Cleveland Indians vs New York Yankees
Going into tonight’s Game 4, Cleveland holds a 2-1 series lead. The home team has won every game to this point, will that change tonight? The Indians got off to a great start in Game 1, getting a dominating performance from Trevor Bauer and letting the bullpen take it from there. Jay Bruce was the hero at the plate for Cleveland with a home run and a double, leading the team to a 4-0 victory. Game 2 turned out to be anything but a pitching duel. Cy Young favorite Corey Kluber was rocked around early by The Yankees, including home runs from Gary Sanchez and Aaron Hicks. After trailing 8-3, Cleveland battled back with a grand slam from Lindor and solo shot from Bruce. This one needed extra innings, and finally in the 13th Gomes delivered the game-winning RBI hit for Cleveland. Shifting to New York for Game 3, it was win or go home for The Yankees. Starting pitchers Carrasco and Tanaka were both spectacular in this game. The only run came off a Greg Bird solo shot off Andrew Miller, to keep The Yankees alive, 1-0 final. It looks like The Tribe will be sending Trevor Bauer back to the hill tonight on short rest to take on Luis Severino who will be looking for redemption after his Wild Card Game performance. The Yankees will be hoping to ride the momentum of last nights win into this do or die Game 4.
Houston Astros vs Boston Red Sox
Houston will be looking to finish off Boston this afternoon, now leading the series 2-1. How did we get here? All three games have been high scoring blowouts so far. Game 1 featured a great pitching matchup on paper with Justin Verlander vs Chris Sale. Well, Chris Sale and Boston pitching ended up getting knocked around surrendering three Home Runs to Jose Altuve. Chris Sale was responsible for seven runs against, very uncharacteristic of him. Houston ended up winning the game 8-2. Game 2 saw an identical 8-2 score in favor of Houston yet again. It was the same story again as Boston’s starting pitcher, Drew Pomeranz, got knocked around early and often. Dallas Keuchel was great for Houston, only allowing one earned run over five and ⅔ innings. Carlos Correa led the way with four RBIs, and Houston never looked back. It looked like Houston was running away to a sweep, but with the scene shifting to Boston for Game 3, The Red Sox weren’t going to go down easily. After Houston jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead, this one looked like it could be heading towards that sweep, but Boston bounced back to score 10 unanswered runs, including Home Runs from Devers and Bradley Jr. Boston took Game 3 10-3, could this be the spark that they needed? The pitching matchup for Game 4 today will be Charlie Morton vs Rick Porcello, as Boston will be looking to send this series back to Houston.