MLB’s 12-team postseason bracket has already been whittled right down to eight contenders. Now, the highest two seeds from every league have joined the fray within the Division Series. After advancing on to their ALDS and NLDS slots through byes, the Astros, Yankees, Dodgers and Braves are taking over challengers.
Friday is shaping up as an unexpectedly busy day of baseball. ALDS Game 2 between the New York Yankees and Cleveland Guardians had been scheduled for Thursday, however was postponed to Friday afternoon due to rain within the Bronx. That means a three-game day because the Phillies and Padres return dwelling to host essential Game 3s towards the Braves and Dodgers. In Philadelphia, there’s additional intrigue due to the return of Spencer Strider, Atlanta’s rookie phenom (or considered one of them) who will take the mound after lacking a month with an indirect damage. He will oppose Aaron Nola, the Phillies starter who has been practically untouchable in current begins.
Here’s the slate:
Game 2: Guardians (Bieber) at Yankees (Cortes) – 1:07 p.m., TBS (Yankees lead sequence, 1-0)
Game 3: Braves (Strider) at Phillies (Nola) – 4:37 p.m., FS1 (Series tied, 1-1)
Game 3: Dodgers (Gonsolin) at Padres (Snell) – 8:37 p.m., FS1 (Series tied, 1-1)
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Guardians scratch out Game 2 win over Yankees, even up ALDS
Excellent starters Shane Bieber and Nestor Cortes Jr. dueled to a draw, and it stayed that means for the total 9 innings within the Bronx. But within the tenth, sparked by José Ramírez’s sprint to 3rd base on a double prolonged by an error, the Guardians outlasted the Yankees to notch a Game 2 win.
Emmanuel Clase, the Cleveland nearer who logged a 1.36 ERA and MLB-best 42 saves this season, pitched 2 1/3 innings to lock down the important thing win. The Yankees scored on a first-inning, two-run homer by Giancarlo Stanton, however by no means once more.
The Guardians now return dwelling for Games 3 and 4, sequence tied at one, with an opportunity at pulling the upset. They could have Triston McKenzie beginning Game 3 reverse the Yankees’ Luis Severino. After that, the Yankees will flip to Gerrit Cole and Cleveland skipper Terry Francona’s choices will get attention-grabbing. With the remainder of the sequence to be performed on consecutive days, the Guardians could have an edge on the Yankees’ injury-depleted bullpen.
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