Of course, you may not have managers sticking around past the month of May if they feel the gulf between their roster and the top squads is simply too vast to overcome. Why not take a page out of the minor leagues and institute a split season format for 2018? Teams all reset to zero halfway through the season, with the first-half champion getting an automatic slot in the playoffs. Heck, you can even hold a midseason re-draft with all but the first-place team required to start from scratch if you like.
In his previous outing, he struck out a career-high 15 over seven scoreless innings in his final regular-season start against Toronto.
It’s hard to imagine giving it to somebody better, Francona said. We’re looking forward to it.
The winner faces Houston in the AL Championship Series after the Astros finished off Boston in four games Monday to win their ALDS.
We’ve got a young team and they’re hungry, Severino said.
Simply taking two in a row to send the series back to Cleveland was no small feat for the Yankees. The last time the Indians lost consecutive games was Aug. 22-23 at home against Boston, just before starting their AL-record 22-game winning streak. From that point on, Cleveland had gone 35-4 before arriving in the Bronx for Game 3 of the ALDS.
Minus injured slugger Edwin Encarnacion, the Indians have scored three runs in two games since.