The Houston Astros will once again be playing in the American League Championship Series after routing the Cleveland Indians in game three of the American League Division Series 11-3 to complete their sweep of the Tribe.
The Indians stood no chance against the 2017 World Series Champion Houston Astros in the ALDS, losing the three games 7-2, 3-1, and 11-3 respectively after the Astros took the first two at home and completed the sweep in Cleveland. The Indians were outgunned the entire series and it was clear that the better team won.
The Cleveland Indians’ postseason drought is now at a staggering 71 years with no signs of hope on the horizon with the American League getting better and better by the year and the Indians struggling to keep pace while playing in the weakest division in baseball, the American League Central.
“We were just outplayed,” said Indians center fielder Jason Kipnis. “I wish it weren’t that simple. It just seems from top to bottom we were outscouted, outpitched, outcoached a little bit. They really did just a fantastic job over there of being ready and prepared before the series.”
“I don’t think we were underprepared, they just went out and executed and played the way you need to play to win.”
The Indians lost the 2016 World Series at the hands of the Chicago Cubs and after going up 2-0 on the New York Yankees in the 2017 American League Division Series, the Yankees pulled off one of the most improbable comebacks of the year and won the next three games. 2018, despite the incredible team that Cleveland once again has, was no exception to this trend, and it was actually worse.
“We tried. It’s tough,” Indians’ reliever Andrew Miller said. “There’s probably a million things you can point to why we didn’t win three games. It’s tough. It’s one of those things. You take the hand you’re dealt and make the most out of it. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough for us.”
The Houston Astros will continue to dominate and will face whoever wins the American League Division Series between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees.
With the Houston Astros advancing, Daryll and I both have made another correct prediction, making our standings look as follows:
Giuseppe – 4
Daryll – 3