A third consecutive win against the defending American League champions assured the New York Yankees of a berth in the ALCS Wednesday. With Cleveland eliminated, we can now say with certainty that it’ll be the Yankees or Houston Astros representing the AL in the World Series.

For at least a day or two, Joe Girardi can breathe easy. In the meantime, here are some observations about the deciding Game 5 of the ALDS…

Corey Kluber‘s probably the favourite to win the American League Cy Young this year after striking out 265 hitters with a 2.25 ERA. And yet in two ALDS starts against the Yankees, Kluber didn’t come close to replicating those results. The 31-year-old allowed nine earned runs on 10 hits while pitching 6.1 innings

Meanwhile, CC Sabathia succeeded against a tough Cleveland offence that scored more runs than all but five MLB teams this year. That’s not a lineup you want to face twice in a week—especially if you haven’t appeared on a Cy Young ballot in half a decade.

Regardless, Sabathia provided the Yankees with two strong starts, including a nine-strikeout performance Wednesday made possible by an effective …read more

Source:: Sportsnet.ca

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