Trevor Bauer pitches the game of his life in ALDS Game 1

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Central (7:30 p.m. Eastern). Bauer, who is 11-1 in his last 14 starts, struck out Judge again in the fourth, but the All-Star reached on a wild pitch.

Forget Aaron Judge having postseason jitters.

A new one, the only one, is about to begin. "I wish I'd thrown a couple more competitive pitches to (Brett) Gardner".

The Indians are back, but there's now a 6-foot-7, 280-pound baseball-bashing behemoth standing in their way.

CLEVELAND - The New York Yankees' Sonny Gray will take the mound Thursday night for Game 1 of the American League Division Series at Progressive Field guided by the Tao of Bartolo Colon. So if we go out there and win, we can forget about today. It was Kluber's third straight start on short rest, and he was out of gas, giving up four runs in four innings.

"He's a good hitter", Allen said.

Starting the playoffs with a No. 3 starter on the mound over the Cy Young favorite seems odd, but there's a method to Terry Francona's madness.

There is so much more to Sabathia's story the past few years, of course, but his designation for Game 2 should tell you all you need to know about the unanticipated renaissance and reinvention he has enjoyed this season as the elder statesman of a diverse pitching staff and clubhouse in the Bronx. "I put us in a hole we weren't able to climb out of". With lefty C.C. Sabathia starting in Game 2, look for the right-handed hitter Jackson to start on October 6.

CC Sabathia gets the ball for NY in Game 2. "So I'm not really too concerned about it".

So confident that they decided that it was a good time to taunt their opponent, the AL's top dog in the Cleveland Indians. Using the team's post-season hashtag, #PinstripePride, the official Yankees twitter account sent out an old photo of LeBron James proudly displaying his New York Yankees fitted. You look at his second half, and he had better command. You have to give the Major League Baseball team some credit, they nailed it.

While they now have the relative security of a five-game series as opposed to a do-or-die one-game playoff, the task in front of them doesn't get any easier in a Tribe team that was the hottest squad in baseball going down the stretch.

On the mound for NY will be CC Sabathia (14-5, 3.69 ERA), while Cleveland wlll go with Corey Kluber (18-4, 2.25).

None of that means anything now. Everyone knows experience can play a big role when it comes to big time games. "What's going to matter is who plays the best".

My point here is this: The decisions that Terry Francona makes, that draw scrutiny, can't be seen through a microscope of "good or bad" because the roster is so talented that it doesn't matter.

Girardi showcased his stellar relief corps Monday night after starter Luis Severino was chased in the first. Greinke cruised through three innings but fell apart in the fourth, allowing four runs before getting yanked. The only thing that would bring more joy to this city than a Houston Astros World Series appearance this year, just months after Hurricane Harvey decimated us, would be a Houston Texans Super Bowl and we just aren't patient enough to wait for that to happen in February. Last year, if you remember, he was sidelined for part of the postseason after slicing his finger open while fixing his drone.

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