Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) - Following a tough 12-3 loss to the New York Yankees in Tuesday night's Wild Card round opener, the Cleveland Indians had one primary focus: Game 2 on Wednesday, now a do-or-die elimination game for the Tribe.
"[The Yankees] are a tough team...we knew coming in they're a tough team, and they still have to win one more game," said Indians acting manager Sandy Alomar in the postgame press conference. "So tomorrow's a different day...start back from zero again for us."
Indeed, both teams will start tomorrow with zeroes on the scoreboard, although it's a matter of if the Indians can end the contest with more runs on that board than the Bombers.
Carlos Carrasco (3-4, 2.91 ERA in 12 regular season starts) is slated to start the second game of the best-of-three opening series, 'Cookie's' first postseason start since Game 2 of the 2018 ALDS. In that game (which the Indians lost 3-1 to the Houston Astros), Carrasco gave up six hits and two runs in 5.1 innings.
Carrasco's only other postseason start? Game 3 of the 2017 ALDS, where he threw 5.2 shutout innings against the Yankees (although the Indians lost 1-0). In five starts against New York since 2016, Carrasco is 1-3 with 9 runs allowed, including that playoff outing in '17.
"We got two more games," said Indians starter Shane Bieber when describing how the Indians can recover from the Game 1 loss. "Cookie's gonna go out there, do his thing tomorrow, and hopefully I'll get the ball back as soon as possible."
Outfielder Josh Naylor added, "It's a game of failure. We were on that end tonight, and it's okay. We're gonna come back better tomorrow and just try to be thr ebest players we're going to be."
The Indians will try and stretch the series to a decisive third game as they'll take on expected Yankees Game 2 starter Masahiro Tanaka (3-3, 3.56 ERA in 10 regular season starts).