Indians Fans Confident Entering ALDS Against Yankees

The Yankees Twins winner won't face this guy until Game 2

The Yankees Twins winner won't face this guy until Game 2

The division series are about to get underway. The ALDS opener with the New York Yankees is an example why. This should prove to be an entertaining series.

On Tuesday night in front of an electric crowd at Yankee Stadium, the New York Yankees prepared for their Wild Card one-game playoff matchup against a gritty and tough Minnesota Twins team. However, that doesn't mean that NY doesn't have a very real chance to take out the defending AL champions.

PEN PALS: Cleveland and NY boast two of baseball's best bullpens, stacked with hard-throwers, specialists and elite closers.

In that case, you would need a pair of upsets in the American League Division Series (ALDS) with Houston being favored over Boston and Cleveland favored over NY.

The bullpen dominance continued for NY when Tommy Kahnle entered the game. "It's not just versus the Yankees, it's in any game that we'd like to score early and often and keep pressing". Cleveland is 7-2 in Bauer's last 9 starts and 42-9 in their last 51 games overall while the under is 11-3 in their last 14 playoff games. The Indians were baseball's hottest team in the second half of the season and have the best manager in the sport in Terry Francona running the show.

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The right-handed Bauer did not yield a hit until Aaron Hicks' sixth-inning, opposite-field, one-out double off the left field wall.

If you believe 10 2/3 innings is a large enough sample size to draw from, you would think the Indians have handled Gray well. He allowed seven runs in his first outing and four in his third. Plus, if you wanted to give Bauer a home start, you could still go Kluber in Game 1 and Bauer in Game 2.

NY as a team hit 241 home runs over the course of the regular season. In the National League, the Los Angeles Dodgers claim the top seed with an MLB best record of 103-58, followed by the Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs. It is no secret that they rely on the long ball for the success of their offense. Two innings later the right fielder would essentially put the game out of reach, hitting a two-run homer to extend the Indians' lead to 3-0. Bauer's 29.1 percent change-up rate allows the Indians to get more creative pitch sequences against a Yankee lineup that needs to be kept off-balance. That might not have been true if the Dodgers had stayed on pace for 115 wins, but not only did they fade down the stretch, but they were nearly caught by both the Astros and last year's hard luck World Series loser the Cleveland Indians.

"I know he's a Yankee fan", Sabathia said. Progressive Field is sold out for the Indians' first playoff game and the big TV screen is up at Gateway Plaza. Here's Callaway on the Yankees... Instead, Bauer walked to the back of the mound, cleaned his cleats on the spike mat as though he were trying to rub off the sole of his shoes, and then toed the rubber and looked into catcher Roberto Perez for the sign.

I like the choice to run Sonny Gray out there with Corey Kluber looming in Game 2. Catcher Gary Sanchez contributed to his impressive sophomore campaign with 33 dingers of his own.

"His curveball was really good tonight", Joe Girardi said of Bauer. We saw what they can do against the Twins, not letting an early lead by Minnesota get to them.

Below is a look at the entire schedule for the Yankees vs Indians series.

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