They've met a few times this year, of course, with the teams splitting four games in Cleveland and the Indians sweeping a three-game series in the Bronx in August.
On the same field where their magical 2016 postseason ended on November 2 in a light rain and extra innings, the Indians will open the Division Series on Thursday night against Judge and the New York Yankees, who rallied to beat the Minnesota Twins in the AL wild-card game.
Should Game 4 be necessary, Girardi said his plan is to start Luis Severino, knocked out after one-third of an inning in Tuesday's wild-card game against the Minnesota Twins. While the days off in the series mean Kluber could still come back to start Game 5 on his regular four days of rest if needed, if the Indians lose the opener there will be a lot of second-guessing. Trevor Bauer gets the call in Game 1; Jays fans will remember him as the bloody pinkie guy from Game 3 of the 2016 ALCS.
Here's what LeBron had to say about his baseball allegiances last October during the Indians' run to the World Series. A team many believe is the most complete in the playoffs, not to mention they did have a 22-game winning streak during the regular season.
The Yankees' strong finish and the resurgence of slugger Aaron Judge have made them the buzz team in the playoffs. The Indians were dominant late in the year, with an AL-record winning streak stretching from late August and through most of September, but NY played.605 ball in the second half themselves, winning 20 of 28 in the month of September.
"We'll see how it goes", he said.
"We have a really healthy respect for their bullpen, and they showed exactly what they can do", Francona told David Lennon of Newsday.
The Cleveland Indians are back in the Major League Baseball Playoffs for the second straight season, and for the second consecutive year, they will face off against an East Division team in the American League Division Series.
"I know, if you throw in the wrong place, he's going to hit it a long way". In fact, the New York Yankees lead the majors in home runs with 241. Including his time with Oakland, the 27-year-old right-hander was 1-2 with a 4.86 ERA in three starts against Cleveland this season.
They could still return: They were appearing at Progressive Field as late as September a year ago. Not as rivals - if they ever were actual rivals, today's unbalanced schedules preclude that from being the case now - but as fellow contenders, once again bumping in to one another while on the same path. But against pitchers of 95-plus miles per hour, they ranked 16th in the majors with a.320 wOBA. The Japanese right-hander had a down regular season, going just 13-12 with a 4.74 ERA, but is coming off a seven-inning, 15-strikeout performance against Toronto on September 29. The results in those outings: 115 strikeouts in 84.2 innings pitched, with a minuscule 2.76 ERA.
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. He can run a little bit, puts the ball in play, and has power.
The Yankees are a great team, according to Pluto, though "they weren't supposed to be quite as good this year as in the past".
"None of that matters for this start", he said.