The Cleveland Indians are on a mission: a mission that they started after their devastating World Series Game 7 extra innings loss to the Chicago Cubs. That mission is to get revenge on whomever is standing in their way of a World Series Championship. The Cleveland Indians are hungry and are looking invincible thus far into the postseason.
After a dominant Game 1 shutout against the New York Yankees due in large part to Trevor Bauer, Cleveland was rocking and things were looking good. However, the beginning of Game 2 was a different story. It looked as if the Tribe had lost momentum in the American League Division Series, after ace Corey Kluber lasted just 2.2 IP after surrendering 6 ER. This was an extremely unlikely outing for Kluber, who is the clear Cy-young favorite and has been outstanding all season long.
Fans in Cleveland were down, but they didn’t lose hope. It was 8-3 Yankees in the sixth inning, but it felt as if the ball game was far from over. It turns out, that statement was true. The bases were loaded for superstar SS Francisco Lindor, where he erupted the Cleveland crowd by hitting a moonshot grand slam to trim the deficit to 8-7. At that point, any baseball fan had a feeling that the Indians were going to come out on top.
After a game-tying home run from Jay Bruce, Cleveland had all the momentum in the world. Although the game went into extra innings, Cleveland had a runner on second base with no one out when Yan Gomes had a walk off hit in the thirteenth inning. It was an absolute heartbreaking and devastating loss for New York Yankees fans. However, the Cleveland Indians and their fans are absolutely rolling, as they own a 2-0 series lead and look to finish the job as the series heads over to the Bronx.
If the Cleveland Indians can move on, they will face either the Boston Red Sox (who are in their own 0-2 deficit) or the Houston Astros. The Cleveland Indians are the clear team to beat in the American League, although the Astros can give them a run for their money. The Indians are hungrier than ever.
I think it speaks volumes that the Cleveland Indians can go on to win a ballgame where their ace surrendered 6 earned runs. This team fights until the last out and they will be extremely tough to beat for the rest of the postseason. It is more than likely that Corey Kluber will return to form in his next start. He has been absolutely dominant all year and will find a way to settle down.
The Cleveland Indians have a long road ahead of them. They need to focus on every game, pitch by pitch, out by out, and so on. They cannot look too far ahead or else they will be taken advantage of. Their star-studded lineup is sure to be productive every game simply because of the depth of it. The rest of the postseason will be sure to be absolutely thrilling and unpredictable. It will be only a matter of time until the baseball world finds out who will come out on top.
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