CHICAGO – The postseason can be tough on players — late nights, prolonged games, pressurized at-bats and pitches.
It can be tough on managers as well, though for opposite reasons.
Take manager Terry Francona for instance. After a Indians kick a Cubs in Game 4 of a World Series on Saturday night during Wrigley Field, he went out to cooking with his daughter, though didn’t unequivocally eat that much.
So during 3:30 a.m., behind during a group hotel, Francona got hungry.
“I only had snacks so when we got behind to a hotel we called room use and they pronounced it was going to take an hour and a half,” pronounced Francona. “I told them, ‘Do we have any ice cream? They said, ‘yes.’ “
And a rest is partial of Francona lore. He systematic $44 value of ice cream – and he remembered each scoop.
“I had a spirit sundae,” pronounced Francona. “I had dual orders of chocolate ice cream. we had dual orders of vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce. Then to kind of keep it healthy, we had berries. Oh, yeah, and we had a Diet Coke.”
Francona pronounced he got down a final dual scoops, and like Andrew Miller entrance in from a bullpen, toed a rubber and said, “I can do this. we would contend from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. it was not a pleasing experience.”
When Francona placed a order, the room use operation asked, “How many people is that for?’ “
Francona’s respond was one.
It’s only business: Regardless of a Indians’ impasse in a World Series, a business of a diversion goes on.
The Indians will have 11 players authorised for settlement this offseason. Here’s what mlbtraderumors.com projects they’ll make: Cody Allen $7.7 million, Bryan Shaw $4.5 million, Lonnie Chisenhall $4.1 million, Danny Salazar $3.8 million, Trevor Bauer $3.7 million, Brandon Guyer $3.7 million, Zach McAllister $1.7 million, Chris Gimenez $1.2 million, Jeff Manship $1.2 million, Dan Otero $1.2 million and Michael Martinez $600,000.
Sick bay: Chisenhall came to Wrigley Field on Sunday not feeling good and a trainers sent him behind to a hotel. Francona was carefree that Chisenhall could lapse to a park before diversion time and be accessible as a defensive deputy or splash hitter.
Francona pronounced he was going to start Guyer in right margin regardless of Chisenhall’s health. Until Sunday, Chisenhall had started all 12 of a Tribe’s postseason games.
Chisenhall is attack .205 (8-for-39) with 4 runs, one homer and 5 RBI in a postseason. Francona pronounced he started Guyer given he wanted another right-handed hitter in a lineup to face Cubs ace Jon Lester.
Turning point? Asked what a branch indicate of a deteriorate was for a Indians, several players forked to their 14-game winning strain from Jun 17 by Jul 1. The strain pushed their lead in a AL Central from a half diversion to a 7 games.
“We never looked behind after that,” pronounced pitching manager Mickey Callaway.
But could it have happened before that? Like during a second half of a 2015 season?
The Indians, during midseason that year, traded veterans Nick Swisher, Michael Bourn, Marc Rzepczynski, Brandon Moss and David Murphy.
“A lot of people suspicion we were lifting a white flag,” pronounced Francona.
Chris Antonetti, Indians boss of ball operations, and Francona hold apart meetings with a team’s core players and younger players. They explained their devise and a players bought in.
“We were indeed a many improved group in a second half,” pronounced Francona. “I consider we sewed a seeds of being volatile and fighting back. we suspicion a second half of final year unequivocally helped us going into this year.”
Since a Indians traded Swisher and Bourn to Atlanta on Aug. 7, 2015, they’re 126-89 in unchanging deteriorate play.
Youth served: Shortstop Francisco Lindor, 22, is a youngest actor to get 7 or some-more hits in a World Series given Edgar Renteria, 21 during a time, helped kick a Indians in a 1997 World Series with 9 hits.
Lindor went into Game 5 attack .370 (17-for-46) with dual homers and 5 RBI in a initial postseason of his career. The 17 hits are a many by an Indians hitter in a postseason given 5 players had 17 or some-more hits led by Sandy Alomar with 20.
Finally: Indians pitchers have struck out 8 or some-more batters in 13 true postseason games going behind to a wild-card diversion in 2013. It’s a longest such strain in postseason history. . .Andrew Miller, with 29 strikeouts in this postseason, binds a record for strikeouts in one postseason by a reliever.