A look at what's happening around the majors today:
Shane Bieber dominated this year for Cleveland, leading the American League in wins (8), ERA (1.63) and strikeouts (122). He didn’t allow a run in six of his 12 starts.
Gerrit Cole delivered for the Yankees in his first season since signing a $324 million, nine-year contract, going 7-3 with a 2.84 ERA.
Now they meet in the playoff opener at Progressive Field, a classic pitching duel in the making on the first day of the postseason.
“We’re fired up,” Bieber said. “We think this is a good matchup.”
For all Bieber and Cole have accomplished in the shortened regular season, it will mean little if they don’t perform well to start the best-of-three series.