NY Yankees eliminated Cleveland Guardians yesterday in Game 5 of the MLB playoffs

October 19, 2022
A winner-take-all Game 5 and a down-to-the-wire series opener — yesterday was quite the day in baseball. Even better, there’s another doubleheader on deck tonight.
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The GIST: A winner-take-all Game 5, a down-to-the-wire series opener and whatever the hell is happening here — yesterday was quite the day in baseball. Even better, there’s another doubleheader on deck tonight. Let’s tee it up.

American League (AL): Monday’s rain delay couldn’t drown out the bats of the No. 2 NY Yankees, who eliminated the No. 3 Cleveland Guardians with yesterday’s 5–1 Game 5 victory. NY’s sluggers came through — designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton and outfielder Aaron Judge blasted early home runs, and the Bronx Bombers never looked back.

  • No time to waste, the Yanks are off to Houston for tonight’s 7:37 p.m. ET AL Championship Series (ALCS) Game 1 vs. the No. 1 Astros. And Taylor Swift’s certainly ready for this, because there’s no shortage of bad blood between these powerhouses.
  • It’ll be a rematch of the 2017 ALCS, in which Houston defeated NY en route to their asterisks-tainted World Series title, and the 2019 ALCS, which the Astros won in thrilling walk-off fashion. This is going to be good.

National League (NL): Meanwhile, the NLCS has already begun. The No. 6 Philadelphia Phillies jumped out to an early lead in the best-of-seven set, downing the No. 5 San Diego Padres 2–0 last night. It was all about the Phillies’ pitching staff, who shut down the electric Padres’ offense. No small task.

  • Along with crucial momentum in the series, there’s even more riding on today’s 4:35 p.m. ET Game 2 — sibling bragging rights. The Phillies will start ace pitcher Aaron Nola, the brother of Padres catcher Austin Nola. Just don’t make mom choose sides.
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