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AL Wild Card, Game One - Yankees vs. Indians: Gerrit Cole vs. Shane Bieber

The playoffs are here.

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Toronto Blue Jays v New York Yankees Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images

After a month’s long delay, and a 60-game sprint of a season, the 2020 MLB Playoffs are finally here.

In a season unlike any other, the Yankees will begin a postseason unlike any other tonight against the Indians. In order to advance to a neutral-site bubble ALDS, they will need to win two of three games on the road in Cleveland. That mission kicks off tonight with a truly marquee pitching matchup.

Getting the start in the game one will be the man the Yankees signed just for moments like these. Gerrit Cole will get the ball for his first (of hopefully many) postseason start as a Yankee.

As for the rest of the team, the big news is that Brett Gardner will get the start in left field ahead of Clint Frazier. Kyle Higashioka also gets the start at catcher, although we already knew that he would with Cole on the mound.

The Yankees’ offense will have a tough task on their hands with expected AL Cy Young winner and MVP candidate Shane Bieber on the mound. In his 12 starts, he put up a 1.63 ERA, 2.07 FIP, and struck out 14.2 hitters per nine innings.

As for the rest of Cleveland’s lineup, here’s who will be lining up behind him:

How to watch:

Location: Progressive Field, Cleveland, OH

First pitch: 7:08 PM ET

TV broadcast: ESPN

Radio broadcast: WFAN, WADO, or ESPN Radio

Online Stream: fuboTV (via ESPN), ESPN+ (Statcast broadcast)