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

The time is now for these Yankees

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. But it was on the wet Yankee Stadium field where the Indians really flopped, committing a season-high four errors that marked a franchise record for a postseason game and led to six unearned runs.

Indians ace Corey Kluber gets the ball in a rematch from Game 2, when he was hit hard by NY.

The victor faces Houston in the AL Championship Series after the Astros finished off Boston in four games Monday to win their ALDS.

Home-field advantage is an obvious factor the Astros would glean from a Yankees win. "He's brought an energy with him that, 'Hey, when he's out there, we're going to win'".

It was yet another example of why baseball people say, "That's why they play the games".

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. "I mean, that's my hope", Girardi said of winning elimination games.

Minus injured slugger Edwin Encarnacion, the Indians have scored three runs in two games since.

Joe Girardi doesn't know how he will utilize his bullpen in Game 5, but top relief weapons Aroldis Chapman, David Robertson and Chad Green are all well-rested and ready to go.

Handed an early 5-0 lead and showing lots of emotion on the mound, the fired-up righty struck out nine in seven innings.

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

Then the Tribe was very bad in Monday's 7-3 loss. They won five of seven games against NY and lost five of their six games against Cleveland. A frustrated Bauer gestured with his hand when he didn't get a strike-three call on a checked swing by Aaron Hicks, who soon singled home a run. "CC, I thought, threw a pretty good game here the last time". Jason Kipnis is 4-for-18 with a triple. He was removed with an 8-3 cushion in Game 2 at Cleveland after only 77 pitches.

Encarnacion injured his ankle in game two of the MLB ALDS on Friday when he was trying to get back to second base after a Jay Bruce line out. He was 14-5 with a 3.69 ERA in 27 starts during the regular season, including 5-0 with a 2.81 ERA in his last eight outings.

Sabathia won the 2007 Cy Young Award with the Tribe. "He's probably been one of the best RBI guys in our league for the last three or four years".



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