Notes: Tribe gearing up for playoffs
Club not lamenting fact that they will play in seven-day ALDS
KANSAS CITY -- The Indians felt they would have had what general manager Mark Shapiro called a "significant strategic advantage" in the American League Division Series if they could have won the right to pick the eight-day scenario that begins Wednesday.After all, in that scenario, they would have had the opportunity to pitch dual aces C.C. Sabathia and Fausto Carmona twice on regular rest, if the series went the five-game distance. But just because the club landed the seven-day series against the Yankees that begins Thursday doesn't mean Shapiro views it as a strategic disadvantage. "It's a normal playoff scenario," Shapiro said. "Any other year, there wouldn't have even been a choice. Obviously, we wanted to play for every advantage possible. But we're going into a normal playoff scenario with home-field advantage. That's a good thing." Assistant GM Chris Antonetti heard this as he walked by and joked, "In other words, we're panicked." Hardly. The Indians still feel comfortable with the situation, which will force them to carry 11 pitchers, rather than 10, and start Paul Byrd in Game 4, rather than Sabathia a second time. "I feel good about all four of our starters," manager Eric Wedge said. "They've done a great job for us. They're guys we can count on. You know what you're going to get from 'em. That's what you're looking for." The comfort comes from the numbers. Tribe starters led the Majors in workload carried this season, with 1,021 1/3 innings pitched this season. Third starter Jake Westbrook has a 2.94 ERA in his past 12 starts, and the veteran Byrd won 15 games this season. The team's overall starter ERA was 4.19, which was the best mark in the AL. The Yankees, meanwhile, have a starter ERA of 4.58, ranking eighth in the league. Byrd has pitched more complete games (two) than their entire team (one).
American League Division Series schedule
|Wed., Oct. 3||6:30 p.m.||Fenway Park||TBS|
|Fri., Oct. 5||8:30 p.m.||Fenway Park||TBS|
|Sun. Oct. 7||3 p.m.||Angel Stadium||TBS|
|*Mon. Oct. 8||9:30 p.m.||Angel Stadium||TBS|
|*Wed. Oct. 10||8:30 p.m.||Fenway Park||TBS|
|Thu., Oct. 4||6:30 p.m.||Jacobs Field||TBS|
|Fri., Oct. 5||5 p.m.||Jacobs Field||TBS|
|Sun. Oct. 7||6:30 p.m.||Yankee Stadium||TBS|
|*Mon. Oct. 8||6 p.m.||Yankee Stadium||TBS|
|*Wed. Oct. 10||5 p.m.||Jacobs Field||TBS|
|* If necessary. All times ET.|
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.