If the Indians win: They move on to the ALCS for the second year in a row, with Kluber then set to start Game 1. If he does have to start Game 5, that means he wouldn’t be ready to start until Game 3 of the ALCS, if the Indians advance.
One key stat to know: Bauer had that amazing start in Game 1, when he allowed just two hits in 6? innings. He had a great curveball going — not so much getting misses on it (just three misses out of 14 swings), but inducing weak contact and getting eight called strikes. That made his fastball more effective — the Yankees put just five fastballs in play out of 21 swings, while hitting 13 foul balls. That was Bauer’s third-lowest rate of balls in play off his fastball all season. Batters slugged .500 off Bauer’s fastball, so that’s his goal: Limit damage on his fastball.
They got a chance to let Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu heal a bit during the bye week, and at the same time, it was key for Matt Ryan to get out of his slump.
Our experts debate which player they would take first in their fantasy drafts.
Joe Kaiser: I really like both of these players this season, and it’s a good goal to try and to have each of them on your roster. Nurkic wowed after coming over to the Portland Trail Blazers last season, even as an odd fit in an offense built around the perimeter game of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum.
Los Angeles Lakers power forward Randle showed improvements as a shooter, scorer and passer in his second full NBA season after missing all but one game of his rookie campaign due to a fractured leg.
Just how much of a bargain Rose and Wade are will be determined by whether there’s something left for them both to give.
I believe that I’m still a talent, Rose said. But that’s one of the reasons why I came here, where I wanted the stage again. Last year I felt like I had a decent year. Last year, the only thing I was missing was that stage and I feel like I have that this year.