Elite rotation makes decisions easier?
Ultimately, the Indians almost can’t go wrong with who they start in Games 3 and 4 of the ALDS. The Indians finished the 2018 season with one of the best rotations in baseball history and all five of their current starters contributed to that and are pitching well.
The Indians could decide to start Bauer in Game 3 or 4 and still maybe have him available as a reliever in Game 1 thanks to the off days. He could use it as his side session and still make a scheduled start in the series.
However, I still like the idea of Bauer in the pen every game. I trust him right now more than just about anyone in that bullpen and in a short series the bullpen can make or break a series. The Indians have three four capable starters to handle the load up front, let Bauer along with Brad Hand, Andrew Miller, Cody Allen and Oliver Perez finish it out and get the Tribe to the Championship Series and eventually the World Series and their first title in 70 years.
So, what do you think, should the Indians be bold and use Trevor Bauer in the bullpen? Or should they not rock the boat and stick with Kluber, Carrasco, Clevinger and Bauer as their rotation? Let us know in the comments below. And GO TRIBE!