Tuesday, 17 October, 2017

Bauer gets ball for Indians in Game 1

Hideki Matsui helped the Yankees to their most recent World Series title a playoff run that began with the team's win over the Twins in the ALDS Indians 2017 playoff run begins Thursday night in Cleveland
Vera Richards | 06 October, 2017, 01:38

So it is no surprise the Indians are now the World Series favorites (19.7 percent chance) heading into their ALDS matchup against the New York Yankees.

The Yankees team they will face after New York's 8-4 wild-card win over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday is clearly going to be a handful. Bauer surged in the second half after a rough start to the year, and had two impressive regular season outings against the Yankees (2-0, 13 IP, 2 ER, 6 BB, 11 K's). After a horrendous and nightmarish start from Yankees ace Luis Severino in the Wild Card Game, Chad Green stepped up in a big way, striking out two consecutive hitters with runners on second and third in the first inning as the Twins already had a 3-0 lead.

Sonny Gray will start for the New York Yankees in game one of the American League Division Series against the Cleveland Indians on Thursday.

Kansas City pitcher Danny Duffy underwent surgery to remove loose debris in his pitching elbow. Brantley missed 50 games after August 8, when he got hurt while tracking a fly ball. The team that interrupted that run in both 1948 and 1954: the Cleveland Indians.

The 24-year-old Sano batted.264 with 28 homers and 77 RBIs in 114 games this season.

Add a proven slugger like Edwin Encarnacion as a free agent and ex-Met Jay Bruce via trade to a double-play combination featuring rising stars Jose Ramirez and Francisco Lindor maturing into legitimate MVP contenders, and it's not hard at all to envision Hall of Fame-caliber manager Terry Francona ending Cleveland's decades-long World Series drought, just as he did in 2004 (and again in 2007) with Boston.

The option for 2018 was worth $17 million.

So, who will LeBron be pulling for this time around?

-Derek Jeter was non-committal when asked about the future of slugger Giancarlo Stanton with the Miami Marlins.

Bauer earned two wins each over the Yankees and Boston Red Sox, the top two teams in the AL East Division, as well as one against the Kansas City Royals. Cleveland excels at limiting home runs.

"They have a good team over there", Indians catcher Roberto Perez said October 4 in the Tribe clubhouse. Ramirez became one of only seven players with 56 or more doubles in a single season in the last 65 years. NY hired Warthen after Rick Peterson was let go as the team's pitching coach.

St. Louis pitching coach Derek Lilliquist and bullpen coach Blaise Ilsley will not return to the team's coaching staff next season. Arizona is likely to start ace RHP Zack Greinke, who held the Rockies to a.229/.241/.435 slash line in five starts this season.

The Indians went 5-2 against the Yankees this year.

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