Postseason Predictions: ALCS Game 5
Experts expect Burnett, Bronx Bombers to finish off Halos
It's been some postseason for the Yankees, who look to punch a ticket to the World Series Thursday with a victory over the Angels in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series, scheduled for 7:57 p.m. ET on FOX.
The Yankees have a 3-1 series lead, their only postseason loss coming in an 11-inning affair in Game 3.
Now it's do or die for the Angels, who need three consecutive victories to pull off a dramatic upset.
While the Yankees offense -- with red-hot slugger Alex Rodriguez leading the way -- has earned most of the headlines, it's been pitching that has separated the AL East champs from the competition.
New York ranks first among the eight playoff clubs with a sparkling 1.91 postseason ERA, more than a run better than the next best squad.
A.J. Burnett -- he of the 2.19 ERA in two postseason starts -- will look to follow the gem that ace CC Sabathia tossed in Game 4 and help the Yankees earn their first Fall Classic berth since 2003.
"Yeah, this is why I signed -- the opportunity to pitch in the postseason," Burnett said. "The first year over here, I have an opportunity, so I'm taking full advantage of it. I cannot wait until tomorrow."
Only time will tell if the hard-throwing right-hander will make the most of his long-awaited opportunity.
The following chart breaks down how experts from MLB.com and MLB Network see Game 5 of the ALCS shaking out.
ALCS Game 5 Predictions
|MLB.com||NYY||3||4||1||Angels delay Yanks' clinching.|
|MLB.com||NYY||6||10||1||Burnett shuts down Halos; A-Rod goes deep.|
|MLBN||NYY||6||10||0||Burnett pitches Yanks into Fall Classic.|
|MLB.com||NYY||1||8||0||Burnett works in and out of jams all night; Lackey keeps Halos alive.|
|MLB.com||NYY||7||11||0||A-Rod, CC named ALCS co-MVPs.|
|MLBN||NYY||4||10||0||Burnett tosses gem as Yanks advance to World Series.|
|MLBN||NYY||8||14||1||Yanks cruise behind big night from Godzilla.|
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