Cleveland Indians (4) vs New York Yankees (5)
Vinnie Parise – Site Expert:
The Cleveland Indians are deep on the mound in both their rotation and their bullpen. With a guy like Shane Bieber matching up against Gerrit Cole in the first round, we are in for a treat here. The Yankees should have a better lineup but pitching plays well in the postseason as we’ve seen in many years past. The Indians take this series in three games.
I believe the New York Yankees can expose the Cleveland Indians problem with base runners when they go up against a high quality hitting team. The New York Yankees have American League batting title winner DJ LeMahieu and reigning home run king Luke Voit showing no signs of slowing down which could be Shane Bieber’s kryptonite. The Yankees are also getting back much-needed plate production from Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Hicks who can both dismantle the Indians starting rotation.
Garrett Cole and Shane Beiber should be a fantastic pitchers duel in Game 1. Beiber is going to be the Cy Young winner while Cole has also had a great season, posting a 7-3 record with a 2.84 ERA. The Yankees have been a disappointment this season and the Indians have the best pitching staff in baseball. However, the Yankees have good enough pitching to keep the floundering Indians offense in check. The Indians offense ranked 13th in runs scored while the Yankees ranked first. The Yankees also led the league in RBI’s, OBP, and OPS. They are a scary team that hasn’t reached their full potential yet this season. Prediction: Yankees in 2
NY in 3. One of the harder series to predict for me but I think NY will edge them out with pitching.
Jon Michael Walters:
Indians defeat the Yankees – the Yanks have a much better lineup, but the Indians are known to surprise people, plus look at what happened in the movie Major League.