Gray vs. Bauer In Yankees - Indians ALDS Game 1

Cleveland Indians Michael Brantley walks into the batting cage during a team workout Wednesday Oct. 4 2017 in Cleveland. The Indians are scheduled to play the New York Yankees in Game 1 of an ALDS on Thursday

Gray vs. Bauer In Yankees - Indians ALDS Game 1

"None of that matters for this start", he said.

At the time the photo angered a lot of Clevelanders, not only because he was rooting for the other team, but the life-long Akron, OH resident had just signed with the Miami Heat.

The Indians dispatched the Chicago White Sox, 3-1 at Progressive Field and now await the victor of Tuesday's Wild Card playoff when the American League Division Series opens on Thursday. DIAMONDBACKS! IT'S THE BATTLE FOR WADE MILEY (who is now a member of the Orioles, but I digress)! Ervin Santana and Zack Greinke are veterans.

I promise you, I'm not biased against the Diamondbacks.

Then there is Chapman, whose pitches topped 101 miles per hour or more 166 times this season alone, nearly double the amount produced by the rest of the league. Paul Goldschmidt and JD Martinez going up against Cleveland's incredible pitching staff would definitely be a sight to see, though. Wild was the key word in the two play-in games. On the field, it would be a fantastic series, but it would be a tough sell for the casual fan. They hadn't been to the postseason since 2010, so this was a big step for them. Two teams that tore everything down and rebuilt in full meeting in the World Series would be a good narrative, and Houston beating the defending champions would be pretty fun. "You come out and make pitches, and you see what happens".

ALDS: Red Sox vs Astros. The relievers showed what they could do on Tuesday, with Chad Green, David Robertson, Tommy Kahnle and Aroldis Chapman mowing down Twins hitters one by one. The 6-foot-8 righty walked seven over his final 9 2/3 innings and finished with 44 walks, up from 28 previous year. The goal from Day One wasn't to win the AL Central or have a record winning streak, but to get back to the World Series and finish the job.

The Astros had the AL's best record on August 31 when they added Justin Verlander to a rotation that already featured fellow Cy Young Award victor Dallas Keuchel. "This year, we're going to try to make sure we win the last game".

Los Angeles vs. Boston is a storied basketball matchup.

All Theo Epstein, all the time. It's a layup of a narrative.

NLDS: Cubs vs Nationals. There are now four winless teams left in the NFL.

The Dodgers will face the victor of Wednesday's NL Wild Card showdown between the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks in a best-of-five series starting on Friday in Los Angeles. "That means everybody went through what happened a year ago".

"The team that wins the first game in a five-game series wins something like 75 percent of the time for the whole series", Pluto said. NY threw 53 wild pitches when Sanchez was behind the plate, second-most among major league catchers behind Jonathan Lucroy (58 with Texas and Colorado).

Rematches often suck, but not this one.

The Tribe of course beat the Jays in last year's ALCS but blew a 3-1 lead in the World Series to the Cubs - losing an epic Game 7 at home in extra innings. He has gone through his cold spells, but if he can get hot in this series, he can almost win the whole thing by himself. Cleveland is +170 to repeat as the AL pennant victor and NY is +450. "It's just even more so the case with how good they have those guys back there".

Had the Cubs not won the World Series previous year, this matchup would be #1. The teams finished 1-2 in ERA. This will probably be the most exciting opening series in the playoffs.

Remarkable but true: Baby Bombers Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez were born the same year as Bryce Harper, who is now in his fourth postseason.

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