The Yankees and Indians play Game 3 of the best-of-5 ALDS on Sunday at Yankee Stadium at 7:38 p.m.
|Francisco Lindor, SS||Brett Gardner, LF|
|Jason Kipnis, CF||Aaron Judge, RF|
|Jose Ramirez, 2B||Gary Sanchez, C|
|Jay Bruce, RF||Didi Gregorius, SS|
|Carlos Santana, 1B||Starlin Castro, 2B|
|Austin Jackson, LF||Greg Bird, 1B|
|Michael Brantley, DH||Todd Frazier, 3B|
|Yan Gomes, C||Jacoby Ellsbury, DH|
|Giovanny Urshela, 3B||Aaron Hicks, CF|
Who is starting for the Yankees?
RHP Masahiro Tanaka, who finished the regular season strong after striking out a career-high 15 batters in seven innings. Tanaka has thrived at home this season, boasting a 3.22 ERA compared to a 6.48 ERA on the road.
Tanaka has only one postseason start which came in the AL wild-card game two years ago. He took the loss after allowing two runs -- both solo homers -- while striking out three and walking three in five innings.
Who is starting for the Indians?
RHP Carlos Carrasco, who is 11-2 with a 2.66 ERA in 17 road starts this season. Carrasco, who is making his postseason debut, also notched a career-high in wins (18), starts (32), innings (200) and strikeouts (226) this season.
1. Short-term memories
The Yankees need to put Game 2 behind them. This club has been a resilient bunch for much of the season and they typically overcame gut-wrenching losses with big wins this season. The Yanks have no choice but to replicate that Sunday night.
2. A boost from Judge
As Judge goes, so do the Yankees. That is especially true in Yankee Stadium where Judge blasted 33 of his 52 home runs and finished the regular season with a 1.165 OPS (199 OPS+). If the Yankees win Game 3, expect Judge to have been a contributor.
3. Home field advantage improves with Tanaka
Tanaka has to keep the Indians off the board early so that the offense is not playing from behind and to keep fans fully engaged. The Yankees had the best home record (51-30) in the American League this season, and it's also where Tanaka did his best work (3.22 ERA). The trends have to continue or else the Yankees season is finished.