Yankees vs Guardians: Breaking down each team's pitching situation for decisive ALDS Game 5 after rain

Yankees vs Guardians: Breaking down each team’s pitching situation for decisive ALDS Game 5 after rain

NEW YORK – The New York Yankees and Cleveland Guardians will have to wait one more day to decide their ALDS game. Win-Win Match 5 was postponed due to rain on Monday night. The game will be caught up at 4:07 p.m. ET on Tuesday. The winner will face the Houston Astros in the ALCS, which begins Wednesday. The loser goes home.

“If you had told me to come back, I don’t know, March, we just signed up to play Game 5 in New York to go to the ALCS, I would have jogged in New York,” said Guardians manager Terry Francona after Game 4.

Game 5 is the second ALDS postponement. Game 2 was also postponed, resulting in Games 2-4 being played over three consecutive days. Game 5 would have made four games in four days. The postponement gives both relievers — and both teams in general — a bit of extra rest before playing a win-win or homecoming contest.

With all that in mind, let’s take a post-rain update on each team’s pitching situation heading into Tuesday’s Game 5.

Starting pitchers: Nestor Cortes vs. TBA

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Right-handers Jameson Taillon and Aaron Civale were originally scheduled to start Game 5 on Monday night, but thanks to rain, the Yankees and Guardians have the opportunity to use their Game 2 starters – Nestor Cortes and Shane Bieber – on three days’ rest tuesday. Cleveland will announce its starter for Game 5 on Tuesday. The Yankees have confirmed Cortes will start.

On Monday afternoon, Guardians manager Terry Francona indicated Bieber won’t pitch again unless they reach the ALCS, although being able to use him on a short rest in Game 5 must be tempting. Bieber has pitched well in his two playoff starts and is simply Cleveland’s best pitcher. Even on a short rest, he gives the team the best chance to win Game 5 and keep playing.

Generally speaking, beginners on short rest tire sooner, so rather than being good for around 100 throws, they hit the wall at 75-80 throws. Even then, getting around 75 slots from Cortes (or Bieber) is better than the alternative. Taillon and Civale had to be kept on a short leash, so a shorter than usual leash starter on Cortes (or Bieber) wouldn’t change the plan much.

In Game 2, Cortes held the Guardians to two runs in five innings, and he outscored them in two starts in the regular season (three runs in 12 1/3 innings). That said, he will be on short rest and Guardians will see him for the second time in less than a week. Fatigue and familiarity could swing the pendulum in the batters’ favor.

“I’m confident in who he is and his roster, and I know he’s going to go out there and compete really well,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said of Cortes before his Game 2 start. that’s what he does really well is he loves to play the game he’s super competitive, and i know he won’t be scared he’ll take it head on and drop the chips where they can.”

Bieber never started his career with a short rest and the Guardians treated him with care after his shoulder injury last season – he made 17 of his 31 starts with extra rest during the regular season . He held the Yankees to two runs in 5 2/3 innings in Game 2 and was excellent after allowing a two-run homer to Giancarlo Stanton in the first inning.

Bullpen status: A well-deserved break for New York

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Cleveland’s bullpen was in much better shape heading into Game 5 than New York’s. The Guardians didn’t use setup man Trevor Stephan or James Karinchak, or closer Emmanuel Clase, in Games 3 and 4, so all three will head into Game 5 with three days off. This prepares them to do several rounds each. Francona’s ideal throwing plan is probably choke (Civale or Bieber on short rest) at Stephan at Karinchak at Clase, with no one else involved.

The Yankees, on the other hand, have been working very hard on their key relievers in recent days, and the postponement is giving their best players a much needed break. They’ve used five different relievers in the entire series (not counting Taillon in Game 2). Miguel Castro, Domingo Germán and Lucas Luetge are on the ALDS roster but have yet to pitch. Watch the pitch count of New York’s top relievers leading up to Game 5 originally scheduled for Monday:

In Games 2-4, Peralta became the first Yankees reliever to pitch three straight days this season, and although he claimed he was going to be available in Game 5, pitching four straight days rarely happens in baseball. now. Peralta is resting and will once again face Josh Naylor and Andrés Giménez, Cleveland’s top left-wing threats. He’s faced them every game in this series and held them to no hits.

Holmes controversially didn’t throw in a save situation in Game 3 and it could have cost the Yankees the game. Afterwards, Boone said he would only use Holmes in an emergency, as he had recently injured his shoulder and they didn’t want to push him back two days in a row. That said, Boone said Holmes would be available in Game 5 despite pitching in Game 4. Now the rain is giving him a day to rest anyway.

“I would, yeah,” Boone said Sunday of using Holmes in Games 4 and 5 on back-to-back days. “Tomorrow, yeah, in a win-or-go house, yeah.”

Of note is Gerrit Cole, who threw 110 pitches in seven innings in Game 4 on Sunday, told Boone he was available on Monday. Boone said he would have been hesitant to use him the day after a start, although now that Cole will have a day off, using him out of the bullpen for an inning becomes more realistic. If the going gets tough, don’t be surprised to see Cole on the mound on Tuesday.

The Yankees were set to enter Game 5 on Monday with some concerns about the bullpen given the recent workload of their best backup arms. Now these guys have a night to rest. They’re not as rested as Stephen, Karinchak and Clase will be for Cleveland, but they are rested. On paper, the Guardians still have the bullpen advantage given the workload, but that advantage won’t be as big on Tuesday as it would have been on Monday.


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