The Yankees and Indians play Game 4 of the best-of-5 ALDS on Monday at Yankee Stadium at 7:08 p.m.
|Francisco Lindor, SS||Brett Gardner, LF|
|Jason Kipnis, CF||Aaron Judge, RF|
|Jose Ramirez, 2B||Didi Gregorius, SS|
|Jay Bruce, RF||Gary Sanchez, C|
|Carlos Santana, 1B||Greg Bird, 1B|
|Michael Brantley, DH||Starlin Castro, 2B|
|Lonnie Chisenhall, LF||Chase Headley, DH|
|Roberto Perez, C||Todd Frazier, 3B|
|Giovanny Urshela, 3B||Aaron Hicks, CF|
Who is starting for the Yankees?
RHP Luis Severino, who allowed three runs on four hits while walking one and striking out none in just 1/3 of an inning during his start in the Wild Card game against the Twins last Tuesday.
Severino had a 2.98 ERA and 1.04 WHIP with 230 strikeouts and 51 walks in 193 1/3 innings (31 starts) during the regular season.
Who is starting for the Indians?
RHP Trevor Bauer, who will be pitching on three-days rest after tossing 6 2/3 scoreless innings and allowing two hits while walking one and striking out eight during the Indians' Game 1 win last Thursday in Cleveland.
The 23-year-old right-hander could not translate a fantastic sophomore season into his first postseason game, as Severino was knocked out by the Twins in the AL Wild Card Game after securing just one out. The Yankees bullpen is not quite as rested as it was that day, so it's important that Severino learn from his mistakes against the Indians and provide some length. Keeping the Indians off the board in the first inning is essential.
Better approach against Bauer
The Yankees offense was flummoxed by Bauer's curve ball from the beginning of Game 1. As a group, they will not only need to see if Bauer can re-establish the dominant movement on the curve ball, but if it is there, then the Yankees hitters must lay off when it is thrown outside the zone. Further, the Yankees will have to capitalize on any Bauer fastball offerings that get too much of the plate, as they won't see an abundance of them.
Use endgame relievers at back end of gam3
Dellin Betances, Chad Green and Tommy Kahnle are fully rested, but David Robertson threw nine mostly ineffective pitches in Game 3 and Aroldis Chapman let it all fly in his 34-pitch, five-out save in as he replaced his set-up man. The Yankees would obviously prefer to use their backend relievers in short bursts at the end of the game with a lead versus early on due to another Severino misfire. If the Yankees turn to the endgame relievers when they are best served, it provides New York its best chance to push the series back to Cleveland.