Chess Match: Yanks' gamble backfires
Wang pitches just one-plus inning in must-win Game 4
NEW YORK -- That's all she wrote. Both the Yankees and Indians gambled with their respective starters in a critical Game 4, but New York's ace flopped to help send Cleveland to its first American League Championship Series since 1998.Chien music
The situation: With their season on the line, the Yankees could either turn to 19-game winner Chien-Ming Wang or veteran Mike Mussina for the start in a critical Game 4.
The situation: With one out in the fourth and the Indians holding a 4-1 lead, Mussina has runners on second and third base with Indians designated hitter Travis Hafner standing in the batter's box.
The situation: Cleveland carries a 6-3 lead into the ninth inning, sitting just three outs away from eliminating the Yankees and winning the Division Series.
The analysis: "They have Mariano Rivera, throwing 94 [mph] and carving up the strike zone, and we throw our blue-collar closer, Joe Borowski. He doesn't have the best fastball or the best ERA, but that's how we do it. That's how we've been winning all year, playing as a team and working together." --Indians starter Paul Byrd
Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.