The Indians will be looking for redemption after blowing a 3-1 lead to the Chicago Cubs in last year's World Series, widely considered to be one of the best World Series of recent memory.
The Yankees' bullpen has some exhausted arms heading into Thursday night's ALDS Game 1 at Progressive Field in Cleveland. That's when James revealed his allegiance with the Yankees, despite his Indians support. If the series goes the distance, Kluber would pitch Game 5 on October 11 on his normal four days rest. I liked them because they gave me hope of being a victor. Sonny Gray, who gets the ball in Game, started three games against the Tribe this season, two with the Oakland Athletics and one with the Yankees. The former New York Yankees shortstop joined new controlling owner Bruce Sherman in speaking publicly for the first time Tuesday about their group's $1.2 billion purchase of the Marlins.
The 27-year-old pitcher lost his Yankees' debut in a matchup with the Indians. In eight career starts against the Indians, he is 3-3 with a 3.38 ERA. In the wild card game alone there were three home runs hit, which accounted for all but two of their runs. Despite a poor performance from ace pitcher Luis Severino, the Yankees advanced to the ALDS with a win over the Minnesota Twins during Tuesday night's AL Wild Card Game. Bauer comes in with a 1.37 WHIP and 196 strikeouts over 176 1/3 innings.
The Cleveland Indians, who won a record 22 straight games earlier this year, enter the playoffs as 3-to-1 favorites to win the World Series, according to Vegas predictions.
In the bottom of the seventh the Yankees tacked on an insurance run following a bases loaded walk to Aaron Hicks, giving the Yankees and 8-4 lead.
This is a club that has arrived ahead of schedule, and they'll be the ones expected to play loose, take calculated risks and - for many - to fully immerse themselves in their first big-league playoff series. Series matches two of baseball's deepest, most versatile bullpens. The Yankees' bullpen, specifically Chapman and Betances, will struggle to throw strikes. The team is in a position where there is a surplus of talent to choose from, in contrast to previous year when it was the Corey Kluber and Andrew Miller show. The Rockies hadn't made the playoffs since 2009 and posted their most wins since that season. Game 2 will take place tomorrow night, airing on MLB TV, at 5:08pm ET. That is the best mark in the American League. The goal from Day One wasn't to win the AL Central or have a record winning streak, but to get back to the World Series and finish the job. During the regular season, the Astros have led nearly every offensive category, while hitting 237 HR, placing them second in the Major League Baseball behind the Yankees.