2022 American League Division Series
2022 American League Division Series logo.svg
Teams
Team (Wins) Manager Season
Houston Astros (3) Dusty Baker 106–56 (.654), GA: 16
Seattle Mariners (0) Scott Servais 90–72 (.556), GB: 16
DatesOctober 11–15
TelevisionTBS
TV announcersBrian Anderson, Jeff Francoeur, and Matt Winer
RadioESPN
Radio announcersDave O'Brien and Marly Rivera
UmpiresCory Blaser, Pat Hoberg, James Hoye, Marvin Hudson (crew chief), Carlos Torres, Jansen Visconti
Teams
Team (Wins) Manager Season
New York Yankees (3) Aaron Boone 99–63 (.611), GA: 7
Cleveland Guardians (2) Terry Francona 92–70 (.568), GA: 11
DatesOctober 11–18
TelevisionTBS
TV announcersBob Costas, Ron Darling, Lauren Shehadi (Games 1–4), and Matt Winer (Game 5)
RadioESPN
Radio announcersDan Shulman and Eduardo Pérez
UmpiresJordan Baker, Dan Iassogna (crew chief), Will Little, Alan Porter, Jeremie Rehak, Mark Ripperger
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The 2022 American League Division Series (ALDS) were the two best-of-five playoff series in Major League Baseball (MLB) to determine the participating teams of the 2022 American League Championship Series. These matchups are:

Background

Further information: American League Division Series

Further information: 2022 MLB Postseason

The first two seeds are determined by regular season winning percentages. The final two teams are the winner of the American League Wild Card Series, played between the league's third to sixth-seeded teams.

The Houston Astros (106–56) clinched the American League West on September 19 and the first seed in the American League on September 27, thus earning them a bye from the American League Wild Card Series and home-field advantage throughout the American League playoff.[1] Houston is making their sixth straight postseason appearance and seventh in eight seasons. They played against the Seattle Mariners (90–72), who defeated the Toronto Blue Jays in the Wild Card Series, in the ALDS. The Mariners made their first division series appearance since 2001. The Astros won 12 of the 19 games they played versus the Mariners in the regular season.[2]

The New York Yankees (99–63) clinched the American League East and a bye from the American League Wild Card Series on September 27.[3] This is New York's sixth straight postseason appearance and first as the AL East winner since 2019. They will play the third-seeded Cleveland Guardians (92–70), who clinched a division series berth by beating the Tampa Bay Rays in the AL Wild Card Series in two games. The Guardians are making their first division series appearance since 2018 and first under the Guardians moniker. New York won five of the six regular season games versus Cleveland.[4]

Matchups

Houston Astros vs. Seattle Mariners

Houston won the series, 3–0.

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 
1 October 11 Seattle Mariners – 7, Houston Astros – 8 Minute Maid Park 3:39 41,125[5] 
2 October 13 Seattle Mariners – 2, Houston Astros – 4 Minute Maid Park 3:15 41,774[6] 
3 October 15 Houston Astros – 1, Seattle Mariners – 0 (18) T-Mobile Park 6:22 47,690[7]

New York Yankees vs. Cleveland Guardians

New York won the series, 3–2.

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 
1 October 11 Cleveland Guardians – 1, New York Yankees – 4 Yankee Stadium 2:56 47,807[8] 
2 October 14dagger Cleveland Guardians – 4, New York Yankees – 2 (10) Yankee Stadium 4:10 47,535[9] 
3 October 15 New York Yankees – 5, Cleveland Guardians – 6 Progressive Field 3:30 36,483[10] 
4 October 16 New York Yankees – 4, Cleveland Guardians – 2 Progressive Field 3:02 36,728[11] 
5 October 18double-dagger Cleveland Guardians – 1, New York Yankees – 5 Yankee Stadium 3:11 48,178[12]

dagger Game 2 was originally scheduled for October 13, but was postponed due to rain.
double-dagger Game 5 was originally scheduled for October 17, but was postponed due to rain.

Houston vs. Seattle

This is the first postseason meeting between Seattle and Houston. During the regular season, the Astros finished first in the American League West, 16 games in front of the second-place Mariners.

Game 1

Yordan Alvarez hit a three-run walk-off home run in Game 1.
Yordan Alvarez hit a three-run walk-off home run in Game 1.
Tuesday, October 11, 2022 2:37 pm (CDT) at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas 73 °F (23 °C), roof closed
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Seattle 1 3 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 7 13 0
Houston 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 2 3 8 11 0
WP: Rafael Montero (1–0)   LP: Robbie Ray (0–1)
Home runs:
SEA: J. P. Crawford (1), Eugenio Suárez (1)
HOU: Yuli Gurriel (1), Alex Bregman (1), Yordan Álvarez (1)
Attendance: 41,125
Boxscore

Three days after Seattle made history with a comeback to end a series, they made history on the other side of it. Seattle led in all nine innings before losing the game on the final pitch of the game. Justin Verlander was tagged for six runs in four innings as the starter for Houston (in his first postseason game since 2019) while Logan Gilbert allowed three runs in five innings for Seattle.

In the ninth inning, Paul Sewald hit David Hensley with a pitch and allowed a Jeremy Pena single while only getting two outs. Robbie Ray, who had last pitched on Saturday, was brought in to face Yordan Alvarez. On the second pitch, Alvarez slammed the ball into deep right field for a walk-off home run. It was the first postseason walk-off win for the Astros since Game 5 of the 2020 American League Championship Series; the first walk-off postseason home run by a trailing team since Game 6 of the 1993 World Series, and fourth overall; the second walk-off postseason home run in history to be hit with a team down to their final out, with the other one being in the 1988 World Series; and the first ever by a team trailing by multiple runs with two outs.[13] Alvarez went 3-for-5 and drove in five runs and made important contributions on defense—MLB.com analyst Mike Petriello argued this was the greatest performance in playoff history by a position player.[14]

Game 2

Astros winning pitcher Héctor Neris (pictured with the Phillies) induced a ground out in the top of the 6th to get out of a bases-loaded situation in Game 2.
Astros winning pitcher Héctor Neris (pictured with the Phillies) induced a ground out in the top of the 6th to get out of a bases-loaded situation in Game 2.
Thursday, October 13, 2022 2:37 pm (CDT) at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas 73 °F (23 °C), roof closed
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Seattle 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 5 0
Houston 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 1 X 4 6 1
WP: Héctor Neris (1–0)   LP: Luis Castillo (1–1)   Sv: Ryan Pressly (1)
Home runs:
SEA: None
HOU: Kyle Tucker (1), Yordan Álvarez (2)
Attendance: 41,774
Boxscore

As it happened two days earlier, Seattle tried to hold on to a lead late in the game before Yordan Alvarez came up to the plate to crush those plans. In the sixth inning, with two outs, Jeremy Pena lined a hit to get on base for Alvarez to bat. A couple of pitches later, Alvarez lined a towering shot into left field off of Luis Castillo to give the Astros a 3–2 lead. He became the second player to hit go-ahead home runs in the sixth inning or later of back-to-back postseason games, joining Troy Glaus in the 2002 American League Division Series, and the first to do it with his team trailing in both games.[15]

Kyle Tucker had started the scoring with a home run for Houston in the bottom of the second, while the Mariners got their two runs in the fourth on a fielder's choice error scoring Eugenio Suarez and a Dylan Moore single scoring Mitch Haniger. In the eighth inning, Pena drew a walk to bring up Alvarez with two outs, which led to Seattle intentionally walking him. Alex Bregman was next, and he hit a line drive to right field that got Pena running all the way home. Seattle left thirteen runners on base, which included having the bases loaded in the sixth (with Héctor Neris inducing a ground out) and a double play lineout in the ninth. With the win, the Astros had won the first two games of an ALDS for the sixth straight year.

Game 3

Saturday, October 15, 2022 1:07pm (PDT) at T-Mobile Park in Seattle, Washington 70 °F (21 °C), roof open, mostly sunny
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 R H E
Houston 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 11 0
Seattle 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
WP: Luis García (1–0)   LP: Penn Murfee (0–1)
Home runs:
HOU: Jeremy Peña (1)
SEA: None
Attendance: 47,690
Boxscore

A new postseason record was set in this game, the first postseason game in Seattle in 21 years. The two teams did not score for 17 innings, becoming the longest scoreless postseason game in MLB history, surpassing the record of 14 scoreless innings in the 2022 American League Wild Card Series Game 2 between the Cleveland Guardians and the Tampa Bay Rays a week earlier. The game also broke the record set that day for most combined strikeouts in a postseason game with 42.[16]

Jeremy Peña hit a solo home run to give Houston the lead in the top of the 18th. Luis Garcia hurled five innings of relief to earn the victory. With 18 innings, this game is tied with the 2005 NLDS Game 4, 2014 NLDS Game 2, and 2018 World Series Game 3 as the longest postseason games in MLB history in terms of innings, with this being the second to go the full eighteen (as the home team in two of the games won on a walk-off before making three outs). In addition, this was the first MLB game to go 18 innings since a 19-inning September 24, 2019 game between the Cardinals and Diamondbacks.

With the win, the Astros became the first American League team to reach the American League Championship Series in six consecutive seasons.

New York vs. Cleveland

This is the sixth postseason meeting between the Yankees and Guardians, with the Yankees holding a 3–2 advantage in their postseason meetings. The Guardians (then named Indians) previously won the 1997 American League Division Series 3–2 and the 2007 American League Division Series 3–1, while the Yankees previously won the 1998 American League Championship Series 4–2 and the 2017 American League Division Series 3–2. The fifth and latest meeting came during the 2020 American League Wild Card Series when New York swept Cleveland in two games. However, among the starting nine for Cleveland in 2020 for both games, just José Ramírez and Josh Naylor remain.

Game 1

Tuesday, October 11, 2022 7:37 pm (EDT) at Yankee Stadium in The Bronx, New York 64 °F (18 °C), clear
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cleveland 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 2
New York 0 0 1 0 1 2 0 0 X 4 5 1
WP: Gerrit Cole (1–0)   LP: Cal Quantrill (0–1)
Home runs:
CLE: Steven Kwan (1)
NYY: Harrison Bader (1), Anthony Rizzo (1)
Attendance: 47,807
Boxscore

Gerrit Cole took the mound in his first postseason home game for the Yankees, who despite making the postseason in each of the last two seasons, had not played a home game in the playoffs since October 18, 2019. Steven Kwan homered off of Cole to right field to make it 1–0 Guardians in the third inning. The home run Cole gave up marked his seventh postseason appearance giving up a home run, tied for the most home runs given up in consecutive postseason appearances.[17] In the bottom of the third, the Yankees struck back as Harrison Bader hit a solo shot to left to tie the game. In the fifth, Isiah Kiner-Falefa hit a triple to right field and catcher Jose Trevino had a sacrifice fly scoring Kiner-Falefa to make it 2–1. Then in the bottom of the sixth, Aaron Judge walked and stole second base and went to third due to a throwing error by Austin Hedges attempting to pick Judge off. The next batter Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run home run scoring Judge from third to extend the Yankees lead to 4–1. After giving up the home run to Kwan, Cole bounced back as he pitched 6+13 innings, allowing four hits, one walk, hitting one batter, and striking out eight batters to get the win. Clay Holmes faced the final two batters in the ninth and closed out the 4–1 victory. With the win, this marked the sixth straight postseason victory over the Guardians starting from the Yankees' 2–0 comeback in the 2017 ALDS.

Game 2

Friday, October 14, 2022 1:07 pm (EDT) at Yankee Stadium in The Bronx, New York 62 °F (17 °C), mostly sunny
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Cleveland 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 4 9 0
New York 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 6 2
WP: Emmanuel Clase (1–0)   LP: Jameson Taillon (0–1)
Home runs:
CLE: Amed Rosario (1)
NYY: Giancarlo Stanton (1)
Attendance: 47,535
Boxscore

Game 2 was originally scheduled to be played on October 13 at 7:37 pm (EDT), but was postponed to October 14 at 1:07 pm (EDT) due to the forecast of sustained inclement weather.[18]

Game 3

Saturday, October 15, 2022 7:37pm (EDT) at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio 49 °F (9 °C), Clear
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 2 0 2 0 1 0 0 5 5 0
Cleveland 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 6 15 0
WP: Eli Morgan (1–0)   LP: Clarke Schmidt (0–1)
Home runs:
NYY: Aaron Judge (1), Oswaldo Cabrera (1), Harrison Bader (2)
CLE: None
Attendance: 36,483
Boxscore

Game 4

Sunday, October 16, 2022 7:07pm (EDT) at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio 58 °F (14 °C), Overcast
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 6 1
Cleveland 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 6 1
WP: Gerrit Cole (2–0)   LP: Cal Quantrill (0–2)   Sv: Wandy Peralta (1)
Home runs:
NYY: Harrison Bader (3)
CLE: Josh Naylor (1)
Attendance: 36,728
Boxscore

Game 5

Tuesday, October 18, 2022 4:07pm (EDT) at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York 57 °F (14 °C), Sunny
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cleveland 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 8 0
New York 3 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 X 5 6 0
WP: Nestor Cortes Jr. (1–0)   LP: Aaron Civale (0–1)
Home runs:
CLE: None
NYY: Giancarlo Stanton (2), Aaron Judge (2)
Attendance: 48,178
Boxscore

See also

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