The Cleveland Indians just punched a ticket to the Fall Classic. Yup. The city of Cleveland, what used to be considered the mistake on the lake, now has a chance to win a second title, within 5 months.
Not only did they beat the Red Sox and Blue Jays, they manhandled them. Sweeping the sox, and grounding the birds in 5 games.
And this is all after limping into the post season with injuries to starting pitchers Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar. Of course, let’s not forget Trevor Bauer’s hand essentially exploding in game 3 against the Jays after getting only 2 outs either.
But this run can be attributed to one thing, and just proves how important this aspect of baseball really is. The bullpen. 22 innings pitched, 4 earned runs, 1.64 ERA, 27 strikeouts, and 3 walks. And that’s just in the ALCS. Let’s not forget that ALCS MVP Andrew Miller and Cody Allen struck out 12 in 7 scoreless innings against the Red Sox as well. Just absurd numbers.
Now before we get too far on this honeymoon, who ever wins the NLCS is going to present the biggest test for this Cleveland team. Both the Cubbies and Dodgers are the better team on paper, but then again, so were the Sox and Jays. It will be interesting to see how they fare, against the high powered cubs offense, or the most dominant pitcher in baseball. But you can’t go against this team, they continue to surprise at every stop of this ride. That’s why I’m going all in on #Believeland and I’m taking the Indians in the World Series.
Fun Facts: The last time the Indians won the world series, this famous photo was a few short weeks from being taken:
Side note, what do you do if you’re a Cleveland fan, game 1 of the world series, or watch the Cavs raise their banner? Wow, that’s a sentence I really thought I’d never hear. All they need now are for the Browns to figure out a way to put a competent team on the field, but let’s not get our hopes up.