy for the 2016 World Series. Right? I mean... anyway. While a repeat World Series appearance is certainly no guarantee, Cookie is set up to mow down the postseason competition.
Baseball is an escape for all of us, to some degree, but few can imagine what Puerto Rican born players like Perez must be going through in the wake of Hurricane Maria. Perez is doing his best to compartmentalize the worries and get things done on the field.
There’s not a ton of value here, but it’s a slow Tribe news day and it’s been a long time since I hate-posted a Hoynsie article. Check out those awkward attempts to call back to the 1995 team for his own sake and the sake of the majority of his reader who are still stuck in that decade.
OK, sorry, one more hate post: come take a look at these hilariously bad photoshops
Scoreboard watching & other tidbits
- The Dodgers didn’t play, but it’s probably too late for the Tribe to overtake them anyway
- The Astros did play, and they completely dominated Boston scoring 11+ for a stunning 4th game in a row
- The Yankees lost, helping the Red Sox move closer to clinching despite their loss
- Anthony Castrovince looks at nine key questions facing playoff teams
- Fangraphs gushes over Andrelton Simmons’ brilliance
- They’ve also taken a fascinating look at how this year’s WAR leaders stack up historically
- John Lackey may be retiring, making the world a better place overall
- Ryan Zimmerman got way better by doing yoga - and other stuff, I guess
- SI presents their choices for end-of-season awards, worth reading if only for the discussion of Kluber’s “alien” pitch