Kluber was still recovering from a minor injury in preparation for the ALDS, so it makes perfect sense that he is now back to begin the ALCS. It puts him in position to also start Game 5, while being an option out of the bullpen in Game 7 if the series goes that far.
He is followed by Trevor Bauer and Josh Tomlin, while the bullpen day may make an appearance in the postseason. That is, if Mike Clevinger is unable to go deep into the game due to performance or if he is needed out of the bullpen earlier in the series.
There is so much room for speculation heading into the series, but Kluber seems to be the one constant on this team. While hitters go through slumps and some pitchers struggle, Kluber is there as a reliable source of domination for the Indians. Things can always change in the postseason, but his one start in the ALDS seemed to show he was not affected by the added pressure of playoff baseball. There is no guarantee this great play will continue in the ALCS, but there is nothing that makes it seem like Kluber is set for a major collapse.
While we wait until tomorrow’s first pitch, let’s take a look at the news surrounding the Indians and the rest of the MLB in today’s edition of A.M. Wahoo’s.