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About Yesterday: Yankees 5, Guardians 1

Tamar Chalker

October 18, 2022


Monday night's rainout may have given the Yankees a bit of an edge heading into Game 5, but they weren't going to leave any question as to who was the better team. Able to send out Nestor Cortes because of the change in schedule, the Yankees scored early and were able to control the game. Despite a solid series against the Cleveland Guardians, it was the Yankees' pitching that shone on Tuesday, leading the way to a 5-1 win and a date with the Astros.

Quick Stats:

  • Nestor Cortes went 5 innings and gave up just one run on three hits and one walk. He struck out two.

  • Jonathan Loáisiga gave the Yankees two strong innings in relief, scattering three hits and holding Cleveland scoreless.

  • Giancarlo Stanton put the Yankees in control early with a first-inning, 3-run homer.

  • Aaron Civale only lasted 0.1 innings, giving up three runs on two hits and a walk hits.

The Big Story:

While Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton haven't hit as much as the Yankees need lately, they both came through with big homers in a win-or-go-home game. Stanton's homer really was the game, as it put the Yankees in front early and Cleveland never seemed to have a chance. If these two hitters can keep this momentum going, the Yankees certainly have a solid chance to beat the Astros.

Player of the Game:

Nestor Cortes pitched on short rest but managed to throw a sharp five innings. He gave up a quick leadoff hit in the first but dominated the next three batters.

Notable Performances:

  • The bullpen was the Yankees' strength early in the season and it was again Tuesday. Loáisiga's two scoreless innings, along with a scoreless, hitless inning from Clay Holmes set the scene for Wandy Peralta in the ninth. This marked the first time a pitcher has appeared in all five ALDS games and he did not disappoint. Despite giving up a couple of hits, Peralta took care of the ninth and booked the Yankees' ticket to Houston.

  • Aaron Judge went 2-4 with a solo homer. He was the only New York player with multiple hits.

Better to Forget:

  • Oswaldo Cabrera was the only real rough spot in the lineup on Tuesday. He went 0-4 with two Ks.

My Take:

This was a good series against a solid opponent. Game 5 being pushed back a day may have helped the Yankees take the ALDS, but they controlled the game. They showed a lot of the fight and hunger that you want to see in the postseason, too, which makes me feel optimistic about the ALCS.

Here are a few of my main takeaways:

  • There is a good energy to this team right now. Stanton, Judge, and Rizzo appear to be a big key to this and as long as that continues, the future bodes well for New York.

  • Cleveland is going to be a fun team to watch moving forward and they put together a solid season and a great postseason run.

  • There was certainly room for improvement, as the Yankees only had 6 hits to Cleveland's 8 and struck out 12 times. They also left 17 runners on base.

  • Unfortunately, Aaron Hicks' season is done. He collided with Cabrera in the third and left the game. An injury to Hicks' knee has him out at least six weeks. While his struggles this year were often front and center, his defense will be missed and he seemed to be finding his groove.

  • The Yankees face a tough opponent in the Astros, never mind the bad blood between the teams of late. I would suspect it is going to be another good battle, and I like to think that plays in the Yankees' favor. When this team is fighting and winning, they are fun to watch and play like the team they were advertised to.

Next Up:

The Yankees head to Houston for Game 1 of the ALCS. Jameson Taillon

will take the ball for the Yankees. He had a rough first outing this postseason, giving up two runs on three hits without recording an out on October 14th. Meanwhile, the Astros will send out Justin Verlander, who is coming off an ugly start against Seattle. He gave up six runs on six hits and a walk in only 4 innings. Of course, the veteran hurler had another stellar regular season, so he will be looking to return to form. First pitch will be at 7:37 pm.

12 comentarios

19 oct 2022

The Yankees have their work cut out for them. The Astros are in different league than the Guardians. They have a deeper lineup than the Yankees and unlike the Guardians they don't depend on dinks, flares, bloopers and bleeders to score runs. The Astros can play longball just was well as the Yankees and they also have a deeper bullpen. The amount of Ks that the Yankee hitters piled up against the Guardians is concerning because it's not going to get easier against the Astros. Please, please, please put Peraza on the roster and start him at SS. If DLJM and Benintendi can make it back for this series and play at something approaching their usual level that would be huge.…

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Robert Malchman
Robert Malchman
19 oct 2022
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To be fair, Hicks could draw a walk in a key situation. But other than that, he added little, and far too often played with his head up his kiester. I'd rather see Cabrera in left and Peraza at short, even though Cabrera's defense seems suddenly to have deserted him, and he's not hitting all of a sudden (other than the double and the HR). I'd be tempted to put Carpenter in left if his foot isn't hurting just to get him some PAs and knock the rust off, then if they take a lead, put in Gonzalez for defense.

Hey, is Florial on the 40-man roster? He could be the answer in left! /s

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19 oct 2022

Great series. But, they now need to pick it up to another level. Too many RISP left on base,and please clean up that mess in left field.

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19 oct 2022

getting there was not easy, but the Yankees have gotten to where they needed to go.

the two big AL teams face off and the Yankees are coming to Houston looking lean and hungry. how they'll fare in this series should be determined in the first two games

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Tamar Chalker
Tamar Chalker
19 oct 2022
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I think that sums up the Yankees' season well.

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Tamar Chalker
Tamar Chalker
19 oct 2022

Also, I meant to add that the fans at the Stadium definitely deserve a special acknowledgement. From the moment Stanton hit that homer until the last out, the energy from the fans was electric - I could feel it through the TV up here in frigid Vermont.

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19 oct 2022
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It was great hearing the fans cheering the team on - that is, when I could force myself to unmute and endure Costas.

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Paul Semendinger
Paul Semendinger
19 oct 2022

GREAT job Tamar! I agree with all.

WATCH OUT HOUSTON! Here come the Yankees!

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