Through the first four innings of Game 1 of the American League Wild Card Series, not much has been working for the Cleveland Indians. Left fielder Josh Naylor, however, has been a clear exception. Facing New York Yankees ace Gerrit Cole with one out in the bottom of the fourth inning on Tuesday, Naylor smashed a home run over the right-centerfield wall.
Yet, Carlos Carrasco isn’t just pitching competitively, but taking the ball in Game 2 of a playoff game after healing from leukemia, and that is an extraordinary achievement. If there was anyone with reason to take the MLBPA-negotiated COVID-19 opt-out, collect his prorated salary, and cheer his team on, it’s this guy. But on Wednesday night, Carrasco will face down Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and DJ LeMahieu in a do-or-die playoff game.
Today marks the first round of the 2020s expanded postseason for Major League Baseball. Tonight the New York Yankees and the Cleveland Indians kick off the Best-of-Three Wild Card Series for the 2020 postseason. The two teams will face off in their fifth postseason series against each other.