Three matchups in the division series round of the 2022 MLB playoffs ended Saturday, but one game remains on Sunday — and one of baseball’s most historic franchises is playing for its season.
The New York Yankees have a must-win American League Division Series Game 4 against the Cleveland Guardians, who won on a walk-off Saturday in the first game at Progressive Field. Will New York extend its season by forcing a Monday showdown in the Bronx, or will Cleveland move on to face the Houston Astros in the American League Championship Series?
We’ve got you covered for every intense moment with lineups, starting pitchers, what to watch for and predictions before the game and then live updates and takeaways once the action begins.
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New York Yankees at Cleveland Guardians
Guardians lead series 2-1
Naylor rocks one
The @CLEGuardians are climbing back, they only trail by 1. #Postseason pic.twitter.com/NhnjfM3APH
— MLB (@MLB) October 17, 2022
Bader goes deep
Bader Blast 😤 pic.twitter.com/ZaFyYcTvVY
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) October 16, 2022
Rizzo, Yankees strike first
Anthony Rizzo opens up the scoring in Game 4! #postseason pic.twitter.com/KHzF4cKAgo
— MLB (@MLB) October 16, 2022
Yankees starter: Gerrit Cole (13-8, 3.50 ERA, 257 K)
Guardians starter: Cal Quantrill (15-5, 3.38 ERA, 128 K)
1. Gleyber Torres (R) 2B
2. Aaron Judge (R) RF
3. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
4. Giancarlo Stanton (R) DH
5. Josh Donaldson (R) 3B
6. Oswaldo Cabrera (S) SS
7. Harrison Bader (R) CF
8. Jose Trevino (R) C
9. Aaron Hicks (S) LF
1. Steven Kwan (L) LF
2. Amed Rosario (R) SS
3. Jose Ramirez (S) 3B
4. Josh Naylor (L) DH
5. Oscar Gonzalez (R) RF
6. Andres Gimenez (L) 2B
7. Gabriel Arias (R) 1B
8. Austin Hedges (R) C
9. Myles Straw (R) CF
What to watch for: Terry Francona said the Guardians’ hope throughout Game 3 was to put the Yankees in a position where they had to use their primary relievers while also being able to stay away from using their own key firemen such as Emmanuel Clase, James Karinchak and Trevor Stephan. Mission accomplished. Now the Guardians get an elimination at home with a rested bullpen in front of a crowd that promises to be even more raucous than it was Saturday, and it was awfully raucous Saturday. For New York, the main thing that can make the spotlight on Aaron Boone dim just a little is for Gerrit Cole to come out and dominate deep into Game 4. — Bradford Doolittle
Joon Lee: Yankees 5, Guardians 2. Cole comes through for the Yankees on the mound as New York forces a decisive Game 5 back in the Bronx.
Alden Gonzalez: Yankees 4, Guardians 1. Cole has pitched very well against the Guardians this season, giving up only three runs in 19 innings through three starts, including Game 1 of this series. That will continue with the Yankees’ season on the line in Game 4.
Bradford Doolittle: Guardians 3, Yankees 1. The Yankees are Gulliver and the Guardians are the Lilliputians — and if I remember the story right, the Lilliputians did a pretty good job of keeping Gulliver under wraps. Also, the Guardians’ bullpen is rested and ready to close this thing out.
Jeff Passan: Yankees 3, Guardians 2. Cal Quantrill never has lost a game at Progressive Field, but the Yankees, behind another great pitching performance from Gerrit Cole, claw out a win and force a decisive Game 5 on Monday at Yankee Stadium.
David Schoenfield: Guardians 3, Yankees 1. No, this series doesn’t get back to the Bronx as Terry Francona has a quicker hook this game with Quantrill and the Cleveland bullpen shuts down the Yankees over the final four innings.