Yanks, Indians set for Game 1 with aces in hole

  • Yanks, Indians set for Game 1 with aces in hole

Yanks, Indians set for Game 1 with aces in hole

"You've got to tip your cap sometimes".

Everything worked. All the time.

On the same field where their magical 2016 postseason ended on November 2 in a light rain and extra innings, the Indians will open the Division Series tonight against Judge and the New York Yankees, who rallied to beat the Minnesota Twins in the AL wild-card game.

For that, everyone can thank Terry Francona for drawing it up, and Trevor Bauer for executing it.

Thursday night was their biggest and best chance. The executionees: that vaunted Yankees lineup.

This is not Francona's first rodeo.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi expected to see Kluber in Game 1.

"I think on a number of reasons it makes good sense", Francona said. "He wants the ball, and I'm happy he is on my side".

There were three wild pitches on bounced pitches over the first six innings, with Gary Sanchez catching; blocking breaking pitches in the dirt was an issue throughout the season for Sanchez. It was the kind of home run that, if it were hit at Yankee Stadium, we'd blame the short porch and say it wouldn't have been a home run if the game was being played in Cleveland. They did, don't forget, lead the majors in earned run average and shutouts.

Until Hicks' hit, the Yankees' only baserunners in Game 1 were Greg Bird's two-out walk in the second inning and Aaron Judge leading off the fourth by reaching on a strikeout/wild pitch. In the wild card game alone there were three home runs hit, which accounted for all but two of their runs. After scuffling toward the end of the season, Dellin Betances looked dominant in the eighth inning, striking out all three batters he faced. Bauer was really, really good.

I do believe, however, that the Indians are just a better baseball team than the Red Sox and are managed by a far superior manager, so I've got the Indians advancing to a second consecutive World Series.

Bauer recently lost one of his drones when he crashed it in a local park. The one walk was key. You can tell that the fans have really gravitated to this year's team.

Trevor Bauer retired Yanks in order, whiffing two. "And he's continuing to work and he takes feedback, he asks for feedback". I'm very glad that I was wrong about this. Unlike many sports events with a lot of hype, this game, played Tuesday in the Bronx, did not disappoint.

On offense, Jay Bruce led the charge, going 2-for-3 at the plate with an important fourth-inning homer.

The way Bauer was pitching it felt like 30-0. He's made his postseason bones by his expert handling of his pitching staff. I mean, for him to get the ball in Game 1 speaks volumes. And obviously, (it's been) after a loss when I've pitched the best.

Bauer is that zany drone-iac.

The Indians threw them a bunch of curves, and they blew it. And with fellow 18-game victor Carlos Carrasco going in Game 3 on Sunday, the task of merely staying alive will grow exponentially more hard. Now, make that 18. "You come up with a game plan, you talk about it, you get on the same page with everybody, you go out there, you try to execute it, and then, the results are going to be what they are, and tonight was a good night for us".