Wednesday, October 11, 2017

ALDS Game 5 Preview: New York Yankees @ Cleveland Indians

And it all comes down to this tonight as the New York Yankees and the Cleveland Indians play in a do-or-die, winner takes all Game 5 of the American League Division series. Let me start by saying damn, what a series. The Indians won both of their games at home to start the series while the Yankees came roaring back in games three and four to even the series setting up this series finale inside Progressive Field in Cleveland tonight. In the start tonight the Yankees will send CC Sabathia to the mound, undoubtedly with a short leash with a rested bullpen and Sonny Gray available, to face off with the Indians ace and perennial Cy Young Award candidate Corey Kluber. The Yankees got to Kluber in Game Two but there is no guarantee that lightning will strike twice again here in Cleveland. I mean it could though, so you have to watch.

Sabathia will take the ball tonight for the Yankees instead of Sonny Gray after pitching well for New York in Game 2 of this series in Cleveland. Sabathia lasted 5.1 innings in that start in a no-decision which kept his career playoff record at 9-5 with a 4.47 ERA in 20 games, 19 starts.

Kluber was not sharp in that same Game Two matchup yielding six runs in just 2.2 innings. Thankfully for the Indians the Cleveland offense picked up Kluber and got the victory allowing the right-hander to make the start tonight in front of his home field fans.

The game will be played at 8:05 pm ET inside Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio and can be seen on Fox Sports One. You can also follow along in your cars and on the radio by tuning into either the WFAN broadcast with John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman or by tuning into ESPN radio. Need a win, get one more win and a free ticket to the ALCS. Go Yankees!!!

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