Cleveland Takes 2-0 ALDS Lead to New York

Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

After a dominant 4-0 win in game one where Trevor Bauer was dominant, game two was expected to be as easy as it can get in an MLB postseason game. AL Cy Young candidate Corey Kluber was taking the mound along with his 18-4 record and his 2.25 ERA. He was 15-2 with a 1.62 ERA since June first

However, we all know that the postseason isn’t easy. Unfortunately for Kluber, things didn’t go his way and Kluber exited the game with two outs in the third inning after yielding six earned runs. In the fourth inning, after Tyler Olson recorded the next three outs, Mike Clevinger gave up a two-run home run to Greg and Cleveland was down 8-3.

Cleveland was also shocked earlier as their DH and cleanup hitter Edwin Encarnacion left the game with what looked like a severe ankle injury while sliding into second base. The news was arguably as good as it could be as Encarnacion is considered day-to-day with a right ankle sprain and is expected to play again this postseason.

Being down five runs is never good against the Yankees as their bullpen is one of the best in baseball. However, Cleveland’s offense was good enough to overcome that deficit and beat the New York Yankees 9-8 in 13 innings. Cleveland’s late offense was highlighted by a grand slam in the sixth inning by Francisco Lindor and a solo HR by Jay Bruce in the eighth inning. Yan Gomes hit a game-winning walk-off double in the 13th inning on the 10th pitch of the at-bat.

During a press conference on Saturday, Terry Francona was asked about different members of the team. When asked about Carlos Carrasco’s development, Francona said, “We can’t be an organization that pulls the plug on guys too quick”. When asked about Encarnacion and Michael Brantley, Francona answered, “It’s kind of an easy one, if Edwin doesn’t play, then he (Brantley) kinda walks right into the DH spot. As far as the lineup goes, I don’t know yet. I mean, one, we have to check on Edwin then Millsy (Brad Mills) and I will put it together. We have to talk to our guys first. Going into tomorrow, at the moment, he’s (Encarnacion) not been ruled unavailable. Now, he (Encarnacion) came in on crutches so I don’t think you’re going to see him steal any bases. There’s no way to know yet.”

Cleveland looks to sweep the ALDS series on Sunday night at 7:30 pm on FS1. The visiting Indians send Carlos Carrasco (18-6, 3.29 ERA during the regular season) to the hill against Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka (13-12, 4.74 ERA) for game three.

During the year, Carrasco is 11-2 with a 2.65 ERA on the road but lost his only game against the Yankees (August 6) in five and 2/3 innings as he gave up five earned runs, all in the sixth inning, giving him a rough 7.94 ERA against New York. Carrasco though is 3-1 with a 1.40 ERA in his career at Yankee Stadium.

Tanaka’s 2017 campaign did not include any starts against Cleveland. Tanaka is 9-5 at home with a 3.22 ERA during the season but has a 1-2 record with a 4.63 ERA in his career against Cleveland.  In his career, Tanaka has pitched better at home against Cleveland than on the road and has also pitched better in recent years against the Indians.  In Tanaka’s first year with New York (2014), he went 0-1 against Cleveland in one start, posting a 6.75 ERA. Last year, Tanaka went 1-0 with a 3.38 ERA against the Indians.

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