The Cleveland Indians have to shake off the Game 1 blowout to the New York Yankees if they hope to force a game three in the opening round.
The Cleveland Indians got smacked around like a 10-year old in an MMA fight. The Indians lost 12-3 and did so with their best pitcher on the mound. From the jump, Shane Bieber took chances and ate every single one of them. Bieber gave up a shocking seven-runs against the Yankees, a lineup that has struggled all year long and had injury issues galore. Yet, in their hour of need, the Yankees sluggers stepped up and hammered the Indians squad all game long.
Bieber (7), Adam Cimber (3), and Cameron Hill (2) all gave up at least two runs and the Indians offense just couldn’t dig them out of the hole. Josh Naylor, Tyler Naquin, and Jose Ramirez all hit an RBI apiece, while All-Star caliber players Francisco Lindor, Carlos Santana, and Roberto Perez went hit-less.
Franmil Reyes also went hitless on the night.
The good news? The Indians don’t have to face Cole again this series. With the series having three games in three days, there’s no way the Yankees manager Aaron Boone would rush Cole back for Game 3, not if he’s expecting to compete for the World Series. The rest of the Yankees rotation is very beatable and he bullpen has not been good for most of the year. This isn’t a team that the Indians can’t beat, they just have to shake off the beating they took and come back focused.
The Indians are sending out franchise star Carlos Carrasco to start against the Yankees Masahiro Tanaka. Despite being a high-priced free agent from the Japanese league, Tanaka has never been a huge force in the rotation, while Carrasco on the other hand is routinely seen as an Ace-caliber pitcher.
Hopefully, Carrasco has the stuff to fend off the Yankees’ potent offense. Otherwise, it’ll be right back to writing articles about the Tribe’s offseason plans.