Indians playoff baseball means parking restrictions in downtown Cleveland

Indians playoff baseball means parking restrictions in downtown Cleveland

Ross Houston
October 5, 2017

Sonny Gray will start Game 1 of the American League Division Series for the Yankees Thursday at Progressive Field in Cleveland. That was really important to Kluber.

Gray, who was acquired at the trading deadline to help get NY into October went 1-2 with a 4.86 ERA in three starts against Cleveland. The NL Central champs declared that in Game 1 of their upcoming ALDS series against the Yankees or Twins, their starting pitcher will not be presumptive Cy Young victor Corey Kluber or even breakout star Carlos Carrasco. "We feel really good about ourselves, and I think we showed last night that we're very, very resilient and ready for any type of challenge".

"Not that you go into a game thinking you're going to lose, but if you do, you have your ace coming back", Francona said. Just not Game 1. Also, because they like the idea of having Kluber available on regular rest for a potential Game 5 (Game 2 is on Friday and Game 5 would be the following Wednesday). If the Indians are anxious about their ace being over-rested, they won't want him pitching Game 1, then waiting eight days to pitch again if Cleveland takes care of business in the ALDS in three or four games.

"Five years ago, the growth he's made, not just being a teammate but as a pitcher, he's come a long way and we're proud of him", Francona said of the third overall draft pick in 2011. I mean for him to get the ball in Game 1 speaks volumes.

"Trevor will not back down from anybody", said manager Terry Francona.

The postseason is finally upon us and the New York Yankees are back under the bright lights of October. Since he began throwing a slider, Bauer is 10-1 with 2.60 ERA in 14 games. I get what the Indians are going for, in theory, and, again, there's a really good chance we're wasting our energy analyzing it. The Yankees won the top wild-card spot with a 91-71 record in the AL East.

On the other side of the coin, if Yankees manager Joe Girardi can get some good outings out of his starters he has a bullpen that has been close to unbeatable so far in 2017. "We didn't try to over-complicate it", said Francona to Jordan Bastian. I didn't a year ago give it one single minute of thought that we were under the radar. David Robertson was also a huge factor in this win-or-go-home game by throwing three scoreless innings. My numbers stunk. I just didn't feel like I was contributing, which is a bad feeling for a competitor. But he did not come by this start by accident.

But as Baer also points out, those splits were the other way around previous year, suggesting the whole thing could be a red herring. In the Yankees' final 12 games, they crossed the plate 63 times, averaging more than five runs a game.

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