Ahead of Game 1 of the 2017 ALDS match against the Cleveland Indians, the New York Yankees took to Twitter Thursday and seemingly predicted a victory when they used known Indians fan, LeBron James to troll the team. Luis Severino started the game and allowed three earned runs in only one-third of an inning before New York's bullpen was superb the rest of the way. The aggressive bullpen use will certainly affect Arizona and NY moving forward-Ray, for example, figured to start Game 1 of the NLDS-but that's the price for not winning their division.
The performance of Bauer will be the big story from this one, although his offense can relieve some of the stress with a big day against Sonny Gray, who has struggled against the Indians this year.
Bauer finished the regular season with a 17-9 record and 4.19 ERA in 32 games, including 31 starts.
This still is the Indians' series to lose, and the Yankees can't expect a barrage of home runs from Judge and co.
Meanwhile, the Minnesota Lynx will play the final game of their season tonight when they take on the Los Angeles Sparks at Williams Arena. Chose to go into Fire Sale Mode, and he's been even better since the trade, looking as dominant as any time in his multiple Cy Young winning HoF career. "We know that. But that's the way the playoffs should be".
Indians manager Terry Francona is very familiar with the Yankees after spending so much time with the rival Boston Red Sox.
The 37-year-old Sabathia went 14-5 with a 3.69 ERA this season. The Indians and the Nationals each smash the record, five, set by Babe Ruth's Yankees in Game 4 of the 1928 World Series and tied by Jose Canseco's Oakland Athletics in Game 3 in 1989.
GROUNDED: Bauer's run-in with the propeller on one of his hobby drones almost derailed the Indians' postseason run previous year. Good enough to taunt their upcoming opponent, the AL's top dog in the Cleveland Indians. A year later, they actually made the 114-win Bronx Bombers sweat a little in pushing the ALCS to six games.
The Astros had the AL's best record on August 31 when they added Justin Verlander to a rotation that already featured fellow Cy Young Award victor Dallas Keuchel.
There aren't many pitchers in the game right now you'd feel more confident sending to the hill than Kluber.
Kluber went 18-4 this season and will likely win his second Cy Young. "These guys proved that the situation's not too big for them". "They've got some scrappy guys that put the ball in play and run", Bauer said. "They can do a lot of different things offensively".
"I wasn't nervous a year ago because I've been in the postseason in high school, college and the minor leagues", Bauer said.
"None of that matters for this start", he said.
Going into last year's playoffs, it was clear that the Cubs were the team to watch, and to beat.