Sport MLB playoffs: Three takeaways from Indians' ALDS Game 2 win over the Yankees

06:00  07 october  2017
06:00  07 october  2017 Source:   Sporting News

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Trevor Bauer justified manager Terry Francona's decision to start him in the Indians ' win over the Yankees Thursday.

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This was a back-and-forth game as the Yankees led 2-0, then went down 3-2, back up 6-3 then finally all the way to 8-3. But thanks to a grand slam by Francisco Lindor after a questionable hit-by-pitch call, the Indians cut the lead to 8-7.

Jay Bruce tied the game and the bullpen held the lead as the Indians were able to close it out late and take a 2-0 series lead.

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After all of that, here are three takeaways from the second game of what is turning into a very entertaining series.

1. Corey Kluber has control, but no command

It was a given that Indians ace Corey Kluber was going to come in and dominate the Yankees in Game 2 after Trevor Bauer was so dominant in Game 1. That is until it wasn't.

The likely 2017 AL Cy Young Award winner never had it Friday night as his fastball lacked command and his slider had virtually no bite. Kluber tossed spinner after spinner to the plate giving up a two-run homer to Gary Sanchez in the first and then a three-run bomb to Aaron Hicks in the third.

This was not the start the Indians wanted but even worse it wasn't the one Cleveland needed to go up two games to one on the Yankees. Kluber finished the night with 2 2/3 innings pitched, with seven hits, six runs and one walk allowed.

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In the 31-year-old's last two playoff starts he has thrown 6 2/3 innings, allowed 13 hits and 10 runs while striking out just four.

2. Yankees' bullpen blows it

New York should never be afraid to go to their bullpen. They have one of the best in baseball with David Robertson, Dellin Betances and Aroldis Chapman good enough to toss scoreless innings in the seventh, eighth and ninth. But that really is what they are best at, pitching individual innings late in games.

Even Chad Green, who has been great in long-relief situations, is better in short work. But he gave up a grand slam to Francisco Lindor to cut the lead to 8-7 and then David Robertson gave up the game-tying home run to Jay Bruce in the eighth.

The Robertson situation was tough to swallow for Yankees fans, though. Robertson had thrown a scoreless frame already and was called back in to pitch the eighth when Betances was probably fresh in the bullpen. But Robertson stayed in for the eighth and gave up the Bruce home run which took all of the wind out of the Yankees' sails.

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New York manager Joe Girardi will face questions on this decision after the game especially considering he would bring Betances in later and after two fantastic innings he took the loss in the 13th.

3. Indians bullpen more than advertised

Mike Clevinger wasn't good out of the pen but that's not the thing to focus on here because he's still acclimating to the bullpen. What matters is this: Between Bryan Shaw, Andrew Miller, Joe Smith, Tyler Olson, Cody Allen and Josh Tomlin, the Indians got 9 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball.

The six relievers gave up just three hits and two walks while striking out six.

Bullpens are very much about using pitchers at the right time and Terry Francona pushed all the right buttons for the Indians, while Girardi didn't.

Highlight

This game was over. Done. Finito. That is until Francisco Lindor stepped up to the plate with the bases loaded and the Indians down 8-3 in the bottom of the sixth inning. The 23-year-old then connected with a slider and sent the ball not so quietly into the good night.

What's Next

Indians at Yankees , Sunday 7:38 p.m. ET — The Indians' second ace, Carlos Carrasco (18-6, 3.29 ERA) is set to take on Yankees former big-time free agent acquisition Masahiro Tanaka (13-12, 4.74 ERA). Carrasco is one of the best strikeout artists in the game, but New York hits so well at home it may not matter. Meanwhile, Tanaka finished off his season with a 15-strikeout game of his own to go with seven scoreless innings, so he has the potential to rattle off a great game as well.

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