Videos Prove LeBron James Roots Hard For Indians, Not Yankees

Oct 06, 2017, 00:29
Videos Prove LeBron James Roots Hard For Indians, Not Yankees

The red-hot Yankees, their bats still smoking from walloping the Twins in the wild-card game the night before, stormed into Cleveland on Oct. 4 for the start of the ALDS Oct. 5 at Progressive Field.

Beyond statistics, a position-by-position analysis of the matchup suggests each team can claim an edge in several aspects of the game. If the Indians met the Cubs again in the World Series, what better story could be written than the Indians winning the World Series against the same team they came agonizingly close to beating previous year?

Offensively, the Yankees (91-71) finished second in the AL in runs scored (858) while Cleveland was third (818).

Gray went 4-7 with a 3.72 ERA in 11 outings for NY. Kluber is 5-1 with a 1.80 ERA in seven career starts against Yankees.

WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says one of the more interesting things to come out of yesterday was the decision by Indians manager Terry Francona to start pitcher Trevor Bauer in game one tomorrow, instead of ace Corey Kluber. The Yankees have an entire bullpen of guys throwing 95-plus. Oh, by the way, let's not forget about that 22-game winning streak the Tribe rolled off in the second half which propelled them to the best finish in baseball this season. "When you have young players that are good and seem to behave and act with a lot of respect like he does, it's really good for the game".

If the Yankees win: Well, the Indians haven't lost two games in a row since August 23. "All that means is we played better than they did at that time".

He pushed all the right buttons, getting 8.2 innings of one-run baseball from the quartet of Chad Green, David Robertson, Tommy Kahnle and Aroldis Chapman. "It's one day at a time". The former Toronto slugger has driven in at least 100 runs in five of the past six seasons.

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However, Brantley has been testing his ankle and it's possible his role could expand and he could play in the field.

Las Vegas oddsmakers have the Indians listed as the series favorites over the Yankees in the 2017 ALDS. So there is potential to cash in early on the value of a wild-card team. When rookie Bradley Zimmer broke his hand, and with Brantley and Brandon Guyer slowed by injuries, Francona gave Kipnis a chance in the outfield and he has held his own in center. As great as CC Sabathia has been this year, he's made it past the sixth inning just once in his past 15 starts.

- Extra Bases. Sanchez had 16 passed balls, tied for the big league lead with Yasmani Grandal of the Dodgers.

The postseason is finally upon us and the New York Yankees are back under the bright lights of October.

Olson, who joined the club July 21, retired Brantly in the seventh inning, marking his 30th consecutive scoreless appearance of the year (covering 20 innings).

The Indians have all the tools necessary to make another deep post-season run given a lineup featuring plenty of power from the likes of Jose Ramirez and Edwin Encarnacion, a shutdown rotation and bullpen that can make quick work of most teams. As a kid growing up, I needed inspiration to get out of the situation I was in.