New York Yankees: Which team has the edge in the ALDS?

  • New York Yankees: Which team has the edge in the ALDS?

New York Yankees: Which team has the edge in the ALDS?

The Cleveland Indians get no easy road in the American League Division Series. Gregorius tied it with a 3-run homer in the bottom of the first, Judge homered in his playoff debut and Gardner also went deep as NY rallied for an 8-4 victory, its first postseason win since 2012.

The Yankees will start CC Sabathia in Game 2 against Kluber.

The Cleveland Indians finished the season about as well as any team could ever expect.

"The team that wins the first game in a five-game series wins something like 75 percent of the time for the whole series", Pluto said. In an interesting move, Manager Terry Francona has opted not to start ace Corey Kluber, the potential AL Cy Young victor, in Game 1 against the Yankees but in Game 2 to keep Kluber on regular rest. Basically, beat up on the Yankees rotation and hope the bullpen is too exhausted to provide cover. The Cleveland bullpen shuts it down from there. They've got a good lineup, as well. The boys in pinstripes will not go gently into that good night, and Indians manager Terry Francona should be preparing for that contingency.

The Yankees will now face the Cleveland Indians. That was the luxury-liner version, with high-priced older talent performing in well-established roles.

Yankees: One year into a youth movement, the Baby Bombers blossomed fast under 10th-year manager Joe Girardi and returned NY to the postseason perhaps ahead of schedule.

All of that came into play in dispatching Minnesota because the Yankees found themselves in as bad a spot as they have all season. Judge's first-inning single set up Didi Gregorius' game-tying three-run homer.

"These are two teams that can shorten the game real quick with the bullpens that we have", Indians center fielder Jason Kipnis said. Green, in particular, has shown an ability to be productive even if asked to pitch multiple innings.

Tommy Kahnle, David Robertson and Adam Warren also provide Girardi flexibility from the bullpen.

"I tested it pretty hard the past couple days and everything has responded well and I'm very excited about that", he said.

Girardi also showed a gritty resolve in engineering his bullpen to get the last 26 outs.

"They've got a lot of guys who hit for power".

Severino is scheduled to pitch Game 4 if the best-of-five series goes that far. In other words, Cleveland isn't creating jams for itself.

There is selflessness with the group. Here's betting Kluber doesn't need to pitch that Game 5 after all, and Francona looks like a genius. Matt Holliday is listed as the designated hitter on the ALDS roster. A Nationals-Astros World Series could pit Justin Verlander against Max Scherzer. But he worked his way back and is expected to be used in a pinch-hitting role in the series beginning Thursday night.

The Yankees are going to find out if the price they paid for Sonny Gray was worth it.

Toward the end of August, the Cleveland Indians put the baseball world on notice that they, and not the Los Angeles Dodgers, were the team to beat.

"With what (Girardi) can throw at you?" This season gave us some epic rookie performances with guys coming from nowhere to make a splash. A stolen base by Dave Roberts was a turning point when NY lost to Boston in the 2004 ALCS.