In the divisional round of the 2022 Major League Baseball playoffs, three series ended without one of the combatant’s facing elimination. The Astros swept the Mariners while the Phillies and Padres each slayed 100-plus-win beasts in four games. That leaves the series between the AL East champion New York Yankees and AL Central champion Cleveland Guardians.
First up, let’s point out how well-played and competitive these games have been. The Yankees have scored 15 runs to the Guardians’ 13. One game went to extra innings. There hasn’t been a blowout, as the largest margin was the Yankees’ Game 1 win by three runs. Expect more drama here, likely into the late innings and maybe even extras.
Game 5 first pitch was supposed to roll out on Monday, but it got postponed due to the rainy conditions that reigned in New York. The Yankees were to use Jameson Taillon to start on Monday, however, they switched it up and the starter will be Nestor Cortes, starting on three-day rest following Monday’s rainout.
The Guardians counter with Aaron Civale and it’s clear that he’ll be trying to get through the lineup once. He held opposing lineups to a .200/.244/.394 line the first time through the order this year. And then, the Guardians are loaded with three best setup men, Trevor Stephan, Sam Hentges and James Karinchak, all being well-rested.
Home runs could loom large, too. The Guardians have three this series. The Yankees have seven. The Guardians are more a “small ball” type team and maybe that’ll be the difference instead of longballs. But if it’s close, who cares, right?
The Guardians are set up with much better pitching and Yankees’ pitchers haven’t proven to be very trustworthy, so it’ll definitely be a game to watch as the Yankees want to make it to the Championship series for the second time in the last 6 years; meanwhile, Cleveland wants to be in the ALCS for the first time since 2016, when they went on to lose the World Series to the Chicago Cubs.
Cleveland Guardians vs New York Yankees Game Information
- Date: 10/18/2022
- Time: 04:07 PM ET
- Location: Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York.
- How to Watch: Guardians vs Yankees TBS
- Live Stream: MLB.TV
Guardians vs Yankees Betting Lines
Guardians are +145 according to our Vegas MLB Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $145. On the other side, Yankees are -165 according to the Vegas MLB Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $61.
The implied probability for these two teams attached to the betting lines have Guardians at a 40.82% chance of winning the game, meanwhile Yankees have 62.26% probability of finishing the game with the W.
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