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Indians Take 3-0 Lead in ALCS

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Indians Take 3-0 Lead in ALCS

The City of Cleveland has dreamed of adding another Championship to their 2016 resume, on Monday night the Cleveland Indians have drawn one game closer to that dream.  The Indians now find themselves with a commanding lead in the ALCS over the host Toronto Blue Jays as they now hold a 3-0 lead in the best of 7 series.

It may seem like destiny that a city that has been starved for so long for a Championship is now watching their 2nd team of 2016 chasing a championship.  Maybe it is.  The Cleveland Indians took a 3-0 lead in the series over the Blue Jays and became only the 5th team in MLB history to start a postseason off 6-0.

It would seem like the cards were stacked against them on Monday night.  Manager Terry Francona decided to go ahead and give the game 3 start to the recently injured Trevor Bauer.  On the Indians off day Bauer lacerated his pinky on his pitching hand in a mishap in the handling of his drone.  The problem with the situation was that according to the MLB, a player cannot wear anything on their pitching hand when pitching.  This created a problem for Bauer as he was risking tearing open his stitches on his pitching hand.

In the Bottom of the 1st inning, Bauer’s stitches busted and his lacerated pinky began to bleed.  After a lengthy visit on the mound, Manger Terry Francona was forced to turn to his bullpen in what was a worst case scenario for the Indians.  Luckily for the Indians this was not new territory.  During the regular season the Indians had 4 instances where their Bullpen was forced to throw 8+ innings of relief.  In those 4 outings the Indians would post a 1.09 ERA with a .133 Opponents batting average.  In Game 3 the Indians would continue that same pattern of success.

The Indians Bullpen would take full advantage of the struggling offense that the Blue Jays have had in this series.  Cleveland’s Bullpen only allowed 7 hits and 1 walk as they closed out the game.  Mike Napoli was the Hero for the Indians in Game 3.  Napoli has been struggling and when asked about it prior to the game he told reporters this.

“I’m only one swing away from breaking out of it” said Napoli

He couldn’t have said it any better than that.  Napoli entered Monday night on an 0-25 slump.  In the first inning Napoli would hit an RBI double that pushed in the first run of the game.  The Blue Jays would tie it up in the bottom of the second, but Napoli would counter that move.  In the Top of the 4th inning Napoli would drive a ball over the wall in left-center and gave the Tribe a 2-1 lead.  After the Blue Jays tied it up again in the bottom of the 5th, the Indians would again strike back quickly.  Jason Kipnis would add a solo home run and Jose Ramirez would single in another to give the Indians a 4-2 lead.

That would be enough for the Tribe as they continued to trust Manager Terry Francona to continue to make the correct move with his Bullpen.  The Indians now hold a commanding lead in the ALCS, but with the Bauer injury, the Indians will look to make some more moves to close this thing out.

Good News For The Indians

-According to MLB baseball, teams that have taken a 3-0 lead in a best of seven series have gone on to win the series 34-1. (That one team that overcame a 3-0 deficit was the 2004 Boston Red Sox which was managed by current Indians manager, Terry Francona.)

-With the potential to close this series out early, the Indians will have an opportunity to rest Bauer so he can be ready for the next series.


The Indians will play Game 4pm ET today in Toronto on TBS/Sportsnet/RDS

Due to the early departure of Trevor Bauer the Indians will bump up Ace Corey Kluber to start game 4.  Kluber pitched 6 1/3 innings of shutout baseball in game 1 and has posted 13 1/3 scoreless innings this postseason.

Fate may be in the Indians corner this year, but the Toronto Blue Jays have proven they have a lot of fight in them.  Tune in Tuesday and see if the Indians can close out the series or if the Blue Jays are able to put the pressure back on the Indians.