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The New York Yankees will look to bounce back and even up the series after dropping the opener by a final score of 4-0 on Thursday. Aaron Hicks logged a double while Starlin Castro went 2 for 4 as the Yanks mustered up just three hits as a team while striking out 14 times in their 30 combined at-bats. Sonny Gray took the loss after giving up three runs on three hits while walking four and striking out a pair over just 3.1 innings of work. CC Sabathia will start game two and is 14-5 with a 3.69 ERA and 120 strikeouts this season. In his career, Sabathia is 4-3 with a 3.65 ERA and 61 strikeouts against Cleveland.
The Cleveland Indians will look to put the Yankees up against the ropes with a 2-0 lead after winning the opener on Thursday. Jay Bruce went 2 for 3 with a homer, a double and three RBIs. Jose Ramirez, Carlos Santana and Giovanny Urshela each chipped in a base hit in the winning effort for the Tribe. Trevor Bauer got the win after throwing 6.2 innings of two hit shutout baseball, striking out eight en route to the victory. Andrew Miller and Cody Allen closed things out, with each notching three K’s, with Allen notching his first save of the postseason. Corey Kluber will start game two and is 18-4 with a 2.25 ERA and 265 strikeouts this season. In his career, Kluber is 5-1 with a 1.80 ERA and 58 strikeouts against the Yankees.
Normally we would break this down into two different sections but in recent years once the postseason starts, the starting staff and bullpen have meshed into one. We saw it in the wild card games as not one starter made it through four innings. With a distinct edge in the ace department, Corey Kluber, the Indians have the best overall pitcher of the group. After that the starting staff for both is deep and comparable. The Yankees went 8 2/3 innings with their bullpen Tuesday night so they will be at a disadvantage Thursday night. Long term they have just as much talent as the Indians do in their pen.
In what was initially a surprising decision, Terry Francona will start Trevor Bauer in game one Thursday night. Bauer had a terrific second half of the season, registering just one loss in his final 14 starts. He then sets up ace Kluber in game two, Carlos Carrasco for game three, Josh Tomlin in game four and if necessary the possible AL CY young award winner will throw a second time in the series. The rest day after game two allows for Francona to start Kluber on four days rest in game five.
Sonny Gray was acquired for starts like the one he will have Thursday night. While his record doesn’t show it, Gray has had a good half season with the Yankees. He makes the biggest start of his career on Thursday night. Joe Girardi has yet to announce his starters in games three and four, but the grizzled vet C.C. Sabathia will get the ball in game two against Kluber. Options for game three and four comes down to Masahiro Tanaka, Luis Severino, and Jordan Montgomery.