Tonight, the New York Yankees and the Cleveland Guardians will square off in Game 5 of the ALDS at Yankee Stadium.
The winner will advance to play the Houston Astros in the ALCS.
This will be the third time that the Yankees and Guardians have squared off in a winner-take-all Game 5 of the Division Series.
The two teams went the full five games back in 1997 and did it again in 2017 after the Yankees had battled back from a 2-0 series deficit.
Cleveland won Game 5 in ’97, with the Yankees returning the favor 20 years later, completing their comeback.
Tonight, whichever team wins will break that all-time tie and gain the edge.
Will it be the Yankees or the Guardians?
The Yankees and Guardians face off tonight in a winner-take-all ALDS Game 5 for the third time in their franchise histories.
Cleveland won in 1997, while the Yankees won in 2017. Tonight's matchup will be the first one at Yankee Stadium. pic.twitter.com/og0g1u2Y9j
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Yanks, Guardians Set For Game 5
These two teams have gone all out in the first four games of this ALDS.
The Yankees and Guardians traded wins in the first two games at Yankee Stadium.
Gerrit Cole pitched a gem in Game 1 and the Guardians had to battle from behind to win the second game.
Such was also the case in Cleveland, but in reverse order.
The Guardians rallied from a late deficit to win Game 3 in walk-off fashion, but Cole took the mound for the Yankees on short rest in Game 4 last night, and pitched yet another gem to help the Yankees survive another day.
Tonight’s game will likely be a bullpen game for both sides.
Everything will be on the table tonight.
A trip to the ALCS is on the line.
Two Game 5s have been played between these two teams in the past, with each side splitting the difference.
Tonight, that tie will be broken.