Guardians-Yankees Game 5 finale; NLCS opens – Daily Freeman

By The Associated Press

Following the second one rainout of the collection, the Cleveland Guardians and New York Yankees are set to after all settle their American League playoff Tuesday afternoon within the Bronx.

After that, a maximum sudden National League Championship Series matching the Philadelphia Phillies and San Diego Padres will get underway at Petco Park.

After enthusiasts waited via a 2 1/2-hour rain lengthen, the decisive Game 5 of the Division Series between the Guardians and Yankees used to be postponed Monday night time and rescheduled for Tuesday at 4:07 p.m. That gave New York a possibility to begin All-Star lefty Nestor Cortes on 3 days’ leisure as an alternative of 14-game winner Jameson Taillon.

Cleveland is sticking with right-hander Aaron Civale, fairly than turning to 2020 AL Cy Young Award winner Shane Bieber on brief leisure.

The winner faces Houston within the AL Championship Series.

Game 2 at Yankee Stadium additionally used to be postponed as a result of unhealthy climate closing week, driven again an afternoon to Friday afternoon.

In San Diego, Zack Wheeler (12-7, 2.82 ERA) used to be scheduled to pitch the opener for the Phillies in opposition to Yu Darvish (16-8, 3.10), with each right-handers beginning on 5 days’ leisure.

Both the Padres and Phillies made the postseason as wild playing cards. They have been the 2 lowest seeds in a top-heavy National League, neither one profitable 90 video games all the way through the common season.

But the Phillies (87-75) swept NL Central champion St. Louis (93-69) within the first spherical after which dispatched the protecting World Series champion Atlanta Braves (101-61) within the Division Series.

San Diego (89-73) took down the Mets (101-61) in New York after which the rival Los Angeles Dodgers (111-51) of their NLDS.

“People kind of counted us both out, right?” Phillies slugger Bryce Harper mentioned. “I think it is going to be a great series.”

Here’s what else to understand concerning the MLB playoffs Tuesday:

TUESDAY’S SCHEDULE (All instances ET)

ALDS Game 5: Cleveland at New York Yankees, 4:07 p.m., TBS

NLCS Game 1: Philadelphia at San Diego, 8:03 p.m., FS1

LOOKING AHEAD

The Guardians-Yankees winner heads to Houston for Game 1 of the best-of-seven ALCS on Wednesday night time in opposition to Justin Verlander and the rested Astros.

Houston reached its 6th instantly ALCS by way of finishing a three-game Division Series sweep of Seattle when rookie Jeremy Peña homered within the 18th inning Saturday for a marathon 1-0 win over the Mariners.

AL West champion Houston (106-56) went 4-3 in opposition to the AL Central champion Guardians this season and 5-2 as opposed to the AL East champion Yankees.

With a historical past of postseason heartbreak, Cleveland groups are 1-7 in winner-take-all video games — shedding their closing seven.

The younger Guardians are looking to finish Major League Baseball’s longest present World Series championship drought of their first 12 months after a franchise identify trade. Cleveland hasn’t received all of it since 1948.

SETTING THE STAGE

The climate is again to sunny and heat in San Diego after an extraordinary October rainstorm sopping wet the ballpark all the way through the Padres’ electrical Division Series clincher in opposition to the Dodgers on Saturday night time.

Led by way of sluggers Manny Machado and Juan Soto, the Padres are within the NLCS for the primary time since 1998, appropriate ahead of they have been swept by way of the New York Yankees within the World Series. San Diego hasn’t ever received a World Series name.

Harper and NL house run chief Kyle Schwarber powered the Phillies into the playoffs for the primary time since 2011, once they capped a five-year run that incorporated a World Series championship in 2008 after which losses within the World Series in 2009 and the NLCS in 2010.

POWER CONNECTION

Harper and Machado have been teammates at the 2009 under-18 U.S. nationwide staff that received the Pan-Am championship. Harper used to be the highest total pick out within the 2010 novice draft by way of Washington whilst Machado used to be the 3rd pick out by way of Baltimore.

They made their giant league debuts 3 months aside in 2012, Harper as a 19-year-old and Machado in a while after turning 20. Seven years later they signed large offers as the highest loose brokers going into the 2019 season; Machado were given a $300 million, 10-year contract with San Diego, and Harper went to Philadelphia for $330 million and 13 years.

“We were two of the top free agents,” Machado mentioned. “And he went to a town that sought after to convey a championship again, and I went to a town that’s by no means received a championship. Here we’re a pair years later, we’ve executed that, two organizations, and we’ve helped the organizations out giant time.

“It’s going to be fun. He brings an energy. He’s one of the best players in the game.”

Harper mentioned Machado “is a great talent. He’s one of the best defenders in the game. He can swing the bat very well. He’s having a great year this year. I’m excited to be able to share the field with him.”

Harper has reached a League Championship Series for the primary time in his embellished 11-year profession. He has 3 house runs all the way through those playoffs and went 8 for 16 in 4 Division Series video games in opposition to Atlanta.

The seven-time All-Star and two-time NL MVP ignored two months this season after breaking his left thumb when he used to be hit by way of a pitch from Padres lefty Blake Snell at Petco Park on June 25.

Harper performed for some San Diego shuttle ball groups years in the past and is aware of slightly concerning the town.

(*5*) Harper mentioned Monday. “They’re a city that loves their baseball.”

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