What Indians manager Terry Francona fears about the Yankees besides Aaron Judge

Friday, 06 Oct, 2017

(Photo: Reuters) The Cleveland Indians are seen in this file photo. Clayton Kershaw may be the best pitcher of the past 20 years, but he's still looking for his signature October (although that unbelievable relief appearance he turned in last year against the Nationals was fun).

By saving ace Corey Kluber for Friday's Game 2, Francona will have Kluber lined up for a potential Game 5 on normal rest.

But it's tough to believe they led the Central Division by only a half-game at 48-45 after dropping five of their first six games coming out of the All-Star break. Secondly, the Dodgers called up a first base and outfield prospect named Cody Bellinger in May who proceeded to take the baseball world by storm by hitting 39 home runs and driving in 97 runs, all while playing above average defense and slashing.267/.352/.581. Instead, they will face a team that is resourceful and never thinks it is out of a game. "But I think he has to put on a front for the city". That might not have been true if the Dodgers had stayed on pace for 115 wins, but not only did they fade down the stretch, but they were nearly caught by both the Astros and last year's hard luck World Series loser the Cleveland Indians. "We didn't pitch all that well at times. If we feel the need to hit, we can".

It makes sense. Then again, it seems risky.

Get by them and the American League might even be better. "They can do a lot of different things offensively". "The city, the players, they support you and I'm a part of this organization now, so anytime we get an opportunity to support, you definitely want to do that, so that's what tonight is about".

The Indians bullpen indeed is very good, too, and it arguably has the best relief option in all of baseball in lefty swingman Andrew Miller, the former Yankee. In fact, the entirety of the Indians pitching staff leads all other AL teams in the major pitching categories. Game 1 of the World Series is scheduled for October 24.

There is unfinished business this time. You get the feeling the 17-year veteran is determined to make the most of this playoff chance in the twilight of his career, especially back where he spent his first eight big league seasons. Last year's World Series runner-ups might be the most complete team in the postseason and expect the Indians to show exactly why here with a loaded offense, good starting pitching, strong arms in the bullpen and a superb defense. "I felt that when I came here, for sure". "They were close a year ago".

A World Series championship changes the soul of your franchise for years, or decades.

"I know, if you throw in the wrong place, he's going to hit it a long way". They played better than us the last three games, and that's how they beat us. "The experience is great for us".

If you're only going to watch one game, tune in for: If Chris Sale versus Justin Verlander doesn't get your blood flowing, you must be living in a meat locker.

Red Sox over Dodgers in seven: The Sox don't stack up well against numerous other postseason teams on paper, but the bet here is that ace Chris Sale seizes his first chance at a postseason spotlight and brings glory back to Boston.