The Yankees sit fifth in the AL, putting them in a wildcard series against the Cleveland Indians. So here’s a glance at the Wildcard Round vs the Cleveland Indians.
Game One of the series would consist of two of the best pitchers in the league, a matchup between Gerrit Cole of the Yankees and potential 2020 AL Cy Young winner, Shane Bieber. Recently, the Yankees’ bats have struggled. Likewise, the Indians have been the comeback kids recently, as three of their last four wins have come off of walk-offs, including a 3 run comeback vs the Pirates, following a four run comeback in the 10th vs the White Sox. This game fits the bill for me of this series being a toss-up. Will we get the hot Yankees bats in this series? Or will we get the Indians comeback kids story? Either way this series has potential to be one of the best series’ from the Wildcard round.
Game two features Masahiro Tanaka of the Yankees and Zach Plesac of the Indians. Masahiro Tanaka has had a lot of success in the postseason in his career, so this game will be very close as well. No matter who wins this game they will have to grind for it, not only in this game but in this series. This will also be an elimination game, so we will see who comes out with the higher intensity for Game Two.
GAME 3 (if necessary)
Game three features a question for Yankees manager Aaron Boone as well as the fans. Who starts Game Three? I personally think J.A. Happ will get the start because he is a veteran. Plus he had a number f big starts for the Yankees. The Indians would use Carlos “Cookie” Carrasco. I would not be surprised to see this series go the distance. I personally think if the Yankees bats can get on a roll, then they can win this series. However, the one definitive I predict is that this series goes to 3 games.