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Brantley on Indians' ALDS roster after latest comeback

Indians 2017 playoff run begins Thursday night in Cleveland 2017 World Series Predictions, Baseball Playoffs Odds
Clarence Duncan | 06 October, 2017, 00:31

The wild-card games are supposed to be low scoring, as teams pitch their aces in the win-or-go-home games. There are now four winless teams left in the NFL. "So you have to be able to do a bunch of different things as a starting pitcher to be able to handle all the different types of hitters they have".

The matchups are listed in descending order of likelihood, using probability figures from heading into Thursday's action. The Indians were fifth with 818 runs.

There are big expectations on Cleveland in a post-season where the Chicago Cubs will chase a second consecutive World Series and the Washington Nationals look to finally win a division series.

These teams produced some drama together when they were both in the NL West. If they can run up the score in the early innings, they can rely on that insane rotation to lock down games on the other end before Girardi turns to the bullpen. The Cleveland Indians (+350) are a close second favorite.

There are a number of ex-Detroit Tigers who could make an impact this postseason.

"I am committed to winning a World Series", Robertson said. They were solid and steady most all year, played nearly as well on the road as home and have a strong fan base, but were not playing their best ball as the season wound down.

"I just want our guys to go out and do what they've been doing since the All-Star break". NY threw 53 wild pitches when Sanchez was behind the plate, second-most among major league catchers behind Jonathan Lucroy (58 with Texas and Colorado). Roberts manages the Dodgers now.

Theo Epstein and Jon Lester against their former organization. Purists tired of that story line can enjoy an entire series at Wrigley Field and Fenway Park. Whether it be lead off man Brett Gardner, powerhouses in Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez, or the under-appreciated stars in Didi Gregorius and Greg Bird, this lineup is young, hungry, determined and fearless. Judge is actually the oldest of the three.

Indians: RH Trevor Bauer (17-9, 4.19; 10-1, 2.60 since July 21), RH Corey Kluber (18-4, 2.25, 265 Ks, 5 CGs), RH Carlos Carrasco (18-6, 3.29, 226 Ks), RH Josh Tomlin (10-9, 4.98). The team will head to Cleveland to face the winless Browns.

The Indians are trying to do something that only four teams have done in the last 50 years - win the World Series one year after losing it. He's back to throwing triple-digit fastballs in the Bronx.

The left fielder is on Cleveland's AL Division Series roster against the New York Yankees after it appeared his season might be over because of an ankle ligament injury. The '32 matchup is when Babe Ruth was said to have called his shot before homering.

Colorado's Charlie Blackmon said one loss doesn't take away from the successful season, and he's right.

The addition of Verlander, who has been brilliant since joining his new club, tilts the series in the Astros favor but they face a Boston rotation anchored by Chris Sale in the best-of-five series.

Arizona is 7-2 straight-up in its last nine games against the Rockies. This will be no easy task for the Yankees.


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