Dish From Doherty: Can an AL team stop the Indians?

Ross Houston
October 6, 2017

The New York Yankees are moving on to the American League Division Series. 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.

Now James' Yankees are preparing for Game 1 of the American League Division Series against the Cleveland Indians, and they could not help but show off one of their biggest fans on Twitter. In one of the best storylines of this season, the Indians won a record 22 games in a row between August and September, cementing their spot atop the AL Central and all of baseball in the eyes of many.

According to Francona, Cleveland's bullpen will consist of RHP Cody Allen, LHP Andrew Miller, RHP Bryan Shaw, RHP Joe Smith, RHP Danny Salazar, LHP Tyler Olson, RHP Mike Clevinger, with starters Josh Tomlin and Trevor Bauer also possibly pitching in a relief role.

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October 24, Cleveland, World Series, Game 1 - How can hitters top their record-setting power binge from the regular season? It's lower than the number pitched by New York's pen, meaning Cleveland isn't as dependent on its bullpen, as nasty as it is.

The Cleveland Indians play the New York Yankees in the postseason for the first time since 2007. It's probably a tough look if he doesn't back the fellow Cleveland squad publicly, even if he's secretly rooting for the Yankees in private.

Cleveland also went 5-2 against NY. During the season the Yankees were 2-5 against the Indians. Bauer also gets hit hard on 0-0 counts (.787 slugging) and 1-1 counts (.929 slugging).

- Yankees relievers tossed 8 2/3 innings, allowing just one earned run and a franchise postseason record 13 strikeouts. The imposing bullpen is loaded with power arms that can shorten a game, and the bench is a real strength if needed. However, this was not true a year ago.

"He's been one of the better pitchers in the league", Francona said.

For the defending champions, Chicago Cubs, their 2017 roster does not look like the juggernaut that led them to the championship past year.

Heartbroken after coming up a little short a year ago against the Chicago Cubs, Cleveland figured to make it to October for another swing at ending a World Series drought stretching back to 1948. If the Red Sox have any hopes of winning this series, they have to win Game 1 this afternoon in Houston. They have undeniable chemistry, confidence, All-Stars galore and in Francona, a manager who knows how to win in October.

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