A.M. Wahoo’s: Playoff baseball returns to Cleveland

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Oct 2, 2016; Kansas City, MO, USA; Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Cody Allen (37) celebrates with catcher Chris Gimenez (38) after defeating the Kansas City Royals 3-2 at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 2, 2016; Kansas City, MO, USA; Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Cody Allen (37) celebrates with catcher Chris Gimenez (38) after defeating the Kansas City Royals 3-2 at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Cleveland Indians will be hosting a playoff game for the first time since 2013 today when the Boston Red Sox come to town for Game 1 of the ALDS.

The Toronto Blue Jays and San Francisco Giants have done a great job to signal the beginning of the MLB playoffs, and it is now the Cleveland Indians’ turn to provide fans with some October excitement.

The Indians are set to take on the Boston Red Sox tonight, the same team that eliminated the Indians from a seemingly magical postseason run in 2007. The teams are now filled with different players, but the fans still remember.

Trevor Bauer is set to take the mound for the Indians tonight, going up against Rick Porcello of the Red Sox. Corey Kluber will take on David Price in Friday’s Game 2.

While the Red Sox may have a roster filled with more high-profile players, (look at the salary difference between the Game 1 starters), the Indians have a roster filled with players who were able to win the AL Central and get home-field advantage over the Red Sox in this series.

Jose Ramirez and Jason Kipnis may not be major names to people living outside of Cleveland, but they sure can be after taking on the Red Sox in the national spotlight. The same goes for the likes of Tyler Naquin, Brandon Guyer and Carlos Santana, who all had some memorable moments in 2016.

The time right before the playoffs often provides the most excitement. Just look at how amped the crowd was in New York last night for the game between the Mets and the Giants. The same atmosphere should be present tonight at Progressive Field, at least until anything goes right for the Red Sox.

The wait is finally over, at least until 8 p.m., so while we pretend to get work done, let’s take a look at the news surrounding the Indians and the rest of the MLB in today’s edition of A.M. Wahoo’s.

Cleveland Indians News:

What the Tribe’s Pitching Staff is Up Against in the ALDS

"It’s not a secret to the Cleveland Indians or anyone else. The Boston Red Sox can score runs. Lots and lots of runs."

Danny Salazar to be Left Off ALDS Roster

"The Cleveland Indians announced that pitcher Danny Salazar would not be on the ALDS roster. How does his absence affect the team?"

Defense Will be Key for the Cleveland Indians (Let’s Go Tribe)

"Baseball boils down, at it’s most fundamental level, to three aspects: pitching, hitting, and fielding."

Rajai, Alomar Key to Indians’ Elite Baserunning (Indians.com)

"he Tribe kept running. Three stolen bases in the first inning. Another pair in the fourth. By the end of the night, the Indians had eight thefts, matching a franchise record that had stood since the days of Braggo Roth nearly a century ago."

MLB News:

NLWC 2016: Giants beat Mets 3-0, Bumgarner has complete game shutout (FanSided)

"The San Francisco Giants hung on to win 3-0 against the New York Mets in the National League Wild Card game."

Detroit Tigers to Bring Back Manager Brad Ausmus (Call to the Pen)

"After failing to make the playoffs for a second straight year, there was much speculation that the Detroit Tigers would move on from manager Brad Ausmus."

Boston Red Sox: A Parallel View of Rick Porcello and Josh Beckett (BoSox Injection)

"The Boston Red Sox acquired Josh Beckett in the proverbial “blockbuster” trade with the Florida Marlins to be the ace of a staff and he was – if you view it under the microscope of short term."

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