Guardians-Yankees ALDS Game 5 moved to Tuesday afternoon

The Houston Astros will have to wait at least another day to find out their opponent in the American League Championship Series.

Game 5 of the AL Division Series between the Cleveland Guardians and the New York Yankees in the Bronx, scheduled for Monday night, has been postponed due to weather.

Major League Baseball made the announcement just after 9:30 p.m. ET Monday, adding that the deciding Game 5 will now be played Tuesday at 4:07 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

Monday’s game was supposed to start at 7:07 p.m., but MLB initially announced around 6:20 p.m. that the start would be delayed due to a rain forecast. The league then finally called it off over two hours later.

Aaron Civale was set to play against Jameson Taillon for the Guardians. But New York announced after the washout that All-Star Nestor Cortes will start Tuesday with three days off. The left-hander started Game 2 and allowed two runs in five innings (92 pitches), but didn’t consider the decision as Cleveland won in extra innings.

Cleveland manager Terry Francona said earlier Monday that Civale would start Game 5 even if it were pushed back a day.

Following MLB’s announcement, Yankees manager Brian Cashman said there were multiple video calls throughout Monday night between the teams and the commissioner’s office as they weighed whether to play against what initially appeared to be a prediction they would be clear by 9 p.m. at the latest.

“We expected to play,” Cashman said. “It shouldn’t be a window, it should be clear. And then a new system appeared. We actually wrestled with a time for the first pitch and then a new system emerged, with moderate rain, that’s going to hit us in another 25 minutes and now we couldn’t start it. And now we had a new, whole new weather system that wasn’t in the forecast at all. And that obviously brought us down eventually.

“The weather is difficult. It’s very unpredictable but the full intention at every step was an expectation that we would play the game tonight. Both teams wanted to play tonight. And then unfortunately the weather knocked us down and it’s only getting worse more unpredictable.”

Shortly before 6:40 p.m., the ground crew at Yankee Stadium covered the infield with the tarpaulin. At 7:30 p.m. heavy rain started

Cleveland outfielder Myles Straw, who got into an angry confrontation with Yankees fans in April, traded football pitches with fans on the first and second decks during the delay, as did backup outfielder Will Brennan.

The midfield video panel showed New York City FC’s 3-0 win over Miami in the MLS playoffs, the New York Rangers game against the Anaheim Ducks, and the Denver Broncos game against the Los Angeles Chargers in split-screen.

Cleveland has struggled with bad weather all season. The young guards have been rained out nine times at home and had two more shifts down the road, one due to a COVID-19 outbreak.

The rain gives the Yankees a day to rest their battered and besieged bullpen. New York pitched Clay Holmes for 17 pitches and Wandy Peralta for seven on Sunday, a night after Peralta pitched 27, Clarke Schmidt 12, Jonathan Loaisiga 15 and Lou Trivino seven. Peralta had opened three days in a row.

The Yankees are missing Chad Green, Scott Efross, Zack Britton, Michael King and Ron Marinaccio through injuries, and Aroldis Chapman was dropped from the series roster after failing to show up for mandatory practice on Oct. 7.

Cleveland hasn’t used its top relievers since Friday, when All-Star closer Emmanuel Clase threw 33 pitches after Trevor Stephan threw 21 and James Karinchak 29. The Guardians used Sam Hentges (31), Enyel De Los Santos (19) and Eli Morgan (12) on Saturday and Morgan (23), Cody Morris (22) and Zach Plesac (11) on Saturday.

The ALCS is scheduled to start Wednesday night in Houston, which swept the Mariners in the other ALDS. This series ended on Saturday.

Cashman downplayed any idea that the winner of that series is at a disadvantage to the rested 106-win Astros.

“I don’t want to speak for anyone, but I would think in general that no one is going to feel anything but joy when given the chance to continue their season,” the Yankees GM said. “I think everyone understands that it’s a difficult path to navigate through this thing and you’re never going to be at full force or 100 per cent or set up the way you want. But that’s how the postseason is supposed to be, right? You still have to find a way through it.”

Information from Marly Rivera of ESPN and The Associated Press was used in this report. Guardians-Yankees ALDS Game 5 moved to Tuesday afternoon

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