Five Performances that Propelled the Cleveland Indians to the World Series

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Oct 19, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Ryan Merritt (54) pitches during the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays in game five of the 2016 ALCS playoff baseball series at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 19, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Ryan Merritt (54) pitches during the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays in game five of the 2016 ALCS playoff baseball series at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports /
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Oct 19, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Ryan Merritt (54) pitches during the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays in game five of the 2016 ALCS playoff baseball series at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 19, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Ryan Merritt (54) pitches during the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays in game five of the 2016 ALCS playoff baseball series at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports /

The Cleveland Indians are going to the World Series, but their run wouldn’t have been possible without a few spectacular performances.

Major League Baseball uses an iconic slogan every year when the postseason rolls around: Heroes are made in October. The history of the game is filled with indelible playoff performances, and no team fulfills its ultimate goal of a world championship without having its share of memorable plays. The Cleveland Indians are no different.

The Tribe in 2016 has been an exercise in unlikely heroes, larger than life performances, and moments that will be etched in the team’s annals for years to come. During the regular season, the club won 94 games despite enduring a plethora of injuries, earned 11 walk-off victories, and set a franchise record with a 14-game winning streak.

So it’s no wonder that Cleveland would continue to produce more of the same in the postseason. In winning seven of their eight playoff games to clinch a berth in the World Series, the Indians have gotten contributions up and down the roster, set highlight reels on fire, and come up clutch on the largest stages.

The Tribe still has work to do, and hopefully for the team’s fans there are plenty of heart-stopping plays still to come. This is baseball in October, and the Indians are writing quite the exciting story.

Here are the the plays and players that have been playing the role of hero so far for the Tribe.

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