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The New York Yankees will have Gerrit Cole as the starter in Game 1 of any postseason series they start in October.
Cole is probably the most talented starting pitcher on the Yankees. He leads the majors in strikeouts and leads the Yankees in strikeouts per nine innings. In his past four years, he has been a Cy Young Award frontrunner four times and a top-two finisher twice, arguably leaving him as the Yankees’ ace at the start of the year.
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But this year, he leads the American League with 29 homers allowed, and every start seems to be a hit or miss with hardly any in-betweens.
Cole’s ERA is 3.41, while Nestor Cortes is throwing 2.70, but the Yankees are confident in the right-hander, whose nine-year, $324 million contract is the longest and biggest for a pitcher in baseball history.
“Yeah, Cole would be. And obviously we feel really good about Nestor, too. And hopefully [Luis Severino] come back here and get some starts under your belt here at the back, put him in that mix as well,” Boone told the Post.The show.“We’ve got a couple of weeks to go in there and we’ve got to see how we get in there and how we get in. Those things always affect how you line things up. But hopefully we’re in a position to line it up.” as we want”.
The Yankees are likely to lock up the AL East and the second seed in the AL, thus giving them a direct bye to the ALDS, scheduled to start on Oct. 11.
The bye week would give the Yankees the ability to shake up the rotation however they want, since they won’t have played for six days — their last game of the regular season is Oct. 5.
At this rate, if Cole pitches every five days, his last regular-season start will be two days before the end of the season, giving him an extra day off at the start.
Cole has had nine starts this year of at least six innings pitched and allowed two or fewer earned runs, but he also had five starts in which he gave up at least five earned.
The 32-year-old has been the face of the goo crackdown as his overall numbers have worsened since it happened last year. He has a 3.65 ERA in 46 starts since starting June 21 of last year. Before last year began, he was pitching with a 2.31 ERA in his first 14 starts of the season.
In last year’s Wild Card Game, Cole couldn’t get out of the third inning against the Boston Red Sox.
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In three postseason starts in 2020 for the Bombers, he allowed six earned runs in 18.1 innings (2.94 ERA).
He was included in his fourth consecutive All Star Game this summer (there was no Middummer Classic in 2020) and the fifth of his career.