The American League Division Series wrapped up its second day of action, and the favorites are rolling with ease. The Yankees made short work of the Twins with a huge seventh inning, while Gerrit Cole had zero issues against the Rays to give Houston a 2-0 lead. Both series have a travel day on Sunday and return to action on Monday in Minneapolis and Tampa-St. Petersburg.
The Yankees rolled over the Twins in Game 2, ending this thing early courtesy of a seven-run third inning. Didi Gregorious highlighted the inning with a grand slam and Minnesota never recovered. Randy Dubnak got the start for Minnesota and it was a struggle from the start. He gave up a walk and two hits to plate a run in the first, worked around two hits in the second, and then could not record an out in the third. He gave a single, a walk, and a single before being replaced by Tyler Duffey. The reliever proceeded to give up a sacrifice fly, a single, hit a batter, and then gave the grand slam to Gregorious. The Twins were not about to get back into it at that point.
The Twins will look to save their season on Monday when the series moves to the Twin Cities. Game 3 is scheduled for 8:40 p.m. Luis Severino will start for the Yankees and and Jake Odorizzi will start for the Twins.
The Astros entered the postseason with a murders’ row pitching rotation, and the Rays are getting a chance to experience it. A day after Justin Verlander mowed them down, Gerrit Cole pitched even better. Cole struck out 15 over 7 2⁄3 innings, giving up four hits and a walk. Blake Snell was solid enough, but gave up a run in the fourth. The Astros added two more for some insurance, and while the Rays managed a run in the ninth off the Astros bullpen, they never had a chance.
The Rays will look to extend their season on Monday when the series moves to Tampa. Game 3 is scheduled for a 1:05 p.m. first pitch. Zack Greinke will start for the Astros and and Charlie Morton will start for the Rays.