Indians vs. Tigers: Steel Cage Edition

There’s not much to really say about tonight’s game or even the two games that follow it.  If I have to explain why these next three days will be important in determining the Indians potential postseason fate then don’t bother reading any further.  You either get it or you don’t.

These three games could be the catalyst that propels the Indians back into first place.  They may also help determine what we will say when we eventually look back on this season.  Was it a massive success or monumental failure?  In 72 hours we will have a better understanding of where this is all headed in the grand scheme of things.

If you’re a fan of the Indians, (I’m taking a guess and saying you are.  Why else would you be reading this then?  Of course you could be some weirdo Yankees fan that I just so happen to be engaged to who is reading this to find out if I’ve made fun of her and her stupid baseball team again… but I digress.) you have to like how this is shaping up for the Indians.  They get to throw Josh Tomlin, David Huff, and Ubaldo Jimenez at the Tigers while conveniently missing out on having to face Justin Verlander themselves.  Talk about your all-time big breaks.  The way I see it, there’s no reason why the Indians can;t sweep this series.  At the very least I expect them to pull out 2 of 3 and come back to Cleveland up .5 in the Central.

The only downside to this weekend is the fact that Jason Kipnis has landed himself on the DL with a hamstring.  I find that to be a bit odd.  I have two hamstrings and I get around just fine… Hey Oh!  But seriously, Kipnis’ trip to the DL cleared space for the return of the one and only… Luis “No Bueno” Valbuena.  That sound you just heard was be slamming my skull in the desk drawer.  Maybe if we play our cards right we’ll get to see Valbuena play the outfield.  It’s not like they have one of the most massive outfields in all of baseball.  It could be wildly entertaining for Detroit fans… frustrating as all hell for us though.  I just hope and pray we never see him take the field.  If he does, something will have gone very, very wrong this weekend.

Anyways, I’m excited for this weekend.  It’s shaping up to be a good one.  To help sweeten the sports stew for the weekend we also have the Browns taking on the Lions in the annual Great Lakes Classic, aka The GLC.  Never before has a game that means so little meant so much.  Hopefully the Browns can pull of a win tonight and bring the steel barge trophy back home where it belongs… to the storage closet somewhere in the bowels of Cleveland Browns Stadium.

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