On Tuesday the Indians unveiled their postseason roster for the American League Division series which starts on Thursday night at Progressive Field. In a bit of a surprise move Trevor Bauer has been named the starting pitcher for game one. The Indians will tentatively go with a 4-man rotation with Bauer to be followed by Corey Kluber in game two, Carlos Carrasco in game three and as of right now Josh Tomlin in game four. Using Bauer in game one allows Kluber to pitch game two on five days rest and be able to come back on four days rest for game five if needed. Carlos Carrasco is a no brainer for game three on the road where he has been much more effective this season. He posted an 11-2 record with a 2.65 ERA in 17 road starts. Tito Francona will have the option of coming back to Bauer in game four if he so chooses. In addition to the four starters the Indians will carry seven relievers, two catchers, six infielders and six outfielders.
Here is the breakdown of the ALDS roster:
Starting rotation (4)
Trevor Bauer, Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, Josh Tomlin
Cody Allen, Andrew Miller, Bryan Shaw, Joe Smith, Tyler Olson, Danny Salazar, Mike Clevinger
Yan Gomes, Roberto Perez
(1B) Carlos Santana, (2B) Jose Ramirez, (SS) Francisco Lindor, (3B) Giovanny Urshela, (DH) Edwin Encarnacion, (UT) Erik Gonzalez
Michael Brantley, Jay Bruce, Lonnie Chisenhall, Jason Kipnis, Austin Jackson, Greg Allen
Notable players left off of the roster include relievers Dan Otero, Nick Goody and Zach McAllister along with third baseman Yandy Diaz and outfielder Abraham Almonte. Outfielders Bradley Zimmer and Brandon Guyer are injured.
Michael Brantley will be used initially in a pinch hitting role. The Indians hope to expand his role as the series and postseason progress. Greg Allen will be utilized as a speedy pinch runner and defensive replacement in centerfield late in games.
The Indians will face the winner of the wildcard game between the Minnesota Twins and New York Yankees.