The Yankees are one win away from reaching the ALDS. New York slugged its way to a 12-3 win over Cleveland ace Shane Bieber in Game 1 and got a stellar outing from Gerrit Cole in the process. Cleveland, the home team in the best-of-three series, needs to win two games in a row to save its season.
Here is how you can watch the Wild Card Series matchup. All games will be played at Progressive Field in Cleveland.
They have a recent postseason history
Because of regional play, the Yankees and Cleveland did not play during the regular season this year. They have met several times in the postseason over the years though, including three seasons ago. Here is their postseason history:
- 1997 ALDS: Cleveland won in five games.
- 1998 ALCS: Yankees won in six games.
- 2007 ALDS: Cleveland won in four games.
- 2017 ALDS: Yankees won in five games.
That 1997 ALDS featured Sandy Alomar Jr. hitting a game-tying home run off Mariano Rivera in the eighth inning of Game 4. That was Rivera’s first year as closer and, believe it or not, there were questions about his ability to handle the ninth inning. In 2017, Cleveland jumped out to a 2-0 series lead, but the Yankees stormed back to win the series in five games.