When it comes to big late-game at-bats against the Yankees, you're usually talking Mariano Rivera, and Hafner has never had a hit off him (0-for-4).
Ditto Sizemore, who has gone 0-for-4 against Rivera. But there is hope because Martinez is 2-for-7 with an RBI.
Indians Secret Weapon
Indians Achilles' heel
Closer Joe Borowski blew back-to-back saves against Seattle during the last week of the season, and though he's saved 44 this season, he's also blown eight.
This will be the first time in the playoffs for Wedge in his fifth managerial season, all with the Tribe. He must mix and match his bullpen well to stop the Yankees' potent offense, which can be done. Indians intangibles
They don't have a lot of big names or a high payroll (compare their $61.6 million to the Yankees' $200 million, for instance). But big money doesn't always buy big heart, which the Indians have.
Three reasons Indians will win
CC Sabathia, who hasn't faced the Yankees since 2004, is a different pitcher these days -- a much, much better one.
Sizemore (.280, 24 homers, 78 RBIs) will emerge as the big-time superstar he already promises to be on a national stage.
Paul Byrd, a 15-game winner, will come up with a big Game 4 start at Yankee Stadium.
Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less