The Houston Astros will start their playoff quest to repeat as World Series champions against the Cleveland Indians in the ALDS.
The series’ first two dates have already been scheduled, according to Houston Chronicle:
Friday, Oct. 5 Game 1: Indians at Astros 1:05 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 6 Game 2: Indians at Astros 3:37 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 8: Game 3: Astros at Indians TBD
*Tuesday, Oct. 9: Game 4: Astros at Indians TBD
*Thursday, Oct. 11: Game 5: Indians at Astros TBD
The pitching matchups for the first three contests have already been set.
- Game 1: Astros’ Just Verlander (16-9, 2.52 ERA) vs. Indians’ Corey Kluber (20-7, 2.89 ERA)
- Game 2: Gerrit Cole (15-5, 2.88 ERA) vs. Carlos Carrasco (17-10, 3.38 ERA)
- Game 3: Dallas Keuchel (12-11, 3.74 ERA) vs. Mike Clevinger (13.8, 3.02 ERA)
According to MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian, Indians manager Terry Francona said that Trevor Bauer (12-6, 2.21 ERA), who was in the running for the American League Cy Young before going down with a stress fracture in his right leg in mid-August, will be available out of the bullpen early in the series. Depending on how Francona chooses to deploy his relievers, either Bauer or rookie Shane Bieber (11-5, 4.55 ERA) will start Game 4.
Source: Heavy Sports