My Stomach is on a Roller Coaster Ride Right Now
Listen, we're all friends here so I'm going to be honest with you. I'm nervous. I'm so fucking nervous. I think the brutal loss in game 2 numbed for a couple days. I wasn't this nervous on Sunday or Monday because I think I talked my brain into accepting the sadness. Am I happy to admit that? No. Is that the truth? I think so. But now the numbness is gone. The chance of advancing is very much real and my stomach is tossing and turning, flipping and flopping, and tying itself into a thousand knots. I'm so fucking nervous.
I am not ready to have to search for things to do every night. Without baseball, I am lost.
The only way CC messes up tonight is if the Indians really light him up in the first innings. We've all seen how he's been pitching this year. He enters the game having no idea what pitches are working, which ones have bite, which ones are flat. It takes him an inning or two to figure it out. The good thing is he has the ability to figure it out and once he does he's in cruise control.
We need to make sure the damage in the first and second inning is limited. We need a diving catch. We need Gary to gun down a runner. Maybe a brilliant double play. The defense needs to show up for the Big Man until he gets himself to autopilot.
Much like how I knew Bauer wouldn't dominate us twice in the same series, I feel (and everyone else must feel) like there is no way Kluber, the Cy Young winner will deliver two clunkers in a five-game set. If we can hang 6 on him in 3 innings again that would be absolutely fantastic... but don't count on it.
I think this game is close. The key to getting to Kluber will be making sure we get a base runner or two in the first two innings. We can't let him get comfortable. We have to make sure every pitch he throws is a pressure pitch.
Ells at DH
I said on the podcast that I would have started Holliday today. Reason being, Ells and Headley have given you nothing at DH this series. Holliday hasn't had a chance so what's to lose? If Holliday goes out there and goes 0/3 with a walk then it's basically what you've been getting at DH this entire series anyway. It's not good. It is, in fact, bad, but no one is going to be clamoring that Head or Ells deserved it over him. I think everyone would have understood throwing Holliday in the mix to change things up and hope for a spark.
That being said, Ellsbury is the obvious choice so I'm not mad about it. He's a lefty and Kluber is a righty. He has speed on the basepaths and one run may be the difference in this game. Holliday also ended the season poorly vs righties and has been sitting down for 10 straight days now. I'm not mad at the decision. I get it. But I wouldn't have been mad about Holliday getting the nod either.
For now, go Ells go! He's got good numbers versus Kluber. 5/16 (.300) with 2 doubles.
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