Are we at the point where we have run out of superlative things to say about these Indians? If not, I feel we are getting close. On Sunday night, the Indians issued their fifth straight sweep, brushing the Baltimore Orioles aside for the third straight game.
The Indians now have more wins this month (11) than there have been days (10). They haven’t lost since August 23rd, which was… a long time ago.
This team is so much fun to watch right now, and they’ve truly hit their stride. They will lose a game again (I’m sure of it), but it doesn’t feel like it now. Baseball is weird, and the Indians could definitely stumble in the ALDS, but they have to be seen as the favorites at this juncture. How could they not be?
Like I said above, the Indians definitely weren’t blowing the Orioles out of this game, but they also capitalized on the mistakes that the O’s made. The Indians scored first (as they seem to always do these days) on an error-that-wasn’t-an-error. The Indians other two runs came on back-to-back jacks in the 5th innings from Roberto Perez and Francisco Lindor (the Lindor shot was amazing, because he broke two bats during the at-bat and hit it with Almonte’s bat).
The Orioles were mostly stymied by Trevor Bauer tonight, who has been downright incredible in the second half of the season. It’s still hard to trust him completely, given his mercurial nature, but I definitely wouldn’t be surprised if this was his final, more consistent form.
The bullpen was excellent tonight, even without Bryan Shaw (who had the night off), and Cody Allen nailed down a nice easy save.
The only downside is that Bradley Zimmer broke his hand on a slide to first. I’m not a doctor, and maybe I’m wrong, but I would assume that ends his season. This probably means more Lonnie in Center, and more Greg Allen. I’m definitely not opposed to either of those things, even though Zimmer has been fun to watch this year. Next Man Up.
The Indians welcome the Tigers to Progressive Field starting on Monday. Cookie Carrasco will look to guide the Indians to 19 in a row, and if he can do it, Kluber awaits to go for number 20 on Tuesday.
Buckle Up, Tribe fans.