The AL Playoffs are going to be fun.
For those who have been focusing on the Brewers or the NL races, the junior circuit’s side of the bracket features two 100-win teams — the defending league champion Cleveland Indians, and the breakthrough Houston Astros.
Filling out the rest of the field are the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees, but these aren’t your typical hired-gun Red Sox and Yankees teams -- both squads boast homegrown stars that are ushering in a new generation.
Your matchups tonight:
Boston (93-69) @ Houston (101-61), 3:08 p.m. CDT, MLB Network
Chris Sale (17-8, 2.90 ERA, 308 K, 0.97 WHIP) vs. Justin Verlander (15-8, 3.36 ERA, 219 K, 1.17 WHIP)
New York (91-71) @ Cleveland (102-60), 6:30 p.m. CDT, FS1
Sonny Gray (10-12, 3.55 ERA, 153 K, 1.21 WHIP) vs. Trevor Bauer (17-9, 4.19 ERA, 196 K, 1.37 WHIP)