Seeing their HR HR-Heavy Offense Falters, the Yankees have turned to Gerrit Cole. On Saturday, the pitcher that New York paid $324 million for will hit the field at Yankee Stadium against the Houston Astros. New York is currently down 2-0 to Houston in the American League Championship Series.
He won the first game of the Division Series against the Guardians and then won Game 4 in Cleveland to bring the game back to New York. The Yankees were behind 2-1 in the best-of-five series. When New York had completed their victory against Cleveland and was thinking forwards to pitching at home, Cole was warming up in the bullpen at Yankee Stadium.
When he described it, “as we took the last out, I got sprayed with wine and whacked in the nuts with french fries.” Every baseball player has a secret desire to bring joy to the crowds on the field.
A home run had been hit in each of New York’s previous 23 playoff games, but that streak came to an end with Thursday night’s 3-2 loss, which means the Yankees will need to win both of their remaining games at Yankee Stadium to force a Game 5 in Houston. On Sunday, they’ll be banking on Cole and Nestor Cortes to help them tie the score.
Just need to go home and purchase one. As Yankees manager, Aaron Boone put it, “that’s where it all begins.” I can’t think of anyone better than Gerrit to give the ball to bring us back into this game.
For the entirety of the playoffs, New York’s offense has relied heavily on home runs, producing 18 of 24 runs on just 11 homers. However, nothing had changed from last season when the Yankees led the league with 50.8% of their runs being driven in by home runs, while the league average was only 39.8%.
Dusty Baker, manager of the Astros, has remarked that the team will accept home runs when available despite his distaste for relying on them as a means of survival.-->
The Yankees have struggled to make contact, as evidenced by theirs.169 batting average through seven playoff games and a.138 (9 for 65) mark in the two games against the Astros (with 30 strikeouts compared to only eight walks). Since their final two games of the regular season in Texas, the Yankees have gone nine games with six hits or fewer.