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Any stats geeks have a shot at this one?  How often/when was the last time there were three 100-win teams in a single season?

 

1942, 1977, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2017

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I read this is only the 3rd time in the Indians' 117-year history we've won 100 games.  Hard to believe.  Most pundits feel that with this team's balance, amazing depth and, of course, our steady/calm manager who clearly handles pitchers better than anyone ... in years!, we're the team to beat.

 

Tito does everything well, but especially handles pitchers.

 

Pretty much every team follows their best pitcher with their second best.  Tito follows Kluber with the 5 starter, since the bullpen is likely to be fresh.

 

I agree, and I especially think Tito is going to have a short leash for some pitchers who oft get shaky, like Salazar and Shaw.

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it should be a lot of fun seeing who plays today. and brantley comes back yesterday and immediately gets a pinch hit. he's the best hitter on the team, but he has been out so long and has to be careful -- what do you do with that guy? nice to see him come back though.

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^i don't know where you are getting 102. I'm showing 90. 69/124=55.6%.  Multiply 55.6% *162 and you have 90

 

How ironic...and now they finish with 102 wins. The Indians defy the expectations.

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Wow, who'd a thunk Cory Kluber would get destroyed for 6 runs in 3 innings?  I could tell in the dugout interview, Tito is regretting not having an earlier hook on Kluber before the roof caved in despite Kluber's pedigree.  On top of that, we've likely lost Encarnacion, one of our key power hitters, for the playoffs.  Bad day.  Need to bounce back in NYC on Sunday.  This team is more than capable.

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Wow, who'd a thunk Cory Kluber would get destroyed for 6 runs in 3 innings?  I could tell in the dugout interview, Tito is regretting not having an earlier hook on Kluber before the roof caved in despite Kluber's pedigree.  On top of that, we've likely lost Encarnacion, one of our key power hitters, for the playoffs.  Bad day.  Need to bounce back in NYC on Sunday.  This team is more than capable.

 

Someone went to bed early!  :-D :-D

 

Thankfully Encarncion could recover from this, and if not, the team is plenty deep with guys willing to step up!

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Wow, who'd a thunk Cory Kluber would get destroyed for 6 runs in 3 innings?  I could tell in the dugout interview, Tito is regretting not having an earlier hook on Kluber before the roof caved in despite Kluber's pedigree.  On top of that, we've likely lost Encarnacion, one of our key power hitters, for the playoffs.  Bad day.  Need to bounce back in NYC on Sunday.  This team is more than capable.

 

Someone went to bed early!  :-D :-D

 

Thankfully Encarncion could recover from this, and if not, the team is plenty deep with guys willing to step up!

 

Actually, while it's true I gave up on the Tribe, I had switched over to Cavs-Pacers preseason (btw this new-look Rose/Wade led team looked pretty impressive, even without No. 23).  When I switched back after the 1st quarter and saw it was 8-7 Yankees, I nearly fell out of my chair; totally missed Lindor's Slam (although later I watched it on YouTube synced up with Tom Hamilton's crazy call).

 

This Indians club is beyond amazing; perhaps the team of destiny, who knows... We're clearly going to be hampered without Encarnacion -- Brantley just isn't there right now from his injury; his swings are weak.  But we just seem to manage to find a way, even when our ace collapses, as Kluber did yesterday... I think New York is done -- stick a fork in them; we very well may end it tomorrow night in the Bronx.  I see the up & down Cubs handled red hot Washington last night... Rematch anyone?

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5-0 in 3rd inning of game 4 - Yanks up with a lot of mojo and Indians have lost theirs - weird how quickly things can change in baseball.  If the Indians should lose 3 straight to NY it's gonna be extremely painful - let's hope there's some Indians magic left in the tank - time for Corey Kluber to be the man...

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Regardless of what happens tonight or on Thursday, let me once again reiterate my disdain for MLB's playoff format. Why bother playing 162 games if a team's excellence over that span can be nullified in just 5 games?

 

For some perspective, the Indians finished with the best record in the American League this season, winning 11 more games than the Yankees. During one of the great eras in Yankees baseball (1949 through 1958), New York had the best record in the American League 9* times, earning them the right to represent the AL in the World Series during those seasons. In 7 of those 9 Yankees pennant-winning seasons, the Indians finished within 11 games of the Yankees.

 

 

 

*The only team breaking up their run during that period was the 1948 and 1954 Cleveland Indians. The Yankees won the AL again in 1957 and 1958.

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^I agree that a move to a 7 game divisional series is probably in order, but let's not pretend it would save the tribe in this specific instance.  The Yankees have outplayed the Indians for most of this series so far.  In baseball it's all about who gets hot at the right time.  Last year we went into Boston heavy underdogs, but got hot at the right time and swept them then lit up the Blue Jays on our way to the World Series.  Nothing is guaranteed in baseball.

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Playoffs in general are a big trade-off. Obviously the regular season is a larger sample size to tell you who the better team is, but playoffs are exciting and "clutch." But the more teams get into playoffs, the more the regular season turns into exhibition. See:NBA

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^I agree that a move to a 7 game divisional series is probably in order, but let's not pretend it would save the tribe in this specific instance.  The Yankees have outplayed the Indians for most of this series so far.  In baseball it's all about who gets hot at the right time.  Last year we went into Boston heavy underdogs, but got hot at the right time and swept them then lit up the Blue Jays on our way to the World Series.  Nothing is guaranteed in baseball.

 

Of course this is true, but a seven game series would help normalize things a bit.  Harder to call it fluky in a 7 game series.

 

That being said. Of all the years I've been an Indians fan,  I think there is not a single pitcher I would want more on the mound than Kluber.  The tribe, as awful as they played can point to a robbed homerun and 5 unearned runs in game 4 as their demise.  I'm feeling good, need JOSE RAMiREZ!!!

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the real problem even above that of the silly five game series is the one game playoff for the wild card. that is just out and out anti-baseball. however, when you extend these playoff series games we will be watching the world series with santa. they would need to get rid of the wc or shorten the season as well.

 

anyway, its do or die -- go tribe!

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A Yankees fan friend of mine said, your Indians had a great season. BS...It's only a great season if you win the championship. It's a choke job if you have home-field advantage and exit in the first round.


"Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities."-Voltaire

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The Indians have every reason to hang their heads. They were better than the Yankees in the regular season. Their hitting, their pitching, their defense were all stellar in the regular season. And they disappeared in the first round. They flat-out choked. I guess the winning streak should have been a warning. No team with a winning streak near 20 games has ever won a championship.


"Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities."-Voltaire

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Weird how quickly this turned from one of the most fun baseball seasons ever into another chapter of! Cleveland sports heartbreak - I think this years version is especially cruel because - let's be honest - we thought this was our year - we actually believed.  And the fact that the Indians  lost 3 straight (again) - and that it was to the Yankees - makes it particularly painful this year. It just seems like the Indians didn't play Indians baseball in this series - starting pitching failed - defense sloppy - and the bats died. Last year even in defeat in the World Series I felt so proud of the team - they overachieved - this year, it's a major disappointment...

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It's extraordinarily difficult to make the World Series. Last year, they were knocking on the door of a title. Being up 3-1 in the WS and losing in 7 is "worse", but neither feels great...

 

We'll get em next year. Let's go Tribe.

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The good news is that the rest of the AL Central is a dumpster fire (the Twins overachieved this season), so it will probably be another cakewalk back to the playoffs next season. Maybe in 2019, too.

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Cleveland as a favorite is not a good thing. Feel like they need to be in underdog role. 

 

Going to be an interesting offseason.  Going to have to choose between bruce and Santana, miller will be in his last season, and they need to understand EE.  As awesome as the 38 homers were, few were meaningful.  And if you look at this playoff numbers in Toronto the past two year prior, I have serious concerns about his ability to perform in high pressure settings

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We aren't a power hitting team but tried to play like one in this series.  Not enough walks, too much swinging for the fences.  And if Kluber was hurting, why not start Carrasco twice?

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Look at all of the teams that at least one close to 20 games. None won a championship.


"Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities."-Voltaire

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