Indians GM Mike Chernoff On WFAN: Team 'Hungrier' After Losing To Yankees In Playoffs

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July 13, 2018 - 4:13 pm
Indians general manager Mike Chernoff

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Thanks to the Yankees, the Indians are hungrier than ever to win the World Series.

Talking to WFAN's Mike Francesa on Friday, Indians general manager Mike Chernoff said last year's ALDS loss to the Bombers has helped motivate Cleveland even more so than usual. The Indians won the first two games of the five-game playoff series before falling in three straight.

"If you remember, we came off that 22-game win streak riding high, feeling great about where we were, heading into the postseason healthier than we had been in 2016, when we made it to the World Series," Chernoff said. "I think it was sort of that shock to the system that we didn't go further in the postseason, and everybody came back even hungrier."

Cleveland enters Friday night's game against the Yankees with a 50-42 record and 7 1/2-game lead in the AL Central.

But as well as the Indians' season is going, Chernoff knows the Red Sox (66-29) and  Yankees (61-31) are having tremendous years and could be big tests in the postseason.

"You've got two really strong teams ... I do think the potential for both of those teams to add at the deadline could be a game-changer for them," said Chernoff, the son of WFAN vice president of programming Mark Chernoff.

Mike Chernoff is among the names being mentioned as a possible candidate to replace Mets general manager Sandy Alderson. He, however, could not comment on the report.