The Guardians and Yankees will wrap up the Division Series slate tonight, one way or another, weather permitting.
The Guardians will use Aaron Civale, who pitched reasonably well in a half-season for Cleveland, but hasn’t yet appeared in a postseason game. The Yankees will start Jameson Taillon, who faced three batters and gave up a hit to each as the Bombers dropped a game in extras — we’ll see how far he goes and what the Yankees plan to do if he struggles, or even if he doesn’t.
On a separate note, the current record for outhomering teams in the postseason is just 11-5. That might change gradually towards something more normal, but 11-5 is definitely at odds with the juiced ball trend and recent experience, and is even lower than the steady-state, pre-juiced ball regular season mark. It seems like last year’s 92.5 percent mark is right out, and things will have to go in a very expected fashion for things to get back to normal. If they don’t, what happens in the offseason could be pretty interesting.