CLEVELAND-- There are two main themes that came out of Progressive Field on Tuesday, ahead of the ALDS: Anything can happen in the postseason and it will take every player to come out on top.
The Cleveland Indians play the Boston Red Sox at 8 p.m. Thursday.
The Tribe secured home-field advantage with their sweep of the Royals, with a little help from the Blue Jays. The Indians are 53-28 at home this season.
"We do have fun playing here, we feel very comfortable playing here, we score more runs here. And that usually helps," outfielder Rajai Davis said with a smile.
Cleveland has only played Boston once since May. They are 3-1 against the Red Sox this season. Shortstop Francisco Lindor said he respects the Red Sox and emphasized playoff baseball is unpredictable.
"We just have to play the game the right way and we'll see what's going to happen. Postseason's all different, it's an all different game," shortstop Francisco Lindor said.
That mentality was echoed by catcher Chris Gimenez.
"Once you get in the playoffs, anything can happen. Whoever's hot at the right time, I feel like we've been playing pretty good ball. They have as well. I just think it's just going to be a solid series," Gimenez said. "Everybody in here is looking forward to it. If you're not in this town, then there's something wrong with you."
He's also happy to have fellow catcher and team leader Yan Gomes back in the lineup. Gimenez called Gomes his best friend on the team and praised his work ethic.
"For everything he's kind of had to deal with in the last two months, you know, ever since essentially the All-Star break, it's just a very bright thing for him to be able to come back," Gimenez said. "I know it gives him a big weight of his shoulders."
Tribe closer Cody Allen doesn't think any one person or group will have to carry the workload. He said the bullpen will be key to the series, but they won't have added pressure.
"I think there's going to be 25 guys on the roster when we suit up on Thursday that are going to be very impactful," Allen said. "There are 25 guys here that are willing to share that workload and trying to figure out how to win some baseball games."