There’s a former member of the Red Sox on the Indians that would love to do nothing more than party the night away over an ALDS victory. His name: Mike Napoli.
“Party at Napoli’s” is more than a popular shirt. It’s the rallying cry of the Indians.
The Tribe will need Napoli more than ever because he’s the straw that stirs the drink in the middle of the order.
The slugger enters postseason play in a slump. He did hit five homers in September, albeit while batting at a .153 clip for the month. The Indians don’t need him to bat .300, but Tribe fans might feel a little better if he was batting closer to .240 season average.
Like Ortiz, Napoli is an impact player. He can change a game with one swing of the bat. Napoli’s played a huge party in helping the Indians offense overachieve.
The Tribe offense ranks second in the American League with 774 runs scored. The Indians trail only the Red Sox (877) in that category.