MLB playoffs: Yankees-Guardians Game 5 postponed by rain, winner-take-all matchup pushed to Tuesday afternoon

There's one spot left in the Championship Series, and one game left to decide who gets it. And it will have to wait until Tuesday. After attempting to wait out rain in New York, MLB announced late Monday night that the winner-take-all Game 5 in the New York Yankees' and Cleveland Guardians' American League Division Series is postponed until Tuesday at 4:07 p.m. ET.

The series, already altered by a Game 2 rain delay, will once again have pitching considerations shuffled. Game 2 starters Nestor Cortes Jr. and Shane Bieber are now back in play on three days rest instead of two. The AP reports the Yankees will start Cortes, who led the team with a 2.44 ERA in the regular season. The Guardians haven't officially announced their intentions. The Yankees had planned to start Jameson Taillon on Monday night, while the Guardians were going with Aaron Civale.

How did we get here? Well, when Gerrit Cole pitched, the Yankees won. And when he didn't pitch, the Guardians have chipped away and gotten to the Yankees bullpen — both times with clutch hits by rookie Oscar Gonzalez.

The winner will face a tight turnaround to square off against the Houston Astros in the ALCS. No matter who wins, they will have to travel to Houston for Game 1 Wednesday night.

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