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Trevor Bauer to start Game 4 on short rest for the Indians

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Trevor Bauer dominated the Yankees in Game 1 one of the ALDS, allowing just two hits while striking out eight over six and two-thirds scoreless innings. He’ll get the call again in Game 4, Terry Francona announced last night. Bauer will be pitching on three days’ rest for the first time in his career.

Opposing him will be Luis Severino. Severino has not pitched since the Wild Card Game, in which he lasted only one third of an inning after allowing three runs on four hits, including a couple of homers to the Twins. That was obviously terrible, but he only threw 29 pitches and will come in to this evening’s matchup with an extra day’s rest on top of it.

In light of all of this you have to figure that the Yankees have an edge in the starting pitching matchup. Not that you can predict anything in the postseason.



Report: Mets showing interest in Bartolo Colon

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Last month, free agent right-hander Bartolo Colon told reporters that he’d be open to taking a minor league deal in 2018, but only if he was guaranteed a return to the Mets’ system. The 44-year-old starter is nearing the end of a 20-year career, and it makes sense that he’d want to have one last hurrah in the city where he had some of his most productive years.

Now, Twins starter Ervin Santana tells Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press, it looks like the Mets might also be open to a reunion. It’s doubtful that Colon has all that much left in the tank, especially following a combined 7-14 record and 6.48 ERA for the Braves and Twins last year, but he’s not necessarily looking to reproduce the 15+ win, sub-4.00 ERA totals of years past.

Instead, Santana says, Colon is seeking the opportunity to win just six more games. He’ll enter the 2018 season five wins shy of the all-time record for a Latin American-born player, and is hoping to claim that title for himself before he enters retirement in 2019. Former Orioles and Expos hurler Dennis Martinez currently holds the record after clinching his 245th win back in 1998. While it took Colon a full season of starts to come up with even seven wins in 2017, he’s only one year removed from a 15-win campaign in 2016. Provided that the Mets are willing to gamble on him again, the milestone may not be that far out of reach.