Playoff Miscellany: Crushing Loss for the Indians, One LCS Spot Remains

The Cubs haven’t lost their divisional series, and I like their chances at least as well as the Nationals today of prevailing.

But even if the Cubs did lose today, it’s not going to feel as bad as what has happened to the Indians.

Imagine being an Indians fan. Coming within a run of winning the World Series last year (after blowing a 3-1 series lead), and then streaking through an incredible 2017 season that felt like the prelude to a return to the biggest stage. The team even set a new record with a 22-game winning streak late in the year. It all felt so ordained.

And then they lost three straight games to the Yankees in the ALDS to drop that series 3-2. They’re season is over just like that. What a tremendous and disappointing thud.

For the Yankees, it was an incredible series comeback, especially when you consider that they weren’t just down 0-2, they were down 0-2 after having blown a huge lead in that second game. It sure felt like they were totally cooked. Good on them for regrouping and winning three straight.

Now the Yankees will face the Astros – another “team of destiny” type feel – in the ALCS. That should be a very fun series with a ton of offensive potential. That series starts tomorrow night in Houston at 7pm CT.

As for the other half of the grid, the Cubs will try tonight to punch their ticket to a third straight LCS, and a second straight match-up with the Dodgers. Kyle Hendricks starts for the Cubs at 7 pm on TBS, and who starts for the Nationals is still TBA. Heck, it’ll probably be Stephen Strasburg somehow.

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