The View from Pluto

Sports are a huge part of life in Northeast Ohio:  the good, the bad and the ugly.  There's the Browns, Cavs and Indians, not to mention a wealth of college action.  Every Wednesday morning, sports writer Terry Pluto from the Cleveland Plain Dealer stops by talk about it all with Amanda Rabinowitz.

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Amanda Rabinowitz / WKSU

The Indians face a must-win game at home tonight against the Yankees. The winner of game five moves on to face the Houston Astros in the American League Championship Series beginning Friday.

Few people thought it would come down to a fifth game when the Indians had been rolling for so long. Before the two games in New York, the Indians had not lost two games in a row since the middle of August.

“They went six weeks, basically playing every day, without losing two in a row,” said WKSU sports commentator Terry Pluto. “They kept winning.”

Indians World Series
Amanda Rabinowitz / WKSU

The Indians will take on the New York Yankees in their first playoff series beginning Thursday night at Progressive Field. New York won the wildcard game last night against the Minnesota Twins.

WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says one of the more interesting things to come out of yesterday was the decision by Indians manager Terry Francona to start pitcher Trevor Bauer in game one tomorrow, instead of ace Corey Kluber.

LeBron James didn’t just stick to sports during a 45-minute press conference during Monday’s Cavs’ Media Day. The always outspoken superstar doubled down on his criticism of President Donald Trump, and backed up his weekend tweets in response to Trump uninviting the Golden State Warriors from a White House visit.

WKSU commentator Terry Pluto talks about what he liked from James' comments, and what he wished James wouldn't have said. 

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Cleveland Indians

The Indians are riding a high heading into the postseason. They’ve won their second consecutive American League Central Division title, fueled by a historic 22-game winning streak.  WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says it’s vindication for Indians owner, Paul Dolan.

"Dolans are cheap; that's all you hear," Pluto says.

The Indians have made history, winning their 20th straight game to tie a streak set by the Oakland A’s in 2002. A win on Wednesday would shatter a record on the books since 1935. The streak has propelled the team to the best record in the American League.

WKSU commentator Terry Pluto  says at the heart of all this winning is a special team culture.