Yankees host Twins as Major League Baseball playoffs begin

Oct 06, 2017, 00:21
Yankees host Twins as Major League Baseball playoffs begin

"We've kind of been the underdogs all year and we're still here", Gardner said Wednesday night after the Yankees' worked out at Progressive Field in preparation of Thursday night's series opener.

It's the 10th anniversary of the time midges took over at the corner of Carnegie and Ontario. Catcher Gary Sanchez contributed to his impressive sophomore campaign with 33 dingers of his own. Last year saw an instant classic play out in the World Series as the Cubs rallied from a 3-1 deficit to win the World Series in extra innings in Game 7 and shattered a 108-year streak without a World Series title, the longest in history.

In the nation's capital, the Washington Nationals are entering the playoffs years of failed expectations on their backs.

"They've got a lot of guys who hit for power". Here's a list of them all - and what would make each of them noteworthy.

Catching L.A. for the best record in baseball seemed like an impossibility as recently as late August, but the Cleveland Indians nearly made it happen by going on a 22-game winning streak.

After throwing just 29 pitches on Tuesday, it's feasible that Severino could have pitched in Game 2 on Friday, but again, I wouldn't want to waste a great pitching performance against Corey Kluber.

It ended last year with the Chicago Cubs' celebrating a dramatic World Series victory over the Cleveland Indians, ending a mind-numbing 108-year dry spell. Kershaw will need to have the same command he did in the regular season if they aim to return to the World Series for the first time since 1988. He has a 9-5 record in 18 career postseason starts. Chasen Shreve will be used for certain matchups, while Masahiro Tanaka and another player will join the pitching staff. They play fundamentally sound, mistake-free baseball and are captained by AL MVP favorite Jose Altuve, who led the league in batting average and hits this year.

"He's good for Major League Baseball, but he's bad for the teams you're playing against", Indians manager Terry Francona said.

If the Diamondbacks win, it would be the highest win total in a divisional series since 2002, when the total was an astounding 790.

Unlike Gray however, Sabathia has not faced the Indians at all in 2017.

It will nearly be like having seven World Series instead of one.

The Los Angeles Dodgers finished with the best record in the majors but a recent 11-game skid has raised some concern about whether the National League West champions can make a run. Expect Arizona to go the distance with the Dodgers in a best-of-five series, but L.A.to advance to the NL Championship Series (NLCS). However, they'll be no match for Cleveland.

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