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ALCS Game 1: Masahiro Tanaka to start for New York Yankees vs

13 October 2017

All four of the opening-round series gave us some sort of thrill and taught us something about the teams involved or the postseason as a whole. "There's a lot of weapons down there for Joe [Girardi] to use, and our players know that". Pedro Martinez being used in relief was a huge deal in 1999. After Ken Giles, Chris Devenski and Will Harris, things peter out a bit, although Peacock in a relief role (pitching as well as he has recently before the ALDS as a starter) gives them some depth.

Verlander's performance afforded the bullpen a five-run edge entering the seventh, which proved to be all the breathing room the home team needed. It's a paradigm shift in the way we look at starting pitching come October. CC Sabathia will start Game 3 on Monday when the series moves to NY. Then there's the fact that the last of those games was played on July 2, well before the trade deadline and before either team had done anything to strengthen its position.

"I just couldn't get out of my head: 'I didn't think I'd be here". I think when you look at them it's a complete lineup throughout.

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"A couple of big home runs and a lock-down bullpen got them a few wins", Astros Manager A.J. Hinch said of the Yankees.

Game 2, at Houston.

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros punched their tickets to the next round of the Major League Baseball playoffs on Monday as the Dodgers swept Arizona and the Astros eliminated Boston in four games. Yuli Gurriel batted 9-for-17 in the series. Even if they lost Game 4, his ace Kluber would pitch Game 5. Who's most likely to take home the pennant and advance to the World Series? He bounced back this year despite neck issues, posting a 14-5 record with a 2.90 ERA to help the Astros run away with the AL West title. We have already seen this trend during the regular season, and now in the postseason. But they seize the spotlight when it matters most. Also, they will exact some revenge on Keuchel, who shut them out for six innings and outdueled Tanaka in the 2015 wild-card game at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees hit just.201 with a.646 OPS against the Indians, scoring just 21 runs in five games. It will be a challenge for the 25-year-old MVP co-favorite to rediscover his swing in such a short amount of time.

Of course, there are outliers to the rule. In order to earn a trip back to the World Series, their first since 2005, the Astros will have to get past a ball club that has won 40 American League pennants. Even then, Bregman's still batting well below.250 in 18 at-bats. The Yankees couldn't hit the Indians' Corey Kluber during the regular season, but ate him up in the ALDS.

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"It's just tough in certain situations when you go out there and want to produce for your team and you don't get the job done, especially in a big situation like that".

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The victory put the Cubs up 2-1 in the best-of-five series with a chance to close it out at Wrigley Field on Tuesday. The Yankees' ultimate triumph over the Indians ranks as perhaps the most shocking playoff series outcome since the 90-win Cardinals upset the 102-win Phillies in the 2011 NLDS. Nope, we're going to have to through the individual elements of each team and see if we can figure anything out.

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ALCS Game 1: Masahiro Tanaka to start for New York Yankees vs