It was celebration time at Progressive Field on Saturday, as the Indians clinched their third straight Central Division title.
They will be making their fourth postseason appearance in Terry Francona’s six years as manager and will likely face the defending World Series champion Houston Astros in the Division Series.
More good news greeted the Indians on Wednesday when it was announced that Trevor Bauer would leave the disabled list to start the series opener against Boston on Friday.
Bauer, who has been sidelined since Aug. 11, is expected to pitch twice more before the regular season is complete as the Indians try to work him back into form.
Bauer was a strong candidate to win the first Cy Young award of his career before injury struck, and ideally, he would pitch as a starter in the postseason, but it’s possible he fills a relief role out of the bullpen.
Either way, if Bauer is healthy, he will be a top-shelf weapon in October.