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ALDS Game 1: Trevor Bauer and the Indians dominate the Yankees

06 Octubre 2017, 10:51 | Gerardo Tarin

Gardner Chris Young Slade Heathcott and John Ryan Murphy during the Yankees’ 2015 wild-card

Gardner Chris Young Slade Heathcott and John Ryan Murphy during the Yankees’ 2015 wild-card

If there was a challenging decision standing before Terry Francona while the Indians coasted to the best record in the American League and into the playoffs, it came this week when he directed his attention toward the mound before Game One against the Yankees in the division series on Thursday night. And the character the Yankees showed to pull out the victory - turning the page on a terrible start, immediately responding to get back in the game and doing the unconventional - may make NY the team no one wants to face.

Bauer, depending on how much he pitched in Game 1, is durable enough to start Game 4 on short rest. "Look what we did previous year with maybe 1 ½ starting pitchers".

"Once in a while, when a team has a sensational regular season, they have this sense like, 'We can't blip it now". That's when James revealed his allegiance with the Yankees, despite his Indians support. He went 1-2 with a 4.86 ERA in three starts against Cleveland.

Masahiro Tanaka, meanwhile, has been a wild card all season. He lasted just 3 1/3 innings before Joe Girardi pulled him for Adam Warren.

Gray was fortunate to get out of a bases-loaded, none-out jam in that inning with just one run in. Also, let's take the Yankees bullpen's combined performance against the Twins - one run on five hits over 8⅔ innings, in which they walked three and fanned 13 - and consider it for the sake of that same argument a "start". And with Trevor Bauer and Corey Kluber getting the chance for two starts each, they might not even be that needed, especially for the games in Progressive Field.

While they now have the relative security of a five-game series as opposed to a do-or-die one-game playoff, the task in front of them doesn't get any easier in a Tribe team that was the hottest squad in baseball going down the stretch.

"We've had a quite a few games where we've gotten down early", said the 6-foot-7, 282-pound Judge.

"Jay Bruce was the guy that really hurt him tonight", Girardi said of Gray.

Cleveland, who went 102-60 this season is anchored by its pitching staff, ranking first in team ERA at 3.30 (four tenths of a point better than the next best team), second in WHIP and first in strikeouts.

While both rotations have flaws, the Yankees' is a little less predictable - see Severino's last start. On September 17, he gave up five earned runs in four innings against the Baltimore Orioles.

He has made three starts against Cleveland this season, the first two as a member of the Athletics.

In the AL Wild Card Game, the Yankees overcame a three-run deficit in the top of the first inning.

Gray has only appeared in the playoffs in 2013 with Oakland.

Washington have never advanced beyond a division series but the return of right fielder Bryce Harper from a knee injury along with improved play from the bullpen make them a legitimate threat. During the season the Yankees were 2-5 against the Indians.

First pitch is set for 7:38 p.m. Since he began throwing a slider, Bauer is 10-1 with 2.60 ERA in 14 games.

With a standout night from his curveball, Bauer struck out eight and kept the Yankees scoreless through 6.2 innings of work.

Toronto will decline its mutual option on Jose Bautista, making the six-time All-Star a free agent. His players played like that as well and just missed winning the whole thing.

Latham native Tommy Kahnle went 2 ⅓ without allowing a hit. His usual parade of relief pitchers delayed the game for an hour or so as he just sat on the dugout steps looking angry.

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