If you’re a sporting fan in the 216, you’re no doubt very much aware of what’s going on downtown tonight. Yeah, the Indians host the White Sox at 7:10pm, but the Cavaliers tip off next door in the Q at 9pm and very well may be playing their last game of another remarkable season. I’m no Brian Windhorst (I’m also no Bill James, let’s be real), but the Warriors look to me like the Big Red Machine and the 1998 Yankees all wrapped up in one unbeatable package.
Off the record, though, I think Kevin Durant would make a heck of a defensive center fielder. Think about that potential range while you see him going coast to coast in five full strides.
Downtown may be a zoo tonight but I for one plan to be firmly entrenched at home in front of my laptop watching my first ever game on Facebook. In case you weren’t aware, MLB has partnered with the world’s foremost expert in private data extraction to host one free game every Friday night. The games are blackout free so millennial cord-cutters like me can actually watch the Indians on TV for once. Most evenings I’m plugged into the MLB.tv app which costs $109 per season and has access to every team’s TV and radio broadcasts – except where blackouts apply, of course. Oh well,
Noah Syndergaard Matt Harvey Madison Bumgarner Clayton Kershaw games alone are worth the price of admission, I guess.
Anyway, if baseball is your sport of choice, you’re likely looking forward to seeing how Corey Kluber (4-2, 4.36 ERA) follows up last weekend’s dominating return from the DL. The White Sox will counter with one of the most ideal representations of “average MLB starter”, Miguel Gonzalez, who has a 1.42 WHIP this season in 69 innings and is 48-47 with a 3.89 ERA in his career and has struck out just 6.3 batters per nine innings over 784 innings of big league ball.
The Indians (29-28) enter the weekend 1.5 games behind Minnesota (30-26) in the AL Central. As the season passes the 1/3 mark, the Indians may want to think about making their move on a very weak division. The White Sox (25-33) trail Minnesota by only six games despite the worst record in the American League.
Tonight’s line-ups are below: