The New York Yankees and the Cleveland Indians will put everything on the line tonight for a winner takes all Game 5 in their MLB 2017 Playoffs American League Division Series. The series returns to Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio for tonight's game and has a scheduled start time of 8.08 p.m. ET. The game can be watched on TV on the FS1 network, or online through live stream (details below).
After 162 games in the MLB regular season, a Wild Card game, and four games in this AL Division Series, the Yankees face their third straight elimination game, only this time it will be an elimination contest for the Indians too.
Cleveland fans must have believed their team would be able to finish this series on the road. After taking a 2-0 lead in the series, the pressure was off as they knew they had three chances if needed to see this series out.
However, after two swings and misses at finishing things, this series is now going all the way to a win or go home Game 5.
It's games like these that make the MLB Playoffs so enjoyable, and Progressive Field is likely to be a pressure cooker of emotions and tension tonight for both sets of players, as well as tens of thousands of fans in the stadium.
Game 4 in the Bronx saw the Yankees quickly push out into the lead, and they never looked back on their way to leveling the series.
The Indians may be regretting sending out Trevor Bauer again for Game 4 despite just three games rest. He had tormented the Yankees in Game 1 but for Game 4 he ran out of puff quite quickly. Even though he looked sharp in the first inning, in the second his pitching started to struggle, and overall he went on to pitch just 1 2/3 innings, allowing four runs, striking three out, walking a pair, and had to put out 55 pitches.
Tonight for Game 5, the Yankees will be trying to make some postseason history and join an elite group of teams that have come back from 0-2 down to win a best of fire series. Just nine teams have ever won a best of five despite losing the opening two games, and of those nine just three of them won Game 5 on the road. So the task ahead for the Yankees is a huge one. But they've come this far, and will feel like the momentum is with them.
For this decisive match up the Yankees will be sending out CC Sabathia, where as the Indians will send Corey Kluber to the mound. The pair featured in Game 2, where Sabathia looked solid, where as Kluber looked out of sorts.
Tonight's big Game 5 of this MLB Playoffs 2017 AL Division Series between the New York Yankees and the Cleveland Indians has a scheduled start time of 8.08 p.m. ET, and can be watched on TV on the FS1 network, or online through Fox Sports Go.