Game 2 of the ALDS is scheduled to be played on Friday at Yankee Stadium at 1:07 p.m. ET
Who are the starting pitchers?
Guardians: Cleveland ace Shane Bieber (13-8, 2.88 ERA) gets the ball in Game 2. Because he started the first game of the Wild Card Series last Friday, the Guardians wanted to give him full rest before getting him back on the rubber, which meant using Cal Quantrill in Game 1 of the ALDS and waiting to start Bieber until Game 2. In Friday’s start, he was nearly flawless, allowing one run on just three hits in 7 2/3 innings against Tampa Bay.
Yankees: Left-hander Nestor Cortes (12-4, 2.44 ERA) was one of baseball’s best stories during the regular season, having earned a selection to the All-Star Game, where he even broke out one of his funky ‘Nasty Nestor’ deliveries. Not overpowering, Cortes finds success by baffling opponents with a variety of pitch speeds and arm angles. He comes in on a roll, having gone 3-0 with a 1.32 ERA in his final five starts of the regular season. Cortes faced Cleveland twice this season and he pitched well both times, most recently on July 2, when he picked up a win with six sharp innings at Progressive Field.