Cleveland Indians slugger Edwin Encarnacion could play in Game 5 of ALDS

Cleveland Indians slugger Edwin Encarnacion could play in Game 5 of ALDS

Cleveland Indians slugger Edwin Encarnacion could play in Game 5 of ALDS

"I think we tried to be prepared for just about every scenario that could be thrown at us and I think we feel real comfortable with how we went about everything", Francona said.

The Cleveland Indians won 102 games during the regular season and were virtually unbeatable in the second half.

Kluber offered up a rare poor outing, but Cleveland's offense rescued him in a 9-8, 13-inning win Friday to take a 2-0 series lead. Jason Kipnis has struggled mightily as well (4 of 18).

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Home-field advantage is an obvious factor the Astros would glean from a Yankees win.

However, Girardi did get a few minutes to relax on the Yankees' flight to Cleveland from NY following a 7-3 victory Monday night in Game 4 at Yankee Stadium.

The Yankees are risky - in their lineup and especially in their bullpen.

Luis Severino (14-6) will start for the Yankees. Keuchel has held the players on the Yankees' roster to a collective.184/.215/.282 slash line.

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A lot of adrenaline, emotions are running high for both sides.

Encarnacion was removed from the game and left Progressive Field in a walking boot. Removing him from the roster would make him ineligible to play in the ALCS, so the Indians are willing to wait things out.

The only time he surrendered six runs during the regular season, April 15 against the Tigers, he came back to shut out the White Sox in his next outing. The hitters on the Yankees' roster have batted a collective.258/.319/.444 against Verlander, while those on the Indians' have batted.263/.336/.452.

The Tribe's 1 through 4 hitters were a combined 4-of-30 during the Games 3 and 4 losses in NY.

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