The tribe takes on the blue birds

ALCS prediction

The tribe takes on the blue birds

Despite the lopsided series between the Toronto Blue Jays vs Texas Rangers and the Cleveland Indians vs the Boston Red Sox, it has been a very exciting postseason thus far. Toronto advanced from both series in walk-off fashion, but Cleveland has taken a different path.

The tribe swept the Red Sox using the two most important things in the postseason and what they have used the whole year, steady pitching and timely hitting. Most notably, this has been the long ball hitting back to back to back home runs in Game 1.

Once again, Cleveland shows why they are my favorite to be headed to the World Series from the American League, PITCHING. Holding down Boston’s powerful and dangerous lineup with no sweat, giving up only seven runs in three games.

Cleveland and Toronto matchup in ALCS
Cleveland and Toronto matchup in ALCS

Cory Kluber shutout Boston in game 2 and the Tribe’s stellar bullpen showed us why they are the top team in the American League.

If they can hold down one of the best lineups in the MLB, then they should have no problem against the Blue Jays. Especially since the Jays now have an injured Jose Bautista (knee) on the 15 day disabled list.

No disrespect to Toronto, who has a plethora of weapons offensively with Josh Donalson and Edwin Encarnacion and on the mound with J.A. Haap and Aaron Sanchez, but as a unit the Indians are just a better team.

Defensively they are rock solid, just as they have been all season long not committing one error through out the entire ALDS.

One thing I enjoyed seeing was Cleveland work out some of it’s kinks, such as shortstop Francisco Lindor. He was 0-27 at the plate going into the postseason, but against the Red Sox it was a different story.

Lindor got back on track in Game 1 joining the home run train of catcher Roberto Perez and second baseman Jason Kipnis. He was 3 for 12 during the series.

It’ll definitely be a party at Napoli’s at Progessive Field in a few days. The almost quiet demeanor of the Indians will not be overshadowed by the red hot and “loud” Blue Birds offense.

Party at Napoli's
Party at Napoli’s

Personally, I think this series will end up going to seven games and the whole thing ending in an epic walk-off, but who knows. Either way, no doubt in my mind the Indians will take care of business.

No one deserves a chance at a World Series ring more than the Cleveland Indians (besides the Cubs of course), and I think they will get their chance. Earlier this year the Cavaliers won it for Cleveland, and the Tribe will do the same.

Toronto will be getting a four to seven course meal of “Believeland” and Mike Napoli’s magnificent beard as Norm Kelly will get a taste of his own medicine.