The Indians and Yankees Bring Some Interesting Storylines To Their Deciding Game 5

Wednesday night, the Indians host the Yankees in Game 5 of the ALDS. Cleveland took a commanding 2-0 series lead, after a 13-inning Game 2 victory. New York went on to claim both games at Yankee Stadium, forcing Wednesday’s winner-take-all contest.

Game 5 features a very interesting pitching matchup with one of baseball’s best pitchers, Corey Kluber, and the resurgent one-time member of the Indians, CC Sabathia. During the regular season, Kluber went 18-4, with an incredible 2.25 ERA, while the 37-year-old Sabathia posted a 14-5 mark, with a 3.69 ERA. 

Kluber and Sabathia also started Game 2, with both guys earning no decisions in the Indians 9-8 triumph. Kluber was downright awful, giving up 6 earned runs in just 2.2 innings of work. Sabathia faired quite a bit better, allowing 2 earned runs in 5.1 frames. 

Perhaps the biggest offensive story of the series involves superstar rookie Aaron Judge, who belted 52 regular season homeruns and one long ball in the wildcard contest, posting zero jacks and just one total hit through four games of the ALDS.

Judge did make a significant defensive contribution when robbing Francisco Lindor of what would have been a go-ahead homerun in Game 3.

The Yankees are no stranger to ALDS Game 5's, since the format was first introduced in 1995. This will be the eighth such contest New York has appeared in, with the team owning a 3-4 record in the previous deciding games.

With the game being played in Cleveland, the Indians winning 11 more regular season games than the Yankees and the unlikelihood of Kluber having a second poor outing, the edge has to go to the AL Central Division champion Indians.