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Cleveland Indians make the right choice with final ALDS roster spot

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The Cleveland Indians made the right choice by including Rajai Davis as the final man on the roster for the upcoming ALDS.

The Cleveland Indians went ahead and named nearly the entire ALDS roster on Wednesday.

But there was still one spot open and it came down to Rajai Davis and Erik Gonzalez.

Our own Matt Bretz made the case for Davis earlier today, and Terry Francona took his advice.

This is the right move. Davis serves as a weapon on the bases while Gonzalez would only be there for an emergency. It is better to assume the sky won’t indeed fall and Davis can provide more value to the club for the series.

That completes the postseason roster. The only notable names not includes are Gonzalez, Josh Tomlin, Neil Ramirez and maybe Adam Plutko if you were holding out hope he would make it.

Yan Gomes says he is healthy and ready to go and will be catching Corey Kluber tomorrow afternoon in Houston. The team is then back in action with Carlos Carrasco on the mound Saturday afternoon.

The stars of the team are the main focus but a player like Davis could end up making a huge difference late in a game, just like he did back in Game 7 of the 2016 World Series. In case you forgot about that.

Greg Allen joins him on the roster so the Indians have two great base-stealers to use late in games. Both of them will also likely be seen as defensive replacements late in games as Jason Kipnis will be starting in center field. Just another reason why it was smart to carry another outfielder as opposed to an emergency infielder.

dark. Next. There’s only one thing left to do

We are now less than 24 hours away from first pitch and the anticipation is painful. Let’s hope the 25 men chosen for the roster give us all a reason to cheer tomorrow afternoon.

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