Yankee fans confident team can advance in postseason

Yankee fans confident team can advance in postseason

Yankee fans confident team can advance in postseason

"Right away, all hell broke loose".

After being limited to 11 games in 2016, Brantley, a veteran clubhouse leader stuck around for the playoffs, but only as a cheer leader, rooting on his team as it advanced all the way to Game 7 of the World Series. In the National League, the Los Angeles Dodgers claim the top seed with an MLB best record of 103-58, followed by the Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs. But pitching wins championships. The Nats also have been getting some love to represent the NL, and even one forecaster (Ben Reiter of Sports Illustrated) picked the Diamondbacks to rise through the Wild Card ranks to get to the Series. This year was, uh, a little different.

However, the Yankees are undaunted, especially after beating the Twins. Arizona hung a three-spot on Colorado in the first. Brett Gardner hit a solo home run on a 3-2 count and two outs in the inning. Ervin Santana and Zack Greinke are veterans. Gregorius erased the blunder of a first inning with the game-tying home run, putting the Yankees back in the game and sending fans into a frenzy. His third coming in the fifth thanks to a sacrifice fly. The Indians also beat the Yanks in five games in the 1997 ALDS, but lost 4-2 in the 1998 ALCS. CC Sabathia will take the mound for Game 2 in Cleveland on Friday evening.

Aaron Judge reacts after striking out during the sixth inning.

After Encarnacion walk, Bruce homers to increase Indians lead to 3-0 in fourth.

Bauer had never tossed more than 4 2/3 innings in a postseason outing, but after a start like this, it's likely Francona has more confidence than ever in the 26-year-old right-hander to go deeper into games. Gary Sanchez finished 2-for-4 with a double and a run. David Robertson picked up the win as he threw 3 1/3 scoreless innings in relief, giving up three hits with one walk and five strikeouts. On full rest, he allowed no runs in 19⅓ innings. Three batters would hit a home run in their first appearance in the Wild Card game. "That was really important to Kluber, and that was really the only way we could do it", Francona said on Tuesday afternoon.

So much for stealing Game 1. Both teams eliminated from the playoffs will hope to build on their 2017 success. Yankee hitters are .237 against Bauer, which may have gotten him the edge over Carrasco, against whom they're batting.269. The Twins lost 103 games a year ago. None of their key players are free agents this offseason. The Indians will open with starter Trevor Bauer while the Yankees have yet to name a starter.

By starting Trevor Bauer in the AL Division Series opener, the Cleveland manager now has ace Corey Kluber ready to put the Yankees in a very precarious place in Game 2.

The Indians are back, but there's now a 6-foot-7, 280-pound baseball-bashing behemoth standing in their way.

An RBI single by first baseman Greg Bird and a two strike line drive home run to left field by Judge would be the daggers in the hearts of the Twins who became the first team in major league history to make the playoffs after losing 100 games the year prior. His opposing number will be announced later today; Max Scherzer will pitch if he can; otherwise it will be Stephen Strasburg on the hill for Washington. They won 102 games, they have stars all over the field, and they nearly won the World Series a year ago.

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