DOWNTOWN CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - No journey to the World Series is easy. The Indians, though, have managed to stumble across one of the more difficult pieces of baseball terrain to get here.
As if losing two starters wasn't already challenging enough, a third went down in Toronto when Trevor Bauer's finger couldn't stop dripping blood in Game 3. The things they have done through the ALDS and ALCS are not supposed to happen.
Teams are not supposed to pitch their fourth starter for less than five innings against the Cy Young favorite and win the game, but that's what happened when Bauer took the mound for Game 1 against Boston and the Indians beat Rick Porcello.
Teams are not supposed to be able to throw their fifth starter against a 20-game winner and come out with the win, but that is what happened in Game 2 against Toronto when Josh Tomlin faced J.A. Happ.
Teams are not supposed to be able to throw a bullpen day in an ALCS game and win, but the Tribe was up to the task and pulled it off in Game 3 against the Blue Jays.
Teams are not supposed to throw a no-name prospect with one career Major League start in an elimination game on the road and beat the pitcher the other club put at the front of their post season staff -- yet the Indians did it when Ryan Merritt out-pitched Marco Estrada on Wednesday.
If one of those things happen, you could chalk it up to just a crazy baseball game.
To have all of them occur is just ludicrous.
If you wrote that as a movie script and sent it to some guy in Hollywood, he'd send it back because it was not believable enough. Baseball is not supposed to play out this way over and over again, but for Terry Francona's Indians it is.
Whether it's the Cubs or the Dodgers in World Series you'll look at the match up on paper and say, "the Tribe can't win, they just don't have enough pitching left." That is exactly the point you should take that piece of paper and run it through the shredder.
The Cubs or Dodgers will be huge favorites to beat the Indians. In other words, the Tribe will have them right where they want them.
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