The Yankees just used their ace, who got rocked. Gregorius tied it with a 3-run homer in the bottom of the first, Judge homered in his playoff debut and Gardner also went deep as NY rallied for an 8-4 victory, its first postseason win since 2012.
The Yankees finished the regular season winning 20 of their last 28 games - pretty good, but not as good as the Indians' 33-4 sprint to the finish line.
History shows if this group of Indians is going to win a World Series, it better do it now, because "Wait till next year" doesn't apply to back-to-back World Series losers. Terry Francona's idea that he'll start Kluber - only the best pitcher in baseball this year - in Game 2 (so he can pitch a Game 5 as well) rather than a Game 1 is ... curious. However, winning a battle of the bullpens won't be almost as easy against Cleveland as it was against the Twins.
"Cleveland has got a good bullpen, that's for sure".
"Top to bottom, they have a really good lineup", Gray said.
New York: Well, we know the Yanks can hit. The Indians have the highest chance, now checking in at 19.5 percent going into the American League Division Series. That was the luxury-liner version, with high-priced older talent performing in well-established roles.
The photo was captured on Oct.7, 2007, when James supported the Yankees, despite being an OH native. David Robertson was also a huge factor in this win-or-go-home game by throwing three scoreless innings. Left fielder Brett Gardner would hit a home run to give the Yankees the lead. The total has gone under in five of Twins' last seven road games against the Yankees. But the bullpen saved the Yankees, with four relievers combining for a record 13 strikeouts in 8 2/3 innings. Then the Yankees' offense got to work on dismantling Minnesota ace Ervin Santana through a 44-pitch bottom of the first. He also tallied 59 strikeouts and 27 walks in 65.3 innings pitched.
"I was about to say it's incredible", James said, "But I want to come back and do another video when you all got like a 40-game winning streak. They're a team that can get very hot".
The unexpectedly bad starting pitching forced managers to go to their bullpens early and often.
There is selflessness with the group. Miller was on the disabled list and did not pitch against the Yankees this season. The Twins would tie it up at 4, only for Yankee first baseman Greg Bird to knock in a RBI single to put the Bronx Bombers up 5-4. Brantley is on ALDS roster primarily as a pinch-hitter.
WORLD SERIES: Astros vs Dodgers. "They can do a lot of different things offensively". Expect Francisco Lindor to cause a cascading series of headaches essentially every night. When the Yankees aren't hitting home runs, they tend to find other ways to score, whether it be lead off walks, bloopers, and doubles that go to the wall. The team will head to Cleveland to face the winless Browns.
"With what (Girardi) can throw at you?" "He extended some guys past their comfort zone probably, and still they performed". NY threw 53 wild pitches when Sanchez was behind the plate, second-most among major league catchers behind Jonathan Lucroy (58 with Texas and Colorado). It will have to wrestle away the Yankees' last breath.