The ALDS shifts to Progressive Field on Saturday night. The New York Yankees and Cleveland Guardians continue their matchup with the series tied 1-1 following Cleveland’s 10-inning win in Game 2. That means the best-of-five series is now a best-of-three, with the Guardians holding home-field advantage.
You can view the full postseason schedule by clicking here, and here’s the 2022 playoff bracket. Now, let’s get to the important stuff for Game 3.
How to watch
Date: Saturday, Oct. 15 | Time: 7:37 p.m. ET
Location: Progressive Field (Cleveland, Ohio)
TV channel: TBS | Live stream: TBS app
Odds: NYY -120; CLE +100; O/U: 6.5 (via Caesars Sportsbook)
Starting pitchers: RHP Triston McKenzie (11-11, 2.96 ERA) vs. RHP Luis Severino (7-2, 3.18 ERA)
Both teams dipped deep into their bullpen in Game 2, with the Guardians extending closer Emmanuel Clase for 2 1/2 innings and 33 pitches. Will Clase be available in Game 3? I would bet on it. Will he be compromised at all after that big Game 2 workload? That remains to be seen. More than anything, the Yankees need Aaron Judge to get going. The likely AL MVP is 0 for 8 with a walk and seven strikeouts in the series. The Yankees won Game 1 without Judge contributing. It’ll be hard to win the series if that continues.
There is more to life than the starting pitcher, though McKenzie’s elevated fastball/downer curveball approach matches up well against the Yankees’ offense, and I would expect manager Terry Francona to do whatever he needs to do with his bullpen to secure the 2-1 series edge. I have Cleveland winning a tight Game 3 to take the series lead.