By Paul Hoynes, cleveland.com | Posted October 06, 2018 at 10:38 AM | Updated October 06, 2018 at 10:50 AM
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Indians right-hander Corey Kluber heads for the dugout after being removed from Game 1 of the ALDS on Friday. (David J. Phillip/AP)
Is Corey Kluber’s legacy being tarnished by postseason record?
Hey Hoynsie: At what point do we admit Corey Kluber is just not a big game pitcher? It’s one thing to get 20 wins against a division like the current AL Central. It’s another to perform in the postseason. Will another postseason stinker like Friday impact his legacy in Cleveland? — Bobby, Albuquerque, N.M.
Hey, Bobby: I’ve watched Kluber make almost every one of his big-league starts. I watched him win two Cy Young Awards and carry an injured starting rotation to Game 7 of the World Series in 2016. This season he beat Houston, Milwaukee, Boston and Tampa Bay during the regular season.
I think he’s the best starter the Indians have. Last year he was hurt in the ALDS and did not pitch well. On Friday, he flat-out pitched poorly.
He may have been over-pitched last September, but this time around the Indians made sure he had enough rest going down the stretch. Sometimes you just don’t perform well.
I’m not much of a legacy guy. When a player’s career is over, his numbers tell the story. So far Kluber’s story makes a good read.
Yandy Diaz. (Chuck Crow, The Plain Dealer)
When can the Indians change their postseason roster?
Hey, Hoynsie: When a MLB team picks its 25-man roster for the postseason, is it for the entire postseason? Or do teams get a chance to change it for the ALCS and the World Series? — Joe Nagy, North Ridgeville.
Hey, Joe: A team can change its roster when it advances to the ALCS and the World Series. For instance if the Indians had advanced to the ALCS last year, there’s a good chance they would have added Yandy Diaz, who made the ALDS roster this year.
Teams that advance from the ALDS to the ALCS usually make a couple of changes because they’re going from a best-of-five series to a best-of-seven series.
Tribe DH Edwin Encarnacion (right) and Houston catcher Martin Maldonado. (Bob Levey, Getty Images)