McKenzie Looks for Redemption in Game 3
For Game 3, Cleveland will start Triston McKenzie, who went 11-11 with a 2.96 ERA in the regular season before dominating for six innings in the deciding game 2 of the AL wild-card series. McKenzie beat the Yankees on July 3 in Cleveland, throwing seven innings of one-hit ball and striking out seven. However, most fans will probably remember his abbreviated start against them in the 2020 AL wild-card series where he lasted just 1 2/3 innings. McKenzie is a far different pitcher now and will be looking for some postseason redemption, just as Shane Bieber did in Game 2.
The Yankees will counter with Luis Severino, who went 7-3 with a 3.18 ERA in just 19 starts. He missed a major portion of the season with a right latissimus dorsi strain in July. He returned to make three starts to ramp up for the postseason. His ability to go deep into the game and keep the ball away from the Yankees middle relievers could be a key factor in Game 3.