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Cleveland Indians vs. New York Yankees American League Wild Card Series Game 2: Preview, prediction, odds, how to watch

The Cleveland Indians will host the New York Yankees in Game 2 of the American League Wild Card Series at Progressive Field on Wednesday.

CLEVELAND — With one team trying to advance to the American League Division Series and the other trying to force a Game 3, the Cleveland Indians will host the New York Yankees in Game 2 of the American League Wild Card Series on Wednesday.

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Following an 12-3 win in Game 1 on Tuesday, the Yankees can clinch a trip to the ALDS with another victory on Wednesday, while the Indians are hoping to keep their season alive in the best-of-three series. What follows is everything you need to know about Game 2 of the American League Wild Card Series in Cleveland:

Game info, how to watch on TV, betting odds:

Date: Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020

Time: 7:00 p.m. ET

Location: Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio

TV channel: ESPN

Live Stream: Watch ESPN

Radio: WTAM 1100, WMMS 100.7, Cleveland Indians Radio Network, ESPN Radio

Betting line: TBD

Over-under runs: TBD

Projected lineups, starting pitchers

Indians

  1. Francisco Lindor - SS
  2. Cesar Hernandez - 2B
  3. Jose Ramirez - 3B
  4. Carlos Santana - 1B
  5. Franmil Reyes - DH
  6. Josh Naylor - LF
  7. Roberto Perez - C
  8. Tyler Naquin - RF
  9. Delino DeShields Jr - CF

Starting pitcher: Carlos Carrasco (RHP)

Yankees

  1. DJ LeMahieu - 2B
  2. Aaron Judge - RF
  3. Aaron Hicks - CF
  4. Luke Voit - 1B
  5. Giancarlo Stanton - DH
  6. Gio Urshela - 3B
  7. Gleyber Torres - SS
  8. Gary Sanchez - C
  9. Clint Frazier - LF

Starting pitcher: Masahiro Tanaka (RHP)

Preview

What was supposed to be a pitchers' duel in Game 1 turned into anything but one as the Yankees offense was able to get to American League Cy Young Award frontrunner Shane Bieber early and often. Meanwhile, Cleveland's offense was only able to muster up two runs and as a result, the Indians find themselves on the brink of elimination.

If Cleveland is going to force a Game 3, it's going to need better pitching, defense and hitting than it received on Tuesday. With their season on the line, Carlos Carrasco (3-4, 2.91 ERA) will toe the rubber for the Indians with Masahiro Tanaka (3-3, 3.56 ERA) taking the mound for New York.

Prediction

It wouldn't be the postseason without a little of drama, right? The Yankees' hot streak on offense continues, but Cleveland's offense proves hotter and forces a winner-take-all Game 3 at Progressive Field on Thursday night.

Final score: Indians 8, Yankees 6