The way it all happened last fall — storming through the American League playoffs, grabbing a three-games-to-one lead in the World Series — made the aftermath easier for the Cleveland Indians to process.
They have won 19 games in a row and will send their ace, Corey Kluber, to the mound against the Detroit Tigers at Progressive Field on Tuesday night.
Without Brantley, who has a sprained ankle, the Indians have mixed and matched in left with Brandon Guyer, Austin Jackson and Lonnie Chisenhall, who has mostly ceded his usual right-field spot to Jay Bruce, the slugger acquired in a trade with the Mets last month.
Kluber, Carrasco and Trevor Bauer (acquired from Arizona in a three-team, nine-player deal that sent outfielder Shin-Soo Choo to Cincinnati in December 2012) have combined for 46 victories this season, and the rotation has a 1.84 E.R.A.
Brantley, Bruce and designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion should indeed make the Indians’ lineup more dangerous this fall than last, and the team has battered Chris Sale, the ace of the Boston Red Sox, for 13 earned runs in eight innings, and a .385 average, this season.
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