CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – After nearly a week of hardcore scoreboard watching, the Cleveland Indians finally know where they will begin their upcoming postseason quest.
They’re coming home.
Sunday’s victory by the Indians over the Kansas City Royals and a loss by the Boston Red Sox at home against the Toronto Blue Jays clinched home field advantage for Cleveland in the first-round matchup between the Tribe and Sox, meaning the ALDS will open at Progressive Field on Thursday.
The Indians will host Game 1, Game 2, and if necessary, Game 5 of the best-of-five series.
Times for the ALDS games have yet to be announced.
Game 1 will feature a pitching matchup of Cleveland’s Trevor Bauer (12-8, 4.26) and Boston’s Rick Porcello (22-4, 3.15). Corey Kluber (18-9, 3.14) and David Price (17-9, 3.99) will square off in Game 2 of the ALDS.
Josh Tomlin (13-9, 4.4) will go in Game 3 for Cleveland. Boston has not announced their starter for the third game of the series.
Home field could potentially become a big advantage for the Indians, who have played much better at Progressive Field this season. Cleveland finished with a record of 53-28 at home and 41-39 on the road this season.
Boston went 46-35 away from Fenway Park in 2016.
Meanwhile, victories by the Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles officially eliminated the Detroit Tigers from the postseason, making Cleveland’s makeup game against the Tigers on Monday unnecessary.
The Indians have now played one game fewer than a full season schedule (161 games) in each of the last two campaigns.