Yankees Hammer Their Way to ALDS

Cleveland will try for a sweep in Game 3 Sunday at Yankee Stadium. A team doesn't win 102 games without solid pitching.

James rooted openly in the playoffs past year for the Indians, speaking to the crowd before one game and flexing for fans in Game 7 of the World Series when Cleveland's Rajai Davis hit a tying homer in the eighth inning.

The main key to the game tonight is Aaron Judge.

That first hit gave Manager Terry Francona a good idea of how his slugger's night would go.

Veteran outfielder Austin Jackson, who made possibly the play of the year, when he tumbled over the wall to steal a home run at Fenway Park, thinks Kipnis' web gem will help him feel more comfortable in center going forward. In Tuesday's AL wild-card game, I was glad I passed on the Twins and the under, even though I was wishing I had Twins 215 when they jumped out to a 3-0 lead.

For the Yankees, the later innings were full of mistakes and missed opportunities. I think Girardi will pull Sabathia after he lets up three to four runs through four innings before he turns it over to Chad Green and the bullpen.

Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia also gave his thoughts on who the National Basketball Association star would be pushing for in Game 1. After escaping a bases-loaded jam in the second inning by inducing a much-needed double-play - scoring only one run, Gray retired the side 1-2-3 in the third.

Josh Tomlin, who had been scheduled to start later in the series, pitched two flawless innings for the win.

That's the pitcher that the Yankees are hoping they can mount some kind of offense against.

Bruce, who has done everything since coming over in an August trade, led off the eighth with his homer to left off reliever David Robertson, who pitched 3 1/3 scoreless innings and earned the win in the wild-card game over Minnesota. His two-run home run in the fourth inning made Cleveland's lead look astronomical with Bauer dominating on the hill. He allowed one run in 2.1 innings of work.

After a stunning start to the American League playoffs, the division series games (ALDS) are set to begin Thursday night.

October is here, and with it comes the Major League Baseball playoffs, one of the most exciting times of the year. Game 2 will take place tomorrow night, airing on MLB TV, at 5:08pm ET.

The last thing that I am going to talk about is the bullpen over the last couple of weeks.

In what will be the juiciest pitching match-up of the entire divisional round, Boston's Chris Sale opposes deadline acquisition Justin Verlander this afternoon in Houston. If it does, Kluber could also pitch in Game 5.

The two teams that won their American League Division series openers decisively Thursday are not only the best teams in their league but have reasons to advance that go well beyond the playing field. While prone to strikeouts, rookie Aaron Judge has definitely been their most feared hitter all season long, producing some unprecedented statistics for a rookie -.284/.422/.627 with 52 HR, 114 RBI, 128 R, 24 2B, and arguably his only blemish, 208 K. The Yankees starting rotation will feature Sonny Gray, CC Sabathia, Masahiro Tanaka, and Luis Severino. "With any hitter, the wrong pitch well-executed is better than the right pitch poorly executed".

  • Julie Sanders