Cole won't be available for Game 4 of the ALDS against the Rays on Thursday but would start the decisive Game 5 on short rest Friday should the Yankees manage to extend the series, Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reports.
Cole has allowed five runs in 13 innings while striking out 21 and walking just two so far in the playoffs. He helped the Yankees to their only win of the series thus far in Game 1 and is seemingly still the team's top option for Game 5 even if not fully rested.
Cole allowed three runs on six hits and two walks while striking out eight over six innings Monday in a win over the Rays in Game 1 of the ALDS.
The ball was flying at the neutral-site location of Petco Park in San Diego -- there were six home runs hit in the game, two off Cole. Cole was his usual dominant self otherwise, inducing 18 swinging strikes on 97 pitches. The 30-year-old could theoretically go again Friday on short rest, if a Game 5 is necessary.
Cole allowed two runs on six hits over seven innings Tuesday in a win over the Indians in Game 1 of the AL Wild Card Round. He struck out 13 and did not issue a walk.
Cole outdueled Shane Bieber in a game where everyone expected a pitchers' duel, lasting seven innings. The Yankees' ace threw 73 of his 105 pitches for strikes, fanning an impressive 13 batters. The right-hander recorded a 2.84 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 3.89 FIP during the regular season. The 30-year-old's next chance at taking the mound would be if the Yankees advance to the AL Division Series.
Cole (7-3) earned the win Tuesday against the Blue Jays after allowing one run on five hits with seven strikeouts and one walk over seven innings.
The 30-year-old pounded the strike zone, delivering 77 of his 108 pitches for strikes while only giving up a solo homer to Cavan Biggio. Cole could pitch Sunday's regular-season finale on the usual four days rest, but the Yankees likely will hold him for the first game of the playoffs. Assuming that's the case, the right-hander finishes the 2020 campaign with a 2.84 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 94:18 K:BB across 73 innings.
Cole's next start has been pushed to Tuesday against Toronto, Pete Caldera of The Bergen Record reports.
Cole was originally on schedule to pitch Monday, but he'll get an extra day of rest as the Yankees set up their playoff rotation. He'll presumably be on the mound for New York's first game of the postseason.
Cole (6-3) allowed one earned run on three hits and two walks while striking out eight across seven innings to earn the win Wednesday against the Blue Jays.
Cole dominated the Blue Jays, with the only blemish coming in the sixth inning when he allowed a leadoff double to Jonathan Villar, who ultimately came around to score. He generated 14 swinging strikes on 95 pitches and has now struck out at least eight batters in seven of his last eight starts. Overall, Cole has maintained a 3.00 ERA with a stellar 87:17 K:BB across 66 frames. He's lined up to take his next turn through the rotation Monday at Toronto.
Cole (5-3) scattered two hits and a walk over seven shutout innings Friday to pick up the win in the first game of a doubleheader against the Orioles. He struck out nine.
The O's never even got a runner into scoring position against the right-hander, and he threw 74 of his 114 pitches for strikes en route to his second shutout of the season -- although neither one was a traditional nine-inning effort. Cole will take a 3.20 ERA and 79:15 K:BB through 59 innings into his next outing Wednesday, at home against the Blue Jays.
Cole's scheduled start Thursday against the Orioles was postponed.
The Yankees and Orioles will make up Thursday's contest as part of a doubleheader Friday. Cole will start the first game of the twin bill, James Wagner of The New York Times reports.
Cole (4-3) allowed five runs (one earned) on four hits and two walks while striking out 10 in Saturday's loss to the Orioles.
Cole struck out eight of the first nine batters he faced. His second turn through the order wasn't as good, and a Thairo Estrada error in the sixth would ultimately lead to four extra runs charged to Cole. He's now lost three straight starts. The right-hander has a 3.63 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 70 strikeouts through 52 innings this season. Cole will look to stop his skid Thursday in a rematch with the Orioles.
Cole (4-2) took the loss Monday as the Yankees fell 5-3 to the Rays, giving up four runs on eight hits and four walks over five innings. He struck out seven.
The right-hander labored early before settling down, and Cole ended up needing 103 pitches (65 strikes) to record his 15 outs. Homers continue to plague him -- he's given up multiple long balls in each of his last three starts, and at least one home run in every start to begin 2020. Cole will carry a 3.91 ERA, but a still impressive 60:12 K:BB through 46 innings, into his next outing Saturday in Baltimore.
Cole (4-1) took the loss in Game 1 of Wednesday's doubleheader in Atlanta after surrendering five runs on five hits with nine strikeouts and two walks over five innings.
Leadoff man Ronald Acuna hit a 473-blast on Cole's sixth pitch of the game, and things didn't improve much the rest of the afternoon. Cole has a 3.51 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 53:8 K:BB over 41 innings.
Cole won't start as scheduled Tuesday in Atlanta since the game was postponed due to inclement weather, Gabe Burns of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
The Yankees didn't play all weekend due to the Mets producing a couple positive tests for COVID-19, and their return to play Tuesday has now been pushed back by weather. The Braves and Yankees will play a traditional doubleheader Wednesday, and Cole will take the mound for the matinee, according to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com.
Cole allowed two earned runs on six hits and one walk while striking out 10 across 6.2 innings Wednesday against the Rays. He did not factor into the decision.
Cole surrendered a pair of solo home runs, but looked dominant otherwise. He racked up 22 called strikes and 19 swinging strikes on 109 total pitches, allowing him to rack up double-digit punchouts for the second time this season. Cole now owns a 2.75 ERA with a 44:6 K:BB ratio across 36 innings. He's penciled in to draw his next start Tuesday at Atlanta.
Cole (4-0) allowed one run on four hits and no walks while striking out eight over seven innings as he earned the win Friday against the Red Sox.
In his first start since a short outing against the Rays, Cole returned to the win column by stifling Boston's offense. His performance at home against the Red Sox was his most productive since he signed a monster deal with the Yankees during the offseason. In five starts this season, the right-hander carries a 2.76 ERA and 0.85 WHIP over 29.1 innings. He'll look to continue his dominant run at home Wednesday against the Rays.
Cole noted after Saturday's outing that he made a change to his delivery, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports. "I made a little tweak with my delivery, staying over my legs a little better," Cole said. "I thought that increased a little bit of the deception and allowed me to get through the baseball at the end, really starting to nail my spin axis. At times, it's been a little inconsistent. Today we were really repeating for the most part until a few pitches towards the end."
If deception was the goal, Cole's mechanical adjustment certainly paid off -- the right-hander whiffed 10 batters in 4.2 frames after averaging less than a strikeout per inning through his first three starts. The outcome wasn't all positive, however, as Cole allowed a season-high six hits and gave up three runs. The 29-year-old holds a 3.22 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 26:5 K:BB in 22.1 innings this season.
Cole struck out 10 batters and walked just one in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Rays but allowed three runs on six hits in 4.2 innings and therefore wasn't eligible to pick up the win.
Cole cruised through the first four innings before running into trouble in the fifth, allowing an RBI double to Ji-Man Choi before giving up a two-run homer to Jose Martinez. He has a strong 29.5 percent strikeout rate through his first four starts this season, though that's over 10 percentage points below his incredible 39.9 percent mark from last season. His 3.22 ERA is also quite difficult to complain about, though it's well above his 2.50 mark from 2019.
Cole (3-0) gave up one earned run on five hits and one walk while striking out four in six innings Monday against the Phillies. He picked up the win.
There was a lengthy rain delay after Cole had finished six innings, and he did not get sent out for the seventh. He threw 91 pitches and 58 for strikes. Cole didn't have his best command in this one, but he was still in control throughout. His next start will come this weekend against the Rays.
Cole may still make his scheduled start Monday, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.
Monday's game against Philadelphia was initially slated to be postponed, but the decision was reportedly reversed Saturday. With so much uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, whether the game will be played as scheduled remains to be seen. If the two teams are able to suit up Monday, Cole should be in line to take the mound for the Yankees, although no official announcement has been made.
Cole won't make his scheduled start Monday after the game against the Phillies was postponed, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
Cole was in line to face the Orioles on Monday before the schedule was changed so the team plays the Phillies early in the week instead. However, the Yankees won't play at all Monday after the series opener against the Phillies was postponed as a precautionary measure amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The teams are still scheduled to play the following three days, so Cole should make a start early next week instead, but no announcement has been made about the Yankees' rotation to begin the week.
Cole (2-0) earned the win against Baltimore on Wednesday, completing 6.2 innings and allowing three runs on four hits and two walks while striking out seven.
Cole's final stat line may look moderately underwhelming considering the opponent, but he breezed through his first six innings allowing only one hit -- a first-inning, run-scoring double off the bat of Jose Iglesias -- before tiring in the seventh. He was lifted following his 102nd pitch after allowing three straight extra-base hits, including a two-run home run to Dwight Smith. Cole will face the Orioles again -- this time on the road -- in his next scheduled start Monday.
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|10/09||@ TB||L 1-2||0||0||0||5.1||1||1||2||9|
|10/05||@ TB||W 9-3||1||0||0||6.0||6||3||2||8|
|09/29||@ CLE||W 12-3||1||0||0||7.0||6||2||0||13|
|09/22||@ TOR||W 12-1||1||0||0||7.0||5||1||0||7|
|09/16||vs TOR||W 13-2||1||0||0||7.0||3||1||2||8|
|09/11||vs BAL||W 6-0||1||0||0||7.0||2||0||1||9|
|09/05||@ BAL||L 1-6||0||1||0||6.0||4||1||2||10|
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