Gerrit Cole’s playoff debut shows just how serious a threat the Yankees could be in the MLB playoffs


Who knows if a resounding win is enough to mean these playoff Yankees are different from the Streaky Sultans who have pogo in an erratic regular season

But it’s easier to believe that idea if Gerrit Cole is going to throw like this when he takes the ball

The Yankees gave Cole a stack last winter, hoping he would be their October ace, and he shined on his first chance in their postseason aquarium Cole outscored the Indians on Tuesday night in a 12-3 win in Game 1 of their AL Wild Card series The Yanks can advance to the AL Division series with a win on Wednesday

Cole, backed by four homers, allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings as his teammates destroyed Cleveland ace Shane Bieber Cole struck out 13 goals and failed to walk, which only Tom Seaver had done in a postseason game Cole also became the first pitcher to have three different playoff outings with at least 12 strikeouts Roger Clemens is the only Yankee with more strikeouts in a playoff match (15 in match 4 of the ALCS 2000)

« That’s why we got him, » Aaron Judge said of Cole at his post-match press conference « We didn’t pitch him in April We didn’t pitch him in May We got him to play postseason baseball for the Yankees

« It took it a step further When you got that kind of intensity, that type of, just being an animal out there, attacking hitters, doing your thing It was fun to be a part of and I can’t wait see more « 

Cole was making his 11th start in the playoffs and it showed He looked confident all night long, even in rare cases of trouble. It was in contrast to Bieber, the likely winner of the AL Cy Young award and may – also being MVP AL Bieber, making his first career playoff starter, has faded

A decisive home run from the judge in the first inning gave Cole an early 2-0 lead and a chance to relax Throwing to Kyle Higashioka, the personal catcher who guided him to a 100 ERA during his last four starts of the season, Cole dominated with his fast pitch early, which created a curve that happened to hitters in disguise on strike before exiting the crease.

In the third set, the Yankees had a 3-1 lead, but the Indians had runners in the second and third with two strikeouts Cole fanned Carlos Santana with a 99 km / h heat to end the threat

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He added: « We had to set the tone for the series I’m obviously very grateful and honored to take the ball… To be able to deliver this, it was really good It was really a special night We have a lot more baseball to do « 

Cole’s three-month-old son Caden was part of the Yankees family in a small section of fans allowed into Progressive Field, making it a more special night Cole beamed every time that he was answering a question about this

As well as Cole’s performance, think about all that went well for the Yankees on Tuesday night after a tough season:

They cut back on the idea that they weren’t the same team away from Yankee Stadium, hitter heaven Aaron Boone was right to start Brett Gardner (3 for 5 with a homerun) against Clint Frazier Gleyber Torres, who has had a rough year, was 4-for-4 with a circuit Giancarlo Stanton smashed an 1161 miles per hour and 443 feet balloon, a majestic circuit that made his other, out-of-bats, forgettable

The Yanks also don’t have to tap into their pool of high leverage relievers, thanks to Cole and offense Luis Cessa pitched the final two innings, key as Zack Britton had one less appearance. or Aroldis Chapman could make an impact later in this playoffs when the ALDS and ALCS are squeezed into five and seven day chunks

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