That might be the best Yankees-Red Sox win probability graph I’ve seen. In the most important series of the year, the Yankees showed up to take game one with a commanding 8-3 victory behind a huge game from Giancarlo Stanton and Gerrit Cole. He said pressure is a privilege, and he came through tonight with that pressure. The Yankees have won 4 in a row and are now just a game back of the Sox for the first Wild Card spot. To the takeaways:
The tale of the magical first inning. Both the Yankees and Red Sox came into this one riding high after recent sweeps, which made the start to this one all the more important. And boy, did the Yankees deliver. The first three hitters reached base on a DJ LeMahieu single, Anthony Rizzo single, and booming Aaron Judge double.
Gleyber Torres had a HUGE 2-out single to drive in Judge giving the Yankees a 3-0 lead before Gerrit Cole toed the rubber. It was a huge sigh of relief getting off to a good start. Take a look at the difference in pitching lines for the first inning:
Eovaldi: 1.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 27 pitches (0 swings and misses)
Cole: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 11 pitches
That first inning set the tone for the rest of the game, and for a team that has struggled in Fenway was exactly what the Yankees needed to get going.
Cole comes up with huge shutdown innings. This was not Gerrit Cole’s best outing, but it was arguably his most important and impressive considering the circumstances. After being staked to that 3-0 first inning lead, Cole got the Yankees right back in the dugout.
The Yankees scored 4 more in the 3rd (more on the offense in a moment), and again, Cole shut the Sox down in the bottom of the frame. The only runs off Cole came on a 3-run homer by Devers in the 6th.
Cole’s final pitching line was 6.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 6 K on 94 pitches and he gave up 8 hard hit balls, which indicates he was working in and out of trouble in this one. He had the good swing and miss stuff going with a 35% CSW rate on his 4-seamer and slider and a 50% CSW on his curve.
You can see more of an East-West approach rather than Cole’s usual North-South approach which was interesting to watch. Getting through 6 with a decent lead was exactly what you needed from him tonight, and that was what Cole delivered. He set the tone for the series. Here are his 6 K’s.
Offense hammers Nathan Eovaldi and the bullpen. This was quite the sight to see because Eovaldi has owned the Yankees (2.30 ERA since 2018, 2.01 ERA in 2021) yet tonight he couldn’t make it out of the 3rd inning.
He gave up the aforementioned 3 runs in the first, and anther 3 in the third on a glorious Giancarlo Stanton homerun:
Stanton had himself a monster game coming up just a triple short of the cycle. In his Yankee career at Fenway, Big G is slashing .384/.439/.630 in 19 games.
Crucially, Eovaldi only generated 3 swings and misses on 59 pitches and didn’t strike out a single batter. That is the Yankee offense we love to see.
Gleyber Torres also had himself a game. In addition to that huge first inning single, he had a homerun in the 7th to silence the crowd after Devers’ homer in the 6th.
This was the 2nd time all season every Yankee starter had at least one hit, and they had 19! hard hit balls on the evening. Had half of those not been caught in the 7th, they could have done even more damage.
- Another great outing for Wandy Peralta. He bailed Clay Holmes out in the 7th and threw a scoreless 8th.
- Rizzo, Judge, Stanton, Torres, and Gardner all had multi-hit games. Stanton and Torres had 3 hits each.
- Since the Sox win streak is over, hopefully that signals the end of their yellow City Connect jerseys. Nice to see the Yankees take care of that.
It’s a 4pm start tomorrow with Néstor Cortes Jr.(2-2, 2.79 ERA) going against Nick Pivetta (9-7, 4.63 ERA).