Gray vs. Bauer In Yankees - Indians ALDS Game 1

Alex Rodriguez came up big with a game-tying ninth-inning blast in Game 1 in 2009

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.

Cleveland right-hander Trevor Bauer made his major league debut with Arizona in 2012.

Tomlin, in his final start before the postseason, allowed just a solo home run to White Sox catcher Rob Brantly in the fifth, striking out six Chicago batters in 5 1/3 innings of work.

However, Kluber will not start game one for the Indians.

One of the biggest challenges for Indians pitchers will be trying to neutralize Yankees rookie slugger Aaron Judge, who hit a rookie-record 52 home runs this season and added another in New York's 8-4 win over Minnesota in the wild-card game. Cleveland is +170 to repeat as the AL pennant victor and NY is +450. NY won the 1998 AL Championship Series. Andy Pettitte had been brilliant, and 2007 was Joba Chamberlain's most dominant season; the presumption was that, with a 1-0 lead in the eighth, the Yankees would just ride Chamberlain and Mariano Rivera to the Game 2 ALDS victory.

Indians manager Terry Francona never looks back. Dodger youth and bullpen uncertainty will rear its ugly head in the most inopportune times. Indians 5, Yankees 2.

The Indians led all of baseball with a 3.30 ERA.




On the other side of the coin, if Yankees manager Joe Girardi can get some good outings out of his starters he has a bullpen that has been close to unbeatable so far in 2017.

The 32-year-old OH native openly supported the Indians last season when he donned team gear during the World Series versus the Chicago Cubs, and even pumped the crowd before the game. 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. The Indians were 15th with 212 homers.

Despite being from northern Ohio, LeBron James has always been a diehard New York Yankees fan.

A win on Thursday night will set Gray up for continued success the rest of this postseason run and springboard him into a successful 2018 season.

AL Wild Card: This one game wild card series win or your season is over is between two teams that had bounce back season. Green, in particular, has shown an ability to be productive even if asked to pitch multiple innings.

Not only would the win throw home-field advantage back to New York's side, it would send a resounding message that this Yankees team is up to the challenge of competing with and potentially beating a club that went 102-60 in the regular season - the best record in the American League. Usually, it's not a big deal when they let up a hit or two, hence the superior ERA, FIP and WHIP. The imposing bullpen is loaded with power arms that can shorten a game, and the bench is a real strength if needed. "What's going to matter is who plays the best". Dodgers are second with 31.

Offensively, the Yankees (91-71) finished second in the AL in runs scored (858) while Cleveland was third (818). But this year is completely different.

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