If the weather in the Bronx allows it, the New York Yankees will host the Cleveland Guardians at Yankee Stadium tonight.
That is far from a given, though, with rain threatening to ruin it all again like it happened in Game 2.
Those names could change if the game is pushed to tomorrow, but for now, there will be baseball on Monday and those are the starters.
According to YES Network’s Jack Curry, Yankees manager Aaron Boone spoke about his pitching plans for tonight.
First, he said Gerrit Cole (who threw 110 pitches last night) is available should the Yanks need him, although he is highly unlikely to take the mound.
Everyone Is Available For The Yankees, Including Cole
Everyone is actually available for Boone, and he may have a quick hook when it comes to removing his pitchers in Game 5.
“Boone acknowledged that Taillon can give the Yankees length tonight, but he also said he will be ‘fairly aggressive’ in going to his bullpen. My guess is Taillon won’t be on the mound beyond the 4th inning,” Curry tweeted.
Boone acknowledged that Taillon can give the Yankees length tonight, but he also said he will be "fairly aggressive" in going to his bullpen. My guess is Taillon won't be on the mound beyond the 4th inning.
— Jack Curry (@JackCurryYES) October 17, 2022
That actually sounds like a reasonable expectation for Taillon: unless he is really dominating, he should get out of the game as soon as he shows the first sign of trouble.
The Yankees can’t afford to fall in an early hole because not only is the Guardians bullpen is phenomenal, but it’s also well-rested.
The Yankees should be content with three or four scoreless innings from Taillon: if that happens, they should consider themselves lucky and hand the ball to their bullpen.