In what surprised nearly every fan of baseball, the New York Yankees slammed Corey Kluber the ace of the Cleveland Indians pitching staff for six runs over just 2 2/3 innings during Game 2 Friday night of the American League Division Series.
"They gave their ideas for it and why they had their ideas for it, and I didn't have a problem with it", Kluber said.
Improbable because a Yankees lineup that was dormant Thursday night knocked out Cleveland ace Corey Kluber on Friday after only 2.2 innings of work. If the baseball gods are watching, Holliday will hit a go-ahead home run against Andrew Miller in Game 2. They never really threatened, save for getting a runner to second base to begin the 11th - who was promptly picked off. He joined me to discuss C.C. Sabathia and the series as a whole. "I don't think he's going to start on Sunday, but he's not been ruled out either". "So it's not surprising at all".
Given the relatively good news, Francona said he would leave Encarnacion on the Indians roster. They make you throw a lot of pitches. In 2017, he led the AL or was tied for the league lead in wins, complete games (five), shutouts (three), ERA, WHIP (0.87), hits per nine innings (6.23), walks per nine innings (1.59) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (7.36). It's an interesting matchup, as Sabathia had his best seasons with the Indians, even winning a Cy Young Award during his time in Cleveland.More news: Dhawan returns as India opt to field
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On the flip side, Sabathia ran into a bit of trouble in the early going of the game, but was able to settle and set down the Indians in order in the third, fourth and fifth innings. He went 13-12 with a career-worst 4.74 ERA in 30 starts.
Joe Girardi finally said what Yankee fans wanted to hear Friday night.
"I screwed up", Girardi said Saturday at Yankee Stadium with his team on the verge of elimination. Austin Jackson will start in left field against NY left-hander CC Sabathia, and Yan Gomes will catch Kluber.