The Cleveland Indians and Yankees will face off in game 2 of the ALDS Friday as we take a look at their journey to the post-season. Cleveland earned entry into the 2017 Postseason field by winning their 2nd consecutive A.L. Central Division title, 9th overall since ‘94 realignment…the Indians won the first ever A.L. Central crown in ‘95, adding the others in ‘96, ‘97, ‘98, ‘99, ‘01, ‘07 & ‘16 (Tribe won 5 straight & 6 of first 7)…marks the third time in five seasons for Cleveland to earn a Postseason berth (2013 A.L. WC Game, 2016 World Series).
Cleveland’s nine (9) A.L. Central titles are most owned by any of the five teams, followed by Minnesota (6), Detroit (4), Chicago-AL (3) and Kansas City (1)…the A.L. Central is the only existing MLB division in which every team has won at least one World Series title (each team in the A.L. Central actually has at least two).
The Yankees advanced to the ALDS with an 8-4 win over the Twins in the AL Wild Card Game on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium…are 1-0 in their 53rd postseason in franchise history.
This marks the Yankees 19th appearance in the ALDS, their 18th in 23 postseasons since the eight-team format was put into play in 1995 (for full list, see p. 147 of Yankees’ 2017 Postseason Media Guide or p. 312 of 2017 Media Guide)…are 11-7 in 18 series in the ALDS.
The club went 91-71 (.562) during the regular season, their best record since going 95-67 (.586) in 2012.
This marks the fourth postseason series between the Yankees and the Indians, with the Yankees winning the 1998 ALCS (4-2) but losing the 2007 ALDS (3-1) and 1997 ALDS (3-2)…are 7-8 in 15 postseason matchups. This series features the teams with the Majors’ two best run differentials in 2017 (Cleveland, +254; Yankees, +198).
Cleveland took Game 1, 4-0.