After finishing at the bottom of the barrel and near the bottom of the barrel two years in a row, the Red Sox won the AL East division crown. Now, they are currently in Cleveland (pray for them) ready to play the 28th best attendance team, the Cleveland Indians. This matchup is one people have been looking forward to since the two were making runs for the postseason.
The current Cleveland Indians manager, Terry Francona, won two World Series as the Red Sox manager in 2004 and 2007 and now has a chance to knock his former team out of the playoffs. You can best believe Terry will have his guys extra motivated for this series if that’s even possible in the playoffs.
John Farrell has gotten a lot of hate this year as an in game manager but he seems to have this team clicking. Despite losing 5 out of the last 6 games, they did have an 11 game winning streak before that which was perfect timing. The bats have been on fire all year and the pitching has been much better as of recently.
Now, to the matchup. Tonight the Red Sox will throw out their 20+ game winner and likely Cy Young winner, Rick Porcello. The Indians will throw out Trevor Bauer who has had some good starts this year, but mostly an average year. The Indians starting rotation depleted at the end of the season with injuries to Corrasco and Salazar which doesn’t help their chance to make a deep postseason run. Porcello has been automatic for the Sox all year and I don’t see how this Indians team is going to be able to get on him. The Red Sox need to get on Bauer early and get some runs on the board before the 7th inning. The Indians bullpen has been great since they acquired in my opinion the best Relief Pitcher in baseball, and former red sox, Andrew Miller. If the Indians are still in the game when he is out there, the Red Sox are in trouble.
However, I just don’t see this offense not getting on Bauer. The Indians lineup is a tough one but Porcello is in the Cy Young race for a reason. The Red Sox will jump on the Indians early and they will not be able to catch up. Porcello will go 7 innings and Koji and Kimbrel will close it out. I will be live blogging the game on Twitter so give me a follow!
Final Score: Red Sox 5 Indians 1
Go Sox!! Lets F***ing Have It!!!!!!