Trevor Bauer came out yesterday and completely baffled Yanks hitters; through 6.2 innings Bauer allowed only two hits, 0 earned runs, 1 base on balls and perhaps most impressively 8 Strikeouts. Along with a Jay Bruce home run and 3 RBI contribution, the potent Indians bullpen did what it does best: shut the rest down.
Sadly for those poor guys in the Bronx, (I’m not sad about it), today will not be any easier as they face possibly the toughest pitcher in the league in Corey Kluber. Kluber who has now emerged as the front-runner for the AL CY Young award, (excluding Sale) Enters the Postseason with an 18-4 record, 2.25 ERA, 265 K’s (second only to Chris Sale) and only 36 base on balls.
Needless to say, their home-run-or-none offense falls right into Kluber’s lap. While the Yankees are throwing a few more lefties out there to bat today against the dominant right-hander, it won’t work. The same Yankees lineup today took on Kluber on August 3rd. Without his best stuff on that day Kluber still went 9 innings, allowing only 3 hits, 1 earned run, and oh just a measly 11 strikeouts.
Yankees fans sorry, but not sorry. If you’re reading this it’s too late.