Thursday, October 5, 2017

ALDS Game 1 Preview: New York Yankees @ Cleveland Indians

The New York Yankees rode their wave of emotions and momentum all the way to Cleveland after their roller coaster victory over the Minnesota Twins in the American League Wild Card Game. The postseason is a second season and the Wild Card Round is over, now it’s time to focus on the American League Division Series and the Cleveland Indians. The Indians were the best team in baseball in 2017 rattling off 22 straight wins at one point in the season but that plus $15 will get you a beer inside Progressive Field tonight. It means nothing and the Yankees need to play like that if they want a chance to steal Game One and steal home-field advantage in this series. The arm donned with that task tonight for New York is Sonny Gray while the Indians will counter with Trevor Bauer who is a bit of a surprise to start the game for Cleveland in my opinion. Is it a gift from Terry Francona and the Baseball Gods? Stay tuned tonight to find out.

Gray will get the ball in Game One of the ALDS for the New York Yankees after coming over in a trade from the Oakland Athletics on July 31st. This will be Gray's second time in the postseason after allowing three earned runs over two starts in his first trip to the postseason with Oakland.

Bauer had the best regular season of his young MLB career here in 2017 and will look to build on that here in the postseason for the Indians. Bauer finished the season with a career-high in wins with 17 and strikeouts with 196 K’s. Ten of those wins came at home where Bauer will pitch tonight.

The game will be played at 7:30 pm ET inside Progressive Field, home of the Cleveland Indians, and can be seen on FOX Sports One. Thank God it isn’t ESPN again, that was brutal on Tuesday night. Need three more wins, so get a win tonight. Go Yankees!!

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