New York Yankees in October baseball sounds familiar, it's literally a case decennial deja vu.
The New York Yankees didn't have too much time to celebrate their thrilling 8-4 come-from-behind victory over the Minnesota Twins in Tuesday's AL Wild Card Game. Now's the time to dig into how the Yankees proved they can beat the Cleveland Indians in the Divisional Round. He was a regular at Progressive Field during the Indians' run to the World Series last season.
So just in case you wondered, the answer is yes - the Indians pride is still smarting from losing the World Series to the Cubs in seven games previous year.
Starters: The Indians roared past the Astros in the final two months, going 42-8 from August 11 to secure the best record in the AL.
The Indians are trying to do something that only four teams have done in the last 50 years - win the World Series one year after losing it. Brett Gardner finished the night 3-for-4 with a home run, a walk and three runs scored.
In this ALDS, Indians manager Terry Francona is carrying 11 pitchers, seven infielders, five outfielders and two catchers on the 25-man roster.
The Cubs are coming into the postseason with plenty of confidence after winning it all last season.
The Yankees and Diamondbacks enter their respective series with a ton of momentum, and with some concerns in certain areas after facing odd situations in the wild-card games.
New York: Well, we know the Yanks can hit. While Sanchez has shown lots of power, NY manager Joe Girardi removed him of catching responsibilities for a few games during the regular season because of passed balls.
Kluber will pitch Game 2.
James rallied behind the Indians all last season and even took to his media platform "UNINTERRUPTED" in earnest after the team suffered a crushing defeat in Game 7 of the 2016 World Series against the Cubs. When Santana was removed, the Twins had already seen their 3-0 lead get washed away and were down 4-3 heading into the third. "They were close previous year".
The Astros, who had the majors' best slugging percentage but also the fewest strikeouts, fight back from elimination by slamming six home runs with no strikeouts against the Indians. He needed several stitches and it shook up the Tribe's pitching rotation.
- Big Weapon. The 6-foot-7 Miller was magnificent in last year's postseason, striking out 30 over 19 1/3 innings and winning ALCS MVP award.
GROUNDED: Bauer's run-in with the propeller on one of his hobby drones almost derailed the Indians' postseason run a year ago. The interesting move was starter Robbie Ray, who won 15 games this season, entering in the fifth. Tasting defeat always motivates a team, but the Yankees young stars tasted adversity and bounced back, which could be the key ingredient in pushing this team over the top.