Normally a hitter who makes a pitcher pay for his mistakes, Bruce handled what was actually an excellent pitch.
The pitching was no better for NY.
There won't be a better Division Series pitching matchup, on paper, than Justin Verlander vs. Chris Sale, a battle of two of the top three hurlers in the American League. According to the Fox Sports 1 broadcast, NY was only willing to pick up $1 million of Bruce's contract. The oddsmakers certainly believe they have a good chance of doing so, pegging them as the favorites to win it all.
Starting Trevor Bauer in Game 1 was a bold move by Terry Francona, and something that had Cleveland Indians fans nervous. Archie Bradley wasn't as successful on the mound-he gave up two home runs in the eighth to let Colorado cut the deficit to one-but he hit a two-run triple, the first extra-base hit of his career, the inning before. The most notable omissions were relievers Nick Goody, Dan Otero and Zach McAllister, who appeared in a combined 158 games.
Though the Astros didn't need much more than Altuve's three bombs, they also got two hits apiece from Josh Reddick and Evan Gattis, plus two-run knocks from Marwin Gonzalez and Brian McCann.
The moment was not too big for him in his first playoff game in a Cleveland uniform. The Twins came out of the gate hot, chasing Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino out of the game after just 1/3 of an inning, tagging him for three runs on two dingers.
NY as a team hit 241 home runs over the course of the regular season.
Sabathia was lifted with one on and one out in the sixth for Chad Green, another one of the Yankees' flame-throwers who got an out before Gomes doubled.
In the first inning, Alex Bregman got Houston on the board first with a home run to left field.
The Yankees' bullpen struck out better than 29 percent of batters faced this season, the highest in the majors, with an ERA that was 24 percent lower than the league average (3.34). The Yankees and Twins were tied at three after the first inning. Here's Callaway on the Yankees... Though Roberto Perez was looking for the ball low and away, Bauer's pitch worked out pretty well.
Aaron Judge struck out in all four of his plate appearances and Gary Sanchez was no better in going 0 for 4 himself. But that doesn't mean we won't see an upset that sends the Bronx Bombers through to the next round. Not only do they have the experience and knowledge of what it takes to get it done, they have the hunger to do so after getting stung by the loss previous year.
As the night wore on, Cleveland worked more counts, moved up repeatedly on wild pitches, and were able to stretch their lead against a exhausted Yankees bullpen. However, this young team is ready to take the next step in the playoffs.