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Cleveland has a chance to wrap up its ALDS Brian Goodwin Jersey against the Yankees on Wednesday night.Thats a pretty common situation for this franchise, and thats why fans are slightly terrified. Theyve already watched their team lose two potential elimination games in this series, turning a 2-0 lead into a 2-2 tie with one winner-take-all game remaining. Thats pre sure, right?We don't view it like that, manager Terry Francona said during Tuesdays pre s conference. I think if you viewed it like that, you could set yourself up to pre s. We play every game like it's our last game. I mean, that's the hope. And our group does a good job of that.Recent October history has not been kind to this fan base.MORE: Let's embrace the Miller-Britton Theory of Playoff Bullpen ManagementSince losing Game 7 of the 1997 World Series, Cleveland has played 10 multiple-game playoff series (not counting the one-game wild-card in 2013). Cleveland has had the series lead in all 10 of those playoff series, but has won just four of those 10.This is a franchise thats had an incredibly tough time closing out playoff series. In 1999, Cleveland had a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five ALDS and lost three in a row to the Red Sox (allowing 44 in those three lo ses). In 2001, Cleveland had a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five ALDS but lost two in a row Washington Nationals Alternate Jerseys to the Mariners (by a combined score of 9-3). In 2007, Cleveland had a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven ALCS but lost three in a row to the Red Sox (by a combined score of 30-5). In 2016, Cleveland had a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven World Series, but lost three in a row to the Cubs (including Game 7 in the 10th inning).In fact, since that 1997 World Series ended in heartbreak, Cleveland is just 4-17 in potential series-clinching games. Thats horrific.Heres the thing, though: None of that matters on Wednesday at Progre sive Field.It doesnt matter that the 1999 club suddenly Tanner Roark Jersey served up batting practice pitches for three games, or that the 2007 club forgot how to hit or pitch against Boston. History proves that history has no impact on the future. The Cubs broke their 108-year streak with last years World Series title. The White Sox snapped an 88-year title-le s streak in 2005, a year after the Red Sox ended their 86-year championship drought.And this Cleveland club feels pretty good about its chances in a winner-take-all Game 5.Our challenge is to play the best game we can and I think we will, Francona said.MORE: Every MLB team's worst postseason memory, revisitedCorey Kluber, Clevelands Game 5 starter, is coming off a brilliant season. He spent a couple of weeks on the DL, but fashioned a 2.25 ERA in 29 starts, with only 141 hits and 265 strikeouts in 203 2/3 innings pitched. If he isnt the AL Cy Young winner the votes have already been cast, but the award wont be announced until November hell be second. He carried this club to the brink of a World Series title last fall, posting an 0.89 ERA in five playoff starts before faltering a bit on short rest in Game 7.If anyone can lift Cleveland into the ALCS by himself, its this guy."It's hard to imagine giving it to somebody better, Francona said shortly after Brandon Kintzler Jersey his club lost Game 4 to the Yankees. We tried to set up for a five-game series Howie Kendrick Jersey with plans, contingency plans, and pretty much everything is there's been a lot of things happen, and we go to Game 5, we're at home, and we have Kluber."Obviously, Kluber struggled in his Game 2 start in this series. He was gone before the end of the third inning, having allowed seven hits (two homers) and six runs.I didn't pitch well, didn't have good command, didn't throw the ball where I wanted to, Kluber said Tuesday. So that's kind of what it boils down to.Still, with a guy with Klubers postseason track record pitching for a team that won 42 of its final 50 regular-season games and was 52-28 at home this year, Cleveland fans have reason for optimism.Even if its guarded optimism.


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