Yankees Promote LeBron James' Fandom Before ALDS Showdown with Indians

Posted October 06, 2017

I write that as a Red Sox fan. What good is sport if not a way to unify a region, especially in tough times?

The oddsmakers have the Indians as favorites to win the World Series, but this is a far more even matchup than the odds and the records suggest.

The Astros used to be the Colt 45s. When the Astros entered the majors as an expansion franchise in 1962, guns were the chosen cultural symbol of the franchise.

J.R.is in a pickle as well. The "Bronx Bombers" are back, cracking a league-leading 240 home runs. If they can't win with Sale on the mound, Dallas Keuchel will be on the mound in Game 2 against Drew Pomeranz and after that the Sox have huge question marks in their rotation.

Heartbroken after coming up a little short previous year against the Chicago Cubs, Cleveland figured to make it to October for another swing at ending a World Series drought stretching back to 1948.

The Dodgers will face the victor of Wednesday's NL Wild Card showdown between the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks in a best-of-five series starting on Friday in Los Angeles. He is 1-2 with a 4.86 ERA in three starts versus the Indians in 2017, allowing 11 runs (nine earned) on 15 hits with 14 strikeouts and six walks over 16 2/3 innings.

Cleveland used a torrid second half of the season, which included an AL-record 22 consecutive victories between August and September, to finish two wins short of the National League's Los Angeles Dodgers for the best record in the majors. They'll have to make decisions on several free agents, most notably Carlos Gonzalez, who has been with the club since his second Major League Baseball season in 2009. 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. You probably don't remember that one because it wasn't memorable.

"We worked as hard as we could (last year), but definitely they took it away from us". The Astros hired Jeff Luhnow to be their general managers in the winter of 2011. With New York's season on the line, Girardi wasn't taking any chances. But, that Houston lineup is devastating with Carlos Correa, MVP candidate Jose Altuve, George Springer and Carlos Beltran.

Bauer had a breakout season this year, going 17-9 with a 4.19 ERA. The Dodgers have Clayton Kershaw, the runaway NL Cy Young favorite and one of the best pitchers of the generation.

However, Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez has made a name for him self at the plate rather than behind it. Manager Terry Francona showed zero hesitation in using his best relievers no matter the inning or situation. Still, everything hit toward him will leave Cleveland fans holding their breath. The Yankees and Twins were tied at three after the first inning. "I don't want to focus on (Friday)".

"There's a lot of factors, but I think we set it up, we didn't try to overcomplicate it". He can be a amusing guy throwing out one-liners with a straight face. And now bullpen star Andrew Miller returns.

New York Game 2 starter CC Sabathia, who spent eight seasons with the Indians, thinks James may be hiding his true feelings. He's being much more careful this October. Whichever way that happens, and if it happens and we advance, it doesn't matter who pitches when, in my mind. Game 2 will take place tomorrow night, airing on MLB TV, at 5:08pm ET.

Predictions: Houston over Boston in 5.