Yankees vs. Guardians ALDS Game 3 starting lineups and pitching matchup

NEW YORK — Cleveland manager Terry Francona says you can usually gauge his anxiety by measuring the pile of gum and tobacco plugs strewn in front of him. Those readings would have fallen off the charts as the Guardians and Yankees battled for extra innings during game two of the American League Division Series on Friday.

But as shadows invaded the field and the afternoon faded into early evening, Francona kept thinking, “We’ll find a way.” Cleveland did, scoring some timed hits in the 10th inning for a hard-fought 4: 2 win and sent a tie streak back to Progressive Field for Game 3 on Saturday.

“We’re excited to return as a team,” said Josh Naylor, Guardians first baseman. “Get on the plane and enjoy the moment, enjoy the victory [Friday] and get locked up again [Saturday].”

The Yankees have won six of eight encounters with the Guardians this season, including splitting the first two games of the ALDS. As they dressed for their flight to Cleveland, a Bob Marley-inspired playlist blared from the speakers in the Yankee Stadium clubhouse; Despite the loss, Aaron Judge repeated the reggae legend’s intonation to keep his mind off things.

“That’s the point,” Judge said. “I like this team. I like the guys in this room. You can’t overthink it. Take it one game at a time and if you keep going like this we’ll be where we want to be.”

When is the game and how can I see it?

Game 3 of the ALDS is Saturday at 7:37 p.m. ET at Progressive Field. The game will be televised by TBS. All series are available in the US on MLB.TV with authentication from a participating pay-TV provider. Live games are also available in select countries outside of the US. For all details click here.

Who are the starting pitchers?

Yanks: Luis Severino (7-3, 3.18 ERA) will make the ninth postseason start of his career (10th appearance) after ending his season on a tremendously strong note, hurling seven unsuccessful innings in Texas on Oct. 3, before being removed because of a pitch count issue – at 94 pitches he had already thrown as much as the club wanted him to allow in his third start since returning from a right lat injury. Severino did not face Cleveland this year, but he defeated them in Game 4 of the 2017 ALDS.

Guardian: Triston McKenzie (11-11, 2.96 ERA) excelled against the Rays in the Wild Card Series, throwing six goalless frames and allowing just two hits, and the right-hander will look to continue that momentum against the Yankees on Saturday. While McKenzie is known for the limited number of hits he allows, the problem for this matchup could be keeping the ball in the ballpark. McKenzie had a tendency to allow homers, which he did in half of his starts this season, and it could be a difficult task to face a strong lineup like the Yankees. But McKenzie has shown extreme maturity and control this season and will look to build on that in his second post-season start.

What could the starting line-ups look like?

Yanks: Don’t expect the Yankees to change their lineup much against McKenzie; Their only change between Games 1 and 2 was to flip Oswaldo Cabrera and Josh Donaldson in the lineup, which Boone said was to create more space between left-handed hitters, a nod to Shane Bieber’s success against lefties. McKenzie was also tougher on lefties (.194 BA vs lefties, .205 vs righties).

Guardian: The Guardians have been creatures of habit so far this postseason when it comes to their lineups against right-handers and left-handers. With right-hander Severino on the gum, the team will likely stick with their regular right-hand lineup with Will Brennan as the designated hitter.

How will the bullpens line up after the starter?

Yanks: The rain between Games 1 and 2 means most arms are relatively fresh, even after New York deployed six helpers to navigate Game 2. Only Jonathan Loáisiga (27 pitches over Games 1-2), Wandy Peralta (23 pitches over Games 1-2), and Clay Holmes (26 pitches over Games 1-2) have been used in both ALDS games so far. You’ll likely be trying to stay away from Jameson Taillon after he threw 18 pitches in his first appearance of his career.

Guardian: The Cleveland Relief Corps has been willing to take the ball as often as needed this season, regardless of how many pitches each hurler may have thrown the day before. James Karinchak with 29 pitches and Emmanuel Clase with 33 in his career-best 2 1/3 innings on Friday could make the Guardians think twice about turning to them on Saturday, but if the situation called for it, it would be not so surprising that Clase is available for Game 3 in a pinch. Trevor Stephan should be able to work days in a row, and Cleveland didn’t have to turn to guys like Enyel De Los Santos or Sam Hentges in Game 2 to keep them fresh for the games at Progressive Field.

Yanks: The 26-man playoff roster is healthy and playable, although DJ LeMahieu, Andrew Benintendi, Scott Effross, Ron Marinaccio and Frankie Montas are all observers for this round. LeMahieu will travel to Cleveland with the club; Benintendi, Marinaccio and Montas all travel to Tampa, Florida for live batting practice.

Guardian: Aside from the absence of Nick Sandlin from the ALDS roster due to a right Teres Major strain, Cleveland has no injuries to report.

Who is hot and who isn’t?

Yanks: Stanton hit his 10th postseason home run in Game 2, joining Carlos Beltrán (11) as the only player to hit at least 10 home runs in his first 20 postseason games. …Kiner-Falefa is 3-for-7 with a run, walk and a stolen base in the ALDS. … Richter is 0-for-8 with seven strikeouts so far in the ALDS; The likely AL MVP heard boos after striking for the fourth time in Game 2.

Guardian: Gonzalez might not have fired the speed radar guns Friday afternoon, but he could put the ball in play when Cleveland needs it. After last weekend’s walk-off homer in the Wild Card Series to send his team into the ALDS, Gonzalez gave the go-ahead again on Friday to keep Cleveland in the series. But guys like Owen Miller and Hedges are still looking for their first hits of the postseason. If a left-hander comes out of the pin, Miller is likely to hit a pinch hit for Brennan, and the club could certainly benefit from Miller breaking out of that skid.

Is there anything else fans would like to know?

• Including the postseason, the Yankees are 6-2 against the Guardians this season and 12-5 since the start of 2020. New York is 13-11 in 24 postseason games against Cleveland, a span spanning the 1997 ALDS, 1998 ALCS, 2007 ALDS, 2017 ALDS and the 2020 Wild Card Series.

• Stanton has hit nine homers in 12 postseason games since Game 1 of the 2019 ALCS. He is only the fourth major league player to hit nine homers in a 12-game postseason; Lou Gehrig (1928-36), Babe Ruth (1926-28) and Jim Thome (1998-2001) are the others.

• The Guardians have won three of their last four postseason games, having lost their previous eight games in a row and 12 of their previous 14 games. Cleveland is consistently 10-5 in all extra-inning postseason games.