The New York Yankees host the Cleveland Guardians in Game 5 of a 2022 MLB American League Division Series on Monday, October 17 at Yankee Stadium in New York. The game will be streamed live on Sling.
Jameson Taillon starts on the mound in Game 4 for the Yankees, against fellow right-hander Aaron Civale for the Guardians. The best-of-5 series is tied 2-2 after New York beat Cleveland 4-2 in Game 4 on Sunday.
Yankees Game 5 vs. Guardians begins at 6:07 p.m. Central (7:07 p.m. TBS will broadcast the game nationally.
FANDUEL SPORTS BET LINE: Yankees -166, Guardians +140; over/under is 7 1/2 runs
For the second night in a row, the only playoff game on the schedule features the New York Yankees facing the Cleveland Guardians.
This time, it’s Game 5 at Yankee Stadium to decide their American League Division Series after New York avoided elimination on Sunday, tying the series 2-2 with a 4-2 win at Cleveland behind the ace of $324 million Gerrit Cole.
Aaron Civale (5-6, 4.92 ERA) starts for the Guardians, the first postseason appearance of his career. Jameson Taillon (14-5, 3.91) goes for the Yankees after losing Game 2 in a playoff debut that marked his first major league outing as a reliever.
Taillon allowed two runs on three hits without getting an out. Civale hasn’t pitched since Oct. 5, but has won his last three starts with a 3.18 ERA. The right-hander was on the disabled list three times this season.
The winner heads to Houston for Game 1 of the best-of-seven American League Championship Series on Wednesday night against Justin Verlander and the rested Astros.
Houston reached its sixth straight Division Series by completing a three-game Division Series sweep of Seattle when rookie Jeremy Pena hit an 18th-inning home run on Saturday for a marathon 1-0 victory over the Mariners.
American League West champion Houston (106-56) went 4-3 against the Guardians this season and 5-2 against the Yankees.
With a history of postseason heartbreak, Cleveland teams are 1-7 in winner-take-all games, losing their last seven.
The young Guardians are trying to end Major League Baseball’s longest current World Series championship drought in its first year after a franchise name change. Cleveland hasn’t won it all since 1948.
Here’s what you need to know about the MLB playoffs on Monday:
MONDAY SCHEDULE (All Central hours)
ALDS Game 5: Cleveland at the New York Yankees, 6:07 p.m., TBS
LONG TIME TO COME
The San Diego Padres haven’t made it to the World Series since 1998. The Philadelphia Phillies haven’t made it to the World Series since 2009.
One of them is going to the final round this year.
Philadelphia and San Diego’s wild-card matchup in the NL Championship Series features two teams that have mostly lost in recent years. The Phillies are in the postseason for the first time since 2011, and the Padres are making the franchise’s third appearance in the NLCS.
“This is what the city has been waiting for a long time,” San Diego slugger Manny Machado said.
Game 1 is Tuesday at Petco Park. Zack Wheeler is expected to start for Philadelphia and Yu Darvish is expected to take the mound for San Diego.
The Phillies went 4-3 against the Padres this season, last meeting on June 26.
“I don’t think any of us are surprised at where we are,” Phillies slugger Bryce Harper said. “We’re really excited about the opportunity that’s ahead of us, and we’ve taken every opportunity and tried to take advantage of it. And we’re all excited as a club and as a group that we can go to the West Coast and play.”
The best-of-seven matchup also features a fun twist: Phillies ace Aaron Nola takes on his older brother, Padres catcher Austin Nola.
THE HARRISON HOMERS
Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton are the best hitters in the New York Yankees’ powerful lineup. But who knew the Cleveland Guardians would have such a hard time keeping Harrison Bader in the ballpark?
Bader hit his third AL Division Series home run for his hometown Yankees on Sunday night, an early two-run homer that gave them a 3-0 lead en route to a 4-0 victory. 2 in Game 4.
Bader’s first three postseason home runs have been his first three long balls with the Yankees. They acquired him from St. Louis in a surprise deal for starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery at the Aug. 2 trade deadline, but the Gold Glove center fielder didn’t make his New York debut until Sept. 20 due to injury. on the foot.
“To be able to do it in a Yankees uniform is definitely sweet, no question,” Bader said.
Bader, 28, grew up a Yankees fan upstate New York City and went to Horace Mann School, located 5 miles from Yankee Stadium.
“Every day that I wake up, it feels good to be a Yankee,” he said.
Bader’s three home runs in the series are the three longest this season.
Both managers are expected to empty their bullpens in the Division Series finale between the Guardians and Yankees, though Cleveland’s best relievers are likely to be fresher.
Working his third straight day, New York left-hander Wandy Peralta earned a save in Game 4 on Sunday night, retiring three batters on just seven pitches.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone said it’s possible Peralta could pitch in his fifth straight game Monday, with Game 2 starter Nestor Cortes also available in relief.
New York’s depleted bullpen ruined Game 3 on Saturday, when the Guardians became the first team in 168 postseason games to overcome a multi-run deficit in the ninth inning and beat the Yankees.
Cleveland manager Terry Francona is confident Civale will pitch well, and after that, he has Trevor Stephan, James Karinchak and All-Star closer Emmanuel Clase, his top three relievers, all rested and ready.
Associated Press contributed to this report.