Cleveland Indians vs. New York Yankees, ALDS Game 1

Cleveland Indians vs. New York Yankees, ALDS Game 1

Cleveland Indians vs. New York Yankees, ALDS Game 1

"Right away, all hell broke loose".

NLDS- Washington Nationals vs. He could have been talking about the American League wild-card game the night before.

The East was the AL's best overall division at 20 games above.500, but that's not always an indicator of strength when you get to a short series. The Cleveland Indians and Los Angeles Dodgers are the favorites to win the title, according to the latest Vegas odds.

This wild card matchup is one for the books. This year was, uh, a little different. "But once they did, it's like they never took their foot off the gas". The Yankees and Twins were tied at three after the first inning. "So, just one of those things".

Pitch after pitch, the midges were swarming Chamberlain and as a result, the Indians continued to make runs.

The Yankees will carry 12 pitchers and two catchers for the ALDS.

GROUNDED: Bauer's run-in with the propeller on one of his hobby drones almost derailed the Indians' postseason run previous year. If they can do that, especially in Games 1 and 2, they have a great chance of upsetting the Astros.

In 11 starts since coming over to the Yankees, Gray has gone 4-7 with a 4.87 FIP and 6 quality starts. Three batters would hit a home run in their first appearance in the Wild Card game. Young right-hander Luis Severino - the team's ace for all intents and purposes - only lasted five innings that day. And they relied on their starting pitching. He went 4-7 with a 3.72 ERA in 11 outings for NY. Then 2 1/3 flawless innings from Tommy Kahnle, who came over from Chicago along with Robertson in what might prove to be the season's most impactful trade. The pen combined for 8.2 innings, allowing just one run and striking out 13. That'll screw up each team's bullpen deployment a bit.

Oct 3, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) celebrates with left fielder Brett Gardner (left) after he hit a three run home run against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning of the 2017 American League wildcard playoff baseball game at Yankee Stadium. He said after the game he was exhausted taking the mound following his sprint and, in hindsight, probably should have stopped at second base.

Sale is thrilled for Game 1, and for the rest of the series as well. The Arizona Diamondbacks played incredibly well throughout the entire season, most notably during the second half.

The Indians have all the tools necessary to make another deep post-season run given a lineup featuring plenty of power from the likes of Jose Ramirez and Edwin Encarnacion, a shutdown rotation and bullpen that can make quick work of most teams. He has been consistent in that way all season, maintaining previous year has nothing to do with this season. They hadn't been to the postseason since 2010, so this was a big step for them.

Gray, who was acquired in a deadline trade in July from Oakland to help the Yankees' playoff push, will face Cleveland's Trevor Bauer in the opener. I get the big picture view the Indians are taking, but geez, if this were the Yankees, I'd want them to just start the best pitcher in the league in Game One and try to take an early series lead.

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