ALDS: Why the Cleveland Indians need Edwin Encarnacion in Game 5

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"We've got a shot now", said NY manager Joe Girardi, harshly criticized for his Game 2 decisions.

Unable to put the Yankees away in the booming Bronx, the Indians, who are chasing their first World Series title since 1948, have another chance to advance on Wednesday night - and a date with Houston in the ALCS - against a NY team riding momentum into the finale of this AL Division Series.

After preventing a three-game sweep with a 1-0 win Sunday night, the wild-card Yankees will start CC Sabathia against his original team in Game 5 on Wednesday.

Encarnacion, who sustained a right ankle sprain during Cleveland's 9-8 extra-inning victory in Game 2, was unable to play in Cleveland's 7-3 loss in Game 4 Monday in NY. From that point on, Cleveland had gone 35-4 before arriving at Yankee Stadium for Game 3 of the ALDS. The Indians took the first two games in Cleveland, then the series shifted to NY, where the Yankees won Games 3 and 4.

"There's a lot of confidence in that room", Girardi said. "When I get a chance to turn my mind off, I try to, because I reflected a lot, probably, in the last six or seven days". "He was able to control his adrenaline", Girardi said. I do like movies.


"We've seen him extremely sharp and I think we caught him on a night that he wasn't sharp", Girardi said.

Verlander, who was acquired for the playoff run after spending his first 13 seasons in Detroit, gave up the go-ahead homer to Andrew Benintendi - the first batter he faced - before shutting Boston down for the next 2 2/3 innings.

Francisco Lindor hasn't been heard from since since his Game 2 Grand Slam. He was removed with an 8-3 cushion in Game 2 at Cleveland after only 77 pitches. "So I bet you he's OK".

And here they are, these Yankees, who have staved off elimination three times in the past week. "We got back to this spot by battling and fighting, and we're going to need to do it again". Rain is in the forecast and Jake Arrieta is set to start for Chicago - he hasn't pitched since lasting just three innings September 26 after tweaking his hamstring three weeks earlier. Those impressive numbers included a 2-0 mark with a 1.59 ERA against NY that left him 5-1 with a 1.80 ERA in seven career regular-season starts vs. the Yankees.

Meanwhile, the Yankees rocked Kluber for six runs in 2.2 innings.


"Momentum a lot of times depends on your starting pitching", Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

"I didn't pitch well, didn't have good command, didn't throw the ball where I wanted to", Kluber said Tuesday. "That's the best thing we could possibly do, and we feel good about that".

"But our guys are confident".

"We've got a young team and they're hungry", Severino said.


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