New York Yankees: Three Keys to Taking Game 1 of the ALDS

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His allegiance will be tested when the Evil Empire plays the Cleveland Indians in the American League Division Series, which commences Thursday at Progressive Field.

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. So, now that we know the matchups in the American League following the Yankees win over the Twins, let's preview the next round from the league where the only five teams above.500 made the playoffs.

However, Kluber will not start game one for the Indians.

"He's good for Major League Baseball", Francona said of Judge.

"There's nothing I can say that's going to be stirring, motivational, substantive in a sense that it's going to change their minds about anything", said Cubs manager Joe Maddon.

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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. He hit a two-run homer in the cruel one-game elimination of the Twins.

- Big Weapon. The 6-foot-7 Miller was magnificent in last year's postseason, striking out 30 over 19 1/3 innings and winning ALCS MVP award. They have a bullpen to match the one Indians manager Terry Francona can turn to, and their starting pitching is almost on a par with that of the Tribe. The final four teams in the AL include the #Ny Yankees, Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox and the Houston Astros. Their depth, especially on the mound, and home field advantage will be too much for this year's Yankees to overcome. The Indians were 15th with 212 homers. They also were second in A.L. ERA behind Cleveland. The Yankees were fifth at 3.72.

For those thinking, Masahiro Tanaka should have gotten the call in Game 1, his road ERA in 2017 was a terrible, 6.48. They were unstoppable down the stretch, reeling off an AL-record 22 consecutive wins, baseball's longest streak in 101 years.

As for getting on the field, Brantley said Wednesday that was still possible. "They're a good team", NY reliever David Robertson said.

"We have a really healthy respect for their bullpen, and they showed exactly what they can do", Francona told David Lennon of Newsday. We've done it this year and we'd like to do the same. Most of this team is returning from past year.

To find a team that lost the World Series back-to-back and then finally came up a victor, you have to go back nearly 100 years. In what many thought would be a rebuilding year, the Bombers won 91 games - outscoring their opponents in 2017 by 198 runs, second only to the Indians +254 margin in major leagues. That, perhaps, explains why the Indians started slowly this season; they were saving their best for last. "I'm definitely ready for it". I've had my own 27-game winning streak in the National Basketball Association before. Back in 1920, the Tribe defeated the Brooklyn Robins in seven games, more than a decade before they became the Brooklyn Dodgers.

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