Yankees add three pitchers to roster for ALDS against Indians

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Indians 2017 playoff run begins Thursday night in Cleveland

Despite a poor performance from ace pitcher Luis Severino, the Yankees advanced to the ALDS with a win over the Minnesota Twins during Tuesday night's AL Wild Card Game.

As for CC Sabathia, sending him out there in Game 2, in an environment he spent parts of the first eight season's of his career in - against likely '17 AL Cy Young Award Winner Corey Kluber, is a stroke of genius by Girardi. In Cleveland, Trevor Bauer will face Sonny Gray.

So just in case you wondered, the answer is yes - the Indians pride is still smarting from losing the World Series to the Cubs in seven games past year.

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).

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Manager Terry Francona watched his team win 22 straight games - an American League record - allowing them to secure the AL's top postseason seed.

"We're not done yet", Judge said after the 8-4 win at Yankee Stadium. They were solid and steady most all year, played nearly as well on the road as home and have a strong fan base, but were not playing their best ball as the season wound down. They are using that experience to know what to expect this year when pressure mounts as they go deeper and deeper into the playoffs.

If the Astros win: Verlander went 5-0 with a 1.06 ERA in five starts with the Astros, so if they win it probably means he pitched well, a good sign for the rest of the postseason that his September run wasn't just a result of facing some struggling offenses (four of his five starts came against the Mariners and Angels).

"They have a good team over there", Indians catcher Roberto Perez said October 4 in the Tribe clubhouse.

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In 27 starts overall this year for the Oakland A's and New York, Gray was 10-12 with a 3.55 ERA. Gregorius tied it with a 3-run homer in the bottom of the first, Judge homered in his playoff debut and Gardner also went deep as NY rallied for an 8-4 victory, its first postseason win since 2012. They've got a good lineup, as well.

"I just want our guys to go out and do what they've been doing since the All-Star break". Not as rivals - if they ever were actual rivals, today's unbalanced schedules preclude that from being the case now - but as fellow contenders, once again bumping in to one another while on the same path. Once you see the finish line, make sure you go across it. The Japanese right-hander had a down regular season, going just 13-12 with a 4.74 ERA, but is coming off a seven-inning, 15-strikeout performance against Toronto on September 29. The Astros and Red Sox start things off in Houston at 4 ET, followed by the Indians and Yankees at 7:30 in Cleveland. "They're a team that can get very hot". He can run a little bit, puts the ball in play, and has power.

Two franchises with a lot of history between them face off in the ALDS starting tonight. "The playoffs are a different animal, and any team can beat you on any day". The Melodrama of it coming down to a one run game seven after being down 3-1 in the series only heightened the lasting memory of all of last season up till the final pitch being about Chi Town and nothing else.

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