Verlander has started 16 postseason games and is 7-5 with a 3.39 ERA in those games.
The red-hot Yankees, their bats still smoking from walloping the Twins in the wild-card game the night before, stormed into Cleveland on Oct. 4 for the start of the ALDS Oct. 5 at Progressive Field.
The addition of Verlander, who has been brilliant since joining his new club, tilts the series in the Astros favor but they face a Boston rotation anchored by Chris Sale in the best-of-five series.
However, the Yankees are undaunted, especially after beating the Twins. The Cleveland bullpen shuts it down from there.
"Top to bottom, they have a really good lineup", Gray said.
But what is it about this year's squad that has catapulted them into a 33-4 final kick to reach an AL-best 102 wins entering the postseason? I liked them because they gave me hope of being a victor. That was the luxury-liner version, with high-priced older talent performing in well-established roles.
-New York Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen will not return in his role next season but has been offered another job in the organization. He was forced to go to his bullpen early in the wild-card game when Luis Severino was chased in the first inning.
Gray came over to the Yankees - who trumped the Minnesota Twins in the Major League Baseball wildcard clash - at the trade deadline in a deal with the Oakland Athletics for multiple prospects.
"Any time you get hurt, you always are concerned if you are going to get back, especially under a time crunch", he said.
Before the last rites could be read, the Yankees' never-say-die character emerged. He did. For two innings. Then the Yankees' offense got to work on dismantling Minnesota ace Ervin Santana through a 44-pitch bottom of the first.
The Los Angeles Dodgers finished with the best record in the majors but a recent 11-game skid has raised some concern about whether the National League West champions can make a run. That was really the only way we could do it. But against pitchers of 95-plus miles per hour, they ranked 16th in the majors with a.320 wOBA. "All I'll say is I won't let Judge beat me".
There is selflessness with the group.
Kansas City pitcher Danny Duffy underwent surgery to remove loose debris in his pitching elbow. They've played in one World Series in franchise history, losing in 2005 to the White Sox. Matt Holliday hasn't resisted the move to coming off the bench.
So the Indians had better not be looking for a conventional foe in the other dugout when the series begins Thursday in Cleveland. Green, in particular, has shown an ability to be productive even if asked to pitch multiple innings. "He extended some guys past their comfort zone probably, and still they performed". The team that will take NY out of this postseason?