This season, both the favored New York Yankees and Arizona Diamondbacks won their respective Wild Card games at home. I do respect Arizona starter Zack Greinke (17-7, 3.20 ERA, 1.07 WHIP), but Colorado starter Jon Gray (10-4, 3.67 ERA, 1.30 WHIP) is no slouch and it's a benefit for the Rockies that they were able to get their ace for this one-game playoff.
A year ago the Cubs were considered the betting favorites to win the title after finishing with the best record in baseball, and that's exactly what they did as they won their first championship since 1908. Houston's 101-61 SU season wound up getting overshadowed by Cleveland's brilliant play down the stretch, but the Astros finished the year on a 14-3 SU run of their own and are the third favorite on the board to win the World Series at +500. The Indians will open with starter Trevor Bauer while the Yankees have yet to name a starter.
"We were part of that (streak)".
Pete Caldera on the Yankees' 8-4 win over the Twins in the Wild Card Game. "They've really been on a roll the last 50, 60 games, playing as well as anyone". Sabathia's 2-1 in his career in postseason games at Progressive Field, with those wins coming in 2001 and 2007 as a member of the Indians.
The Boston Red Sox will end their season with a parade in Beantown, according to a majority of Robeson County's head baseball coaches. "I know if you throw it in the wrong place, he's going to hit it a long way". The left-handed pitcher has a 4-7 record to go along with an earned run average (ERA) of 4.55 in the playoffs.
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Acquired by the Yankees from the Athletics at the trade deadline, Gray went 4-7 with a 3.72 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP in 11 starts for NY. Rounding out the Cleveland rotation will be Corey Kluber (18-4, 2.25), Carlos Carrasco (18-6, 3.29) and Mike Clevenger (12-6, 3.11). "I'm not going to give you a scouting report, but we have a really good plan against them".
The enigmatic Dodgers (13-17 since September 1) are looking for its first World Series appearance in 29 years, and its great ace, Clayton Kershaw, is trying to end his postseason problems, especially his haunted seventh innings. They face off against the Red Sox in the AL Divisional Series, beginning today.
Washington have never advanced beyond a division series but the return of right fielder Bryce Harper from a knee injury along with improved play from the bullpen make them a legitimate threat.
Gray came over to the Yankees at the trade deadline in a deal with the A's for multiple prospects.
Paced by Cody Allen, Andrew Miller anad Bryan Shaw, Cleveland's bullpen led Major League Baseball with a 2.89 ERA and had the least amount of walks. The two wild card spots belong to the New York Yankees and the Minnesota Twins. For a team as talented as they are, the World Series has constantly alluded them.
"It will be curious to see how Bauer reacts in that", Pluto said.