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The Yankees finished the regular season winning 20 of their last 28 games - pretty good, but not as good as the Indians' 33-4 sprint to the finish line. He allowed one run in seven innings at home on August 4 and one run in six innings on August 30 at Yankee Stadium. The teams split a four-game series in Cleveland, and the Indians swept three at Yankee Stadium even though they were without a few key players due to injury - including star reliever and former Yankee Andrew Miller.
"They have a good team over there", Indians catcher Roberto Perez said October 4 in the Tribe clubhouse. "We know how good they are, so we have to go play our best". He's known for his rubber arm, and Francona did say that Tomlin would be available out of the bullpen in the first three games.
The Rockies' presumptive starter, Jon Gray, is MLB's second-hardest throwing starter.
There is much more to the Yankees than the 6-foot-7 Judge, too. And the right-hander is effective against hitters batting from both sides of the plate, with left-handed batters still without a home run against him this season.
James returned to home and not only proudly supports the Indians. Cleveland's weighted on-base average against pitches 95 miles per hour or faster was.316, the 16th best mark in the majors; it was.341 (second-best) against everything else. The Yankees were fifth at 3.72.
Jeter said. "Some things you keep private". The two infielders, who combined for 172 extra-base hits, including 62 home runs this year, received a standing ovation from fans as they were replaced by Giovanny Urshela and Erik Gonzalez respectively. That could end up being in Arizona's wheelhouse since power threats such as 1B Paul Goldschmidt, 3B Mike Lamb and RF J.D. Martinez make them one of baseball's best teams at hitting against high velocity.
"At the same breath, we know we can beat them". We're confident. We're ready.
How Jeter expects to get there remains a secret, even after his first public comments about the Marlins since beginning his pursuit of the team almost a year ago. He can then let Kluber goes as long as necessary in Game 2 without worrying about pitch counts, just as he did last postseason.
"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. That, perhaps, explains why the Indians started slowly this season; they were saving their best for last. "Not that you go into a game thinking you're going to lose, but if you do, you have your ace coming back". That's where the winning streak came from. That suggests Francona is not locked into Tomlin starting Game 4. That's what we were missing.