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Cleveland Indians: An all-around bad game to open the 2018 postseason

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The Cleveland Indians had a rough game to open the 2018 postseason, as the offense and the pitching staff couldn’t do much good in the 7-2 loss.

The Cleveland Indians had spoiled fans with series-opening victories the past two postseasons. Things are different in 2018.

The Indians managed a total of three hits and two runs in today’s ALDS opener against the Houston Astros. The Astros managed seven runs on 12 hits in what must have been a real fun game for the fans in Houston to watch.

Corey Kluber once again didn’t look like his normal self in a postseason game and was charged with four runs in 4.2 innings of work. Adam Cimber came on and provided some scoreless relief but the Astros would plate three more runs as the game slowly got away from the Indians.

The Indians offense didn’t manage a single hit until the sixth inning when the score was already 4-0. The team scored two runs and had a chance to start a rally. Instead, it was the only excitement for Indians fans all game.

Seven Indians hitters struck out at least one time in the game, while Yonder Alonso led the way with three. Jason Kipnis was behind him with two, although one came on a questionable call.

There weren’t any real positive takeaways from this one. The Astros hit four home runs and the Indians looked completely outmatched. So much for the narrative that Justin Verlander can’t stop the Indians.

One positive in general when looking at the series as a whole is that this was only one game. Winning tomorrow means the Indians head home with home-field advantage in what becomes a 1-1 series. A loss on the other hand, well, we can hold off on that for now.

A surprise in the game came when Trevor Bauer came on in relief. It didn’t seem like he was needed but it may have been a case of Terry Francona not wanting to use Andrew Miller or Brad Hand in a game that was not close. Still, seeing Bauer was a bit strange in the situation.

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The heart of the order went hitless and the entire offense looked lost for most of the game. The only thing we can do now is move on and just focus on tomorrow’s game. Lingering too long on this one will only cause terrible headaches and perhaps a few ulcers.

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