The Yankees have exhausted their three losses for this ALCS, and it is now time to get back on the win column. Because of the rainout, James Paxton gets to take the mound in the Bronx as he looks to improve after pitching just 2.1 innings in Game Two. Giancarlo Stanton is back in the lineup after missing the last three games and will hit cleanup. The Bombers knew they would have to beat either Justin Verlander or Gerrit Cole once, and now they will be forced to beat both.
Justin Verlander will look to end the Yankees season today knowing that if he does not, the possibility of an Astros bullpen game looms for Game Six. He was able to provide length for the Astros during Game Two which proved to be important since the Yankees had to use high-leverage relievers early to keep the game close against Verlander. After pitching 6.2 innings of two-run ball, Verlander did allow 10 hard hit balls, but fortunately for him, of all the balls put in the air, only Aaron Judge was able to take him deep.
Here are the lineups:
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#ALCS Game 5!— Houston Astros (@astros) October 18, 2019
⚾️ 6:08pm CT
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Tonight’s game can be seen on FS1 or Fubo.tv, and heard on WFAN, WADO, or ESPN Radio. First pitch will be 7:08 PM EST. Go Yankees!