Both teams’ bullpens are bound to play an instrumental role in Game 5, whenever it begins, as key contributors are rested. For the Guardians, the right-handers Emmanuel Clase, Trevor Stephan and James Karinchak, a Newburgh, N.Y., native, are fresh after not pitching in Game 4.
Despite that, Cleveland Manager Terry Francona did not want to turn the final game of the division series into a bullpen game. “We like Civale,” Francona said, referring to Aaron Civale, the Guardians’ scheduled starter for Monday. “The longer he stays out there, the better off we are.”
The Yankees, meanwhile, expect all hands on deck. That includes the right-hander Clay Holmes and the left-hander Wandy Peralta, who has pitched in every game of this series and would throw for a fourth consecutive day if he were to appear in Game 5.
The right-handers Jonathan Loáisiga and Lou Trivino did not appear in Game 4 after light workloads in Game 3, and the left-hander Nestor Cortes, who started Game 2, is among those who can give the Yankees length out of the bullpen if needed. Even Gerrit Cole, who threw seven innings in the Yankees’ Game 4 win on Sunday, told Manager Aaron Boone he is available Monday. “I’d be a little hesitant to use him,” Boone said, “but you never know where the day takes you.”