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It's Not So Bad; Or, How Aaron Laffey Potentially Rescued the Season

To get the obvious out of the way, it sucks big time that the Indians now have to win a game 7 to avoid the defeat that Fox, MLB, and the MSM has been yearning for.  And, yes, the Sox have all of the momentum, for whatever that's worth (didn't do the Indians much good in game 5, after all).

I haven't gone through the game threads from last night, so I apologize if this was already discussed, but it seems to me that there was one potentially very good result out of last night's game.  Laffey completely saved the bullpen last night, in particular Lewis & Betancourt.  The Indians now go into tonight's game with Westbrook, Byrd, Lewis, and Betancourt rested and ready.  In other words, the Indians have their entire complement of pitchers who have been effective in this series at their disposal for tonight's game.  Looked at in this way, a close loss last night would have been much worse for the Indians than the blowout because almost certainly Lewis and Betancourt would have been used (perhaps for multiple innings).  

Of course, if Westbrook gets his ass kicked in tonight, none of this will much matter.  But I've got a good feeling about Jake.  Go Tribe!  

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