Coming into Game 4, Cleveland relievers had pitched exactly half of the team's innings in this series. It's right there waiting for us on the baseball diamond. "Nobody expected us to be competing with this team". "That's just what I've done, you know". But there is some truth to what they all are saying. "You get to a point where you certainly aren't going to match up anymore, but we're trying to keep the game where we had a chance to win, and we were trying not to overuse people".
"He's got that lefty swing", Frazier said. And how much faith do you have in Kluber as he faces a Yankee team the roughed him up in Game 2? But the Yankees themselves still believe it can be done. Cleveland signed him to a $60 million, three-year contract after he spent seven-plus seasons with Toronto. Their cleanup hitter Edwin Encarnacion still seems doubtful with an ankle injury (though he'll get an extra day to rest before Game 5) and Jose Ramirez, who's got a lock on a third-place finish in the AL MVP derby this year behind Joe Altuve and the Yankees' Aaron Judge, has done no damage outside of a tweet (immediately taken down) showing Donald Trump in a Yankees jacket.
Girardi said Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman apologized to him for accidentally "liking" a user's comment on Instagram calling the NY manager an "imbecile".
When Starlin Castro scurried home in the third on Giovanny Urshela's second error of the game, that pushed the score to 5-0. And then either hit a mistake or lay off the ones that are down and out of the zone. Francisco Lindor hit a drive that the 6-foot-7, almost 300-pound right fielder thought he had a beat on from the start.
- All right, there you go.
Gary Sanchez "played a great game" defensively in Game 3, and Girardi said he made sure of telling it to the catcher, whose first full seasons in the majors has shined a harsh light on his difficulties blocking pitches.
After overcoming an uncharacteristically poor outing from ace No. 1 Corey Kluber to take a 2-0 series lead Friday night at Progressive Field, Cleveland has the luxury of employing ace No. 2 Carlos Carrasco with the opportunity to sweep the Yankees.
The 34-year-old veteran entered 2017 having hit at least 34 home runs and driven in at least 98 runs in each of the previous five campaigns, including a.263 batting average, 42 jacks and an American League-best 127 RBI in 2016 for the Toronto Blue Jays.
While the payroll is high, there is something to these claims.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi made an interesting choice for his Game 5 starter, lefty CC Sabathia over righty Sonny Gray. HR-Bird (2), off Miller. So, the Indians need to not allow a hard-fought loss in Game 3 affect their mindset and be ready to cast doubt into the postseason acumen of Severino by helping him have another bad start. Most basketball players who miss the cut on making an NBA team end up playing ball overseas and out of sight.
Nothing wrong with that line against one of the AL's best offenses. Monday's game in particular was a crucial one to preserving closer Aroldis Chapman, who needed 34 pitches to close out the Indians in Game 3.