New York Yankees advance to the American League Division Series

After two solid innings from Green, David Robertson entered the game for the Yankees.

Y: YANKEE STADIUM — The playoffs begin the Bronx, with Yankees youngster Luis Severino starting the AL wild-card game, taking on Ervin Santana and the Twins. The New York Yankees host the Minnesota Twins at 8 p.m. ET in a game that will be televised by ESPN. Corey Kluber leads the risky Indians' pitching staff into the ALDS, along with Carlos Carrasco and Trevor Bauer. 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. Tanaka has had an up-and-down season, while Sabathia had his best season in years but still feels as though he could regress at any moment.

The Yankees might continue with a tactic of pulling their starters early on, considering there are two days off in the potential 7 games, and they will likely carry 12 pitchers into the series.

The Yankees advanced to the ALDS via an 8-4 home victory over the Twins Wednesday in the AL Wild Card Game. "They've really been on a roll the last 50, 60 games, playing as well as anyone". Sabathia spent eight seasons with Cleveland and twice pitched in the postseason for the Indians.

Cleveland skyrocketed up the World Series betting board with its remarkable 33-4 SU run to end the regular season. "I know if you throw it in the wrong place, he's going to hit it a long way". In 11 starts for the Yankees, Gray went 4-7 with a 3.72 ERA. "I'm not going to give you a scouting report, but we have a really good plan against them".

"We spent a lot of time on him today, just because he is so unsafe, " Francona said of Judge, who went 3-for-10 with a homer during the Yankees' August series at Progressive Field. They are really well balanced. "That's pretty impressive. You tip your cap to them".

Gray's last start against Cleveland came on August 3, a 5-1 loss in which he pitched six innings, giving up four runs, two earned, on four hits, with six strikeouts and three walks in his Yankees debut. Andrew Miller has already shown what kind of impact he can make on a series out of the bullpen and Cody Allen is lights out in the ninth inning. Kershaw finished the season with an 18-4 record along with a 2.31 ERA and 202 strikeouts in 175 innings.

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. For a team as talented as they are, the World Series has constantly alluded them. "They've got some scrappy guys that put the ball in play and run", Bauer said.

  • Stacy Allen