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Go inside the numbers and matchups that will decide Game 1 on Friday night, and then vote for which team will win at the bottom of the page.What we learned in the Division SeriesIts not necessarily a surprise these two teams are here -- after all, they ranked 1-2 in the AL in rotation ERA in the regular season -- but it may be a bit surprising that both teams are here after sweeping their Division Series, with the Indians sweeping the Red Sox despite their depleted rotation. This series may come down to the bullpens: How effective will Torontos be, and how many innings will Terry Francona be able to get out of his top guys? -- David SchoenfieldInside the pitching matchupWhen Marco Estrada is on the mound: Estrada took a shutout into the ninth inning against the Rangers in the AL Division Series, expertly keeping the Rangers off balance with his upper-80s fastball and seemingly unhittable changeup, maybe the best in the game.He throws it at 75 to 78 mph, and Estrada has the ability to manipulate the changeup to both sides of the plate, so its moving away from lefties on the outside corner and also away from righties on the outside corner to them. Batters hit just .159 against it with a 32 percent strikeout rate. He mixes in a curveball and a cutter that he threw about 10 percent of time in the regular season but just twice against the Rangers.Estrada had the second-highest fly ball rate among qualified starters in the majors, so he doesnt give up a lot of hits (fly balls go for hits less often than grounders). The key to beating him is hoping a couple of those fly balls leave the park. That could play into Clevelands hands as the Indians crushed at Progessive Field, hitting .288/.359/.469 at home as opposed to .236/.300/.391 on the road. -- SchoenfieldWhen Corey Kluber is on the mound: Kluber left his final start of the regular season with a right quad strain but certainly looked at full strength against the Red Sox, throwing seven scoreless innings in Game 2. Hes starting Friday on six days rest.Klubers best pitch is one of the most dominant in baseball: A curveball (some call it a slider) that held batters to a .099 average and that recorded a strikeout rate of 52.8 percent. He buries it low and away from righties, and over the past three seasons batters have hit .106 against it with just five home runs. With two strikes, he throws the curveball about a third of the time, so batters cant just zero in on it. He also throws a fastball, a cutter and an occasional changeup.It will be interesting to see Klubers pitch selection against the right-handed heavy Toronto lineup. The Blue Jays hammered him in a July start, knocking him out in the fourth inning, when he threw a lot of fastballs and cutters. Facing them in August, he threw 40 percent fastballs and 40 percent curves, but also walked four batters in 6 2/3 innings.One thing to watch: Kluber has always pitched much better from the windup than with runners on base. The splits werent as drastic this year, but he held batters to a .587 OPS with nobody on versus .735 with runners in scoring position. Batters also hit .339 and slugged .578 when putting the first pitch in play, although the Red Sox swung at only three first pitches. -- SchoenfieldPlayer in the spotlightJosh Donaldson. The 2015 MVP ended the regular season in a slump as he played through a hip injury in September. He went 7-for-13 against the Rangers, including four doubles, played good defense, and made that mad dash home to secure the series. He may not be 100 percent, but in the ALDS he looked better than he had in weeks.?-- SchoenfieldWhat will decide Friday nights gameThe start could determine the end in this series. The Indians are 0-4 all-time in Game 1 of the ALCS. Theyre the only team to have played in multiple LCS without winning a Game 1 and are 2-2 in their four ALCS series.-- Sarah Langs, ESPN Stats & InfoDid You Know?Corey Kluber went heavy on his fastball in his first playoff start this year, throwing it 63 percent of the time, his third-highest rate this season (including the regular season). He had five Ks on the pitch, tied for his second-most this season. And he did it against the Red Sox, a team that had the best BA and second-best OPS on the pitch in the regular season.Can he quiet another fastball-hitting team? The Blue Jays hit fastballs for homers the second-most frequently of any team in the majors this season (trailing only the Orioles). Their 20.1 AB per homer on fastballs were second; by comparison, the Marlins had 44.5 AB per homer on fastballs.-- Sarah Langs, ESPN Stats & InfoALCS betting guideToronto Blue Jays (-145) vs. Cleveland Indians (+125) Joe Peta: The Boston Red Sox, without debate, have a better, younger and more potent lineup than the Blue Jays. The rotations, from 1-4, are very similar in their mediocrity, and given Torontos loss of Joaquin Benoit for the playoffs, Id give a mild bullpen edge to the Red Sox as well. Toronto has a much better defense, which makes its pitchers effective ERAs even better than their skill sets would indicate, but, in comparison to Boston, its nowhere near enough of a runs allowed reduction to offset the materially more runs the Red Soxs offense would score during the course of a season. All of which is to say, if you thought the Indians were vastly undervalued, or even miscast as an underdog in the ALDS, you pretty much have to come to the same conclusion for the ALCS. Click here for more.Choosing sides: Who will win?? The Indians will be challenged to win four games against a stacked Toronto lineup in this series, but you have to like their chances in Game 1. Corey Kluber dominated the Red Sox on 10 days rest in the division series, and hes fully recovered from the strained quadriceps that forced him to take a break at the end of the regular season. Kluber pitched well against the Jays in a 3-2 win at Progressive Field in August (after getting shelled in a 17-1 loss at Rogers Centre in July). Hell embrace the role of staff ace in the series opener, hand the ball to Andrew Miller and the bullpen, and get the Indians off to a good start. -- Jerry Crasnick?It is hard to call a Game 1 a must-win for any team, but the Indians probably need this one a little more. I think theyll get it with Kluber on the mound. If you look at Clevelands pitching, Kluber is by far their best starter. If Kluber can give them a strong seven innings and they dont have to use Miller, it would set the Indians up in Game 2 to go to Miller for a couple of innings and really shorten the game. Kluber could set the tone for this series with a strong outing. I say hell do it. -- Andrew MarchandWhere the series standsThe Indians went 53-28 at home and 41-39 on the road, so it seems that Kluber pitching at home is their optimal matchup for a win. 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Proponents still need to win over the governor, the Legislature and three-quarters of NFL owners to make the project a reality, but its a significant milestone for a city thats never had a professional football team and has been hammering out the particulars of the Raiders deal for months.We get an NFL team, and that is a significant step forward for Las Vegas and the community, committee chairman Steve Hill said about the projects potential. Those teams bring the community together. Were going to have people wearing Raiders jerseys and high-fiving each other ... Thats not something you can put a number on.The Adelson family plans to put $650 million toward the stadium, which would also be home to UNLV Football, while the Raiders plan to kick in $500 million. Officials with the Las Vegas Sands, Adelsons company, said they dont want to return any profits to the public because theyd be making little or no money on the stadium. Theyre also committing to fund construction cost overruns and infrastructure improvements at the yet-undetermined site.Sands representative Andy Abboud said the Adelsons were in China to open a $2.9 billion Parisian Macao casino and probably asleep when the vote came, but he texted them the news and said theyll be excited.I never dreamed of or hoped for a unanimous vote, Abboud said. But a unanimous vote, I think, sends a very strong signal to the Legislature.Opponents question whether its appropriate to put public dollars toward a project spearheaded by one of the richest men in the world. Theyre also wary of the bonds used to finance the project, which could put taxpayers on the hook to cover stadium debt in a downturn.ddddddddddddHill said the deals structure would shield taxpayers even in a recession as deep as the most recent one, when hotel tax revenues fell 33 percent. 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Electronic billboards along the interstate urged people to hold politicians accountable on the stadium deal and recommended the hashtag Dont Screw This Up NV.It was unclear when Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval might call lawmakers into special session to consider the deal, although proponents want it as soon as possible so they can pitch the deal to NFL owners ahead of their January meeting and potential team relocation vote.I will not move forward until all questions have been resolved, he said. I am hopeful the work completed by this committee will serve as a roadmap to Southern Nevadas unrivaled and continued success.Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, meanwhile, said her city is neither rolling over, nor giving up and continues work on a deal with the team.Now is the time for everyone in our region to pull together to show the NFL and the Raiders that their future is in Oakland, she said. 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