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Cleveland Indians World Series Update

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The World Series

Cleveland Indians

For the first time since 1997, the Cleveland Indians have made it to the World Series. Lead by some marvelous pitching performances from both the starting rotation and the bullpen. Throughout the ALCS the Indians only gave up more than 2 runs in a game once. This came during their 5-1 loss in game 4, other than that the pitching has been spot on.

The Cleveland Indians have reached out to former catcher Sandy Alomar Jr. to throw out the first pitch before game 1 of the World Series. He is the only player from the 1997 Indians team currently on the coaching roster.  Alomar spoke about what it would mean to win the World Series:

“It would mean the world to me if we could win a World Series,” said Alomar. “For Indians’ fans, it would be plastic surgery for a lot of scars.”

The Indians made it to the World Series by sweeping the Boston Red Sox and defeating the Toronto Blue Jays 4 games to 1. The Indians will either play the Los Angeles Dodgers or the Chicago Cubs. Cleveland ace Corey Kluber is expected to start game 1 for the tribe on Tuesday night.

Trevor Bauer and Danny Salazar

Indians starting pitcher Trevor Bauer was pulled from game 3 of the ALCS due to the stitches on his right pinkie finger which caused him to bleed on the baseball. The injury was caused by a drone that sliced his finger open when he plugged it in just days before game 3 of the ALCS.

Bauer has practiced as normal throwing with weighted baseballs and according to Bauer he will be able to pitch without any problems. Cleveland manager Terry Francona said that Dr. Thomas Graham would fix up Bauer’s finger to make it a bit more durable for Bauer when he takes the mound.

Manager Terry Francona has also said that starter Danny Salazar has pitched extremely well in unrestricted bullpen sessions and should be ready to pitch. Salazar will throw a three-inning simulated game on Saturday and this will determine if he is ready to pitch in the World Series. This would be a huge break for the tribe, especially because Mike Clevinger hasn’t started a game this postseason.  Salazar has been out of action since September 9th because of an injury to his right forearm.

Looking Ahead

The Indians will look to continue their dominance in the World Series against either the Dodgers or the Cubs. The Indians will have had 4 days off come Tuesday night and the rest is needed. The Indians have been plagued by injuries since Michael Brantley went down in early May. The extended rest period will allow Trevor Bauer and Danny Salazar a better chance of getting back into the starting rotation.

Getting Bauer and Salazar back into the mix solidifies the already scary rotation. The Indians have yet to be shutout this season. For the most part the hitting has been there for them in the postseason and has definitely taken pressure off the starters and the bullpen.