Despite a legitimate scare in the ninth, the Cleveland Indians held on to defeat the Atlanta Braves, 5-4, in Game 5 of the World Series to delay their season’s end by one more game. It was the final game to be played at Jacobs Field that season with a total of 43,595 in attendance for the two hour and 33 minute contest. The Braves held a 3-2 edge after the defeat in the best-of-seven series as the games shifted back to Atlanta.
The Indians’ quick playoff exit has led to a lot of 20-20 hindsight, deals that in retrospect could have been made and should have been made.
And watching some of the players who remained in the playoffs has done nothing to make those thoughts abate.
The most glaring example – his statements on his hustle aside – remains Manny Machado, who would have filled in capably in the infield, and his bat would have been a welcome addition in a lineup that was starting to wilt as the regular season ended and then was completely stymied by the Astros in the Division Series. But he probably would have been nothing more than a rental for the remainder of the season.
Three runs in the ninth inning were not enough as the Florida Marlins edged out the Cleveland Indians by an 8-7 final in the last game of the season at Jacobs Field. The Marlins took a 3-2 World Series lead over the Indians as the series returned to Miami.
When you are looking to make a name for yourself professionally, there is no such thing as an offseason, especially in Major League Baseball. Such is the case for a number of farmhands of the Cleveland Indians from this most recently completed season whom are active in league activities in the Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Venezuela.
In addition to the seven Indians minor leaguers who are in Glendale, Arizona, participating in the Arizona Fall League (position players Yu Chang, Li-Jen Chu, and Connor Marabell and pitchers Justin Garza, Rob Kaminsky, Jared Robinson, and Dalbert Siri), four members of their farm system are getting in work in the six-team Dominican Professional Baseball League, two are in the eight-team Venezuelan Professional Baseball League, and one is working in the eight-team Mexican Pacific League, running up and down the Gulf of California.
The Cleveland Indians knot up the World Series at two wins a piece with a strong 10-3 victory over the Florida Marlins. It marked the second straight game that the Indians scored in double digits, following a 14-11 loss in Game 3 of the series.
After several years of boasting one of the game’s best bullpens, including the 2016 version that nearly carried the club to a World Series championship, the Cleveland Indians’ bullpen took a major nose dive this past season.
The Tribe’s 2018 ‘pen was among the worst in the game. The unit’s 4.60 ERA was 25th out of Major League Baseball’s 30 teams. Among the five groups lower, only the Colorado Rockies were a playoff team. The Mets, Orioles, Royals, and Marlins had disastrous seasons.
Cleveland’s ‘pen was not able to submarine its regular season, though there were times it seemed it could. However, if the the Indians are to return to the 102-win level they were at in 2017 or the championship-caliber level they appeared to be at the past few years, they will need a return to prominence from the relief corps.
The 2007 season comes to a shocking and heartbreaking end for the Cleveland Indians as they lose their third straight ALCS game and are eliminated from the postseason by the Boston Red Sox in an 11-2 shellacking at Fenway Park.
The losses all came after the Indians took what appeared to be a commanding 3-1 lead in the series.