The second winner-take-all game of the 2022 MLB playoffs will be played tonight in the Bronx. The New York Yankees host the Cleveland Guardians in Game 5 of the ALDS with the Houston Astros awaiting the winner in the ALCS. Most bettors at Caesars Sportsbook expect that winner to be the Yankees (-150) as they are taking 86% of the money and 79% of the tickets. On the total of 7.5 runs, the Under is taking 53% of the money but the Over 56% of the tickets. Click here for model picks.
New York extended the series with a 4-2 win in Cleveland on Sunday behind seven good innings from Gerrit Cole and a two-run homer from Harrison Bader. He has three homers in the four games, joining Bernie Williams (three times) and Mickey Mantle (twice) as the only Yankee center fielders with three homers in a single postseason. They were also his first three home runs as a Yankee. That trade of Jordan Montgomery to the Cardinals for Bader doesn't look so lopsided now.
Do note that rain could be an issue tonight, but the Yankees are scheduled to start Jameson Taillon, who was 14-5 with a 3.91 ERA during the regular season and quite a bit better at home (7-2, 3.47 ERA). He faced the Guardians at Yankee Stadium on April 22 and allowed one run in five innings of a victory. Taillon also pitched in relief in Game 2 -- his first big league relief appearance after 143 starts. He allowed a pair of runs on three hits without recording an out.
Manager Aaron Boone has said that fellow starter Nestor Cortes is available behind Taillon if need be. Cortes started in Game 2, throwing 92 pitches while allowing two runs on six hits over his five innings of work.
It will be Aaron Civale for Cleveland. He was 5-6 with a 4.92 ERA during the regular season and 1-3 with a 5.88 ERA on the road. Civale, who hasn't pitched in this series, faced the Yankees twice and was 0-2 with a 10.00 ERA. Anthony Rizzo hammers him, going 5-for-10 with two homers. Aaron Judge is 3-for-13 but hasn't gone yard off Civale. Judge is +220 to homer tonight.
This is the third winner-take-all game between the franchises. Cleveland won in 1997, while the Yankees won in 2017. Tonight's matchup will be the first one at Yankee Stadium.
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