Bauer 'obviously available' for Game 3

Carrasco could be ready for a potential Game 4

Alex Hooper
October 07, 2018 - 2:46 pm
Oct 6, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Trevor Bauer (47) delivers a pitch during the sixth inning against the Houston Astros during game two of the 2018 ALDS playoff baseball series at Minute Maid Park.

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Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) – With the Cleveland Indians down 2-0 in the ALDS against the Houston Astros, the chances of Trevor Bauer starting a Game 4 at Progressive Field have diminished significantly.

The chances of a Game 4 even happening would seem slim-to-none given the Indians’ offensive performance through two games. Bauer factoring into Game 3 seems almost a given, with the team’s backs against the wall, and all hands on deck.

Manager Terry Francona said his Cy Young candidate would ‘obviously’ be available for the elimination game on Monday after a 16-pitch outing on Saturday, and 22 more on Sunday.

In the case that Bauer is used on Monday, Rookie Shane Bieber would start Tuesday’s Game 4.

“Well, it depends how we get there.” Francona said Sunday. “So we'll -- right now, we want to get to Game 4 so you can't -- it may take all hands on deck to get there. If that happens, then we'll figure it out.”

If the Indians do force a Game 4, Francona added that Game 2 starter Carlos Carrasco could be available out of the bullpen Tuesday. The righty threw just 77 pitches through 5 1/3 innings on Sunday.

“That would be the soonest,” Francona said. “That might be pushing it a little bit. A lot of it depends on how he feels, how he comes out of that. But that would definitely be a possibility.”

The manager even noted that Game 1 starter Corey Kluber asked him about potentially being able to help out of the bullpen in some capacity. Given their position, Francona will have to consider anything it takes to make Game 4 happen, and worry about Game 4 on Tuesday.