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Cleveland Indians: Bracing for impact of three-batter minimum

Imagine the following scenario. In fact, don’t even worry about imagining it, because something very much like it is definitely going to happen in 2020.

The Cleveland Indians hold a 5-1 lead heading into the ninth inning of a game. Brad Hand has pitched in three of the Tribe’s last five contests, and Terry Francona would rightfully prefer not to overwork him in a non-save situation.

The pitcher who does start the ninth inning–let’s call him Nick Wittgren–walks the first hitter he faces on four pitches. None of them are anywhere near the plate.