Well, that’ll happen.
The White Sox walked off on the Cleveland Indians tonight after scoring three runs against Carlos Carrasco in the bottom of the ninth. If you’re reading that and wondering if something a little odd was going on, I will spoil it for you now: there was.
Trevor Bauer started tonight’s game and pitched four innings, tossing sixty pitches. He only allowed two runs and looked sharp, striking out four and walking zero. The Indians planned for this well in advance and piggybacked Carrasco. This achieved two goals: the first, to help Bauer continue to stretch back out after his return from the DL. The second, to keep Carrasco stretched out while the Indians cruise to the ALDS.
That’s right! Despite losing tonight the Indians are still headed to the playoffs. I would prefer, however, if they could be on the right side of the walk-offs the rest of the way.
But why couldn’t the Indians walk-off?
They, uh, weren’t playing at home. You can’t walk-off if you — —
Why didn’t they just try harder?
What do you want them to do, rewrite the rulebook?
Then maybe they should have scored fifteen runs so that the game was out of reach
Okay, headlines. Figured that one out and I think you’ve got a great future in coaching.
The Indians starting lineup returned tonight and did hit well. Yonder Alonso led the way with two hits, two RBIs, and two walks. We can only hope that this is a case of getting hot at the right time. Alonso owns a wRC+ of 124 since September 11th, and will boost that total after tonight. Is he slugging the ball? Not exactly, but .333/.389 is hard to argue with even if the final slash is /.424.
Yan Gomes also pitched in with a home run, and in his case it’s more a matter of staying hot. Here’s a premature tribe tidbit: Gomes has been the seventh-most valuable catcher in all of baseball this season by fWAR, and the fourth-most valuable according to Baseball Prospectus’s WARP (which I prefer for catchers as it attempts to include additional defensive factors). Silver Slugger Yan Gomes may never thunder all the way back, but the Indians enter the postseason with one of the games’ top catchers.
Why didn’t Terry Francona go to the bullpen in the bottom of the ninth?
Who cares? The most important thing the Indians can do is make sure all of their arms are as healthy as possible.
But the closer is the closer because he is the closer and that’s not Carlos Carrasco
Okay buddy, who is the Indians’ closer?
I don’t know that there is much else to say about this game unless you want me to start rambling in iambic pentameter for no reason. It’s late, the game got delayed, and I still need to walk the dog before bed.