Cleveland will try for a sweep in Game 3 Sunday at Yankee Stadium. So if you like one of the above teams but don't think you're getting fair value on the futures, consider the series prices first.
The D-backs have U-turned from "downtrodden franchise" to "team nobody wants to face in the postseason" so quickly that you can forgive their fans for having a bit of whiplash about the whole thing. Wild was the key word in the two play-in games.
The Indians, last year's AL pennant winners, come surging into the postseason possessing the second best record in baseball, and tops in the American League. Another reason that the Red Sox should feel confident about where the team is heading into the playoffs is because the team has been hitting more home runs over the last couple of weeks. "As a kid growing up, I needed inspiration to get out of the situation I was in".
A awful third inning from Gray did in the Yankees. Greinke cruised through three innings but fell apart in the fourth, allowing four runs before getting yanked.
Andrew Miller's appearance in Game 1 was an up-and-down one, but the left-hander said there were no issues with his right knee.
Francisco Lindor stepped up to the plate in the sixth with a grand slam, his first of the year and the Indians' first in the playoffs since 1999.
The final score: Indians 9, Yankees 8 in 13 innings. Tonight's game will be very similar to last night's as the Yankees will probably have only 5 or 6 hits as Kluber goes about six innings for the Tribe.
Normally a hitter who makes a pitcher pay for his mistakes, Bruce handled what was actually an excellent pitch. The pen combined for 8.2 innings, allowing just one run and striking out 13. After losing game seven of the World Series past year in dramatic fashion, the Indians are hoping to redeem themselves this time around.
What Francona did tonight, though-which is pretty in line with how he's managed his bullpen throughout the year-really was genuinely smart bullpen use.
On Thursday night, the Cleveland Indians play host to the New York Yankees. "And then if I was still in the game, do it again in the second inning and the third and on until I was taken out of the game".
In a game that was touted as a battle of aces, it was Jose Altuve and the Astros' offence that stole the show in Houston from Justin Verlander and Chris Sale. 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. In the 22 seasons of the wild card era, the team with the best record in baseball has won the World Series four times. The game has a scheduled start time of 7.38 p.m. ET and can be watched on TV on the Fox Sports 1 network, or online through live stream (details below).
In effect, Francona applied more pressure on Bauer when he elected to keep his best pitcher, Kluber, on the bench Thursday.