The Cleveland Indians (102-60) will begin their 2017 postseason tonight against the New York Yankees (91-71). New York’s, Sonny Gray (10-12, 3.55 ERA), will face off against Trevor Bauer (17-9, 4.19 ERA) of Cleveland. Game time is 7:30 pm on FS1 in Cleveland.
Cleveland and New York will tentatively carry four starters. After Gray and Bauer start game one, CC Sabathia and Corey Kluber start game two. When the series moves to New York on Sunday, Carlos Carrasco will face Masahiro Tanaka for game three. Game four will tentatively showcase Josh Tomlin and Luis Severino, though both managers have said that those decisions are subject to change.
In addition to the four starters, Cleveland will also carry seven relievers, two catchers, six infielders, and six outfielders. Cody Allen, Andrew Miller, Brian Shaw, Joe Smith, Tyler Olson, Danny Salazar and Mike Clevinger will be the tribe’s relievers in the ALDS. Yan Gomes and Roberto Perez will carry the duties behind the dish. Edwin Encarnacion, Carlos Santana, Jose Ramirez, Francisco Lindor, Giovanny Urshela and Erik Gonzales will man the infield. Michael Brantley, Jason Kipnis, Lonnie Chisenhall, Jay Bruce, Austin Jackson and Greg Allen will take the outfield.
Some notable omissions from the roster were pitchers: Dan Otero, Nick Goody, Zach McAllister Ryan Merritt, Kyle Crockett and Craig Breslow; infielder: Yandy Diaz; outfielders Tyler Naquin, and Abraham Almonte. Brandon Guyer (wrist), Bradley Zimmer (hand), Boone Logan (back), and Cody Anderson (Elbow).
Bauer has gone 2-0 this year against the Yankees with a 1.38 ERA in two starts. Gray has gone 1-2 against Cleveland in 2017 with a 4.86 ERA in three starts with Oakland and New York. In Gray’s two starts in Cleveland this year, he is 0-2 with a 7.59 ERA at Progressive Field.
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