MLB: A Retrospective Of October 2020, ALWC (NYY/CLE)

(originally written October 2020)

Wild Card Round Matchups: TOR/TB  CHW/OAK  HOU/MIN  NYY/CLE  MIL/LAD  CIN/ATL  MIA/CHC  STL/SD

Division Series Matchups: NYY/TB  HOU/OAK  SD/LAD  MIA/ATL

Championship Series Matchups: HOU/TB  ATL/LAD

World Series Matchup: TB/LAD

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AL Wild Card Series: Yankees At Indians
AL Wild Card Series: Yankees At Indians

Behind some mighty starting pitching, the #4 seed Indians withstood their manager's lengthy illness and significant internal issues to return to the postseason in 2020. The #5 seed Yankees seem to knock the Indians out of the playoffs every other year, and with $324M ace Gerrit Cole on board, surely expected to do so in 2020. Who would triumph in this Wild Card Series?

Judge Punishes Bieber, Game 1
Judge Punishes Bieber, Game 1

Remember two years ago when, two batters into the ALWC against Oakland, the Yankees grabbed a two-run lead thanks to an Aaron Judge bomb? History repeated itself against Indians SP Shane Bieber in the 2020 ALWC Series.

Hand Blows It, Game 2
Hand Blows It, Game 2

Cleveland went up 9-8 in the 8th and summoned CL Brad Hand—perfect in 16 regular-season save ops—for the 9th. But due in part to his own fielding mistake (scored a hit), New York pushed across two runs in the 9th. They'd hold on for a WILD 10-9 victory that took a record 4:50...even without the delays!

AL Wild Card Series: Yankees At Indians
AL Wild Card Series: Yankees At Indians

Behind some mighty starting pitching, the #4 seed Indians withstood their manager's lengthy illness and significant internal issues to return to the postseason in 2020. The #5 seed Yankees seem to knock the Indians out of the playoffs every other year, and with $324M ace Gerrit Cole on board, surely expected to do so in 2020. Who would triumph in this Wild Card Series?

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