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A's will get the American League postseason started Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium.That game will determine who plays the Boston Red Sox in one of the American League Division Series.The other series has been set Logan Morrison Jersey , seemingly for weeks. The Cleveland Indians and the Houston Astros, the last two American League participants in the World Series, will meet for the right to go to the American League Championship Series.The Indians lost the 2016 Series in heartbreaking fashion, dropping the seventh game in extra innings to the Chicago Cubs. The Astros won last year's championship, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers in seven games. Indians vs. Astros ScheduleFriday, October 5: Indians at Astros, Game 1, TBSSaturday, October 6: Indians at Astros Tim Tebow Jersey , Game 2, TBSMonday, October 8: Astros at Indians, Game 3, TBSTuesday, October 9: Astros at Indians, Game 4*, TBSThursday, October 11: Indians at Astros Jay Bruce Jersey , Game 5*, TBS*If necessaryAll postseason games can be live-streamed atMLB.TV.Even though the Red Sox led all of baseball with 108 wins, both the Indians and the Astros are powerful teams that could represent the AL in the World Series once again.The Indians have explosive power bats in the middle of their lineup whoare capable of devastating any pitching staff. Jose Ramirez led the Tribe with 39 home runs and he also had 106 RBI and a .555 slugging percentage. Shortstop Francisco Lindor tallied 38 home runs, scored 129 runs, drove in 92 and had a .519 slugging percentage. Edwin Encarnacion delivered 32 home runs and knocked in a team-high 107 runs.Former Blue Jay Josh Donaldson could turn out to be an X-factor in the series. Donaldson was traded to Cleveland at the trade deadline, and while he played in just 16 games this year due to injuries and had three home runs and seven RBI, he is capable of getting hot and driving the ball consistently in big situations.The pitching staff has largely been responsible for Cleveland's success, and Corey Kluber is once again the ace of the staff with a 20-7 record, 222 strikeouts http://www.diamondbacksfanproshop.com/authentic-fernando-rodney-jersey , a 2.89 ERA and 0.99 WHIP. He is joined by starters Mike Clevinger, Carlos Carrasco and Trevor Bauer.The Indians are hoping that their once-formidable bullpen can dominate in the postseason.Cleveland manager Terry Francona believes the preparation in leading up to Friday's series opener is a big key."I think the Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday (before the playoffs) are way more important than your last couple of games," Francona said, per Joe Noga of Cleveland.com. "I think the way you handle those off days is how you create momentum going into the playoffs."The Astros won the World Series a year ago largely because of their ability to come through with clutch at-bats. While they don't have quite the power that the Indians do from their top sluggers, the Astros are a confident team that has an excellent chance to repeat last year's postseason success.Alex Bregman had a brilliant year with a 31 home runs to lead the team, along with 103 RBI and a .532 slugging percentage. George Springer is one of the team's triggers as he belted 22 home runs and scored 102 runs.Jose Altuve battled through injuries this season but appears healthy for the playoffs. The 2017 MVP hit .315 with 13 home runs and scored84 runs in 137 games.The Astros may have the best starting pitching of any team in the postseason with Justin Verlander http://www.metsfanproshop.com/authentic-todd-frazier-jersey , Dallas Keuchel, Gerrit Cole and Charlie Morton. All four started 30 or more games, and Verlander is the ace of the group with a 16-9 record, 290 strikeouts and a 2.52 ERA.These are two brilliant and experienced teams, and it would be somewhat surprising if the series does not go five games. Patrick McDermott/Getty ImagesThe Baltimore Orioles reportedly parted ways with manager Buck Showalter on Wednesday.Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported that Showalter will not be back with the O's "in any capacity" next season.USA Today's Bob Nightengale first reported on September 21 that Showalter was expected to be canned following the conclusion of the 2018 season.For the Orioles, the move was a no-brainer.Baltimore was a major league-worst47-115this season andjoined the1962 New York Mets and 2003 Detroit Tigers as the only teams in the expansion era to win fewer than 50 games.Plus, Showalter was never a fit to lead the Orioles through what figures to be an extensive and arduous rebuild after Manny Machado, Zach Britton,Kevin Gausman David Wright Jersey ,Darren O'Day andJonathan Schoop were all shipped out of town in advance of the trade deadline.Dan Szymborski of FanGraphs speculated that Showalter's relationship with general manager Dan Duquette may have played a role in his firing:Dan Szymborski DSzymborskiIm not surprised the Os are parting ways with Buck. I think you need a GM and a manager that are on the same page and its been increasingly apparent for the last six months that Duquette was more likely to stay.Showalter, 62, will now depart Baltimore with a669-684 recordacross eight seasons and change with the Orioles dating back to his installation as the club's manager midway through the 2010 campaign. All told, his career record sits at 1,551-1,517.The highlight of his time in Charm City came in 2014 when the Orioles went 96-66, captured the franchise's first American League East title since 1997 and made a run to the ALCS before their season was ended by the Kansas City Royals.Since then, the Orioles have managed one winning season as the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees re-established themselves as the class of the division.Showalter will now sit back and wait as spots open up in dugouts across MLB as he eyes a fresh start in a new locale.
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