ALDS Game 5: An Elimination Game, This Time With Gerrit Cole

Game 5 is here. This is what we’ve been waiting for all day. I am oddly very confident heading into a do-or-die elimination game. It hasn’t oscillated at all. I have been confident all day and that’s that. That’s because the Yankees are starting Gerrit Cole this time. Let’s hope that he can give a performance that would have made Whitey Ford (RIP) proud. He could also follow in the tradition of the last Yankee ace to start Game 5 of the ALDS:

That will do, thanks. Anyway, here are the lineups as the Yankees look to vanquish the Rays and move on to the ALCS against Houston:

New York Yankees (2-2)
1. DJ LeMahieu, 2B
2. Aaron Judge, RF
3. Aaron Hicks, CF
4. Giancarlo Stanton, DH
5. Luke Voit, 1B
6. Gio Urshela, 3B
7. Gleyber Torres, SS
8. Brett Gardner, LF
9. Kyle Higashioka, C
Gerrit Cole, RHP

Tampa Bay Rays (2-2)
1. Austin Meadows, RF
2. Brandon Lowe, 2B
3. Randy Arozerena, LF
4. Ji-Man Choi, 1B
5. Yandy Díaz, DH
6. Joey Wendle, 3B
7. Willy Adames, SS
8. Kevin Keirmaier, CF
9. Mike Zunino, C
Tyler Glasnow, RHP

Nothing surprising here. Giancarlo should be cleanup. Gardner should be playing. And Higashioka was obviously going to catch Cole. This is a good lineup, folks. We have to like our chances with this one, no matter who the Rays throw out there.

News & Notes

  • The Yankees will wear a number 16 patch on their jerseys tonight in honor of Whitey Ford, who passed away last night while watching the game. He was the winningest pitcher in franchise history. (Yankees)
  • There will be no pitch count for Gerrit Cole tonight, so the Yankees will ride him until he is no longer effective. That’s how it should be. (Bryan Hoch)
  • They can do that because he is an “animal“, as Aaron Boone described him earlier today. It tracks! (Bryan Hoch)
  • Zack Britton says the weirdest part of the ALDS is switching jerseys but not traveling. I’ll tell you: it is also weird for me to watch. (Lindsey Adler)
  • Luke Voit guaranteed a win in Game 5 last night. I love the confidence and I also share it.

First pitch of this elimination game will be at 7:10 pm ET in San Diego, with TBS carrying the broadcast nationally. Check out WFAN, as usual, to listen to Sterling and Waldman. It should be a good one. Let’s go Yankees, and I’ll see you after the game.


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  1. Mungo

    I confidently predicted when the Yankees were down 2 games to 1 that they would win the next two games and advance. I appear to have been mistaken.

    I will not watch any of the ALCS. Can’t root for either team.

  2. Gerreddardit Cole

    Boone nearly blew it leaving Cole in too long. Gardy saved the season for now. I’ve got a very bad feeling about this.

  3. Gerreddardit Cole

    There’s your run, Cole. Make it stick.

  4. MG309

    Glasnow out time to plate a run or two.

    Cole is settled in also. .

  5. Gerreddardit Cole

    They aren’t making Glasnow work. 8 pitches in the 1st. Stanton swinging 3-0 in the 2nd. Get Snell in the game or it’s a loss.

  6. Gerreddardit Cole

    Must win, Bobby. And win if for Whitey. Unfortunately, this will be it for us. Cole hasn’t been great this year and will give up a few dingers, 2 to Ji Man, who Cash had a chance to lock up and didn’t. The lineup cannot hit Glasnow and the Rays have a fresh pen. Rays win 4-1. Boone, Cash and the entire coaching, training and medical staffs are fired next week. Tanaka, Paxton and Happ are sent packing and Gary is traded to the Omaha Royals.

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