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And Sunday, Brian Duensing was designated for assignment.So what does that mean for the roster we’ll see on Thursday? Here are a couple of clues, via Mark Gonzales in the Tribune. First, about the last reliever on the staff:Reading between the lines there, it would appear Kyle Ryan has the inside track to the last spot in the bullpen. Rosario has options remaining, so he probably starts the year at Iowa, and so does Webster. If the Cubs kept Webster on the Opening Day roster, they’d have to run him through waivers to keep him if they wanted to send him to Iowa at any point during the 2019 season.Regarding the last position player now that Happ will open the season in Des Moines, it looks like that could very well be Mark Zagunis:So, here’s how the Opening Day roster appears to stack up, unless there’s a last-minute addition from outside the organization. That appears unlikely at this point, even though the Cubs continue to look at relievers and backup catchers.Pitchers (13)Starters: Jon Lester, Yu Darvish, Cole Hamels, Kyle Hendricks Jeurys Familia Jersey , Jose QuintanaRelievers: Pedro Strop, Steve Cishek, Mike Montgomery, Carl Edwards Jr., Brad Brach, Brandon Kintzler, Tyler Chatwood, Kyle RyanCatchers (2)Willson Contreras, Victor CaratiniInfielders (6)Anthony Rizzo, Ben Zobrist, Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, David Bote, Daniel DescalsoOutfielders (4)Kyle Schwarber, Albert Almora Jr. Mike Piazza Jersey , Jason Heyward, Mark Zagunis The New York Yankees and the Oakland A's will get the American League postseason started Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium.That game will determine who plays the Boston Red Sox in one of the American League Division Series.The other series has been set, seemingly for weeks. The Cleveland Indians and the Houston Astros, the last two American League participants in the World Series, will meet for the right to go to the American League Championship Series.The Indians lost the 2016 Series in heartbreaking fashion, dropping the seventh game in extra innings to the Chicago Cubs. The Astros won last year's championship, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers in seven games. Indians vs. Astros ScheduleFriday, October 5: Indians at Astros, Game 1, TBSSaturday, October 6: Indians at Astros, Game 2, TBSMonday, October 8: Astros at Indians, Game 3 , TBSTuesday, October 9: Astros at Indians, Game 4*, TBSThursday, October 11: Indians at Astros, Game 5*, TBS*If necessaryAll postseason games can be live-streamed atMLB.TV.Even though the Red Sox led all of baseball with 108 wins, both the Indians and the Astros are powerful teams that could represent the AL in the World Series once again.The Indians have explosive power bats in the middle of their lineup whoare capable of devastating any pitching staff. Jose Ramirez led the Tribe with 39 home runs and he also had 106 RBI and a .555 slugging percentage. Shortstop Francisco Lindor tallied 38 home runs, scored 129 runs, drove in 92 and had a .519 slugging percentage. Edwin Encarnacion delivered 32 home runs and knocked in a team-high 107 runs.Former Blue Jay Josh Donaldson could turn out to be an X-factor in the series. Donaldson was traded to Cleveland at the trade deadline, and while he played in just 16 games this year due to injuries and had three home runs and seven RBI, he is capable of getting hot and driving the ball consistently in big situations.The pitching staff has largely been responsible for Cleveland's success, and Corey Kluber is once again the ace of the staff with a 20-7 record, 222 strikeouts, a 2.89 ERA and 0.99 WHIP. He is joined by starters Mike Clevinger , Carlos Carrasco and Trevor Bauer.The Indians are hoping that their once-formidable bullpen can dominate in the postseason.Cleveland manager Terry Francona believes the preparation in leading up to Friday's series opener is a big key."I think the Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday (before the playoffs) are way more important than your last couple of games," Francona said, per Joe Noga of "I think the way you handle those off days is how you create momentum going into the playoffs."The Astros won the World Series a year ago largely because of their ability to come through with clutch at-bats. While they don't have quite the power that the Indians do from their top sluggers, the Astros are a confident team that has an excellent chance to repeat last year's postseason success.Alex Bregman had a brilliant year with a 31 home runs to lead the team, along with 103 RBI and a .532 slugging percentage. George Springer is one of the team's triggers as he belted 22 home runs and scored 102 runs.Jose Altuve battled through injuries this season but appears healthy for the playoffs. The 2017 MVP hit .315 with 13 home runs and scored84 runs in 137 games.The Astros may have the best starting pitching of any team in the postseason with Justin Verlander, Dallas Keuchel, Gerrit Cole and Charlie Morton. All four started 30 or more games, and Verlander is the ace of the group with a 16-9 record, 290 strikeouts and a 2.52 ERA.These are two brilliant and experienced teams, and it would be somewhat surprising if the series does not go five games.