For some teams, especially those in a "transition" year, simply making it to the ALDS would be enough to celebrate and raise a banner.
Hart alum Trevor Bauer picked up his first career postseason victory Thursday, throwing 6 ⅔ shutout innings against the Yankees as the Indians won Game 1 of the American League Division Series, 4-0. At least the Indians have a World Series crown from 1948 to fall back on.
If there's one early benefit for the Yankees and starter Sonny Gray, it's that the midseason acquisition likely won't be pitching at Yankee Stadium this series.
Austin Jackson led off the bottom of the 13th by drawing a walk from Dellin Betances (0-1), and then stole second base.
NOTES: Indians manager Terry Francona said OF Michael Brantley might start in left field in Game 3 Brantley hasn't played in left field since August 8, when he suffered a sprained right ankle that caused him to miss most of the rest of the regular season.
Girardi said in hindsight he should've challenged the hit-by-pitch ruling in the sixth inning that led to Francisco Lindor's grand slam that sparked the Indians comeback win in extra innings.
Cleveland Indians outfielder Michael Brantley (ankle) is on the bench for Game 2 on Friday.
It's not hyperbole to say that it's a decision that ended up costing the Yankees the game. The designated hitter said he's day to day. If the baseball gods are watching, Holliday will hit a go-ahead home run against Andrew Miller in Game 2. "I felt I kind of used the formula I have been using the last two or three months and last night it doesn't work so I take responsibility for that".
"I screwed up", the besieged Yankees manager said Saturday afternoon. "But I've got to move forward, and we'll be ready to go tomorrow". That's just who I am.
Severino has been in this situation before as a reliever when the Yankees needed him most.
What has made the Indians' run to the postseason this year, which included a record-breaking 22 game winning streak along the way, so fascinating is the rise of infielder Jose Ramirez.
During the regular season, Brantley hit.299/.357/.444 with 9 home runs and 11 stolen bases over 375 plate appearances.