The final game of the ALDS is set for tonight in Major League Baseball, with the winner moving on to the league championship series. Also, Week 6 in the NFL wraps up tonight with an AFC West rivalry on Monday Night Football. Here’s a look at tonight’s exciting matchups.
Guardians Face Yankees In Deciding Game
The Cleveland Guardians and New York Yankees meet for Game 5 of their AL Division Series at Yankee Stadium tonight. Cleveland had a chance to win the series at home last night after winning two straight, but couldn’t overcome the pitching of Gerrit Cole and the Yankees bullpen while taking a 4-2 defeat. The Guardians struck out 11 times and had just six hits to end their two-game winning streak.
The Yankees are using the same strategy they have all season, with strong starting pitching and power-hitting. Cole has been the only pitcher to be successful, getting the only two wins for New York pitchers in the series. He went seven innings in Game 4, giving up two runs and striking out eight Cleveland batters. The bullpen hasn’t held up too well so far this postseason, but they put together two scoreless innings to get the save and give them another chance to take the series at home tonight.
Cleveland will send Aaron Civale to the mound in Game 5. He was 5-6 with a 4.92 ERA during the regular season. However, Civale is 2-0 in the postseason, giving up four earned runs in 12 innings and striking out 14. He hasn’t had much success against the Yankees, giving up ten earned runs in nine innings in his two starts against them.
Jameson Taillon came on in relief in Game 2 of the series and gave up two earned runs while not recording an out in the 4-2 loss in extra innings. He was 14-5 with a 3.91 ERA in the regular season and makes his first postseason start for New York tonight.
The Yankees win to take the series.
Broncos and Chargers Clash for Position in AFC West
The Denver Broncos and Los Angeles Chargers battle for supremacy in their division on Monday Night Football tonight. The Broncos offense is the biggest uncertainty this season with Russell Wilson at quarterback.
The Broncos are 2-3 on the season and in third place in the AFC West standings. Denver also has the worst-scoring offense in the league at 15 points per game. The good news for them is that tonight they’ll be facing the team with the 31st-ranked scoring defense in the NFL.
Justin Herbert and the Chargers are 3-2 so far and are going for their third straight victory, which would tie them for first place in the division with the Kansas City Chiefs. They’re ninth in the league with 24.4 points per game despite being without wide receiver Keenan Allen after he went out with a rib injury in Week 2.
Los Angeles has gotten a lot of help from their running game during this current win streak. Last week against the Cleveland Browns, they gained 238 yards on 34 carries in their 30-28 road win. However, they’ll have to go up against a Denver defense that’s third in the league, giving up 16 points per game through Week 5.
The Chargers win to claim a share of the AFC West lead.