Gray To Start Game 1 Against Indians, Sabathia For Game 2

The Astros will start Justin Verlander in Game 1 against Chris Sale, the favorite to win the American League Cy Young.

In the National League, I think the Dodgers peaked earlier in the season and if the Diamondbacks - who have been led by former Tiger J.D. Martinez in the second half of the season - beat the Rockies in the wild card game, they will prove to be a tough test. Because Yankees starter Luis Severino was so bad in the first inning and knocked out with three runs in, two on and one out, four relievers wound up eating the final 8 2/3 innings.

Like Bym and Douglas, I'll roll with Cleveland, which lost the fall classic in heartbreaking fashion to the Chicago Cubs in seven games last season.

"For whatever reason, it took us a while to get - whether it's your rhythm, whether it's your footing", Indians manager Terry Francona said. "Not that you go into a game thinking you're going to lose, but if you do, you have your ace coming back". The game has a scheduled start time of 7.38 p.m. ET and can be watched on TV on the Fox Sports 1 network, or online through live stream (details below).

Francona is taking a gamble in the opener and starting Trevor Bauer, a 17-game victor during the regular season, in Game 1 instead of Kluber, who will start Game 2. Cleveland's top four in August and September: Corey Kluber 10-1, 1.42 ERA; Carlos Carrasco 8-2, 2.82; Trevor Bauer 8-1, 2.57 and Mike Clevinger 7-2, 2.23. You get the feeling the 17-year veteran is determined to make the most of this playoff chance in the twilight of his career, especially back where he spent his first eight big league seasons. The 30-year-old was sidelined during Cleveland's run to the World Series last year following shoulder surgeries. And that was us just getting started.

Yankees: One year into a youth movement, the Baby Bombers blossomed fast under 10th-year manager Joe Girardi and returned NY to the postseason perhaps ahead of schedule.

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The Indians won the regular season series with the Yankees, 5-2.

With a rotation featuring Carlos Carrasco, Trevor Bauer and likely Cy Young victor Corey Kluber, the Indians don't have to be. NY is patient at the plate, athletic on the bases and in the field and always aggressive. They were unstoppable down the stretch, reeling off an AL-record 22 consecutive wins, baseball's longest streak in 101 years.

The Yankees last reached an AL Division Series in 2012.

Outfielder Clint Frazier, utility player Tyler Wade and relief pitcher Chasen Shreve - all active for Tuesday's wild-card game - were left off the ALDS roster. More and more each year, that's becoming the case.

Not much of a surprise Gray is starting Game One. I think the Yankees could be successful in a short series but a longer series would expose their starting rotation. "That's what I meant to do in Game 7 past year", he says.


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