CLEVELAND, Ohio — Last year, Cleveland Indians manger Terry Francona was forced to make a handful of roster decisions based on sudden changes in player availability just before the start of the American League Division Series.
He went with 11 pitchers instead of 12 and left veteran relievers Zach McAllister and Dan Otero off the roster in favor of starters Danny Salazar and Mike Clevinger. Francona’s reasoning was that he could make a 25-man roster into a 27-man roster with more versatile arms in the bullpen.
This season, Francona has said he will again try to “maximize” the Tribe’s playoff roster both in the bullpen and on the bench.
In this week’s Cleveland Baseball talk podcast, Paul Hoynes and Joe Noga talk about how the Indians’ playoff rotation could shake out and how the Tribe matches up against Houston.
We also pay tribute to Josh Tomlin, who might have pitched his final game for the Indians on Thursday, and look ahead to what the team will do during the four-day break before next week’s playoff opener.
As always, we answer some reader-submitted questions. And we speculate on just how much C.C. Sabathia would miss an extra $500K.
Listen along to the show and leave your comments. You can download the audio here.