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Jose Ramirez went 2-for-3 with two doubles, a walk, three RBI, and a run scored in the Indians' 10-9 loss to the Yankees in Game 2 of the Wild Card Round.

Fantasy Impact: Ramirez went 3-for-7 with three doubles and two walks in the two-game set against New York. He did all he could, but the Indians' superb rotation ultimately wasn't able to slow down the Bronx Bombers. Still, it was an incredible season for Ramirez. The 28-year-old could very well be named the American League MVP next month.

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Carlos Carrasco couldn't make it out of the fourth in the Indian's Game 2 loss to the Yankees on Wednesday, giving up four runs on two hits and three walks over three innings pitched.

Fantasy Impact: This was a strange start for Carrasco and it wasn't his fault. The start time of this game was pushed back due to rain and there was then a rain delay in the first inning. It might've messed with the starting pitchers as Masahiro Tanaka struggled as well. Still, Carrasco just wasn't able to effectively navigate the circumstances. The 33-year-old put up a 2.91 ERA in 12 regular season starts, and he'll enter the 2021 campaign as a rock-solid SP2 in fantasy.

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Francisco Lindor went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in the Indians' Game 1 loss to the Yankees on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: Josh Naylor was the only Cleveland hitter who was able to get anything going against Cole. Lindor led off the the Indians in this one, but he wasn't the catalyst they needed. The club will now face Masahiro Tanaka with their backs to the wall on Wednesday.

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Josh Naylor went 4-for-4 with a homer, two doubles, and two runs scored in the Indians' 12-3 Game 1 loss to the Yankees on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: Gerrit Cole was in complete control in this one, but he just couldn't figure out Naylor. Acquired from the Padres in the Mike Clevinger deal, Naylor didn't do much during the regular season. In fact, he homered just once in 40 games. The lefty will likely be a popular DFS play in Game 2 on Wednesday.

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Shan Bieber had his worst start of the season in the Indian's playoff opener against the Yankees, giving up seven runs on nine hits over 4 2/3 innings pitched.

Fantasy Impact: Bieber struck out seven but was ultimately hit too hard and too often to give Cleveland a chance to win this one. DJ LeMahieu began the game with a single to right and Aaron Judge followed with a two-run homer. Bieber later gave up another homer to Gleyber Torres en route to a 12-3 loss. Bieber is going to win the American League Cy Young this year but he couldn't come through when Cleveland needed him most. The Indians' backs are to the wall. Carlos Carrasco will start Game 2 opposite Masahiro Tanaka.

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Cleveland right-hander Cal Quantrill allowed two runs (one earned) over three innings in an 8-6 win over the Pirates on Sunday. He struck out two and allowed one homer.

Fantasy Impact: The Indians went with a bullpen game to assure that their rotation is set for the start of the playoffs. Quantrill had a quiet breakout campaign in 2020, finishing with a 2-0 record, 2.25 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and 31 strikeouts in 32 innings of work. He will return to the bullpen for the Wild Card round, which starts vs. the Yankees on Tuesday.

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Brad Hand saves 16th game

Mon, Sep 28th 6:05am EDT
By Matthew Terelle

Cleveland closer Brad Hand got the final four outs on Sunday to preserve an 8-6 win over the Pirates. He struck out one.

Fantasy Impact: Hand finishes the 2020 regular season with a 2-1 record, 2.05 ERA, 0.77 WHIP, and 29 strikeouts in 22 innings of work. He went a perfect 16-for-16 in save chances. Cleveland faces the Yankees in the Wild Card round of the playoffs, starting Tuesday.

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Cleveland first baseman Carlos Santana went 3-for-3 with two doubles, a homer, a walk, three runs, and four RBI in an 8-6 win over the Pirates on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Santana struggled through much of the regular season but his bat came to life in the season finale. He finishes the 2020 season with a .199 average, eight homers, 34 runs, and 30 RBI. He will get ready to face the Yankees in the Wild Card round on Tuesday.

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Cleveland DH Franmil Reyes went 1-for-3 with a three-run homer in an 8-6 win over the Pirates on Sunday. He finished with four RBI.

Fantasy Impact: Reyes hadn't homered in over two weeks. The young slugger finishes the 2020 regular season with a .275 average, nine homers, 27 runs, and 34 RBI. He will get ready to face the Yankees on Tuesday in the Wild Card round of the playoffs.

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Cleveland right-hander Aaron Civale struggled in his final start of the regular season, giving up eight runs in four innings. He struck out four and walked none.

Fantasy Impact: Not a great outing for Civale, who pitched well in 2020. He finishes the regular season with a 4-6 record, 4.74 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, and 69 strikeouts in 74 innings of work. He will pitch out of the bullpen in the first round of the playoffs.

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Cleveland Indians second baseman Cesar Hernandez went 1-for-4 with an RBI double and a walk in a 4-3 win over the Pirates on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: Hernandez delivered a walk-off double to give the Tribe a win. It was his second walk-off hit of the season, with both coming in September. Hernandez is hitting .282 with three homers, 33 runs, and 20 RBI in his first season in Cleveland.

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Cleveland right-hander Zach Plesac allowed four runs over 6 2/3 innings in a 5-4 win over the White Sox on Thursday. Plesac struck out seven and walked two.

Fantasy Impact: Plesac took a no-decision in his final outing of the regular season. He finishes 2020 with a 4-2 record, 2.28 ERA, 0.80 WHIP, and 57 strikeouts in 55 1/3 innings of work.

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Cleveland outfielder Jordan Luplow went 1-for-4 with a walk-off solo homer in a 3-2 win over the White Sox on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Luplow struck out in his other three at-bats but his ninth-inning walk-off homer made up for that. The Indians have now won two straight games over Chicago with walk-off homers. Luplow is hitting just .190 with one homer and six RBI on the year.

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Indians rookie Triston McKenzie is available out of the bullpen on Tuesday against the White Sox. (Source: Mandy Bell on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Indians are prepping McKenzie to possibly pitch out of the pen during the playoffs. He was originally scheduled to start on Friday, but he could wind up being scratched from that. The 23-year-old hit a bit of a speed bump in early-September but has mostly been downright impressive this year. McKenzie owns a 3.68 ERA to go along with 36 strikeouts in 29 1/3 innings on the season.


Cleveland outfielder Oscar Mercado went 1-for-3 with a solo homer in a 3-2 loss to the Cubs on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Mercado took Chicago starter Jon Lester deep for a solo shot in the fifth inning, his first homer of the season. Mercado is hitting .152 with six runs, six RBI, and three steals in 2020.

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The Indians sent RHP Dominic Leone outright to their alternate training site. (Source: Tribeinsider on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Leone was DFA'd last week and cleared waivers. He has an 8.38 ERA in 12 appearances this season.

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Cleveland outfielder Delino DeShields made an appearance as a pinch-runner and stole a base in a 7-5 loss to the Twins on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: DeShields pinch-ran for catcher Sandy Leon and stole his third base of the season. DeShields is hitting .247 with five runs and three RBI in 77 at-bats in his first season with Cleveland.

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Cleveland catcher Sandy Leon went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI in an 8-6 loss to the Royals on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: Leon hit a solo shot off KC starter Jakob Junis in the second inning. The veteran catcher is hitting .140 with two homers, four runs, and three RBI in 57 at-bats.

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Cleveland reliever James Karinchak struggled in a relief appearance in a 7-1 loss to the Brewers on Friday. Karinchak allowed a two-run homer in his inning of work while striking out two.

Fantasy Impact: Karinchak served up a two-run bomb to Keston Huira in the frame. The reliever was unhittable for most of the season but his past three appearances have been ugly as he's allowed five runs in 2 1/3 innings of work.

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The Indians sent Domingo Santana outright to their alternate training site. (Source: Tribeinsider on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Santana cleared waivers after being DFA'd. He was just 11-for-70 at the plate this summer.

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