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Apr 2019
The New York Yankees and the Oakland A's will get the American League postseason started Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium.That game will determine who plays the Boston Red Sox in one of the American League Division Series.The other series has been set http://www.bravesfanproshop.com/authentic-nick-markakis-jersey , seemingly for weeks. The Cleveland Indians and the Houston Astros, the last two American League participants in the World Series, will meet for the right to go to the American League Championship Series.The Indians lost the 2016 Series in heartbreaking fashion, dropping the seventh game in extra innings to the Chicago Cubs. The Astros won last year's championship, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers in seven games. Indians vs. Astros ScheduleFriday, October 5: Indians at Astros, Game 1, TBSSaturday, October 6: Indians at Astros, Game 2 Freddie Freeman Jersey , TBSMonday, October 8: Astros at Indians, Game 3, TBSTuesday, October 9: Astros at Indians, Game 4*, TBSThursday, October 11: Indians at Astros, Game 5*, TBS*If necessaryAll postseason games can be live-streamed atMLB.TV.Even though the Red Sox led all of baseball with 108 wins http://www.bravesfanproshop.com/authentic-nick-markakis-jersey , both the Indians and the Astros are powerful teams that could represent the AL in the World Series once again.The Indians have explosive power bats in the middle of their lineup whoare capable of devastating any pitching staff. Jose Ramirez led the Tribe with 39 home runs and he also had 106 RBI and a .555 slugging percentage. Shortstop Francisco Lindor tallied 38 home runs, scored 129 runs, drove in 92 and had a .519 slugging percentage. Edwin Encarnacion delivered 32 home runs and knocked in a team-high 107 runs.Former Blue Jay Josh Donaldson could turn out to be an X-factor in the series. Donaldson was traded to Cleveland at the trade deadline, and while he played in just 16 games this year due to injuries and had three home runs and seven RBI, he is capable of getting hot and driving the ball consistently in big situations.The pitching staff has largely been responsible for Cleveland's success, and Corey Kluber is once again the ace of the staff with a 20-7 record, 222 strikeouts, a 2.89 ERA and 0.99 WHIP. He is joined by starters Mike Clevinger, Carlos Carrasco and Trevor Bauer.The Indians are hoping that their once-formidable bullpen can dominate in the postseason.Cleveland manager Terry Francona believes the preparation in leading up to Friday's series opener is a big key."I think the Monday, Tuesday Bob Uecker Jersey , Wednesday, Thursday (before the playoffs) are way more important than your last couple of games," Francona said, per Joe Noga of Cleveland.com. "I think the way you handle those off days is how you create momentum going into the playoffs."The Astros won the World Series a year ago largely because of their ability to come through with clutch at-bats. While they don't have quite the power that the Indians do from their top sluggers, the Astros are a confident team that has an excellent chance to repeat last year's postseason success.Alex Bregman had a brilliant year with a 31 home runs to lead the team, along with 103 RBI and a .532 slugging percentage. George Springer is one of the team's triggers as he belted 22 home runs and scored 102 runs.Jose Altuve battled through injuries this season but appears healthy for the playoffs. The 2017 MVP hit .315 with 13 home runs and scored84 runs in 137 games.The Astros may have the best starting pitching of any team in the postseason with Justin Verlander, Dallas Keuchel, Gerrit Cole and Charlie Morton. All four started 30 or more games, and Verlander is the ace of the group with a 16-9 record, 290 strikeouts and a 2.52 ERA.These are two brilliant and experienced teams Tyler Flowers Jersey , and it would be somewhat surprising if the series does not go five games. Start your week with some of the best Astros links around"Astros NewsThe Astros continue to circle Brantley and Cruz while remaining open to trading Reddick (The Athletic, $$$)But they seem more and more likely to look internally for lefty reliever needs (Climbing Tal’s Hill)Verlander’s Wins for Warriors foundation threw its first-ever 1,000 Christmas Salutes for military families (ABC 13)Astros super-fan Eugenia Rios led a baseball life, so it was appropriate that baseball was there to take her home (Houston Chronicle)Around the LeagueThe Mets make another move, this time by bringing Wilson Ramos to the Big Apple (ESPN)So let’s grade the move to see how both sides fared (Sports Illustrated)It’s also a factor in the ongoing market for Realmuto (MLB.com)The Nationals also signed a deal, reuniting with Matt Adams for 2019 (Federal Baseball)Speaking of, the Nats will join the Red Sox as the only two teams to exceed the luxury tax (MLB Trade Rumors)Major League Baseball should get its act together on sentencing standards (Cubbies Crib)Among other free agent notes, apparently Manny Machado is doing some sort of hype tour (CBS Sports)Looks like American icon Louisville Slugger will go from being owned by a Finnish company to a Chinese one (Woodworking Network)You may not be aware, but once upon a time baseball was one of the more popular winter sports (Pantagraph)

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