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Charlie Sheen is a massive baseball fan, not just because he starred in films about the game, but because he grew up playing it. Now, the actor who brought Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn to life is lending his baseball insight to The Hollywood Reporter for his water cooler-style recaps after each game of the World Series between the Cubs, and “his team,” the Indians. Here is his recap of Game 2:
Suddenly, it was that 103-win team.
These guys are so dangerous, and now you have got to go back to Chicago facing [Game 3 starting pitcher Kyle] Hendricks, who I think at home has an ERA of about 1.5. I mean, look at what he did to the Dodgers in game six [of the National League Championship Series]. His pitches were invisible.
Now I’m worried the damn thing is not going to make it back to Cleveland. There was a definite, big momentum shift. I’m not giving up hope. I am not losing faith, but you watch this game long enough and you can just kind of feel when things have shifted.
That is going to be the loudest stadium of perhaps any playoffs ever.
The wheels are going to be coming off that place. But I was texting a bunch of buddies of mine that this thing is going to seven. Now we have got to deal with Hendricks, and you’ve got [Game 4 starting pitcher John] Lackey, and then it comes around again to [pitcher Jon] Lester. So, the Indians have to steal one game. I think they are going to be lucky to get back to Cleveland stuck 3-2.
I was a little bit surprised [by the Indians’ only getting a single run]. But after seeing what the Dodgers did to [pitcher Jake] Arrieta in his previous start — he was pulled from the game in the fourth after giving up four runs — a guy that good, a guy that dialed in was not going to have back-to-back games like that. He didn’t give up a hit until the sixth.
I have been following [relief pitcher Aroldis] Chapman since his rise through the [Cincinnati] Reds’ organization. How do you hit that? You just have to swing to a spot and hope it’s there.
And can you imagine in 40-degree weather facing a pitch at 103 mph? Then he dumps in a slider at 89 mph; the averages favor him at the point. It’s pretty f—ing crazy.
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