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Calls for bullpen backfire after Kerr's troubles

Calls for bullpen backfire after Cole’s trouble

Yankees Ace played more than five innings in Game 3, line injured with a costly mistake

NEW YORK – at Gerrit Cole at 6th The Yankee Stadium was plunged into a collective sigh of shock and anger as manager Aaron Boone pointed to the bullpen after the innings went uninhibited.

The Yankees’ ace kept the Astros in until then, checking for most of Saturday’s Game 3 of the AL Championship Series, save for a two-run homer from Harrison Budd’s turnover in Game 2 .


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Did Cole feel like there was more in his tank when he was pulled?

“Yeah,” he said in the Yankees’ 5-0 loss to the Astros, which put New York down 3-0 for its best record in a seven-game series. “I think, as a pitcher like me, I’ ;M is probably mostly surprised. You know, I’ve always wanted to move on.”

Hindsight can be brutal, but the call to the bullpen is clearly counterproductive.

Lou Trivino took over the mound after Alex Bregman’s backup, Kyle Tucker’s walk and Yuli Gurier’s solo chase for Cole. The relievers went on to allow a sack from Tremancini and a two-pointer from Christian Vazquez to increase the Yankees’ deficit to five and balloon Cole’s final tally.

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Yankees starter allowed five runs on five hits and two walks (three obtained), while striking out seven times in five or more innings. Cole 29 had few turnovers on his pitches, but space The Man team once again took any chance they had.

“We pitched on the edge all night,” Kerr said, “and they had really good, guilty swings on the pitchers’ pitches. They obviously had a bit of luck.”

Bud’s blunder could be The biggest example of the Yankees’ bad luck on Saturday.

What should the second inning was quickly extended when Vázquez hit a fly ball that went to center right . Both Bader and Aaron Judge demanded this until the last second when Judge tried to step aside when Bader conceded the ball. Red-hot Chas McCormick hit a two-run stretch to extend Kerr’s home run streak to nine games.

“Unfortunately,” Cole said ruefully about the sequence.

But – year old after that Settled down and showed the usual dominance that brought him to 2. 29 ERA and .9% strikeout rate

playoffs. That’s why Yankees fans turned their disbelief into a standing ovation as a frustrated Kerr walked off the court Saturday night.

“I hope to help Gerrit through this,” Boone said. “I think he threw the ball really well. I got Trivino up in case he needed some help in the bottom right corner where we liked him. But obviously it didn’t work for us.”

one On the one hand, Kerr’s frustration seems justified. He’s a strikeout shooter made for big moments, and they don’t matter more than against your old team.

but his data in a highly leveraged situation may prove an opportunity. Cole threw at .95 .2022 batting average OPS and 9 home runs hit, the runner is in scoring position in the regular season. Trivino’s RISP stats are slightly better – .95 opponent average and .827 OPS doesn’t have a home run — but at that moment, he represents a well-rested arm with a theoretical counterpoint advantage.

“especially In playoff baseball, it whatever It always boils down to a few ballparks that can change the balance of the game,” Kerr said. “As a pitcher, this balance is usually irrelevant to your goals’ is trying to do it there. So here is ‘ A little bit of the motivation factor of trying to sell better and be the pick.”

At times, Cole seems to have to go it alone. The Yankees hitters hit just one in 8 2/3 innings Saturday, failing to provide any running support for their ace.

This lineup All series have been scrimmaged. Now, it’s on a mission to try a massive turnaround and give Kerr another chance to pitch this year. If the Yankees can come back to tie the series, Kerr will be eligible for Game 7 next week in Houston.

” I mean, we have Here’s your chance,” Kerr said. “We only need to play one pitch at a time.”




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