New York Yankees To Face Cleveland Indians In The AL Division Series

Then the Yankees' offense got to work on dismantling Minnesota ace Ervin Santana through a 44-pitch bottom of the first.

Sonny Gray gets the start for the Yankees in game one, he is 10-12 on the year with a 3.55 ERA.

Bauer is generally considered the third best starter in the Indians' rotation, even though he is 17-9 with a 4.19 ERA for the season, and is 10-1 with 2.60 ERA in his last 14 starts.

Gray went 1-2 with a 4.86 ERA in three starts against the Indians this season.

Indians over Nationals in seven: The Indians proved themselves capable of going one step further than previous year by not only weaving together a record-setting 22-game winning streak, but then following that with a season-ending 11-3 run.

Here are three keys for Cleveland as the American League Division Series starts.

The MLB Playoffs Division Series get underway today, as the four remaining American League teams will all be in action.

October 24, Cleveland, World Series, Game 1 - How can hitters top their record-setting power binge from the regular season?

The Yankees and Indians already have some memorable playoff history between them.

The looseness the Cubs will play with throughout the postseason may end up helping them, especially as they run into a Nationals team with the weight of the world on their shoulders.

The Yankees would strike right back.

According to the folks at Bovada, the Cubs have the fifth-best odds of winning the championship this season, now checking in at 8-to-1 odds of winning the title.

The Indians are hard to get an advantage over due to their switch hitters - Francisco Lindor, Jose Ramirez and Carlos Santana.

Tuesday night kicked off the Major League Baseball playoffs with a pretty fun game between the Yankees and the Twins. Lindor batted.259 and struck out nine times.

Cleveland acquired him at the 2016 trade deadline from the Yankees for four players, including outfielder Clint Frazier.

New York: Well, we know the Yanks can hit.

PEN PALS: Cleveland and NY boast two of baseball's best bullpens, stacked with hard-throwers, specialists and elite closers. Not often are the Yankees a surprise victor, but this group already has exceeded early expectations. Oh, by the way, let's not forget about that 22-game winning streak the Tribe rolled off in the second half which propelled them to the best finish in baseball this season.

Oh, hey, the game is tied 3-3 in the first inning. The Yankees' Luis Severino retired just one batter.

The bats came alive for the Yankees as well, and Aaron Judge showed no sign of slowing down as he belted a home run in the victory over the Twins. The Yankees still spend a boatload of money, but they're focused on getting younger, more athletic and building from within. The imposing bullpen is loaded with power arms that can shorten a game, and the bench is a real strength if needed. Dodgers are second with 31.

  • Julie Sanders