Indians vs Yankees MLB Playoff Predictions - ALDS Game 5
Yankees vs Indians: Winner Advances
This is it! Unlike the Diamondbacks, the American League Wild Card winner actually has a chance to play giant-killer and take down the Indians. The home team has won every game in this series, plus Cleveland is bringing back out their ace, so the cards are stacked against the Yanks. The winner here will move onto the ALCS where the Astros, having dispatched of the Red Sox, are patiently waiting.
We nailed the last game in this series, and are perfect in capping this ALDS, going 4-0. We'll look to continue that trend today, but we will be going a bit against convention here. We took Cleveland in the opener, but shifted to New York for the rest of the games, the RL helping us win that wild Game 2.
Our overall record still stands at 9-4 because the game at Wrigley Field was postponed.
The Indians are priced as two dollar favorites in this spot. Back at home, with their star pitcher in a must win situation looks like a prime opportunity for the 2016 World Series runners-up to shine.
This is a basically a rematch of Game 2, so is there really any reason to expect a different outcome? It's unclear whether it will be high or low scoring, but it's sure to be close.
The Yankees have all the momentum going into this one, and the Klubot malfunctioned and fell from grace hard the last time he faced the Bronx Bombers. Sabathia, on the other hand, held his own, and it was most likely only because of a bad call that the Indians had the chance to erase the five-run deficit and take that game by a run in extra innings.
The lefty does have some trouble with Lindor and Ramirez, but these two haven't produced all series, so Sabathia might be able to shut them down here. Plus his 20 game postseason experience should be helpful.
The Indians won by a single run in a game they shouldn't have had a chance in. They might get lucky here again, but we don't see them blowing out the Yankees. Cleveland has no business being priced so high.
Pick: New York Yankees +1.5 (-105) at Sports Interaction
Yankees at Indians ALDS Game 5
The New York Yankees are already up against their third elimination game in the postseason, but they've proven that they can handle the pressure. They kept their cool after a scary beginning to the ALWC with the Twins to advance and took care of the Indians in Game 3 by the slightest of margins. after going down 2-0 in this ALDS. Now they're faced with a winner takes all Game 5.
Aaron Judge finally got a hit in his last game, but is still 1 for 15 with 12 SO in the series so far.
CC Sabathia (0-0, 3.38 ERA), like his counterpart Kluber, got a no-decision in Game 2, but knows he was the better pitcher that day before being pulled by Joe Girardi with a 5 run lead before the bullpen gave it up. He threw 5.1 innings, allowing two runs on three hits, and they would probably be on to the ALCS by now if not for the manager's decision to pull him.
The Yankees are 1-4 in Sabathia's last 5 starts against his former team. The Cy Young Award winner has had difficulty with Francisco Lindor, who is 5 for 9 against him, and Jose Ramirez, 4 for 8, but the lefty could shine here, as he holds a 9-5 postseason record with 4.47 ERA in 20 appearances.
The Cleveland Indians will have a lot to think about after that Game 4 loss in New York. In the 7-3 loss, the Indians committed four errors, which accounted for six unearned runs. Their offense hasn't been up to par either. Apart from that Game 2 comeback, their bats have been fairly quiet.
A major reason for this is the absence of Edwin Encarnacion, who sat out of the two matches in New York. Scoring 38 homers and 107 RBIs this season, the Indians hope to have him back for Game 5. Francisco Lindor, who is 1 for 14 with 5 SO so far, and Jose Ramirez, who is 2 for 17 with 7 SO in the series, have also contributed to the Cleveland lack of offense, but have good numbers against Sabathia.
Corey Kluber (0-0, 20,25 ERA) suffered his worst start all year in Game 2 last week, giving up six runs on seven hits, including two home runs, in just 2.2 innings. The former Cy Young Award winner wasn't punished for it though, as his team pulled out the unlikely win, earning him a no-decision. Kluber's no stranger to must win games, as he started Game 7 of the World Series last year. Manager Terry Francona swapped Kluber for Bauer in Game 1, specifically to have his ace ready for a must win Game 5, should it have happened.
His strategy worked. But will it be enough?
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