My travels have taken me to Chicago for the day (again), so I couldn't stay up late last night to watch Tribe ball. So they lost last night. (SIDE NOTE: Any particular reason that in a game of this magnitude, Asdrubal Cabrera was hitting third and Franky G hitting fifth?) Paul Byrd did his now routine Six innings, Four runs, and giving up the key long ball (actually two, two-run pizza's with two outs). Any one think he'll start game three over Jake Westbrook in the ALDS against the Yankees? Yeah, me neither. The Tribe must win these games in KC (starting with CC tonight) to lock in that one seed.
Interestingly enough, I heard ESPN's baseball genius, the Dali lama himself, Peter Gammons say this morning on Mike and Mike that he thinks the Red Sox would choose the shorter series if they finish with the best record. The reason being they would want one less day of rest for the Angels bullpen. He said no doubt the Indians would choose the longer series so they can start "the best one-two punch in baseball," C.C. Sabathia and Fausto Carmona twice on regular rest. As I said to my friend Jeremy last night, if we can't win a series with CC and Fausto going twice, then we don't deserve to move on.
Meanwhile, the Yankees have lifted "the Joba Rules" for the playoffs, so we will see their fire-balling set up man Joba Chamberlain in back to back games for the first time this season. Between that, the fact that the Yankees strangely enough haven't faced C.C. Sabathia in three years, and the mystery of Roger Clemens' leg injury, there will be storylines aplenty come next week.
We will try something new here. To get you jacked for Tribe playoff action, here are some Tribe related youtube videos from past and present to enjoy: