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Astros, Indians are deep enough to make deep playoff runs

06 October 2017

The division series are about to get underway.

He is 1-2 against Cleveland in the 2017 season.

A new one, the only one, is about to begin.

But the Cubs, who last year snapped a 108-year title drought, have gained plenty of playoff experience over the last two seasons, have a deep lineup and need no motivation.

The Indians are back, but there's now a 6-foot-7, 280-pound baseball-bashing behemoth standing in their way.

When the Yankees and Indians square off in Game 1 of their best-of-five American League Divisional Series Thursday night (7:30 p.m, ) in Cleveland, it will mark the fourth time ever they'll meet in the playoffs.

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The Cleveland Indians come into this series as the top seed in the American League with a 102-60 record and the American League Central division championship.

The total for runs scored was set at 8.5. "We'll see how it goes from there".

"He's good for Major League Baseball", Francona said of Judge.

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. He's really good. From all accounts, he's a really special young man.

If you're only going to watch one game, tune in for: If Chris Sale versus Justin Verlander doesn't get your blood flowing, you must be living in a meat locker.

History shows if this group of Indians is going to win a World Series, it better do it now, because "Wait till next year" doesn't apply to back-to-back World Series losers. However, the silver lining for them even in defeat would be that Kluber would still be available to start two of the final four potential games in this series.

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Gray came over to the Yankees - who trumped the Minnesota Twins in the Major League Baseball wildcard clash - at the trade deadline in a deal with the Oakland Athletics for multiple prospects. Bauer did have a 17-9 record this season, but also a 4.19 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP, slightly higher than his career number.

On Wednesday, the Yankees announced Gray will be on the mound at Progressive Field, while CC Sabathia will start game two. "You guys got nothing to hang your heads about".

"They have a lot of different ways to come at you".

According to Fangraphs, the Cubs have a 10.9 percent chance of winning the World Series, the lowest percentage of any division-winning team. Everyone says this is a new season.

None of that means anything now.

But as we see often in Octobers past, the team left standing at the end of the postseason is not always the best team in the regular season. "It's hard enough to win without thinking about past year".

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So, who is is playing today? . The former New York Yankees shortstop joined new controlling owner Bruce Sherman in speaking publicly for the first time Tuesday about their group's $1.2 billion purchase of the Marlins.

Astros, Indians are deep enough to make deep playoff runs