ALDS Takeaways: Cleveland gambles on Trevor Bauer and wins big

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The last two World Series have seen two similar occurrences; a team with a historic victory following unsuccessful postseason runs the year before, with the Kansas City Royals and Chicago Cubs both making franchise history with Major League Baseball pennants in 2015 and 2016, respectively.

Nunez hurt himself running to first base and had to be carried from the field in the first inning of an 8-2 loss to Houston on Thursday in Game 1 of the AL Division Series.

The Yankees now need to win three straight against a team that has won 35 of its last 39 games. That's how long it took the Yankees to finally get a hit off of Indians starter Trevor Bauer.

Bauer's breaking ball, which was used predominately as a strikeout pitch, often darted away from the corners of the plate, yet somehow fell inside home plate umpire Vic Carapazza's increasingly wide strike zone.

Kershaw has struggled in the postseason.

In six career postseason starts, all past year, Kluber is 4-1 with a 1.83 ERA.

In all but his first at-bat, the Indians started Judge with a curveball. His 2.25 ERA ranked ahead of Kershaw's and was the best in all of baseball. There's always a chance for your team when you have a player like Altuve and two former Cy Young Award winners. He'd end up throwing 62 of his 98 pitches for strikes (63 percent), keeping them off balance all night.

There is a reason Cleveland's Bauer was the number three overall pick in the 2011 MLB Draft. The MVP candidate struck out four times, but Girardi isn't anxious about the right fielder, who slumped miserably after the All-Star break before a strong finish.

The New York Yankees are at it again.

If James did decide to root for the home team (which he's done before), Francona would welcome him with open arms.

Yankees starter Sonny Gray's postseason debut did not go almost as well as Bauer's outing. Kipnis is new to the position and certainly a liability at one of the game's most important defensive positions.

Aaron Hicks paused to admire his three-run homer off Corey Kluber, the clout that ended the Cleveland ace's evening after just 2.2 innings at stunned Progressive Field.

Two innings later, Gomes officially became Cleveland's hero with his game-winning hit.

Bauer improved to 3-0 this season against the Yankees.

Rookie Aaron Judge was held to an 0-for-4 performance for the NY Yankees.

Nunez is likely done for the series, which means he'd have to sit out the American League Championship Series if the Red Sox were to replace him on the roster, which means he wouldn't be eligible to return until the World Series. First pitch is slated for 5 p.m. ET. Austin Jackson led off the 13th with a walk and stole second before scoring on Gomes' hit, which came on the 10th pitch of the at-bat.

Jacoby Ellsbury will serve as New York's designated hitter in Game 2.

In two starts against the Yankees this year, Kluber was 2-0 with a 1.59 ERA.

If Sabathia is able to match Kluber, the Yankees might have the advantage in the later innings. In six career starts against NY, he is 5-1 with a 1.80 ERA.

"Whenever you have a frontrunner like Kluber on your staff, you know, he's probably going to take a lot of the attention".

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