The Indians, with the addition of Josh Donaldson, have one of the best lineups in baseball. When you think of the big names in said lineup, you may forget about Yan Gomes. Gomes was an All-Star this year and a Silver-Slugger Award winner back in 2014.
A look back at Gomes’ season
Gomes posted a slash line of .266/.313/.449 this season and has been a dangerous part in the bottom third of the Tribe’s order. This performance was a huge boost for the Tribe’s offense, because Gomes has failed to put together good offensive seasons the past few years. The catcher posted the third-best WAR of his career (2.2) and continued to throw out runners consistently this season. For the most part, 2018 has been a healthy year for Gomes. He has only had to deal with a few minor injuries this season, and the last month has given a reason for the Indians to be confident in him offensively.
Over the last month, Gomes has put together a nice .327/.347/.531 slash line. He has been on one of his best stretches of his career offensively. He did suffer a minor thumb injury on Sep. 29 against the Royals, but will be ready to go for Friday’s Game 1 against the Astros. The injury may have a small effect on Gomes, but since he is already slated to be in the lineup on Friday, it seems like it won’t be a factor in Gomes’ playing time. He will come into the playoffs on one of the hottest stretches of any Indian player. Gomes being effective at the plate this postseason could be the difference in the Tribe making a run.
The Indians, behind Corey Kluber, and the Astros, behind Justin Verlander, will square off at Minute Maid Park on Friday at 2:05 p.m. ET for Game 1 of the ALDS.
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