Game 3 of the 2017 ALDS between the Indians and Yankees was — frustrating, but not in a lot of ways that baseball games sometimes are. It was frustrating that Aaron Judge stole a home run, it was frustrating that the Indians couldn’t score, it was frustrating to see Andrew Miller falter, but no one made any huge mistakes… it was just a loss. Tanaka was brilliant, and the Yankees bullpen is frightening.
On to Game 4.
With rain in the forecast, there’s a chance Game 4 could be delayed or postponed, but early indications are that the Indians and Yankees will indeed battle once again in the Bronx on Monday night.
The Indians will turn to Trevor Bauer on short rest in this game. Bauer was brilliant in Game 1 of this series, going 6.2 innings, allowing just two hits with a walk and striking out 8. This came after Bauer was brilliant for most of the late summer (overshadowed by Kluber and Cookie on most trips through the rotation), and it looks like finally, maybe, just maybe — Bauer has figured it all out. His curve ball matches up with these Yankees quite well, and so if it’s right and tight, the Yankees could be looking frustrated again for most of the evening. Let’s hope for that.
The Yankees will counter with 23-year old Luis Severino, who has been brilliant for most of the 2017 campaign, but who was absolutely atrocious in the AL Wild Card game (he allowed three runs in a third of an inning). I expect better results on Monday, but still, this is a player the Indians can definitely hit off of.
First pitch is scheduled for 7pm, but keep updated on the weather situation in New York, as that time could change.