As the ever-optimistic Lloyd Christmas in Dumb and Dumber says, “So you’re telling me there’s a chance…”
After Sunday’s loss to the Royals, a string of miraculous events will need to take place for the Indians to have a shot at the final Wild Card spot. But as long as there’s even the slightest chance, the Tribe has my full attention.
Granted, the Indians will need to win out their final week of games and get a lot of help from other contenders losing their games. Yet if you told me a month ago the Indians would be playing meaningful games this late in September, I would have had grave doubts eclipsing any hope.
The challenge escalates Monday night as the Tribe faces the Twins (one of the contenders standing in their way — which is a good thing since the Indians will have a direct influence on making the Twins lose). The contest features a pitching match-up of Corey Kluber (8-15, 3.55 ERA) versus Tommy Milone (8-5, 4.08 ERA). Phil Hughes was originally slated to start for the Twins but was scratched due to illness.
Kluber hasn’t been too impressive since returning from a hamstring injury. In fact, in his last two outings combined, Kluber has lasted a total of only 7.2 innings and has given up 6 earned runs.
Now would be a great time for him to return to form as the Klu-bot strikeout machine who keeps hitters off balance and off base. Because if the Tribe wins tonight, you’re telling me there’s a chance.