2022 MLB Playoffs- Guardians vs Yankees Game 5 Odds

Bullpens Could be Busy as Yankees and Guardians Play for Spot in AL Championship Series

 

Winner-Take-All Game 5 Between Guardians and Yankees

Three of the four division series have been decided in four games or in the case of the matchup between the Mariners and Astros, in three games. However, the showdown between the AL Central champion Cleveland Guardians and AL East winner New York Yankees will require a decisive fifth game. The Guardians vs Yankees Game 5 odds favor the host Yankees.

Runs have been hard to come by at times during the series; however, neither pitcher is coming into the game bursting with confidence so perhaps the hitters will have a chance to get some good swings. The total in this game is currently at 7.5 runs. Is could come down to one swing of the bat.

When looking at the New York Yankees standings, the Yankees finished seven games ahead of the Guardians but late in the season, Cleveland was the team finishing stronger.

The MLB odds price the Yankees at -150 to win the series clincher.

Guardians vs Yankees Game Information

Matchup: Guardians 92-70 (1st, AL Central) Yankees 99-63 (1st, AL East)
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Streaming: Live Stream Sports

 

Civale Starts Things Off for Guardians

In the first half of the season, he had an ERA of 6.17 with Cleveland going 5-7 in games that he has appeared in. Since his return to action, he has a 3.35 ERA with Cleveland going 7-1 in games pitched by Civale.

Aaron Civale hasn’t pitched since beating the Kansas City Royals on Oct. 5. With the season on the line, the Guardians go with the 27-year-old righty.

The numbers (a 4.92 ERA, .249 opposing batting average) are not encouraging; however, he has been a much different pitcher since returning to action on Aug. 10. That has played a role in the Guardians vs Yankees Game 5 odds viewing visiting Cleveland as the underdog.

In the first half of the season, he had an ERA of 6.17 with Cleveland going 5-7 in games that he has appeared in. Since his return to action, he has a 3.35 ERA with Cleveland going 7-1 in games pitched by Civale.

He struggled in two games against the Yankees in 2022, allowing 12 hits and 10 runs over nine innings. Those outings came during the rough stretch of the season.

 

Taillon Looks to Seal Deal for Yankees

The last time Jameson Taillon pitched for the Yankees, the results were not impressive.
He allowed three hits and two runs without recording an out and took the loss in Game 2 in the series. That came in his first relief appearance at the major league level.

Taillon is back to his familiar role of starting. His experience could be the difference as the Guardians vs Yankees Game 5 odds favor Taillon and the Yankees.

This will be his first start since Oct. 4 when he allowed seven hits and four runs in six innings. He did not factor in the decision in New York’s 5-4 win over Texas.

Taillon did win 14 games during the regular season, although in many of those he was the beneficiary of tremendous run support.

He allowed just one run in five innings in his lone start of the season against Cleveland back on April 22.

Who’s Hot

Harrison Bader, Yankees OF: Bader has three home runs in the first four games of the series. He has scored four runs and driven in four runs.
Clay Holmes, Yankees P: Holmes hasn’t allowed a run his last five outings. He hasn’t allowed a hit in 2.1 innings in the series, although he has walked two batters.
Jose Ramirez, Guardians 3B: Ramirez is 7 of 17 in the series with two doubles.
Trevor Stephan, Guardians P: Stephan hasn’t allowed a run or a hit in 3.1 innings in the postseason. He has struck out seven of the top batters that he has faced.

 

Who’s Not

  • Austin Hedges, Guardians C: Hedges is 1 for 13 in the postseason with five strikeouts.
  • Sam Hentges, Guardians P: There’s not much to choose from with as well as the Cleveland bullpen has pitched in the postseason. Hentges allowed a home run in his last outing against the Yankees.
  • Clarke Schmidt, Yankees P: Schmidt gave up three hits and a run in the Game 3 loss to the Guardians.
  • Giancarlo Stanton, Yankees OF: Stanton is 1 for 12 with nine strikeouts in the series. The lone hit was a home run.

 

Guardians vs Yankees Head to Head

The Yankees won the first five games against the Guardians during the regular season before Cleveland won the final meeting in the regular season 2-0. All of those contests took place in April and July with one game decided by one run. The Yankees won two of the three games played in Cleveland during the regular season in 2022.

After going 2 for 18 against the Yankees during the regular season, Jose Ramirez is 7 for 17 in this series.
Judge, D.J. LeMahieu, Matt Carpenter and Anthony Rizzo each hit two home runs against Cleveland during the regular season. They are a combined 6 for 31 with two home runs in the series.

 

Guardians vs Yankees Injury Update

When it comes to the MLB injury list, the Guardians are in much better shape. Reliever Anthony Gose has been out since early July.

The Yankees are without key bullpen arms Chad Green (elbow), Ron Marinaccio (shin), Michael King (elbow) and Zack Britton (arm)

 

Guardians vs Yankees Betting Preview

This has the feeling of a bullpen game with both starters likely to get pulled at the first sign of trouble. That could play in the favor of the Guardians based on how the team’s relief pitchers have performed in the series.

The Guardians are 49-34 against the spread on the road while the Yankees are 38-45 against the spread at home.
The Yankees have won 13 of the last 19 games against the Guardians. New York is 4-1 in the last five home games against Cleveland.

Perhaps the most telling numbers in the first three games of the series is that Cleveland has had 41 at-bats with runners in scoring position compared to 15 for the Yankees.

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