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Division Series MatchupsALDSGerrit ColeGreg Fiume/Getty Images(1) Boston Red Sox vs. (WC) New York Yankees(2) Houston Astros vs. (3) Cleveland IndiansSurviving the AL Wild Card Game means the Yankees are headed to Boston to take on the rival Red Sox, who finished the regular season with a franchise-record 108 wins.The Red Sox won the season series by a 10-9 margin, but the Yankees took two of three during both of their meetings in September.There promises to be plenty of offense in this matchup.Boston led the majors in runs scored (876), batting average (.268) and OPS (.792), while New York slugged an MLB-record 267 home runs and finished second in runs scored (851).Meanwhile, pitching will be the big story in the other ALDS matchup.That's not to say the Astros (797 runs, sixth in MLB) and Indians (818, third in MLB) don't both have high-powered offenses Marcus Semien Jersey , but it's their arms that will likely determine their matchup.Houston led the majors in team ERA (3.11), WHIP (1.10), strikeouts (1,687) and opponents' batting average (.217), while Cleveland was the first team in baseball history to have four pitchers record 200 strikeouts in the same season.It will be the Astros' Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole, Dallas Keuchel and Charlie Morton squaring off against the Indians' Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, Mike Clevinger and Trevor Bauer.The first team to get to the other one's bullpen should come out on top. NLDSChristian YelichDylan Buell/Getty Images(1) Milwaukee Brewers vs. (WC) Colorado Rockies(2) Los Angeles Dodgers vs. (3) Atlanta BravesThe Brewers and Rockies were both forced to play a Game 163 after finishing the regular season tied for their respective division leads, so both clubs have already had a taste of the postseason atmosphere. The Rockies also played in the NL Wild Card Game.Both teams finished the regular season strong.The Brewers went 19-7 with a plus-67 run differential in September to erase a four-game deficit in the NL Central standings, while the Rockies were 19-9 with a plus-59 run differential to overtake both the Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks.Milwaukee won the season series 5-2, which included taking three of four at Coors Field, but the teams haven't met since early August.Christian Yelich (MIL) and David Dahl (COL) might be the two hottest hitters on the planet, so keeping them from doing further damage will be key for the pitching staffs.In the other NL matchup http://www.athleticsfanproshop.com/authentic-joe-morgan-jersey , a Dodgers team that has won six straight division titles will square off against a Braves team that only recently emerged from a full-scale rebuild and hasn't been to the playoffs since 2013.L.A.'s rotation is finally all healthy at once, and the starting staff of Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Rich Hill might be the deepest of any of the Dodgers' recent postseason squads.Buehler could be the real X-factor, as he's pitched like a legitimate ace of late. The 24-year-old rookie posted a 1.95 ERA with 42 strikeouts in 32.1 innings over five September starts. Then he tossed 6.2 scoreless innings of one-hit ball in the tiebreaker against the Rockies.As for the Braves, the emergence of Mike Foltynewicz, steady production of Anibal Sanchez and impact addition of Kevin Gausman give them a formidable staff of their own.Experience looks like a major factor here, but Atlanta has been surprising people all season after losing 90 games a year ago. All stats courtesy of Baseball Reference, unless otherwise noted. HOUSTON (AP) — Felix Hernandez vowed Saturday that his first-ever stint in Seattle’s bullpen won’t last long.“I’ll be a starter before the end of the year,” Hernandez told The Associated Press. “No question about it.”The struggling Mariners ace has made 398 career starts in 14 seasons, never once pitching in relief. He was bumped from the rotation on Thursday night, the latest setback in a tough year in which he has a career-high 5.73 ERA and is 0-4 in his last five starts.For the longtime face of this franchise, it was difficult to digest the team’s decision to have him pitch in relief and he said it took him a couple of days to come to terms with it. Conversations with family and friends and encouragement from his wife Sandra, who he has been with since he was 14 Reggie Jackson Jersey , helped.“My wife is here. She flew here,” Hernandez said. “We had a good conversation. And she told me: ‘Just go out there and be the leader that you’ve been all these years. Be you. Be you.'”And that, Hernandez said, is exactly what he plans to do. Though the 2010 AL Cy Young Award winner sees this only as a temporary setback, he’s prepared to embrace his new role for the good of a team that’s in contention to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2001.“I’m just part of the team and I’m going to do whatever’s possible to help the team,” he said.The 32-year-old Hernandez is 8-10 with a 5.73 ERA in 23 starts for a Mariners team chasing a playoff spot.Hernandez, who has the fourth-most starts in MLB history without a relief appearance, has spent two games in the bullpen, but has yet to appear in a game. He shared his first impressions of the experience.“It’s boring. I’m telling you,” he said with a laugh.Both nights he’s trotted with closer Edwin Diaz to the bullpen in left-center field at Minute Maid Park, where the Mariners are playing the AL West-leading Astros. Hernandez said he’s picked his brain about relieving, but he’s far from the only one he’s reached out to for advice on the move.“I’ve been talking with everyone in the bullpen him, Alex Colome, everybody http://www.athleticsfanproshop.com/authentic-matt-joyce-jersey ,” he said. “(They said) just go out there and have fun.”Hernandez pointed out that he’s appeared in the All-Star game several times out of the bullpen, but admitted that he “might need some time” to get warmed up to enter a game.He said the team didn’t tell him anything specific that they need to see from him for him to get his starting job back, but he knows that he’ll have to improve his fastball command to turn things around.“The problem is my location of the fastball,” he said. “If I locate my fastball, I’ll be good because I’ve got many weapons to go out there and have good games so I have to locate my fastball.”Hernandez said he believes the problem is mechanical and said he’s trying several different things to try and get back on track.When facing reporters following his recent tough starts, including his last one against Texas in which he allowed a career-high 11 runs — seven of them earned — he seemed discouraged and a bit down.It was a different Hernandez who spoke on Saturday. It wasn’t quite the King Felix who threw a perfect game in 2012 and led the AL in ERA in both 2010 and 2014. But there were unmistakable notes of the swagger and bravado that were hallmarks of the presence he had on the mound when he was one of the game’s most dominant pitchers.He smiled easily and cracked jokes, his glossy ringlets bouncing around as he laughed. He said instead of getting mad about the move or letting it hurt his feelings, he’s using it as motivation.“All it does is encourage me to get back,” he said before flashing one last smile.


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