Edwin Encarnacion injured in Game 2 of ALDS between Indians and Yankees

Just like against the Twins the Yankees need their dominant bullpen to carry them to victory

And the move paid off, with Cleveland lashing the Yankees in a 4-0 win. Tribe starter Trevor Bauer allowed two hits and a walk while striking out eight through 6.2 innings pitched to pickup the victory.

The notable aspect of the Yankees' Game 2 squad is CC Sabathia starting, returning to the stadium where he took on his current team back in 2007.

It's nearly time for Game 2, and I couldn't be more excited.

The Yankees' Brett Gardner, right, reacts after striking out in the sixth inning of Game 1 of the AL Division Series against the Indians on October 5, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Boston-Houston opener will be televised on the MLB Network and is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. ET.

1994: The season is cut short by a labor strike with the Indians in their first pennant race in eons.

The Yankees are among the league's best hitting teams against opposing pitchers' fastballs.

The Yankees got bad pitching from Luis Severino in the wild-card win over the Minnesota Twins Wednesday; the 23-year-old ace was pulled after one out of the first inning. On Thursday, it looked like the Indians got a better deal while the Yankees were fleeced by the Oakland Athletics.

Gray went 4-7 with a 3.72 ERA in 11 starts after being acquired from the Oakland Athletics prior to the trade deadline but struggled some in September, surrendering nine home runs in 35 1/3 innings.

Game 1 start is why Yankees traded for Sonny Gray
The Twins did not go down without a fight, however, as the club got off to a hot start only to have the Yankees match. Following the three run first inning, Brett Garnder hit a solo home run to give the Yankees a 4-3 lead.

NY doesn't have their ace going. A three-game sweep became the most likely outcome as Bauer posted zero after zero.

Sonny Gray comes into the game on 10-12, compared to Bauer's 17-9, and with the Indians having home advantage tonight, Cleveland fans will be expecting nothing other than a win to get this series going tonight.

Aaron Hicks paused to admire his three-run homer off Corey Kluber, the clout that ended the Cleveland ace's evening after just 2.2 innings at stunned Progressive Field. The offensive hero for Cleveland was midseason acquisition Jay Bruce, who went 2-for-3 with two runs scored, three RBIs and a home run that helped break open the game. The right-hander walked four, one shy of a season high, and hit a batter while coughing up three earned runs before the bullpen bailed him out.

"I think on a number of reasons it makes good sense", Francona said Tuesday before the Yankees beat Minnesota in the AL wild-card game.

It started off on a shaky note for the Bronx Bombers who looked to Ace arm Luis Severino to shut it down in this victor take all game. The Los Angeles Dodgers had the best record in the MLB during the regular season, and arguably have the best pitcher in baseball, Clayton Kershaw. Although LeBron is an Akron-native he grew up rooting for the Yankees, and has been vocal in his support of the Indians, especially since their success has risen over the last couple of seasons.

"And that's where Brantley comes into play", Francona said.

"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.

Severino's failure taxed the bullpen to the point where Girardi had to go with Adam Warren and Jaime Garcia instead of the Chad Green-David Robertson-Tommy Kahnle combination that held the Twins in check before Aroldis Chapman finished them off.



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