On the other side, Gerrit Cole took the race rack and ran with it, especially after escaping a small third-run jam. Cleveland never seriously threatened the rest of the night. Here are three takeaways from New York’s victory in Game 1.
The Yankees hammered Bieber
Bieber had a bad start to his bad start.sent Bieber’s third pitch of the game to the right court for a single, then Aaron Judge sent Bieber’s fourth pitch over the center wall of the field for a two-run home run.
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Bieber has allowed seven home runs in 77 1/3 innings during the regular season and all seven have come on the road. It was the first home run he gave to Progressive Field in 2020. Plus, Bieber allowed a first inning in the regular season, and then allowed two runs on one stroke on Tuesday. The assault was also far from over.
The Yankees added one run in the third, two runs in the fourth and two more in the fifth. Bieber allowed seven earned runs in 4 2/3 innings in Game 1 – he didn’t allow more than three runs in any of his 12 regular season starts – after allowing 14 earned runs in the regular season. Just a brutal exit for the alleged winner of Cy Young.
Additionally, the home run was Judge’s ninth in 28 career playoff games. He was hideous in the 2017 ALDS against Cleveland (1:20 with 16 strikeouts), but he’s 24 for 82 (.293) with eight homers in 22 playoff games since.
Cole was wonderful
I’m sure the first lead helped, but damn it, Cole passed Cleveland in Game 1. He struck out 13 and held the opposition two-run on six scattered hits over seven innings in Game 1. One Once the Yankees opened up a 7-2 lead, Cole really locked himself in and struck out 11 of the last 12 batters he faced. Totally dominant.
The only Cleveland hitter who got him into trouble was Josh Naylor, who was part of Mike Clevinger’s trade. Naylor hit a high double from the center field wall in the second inning and a solo home run to cross in the fourth inning. He added a single in the seventh and another double in the ninth. Cole threw high fastballs by every Cleveland hitter all night except Naylor.
According to Andrew Simon of MLB.com, Naylor is the first player with two “barrels” against Cole in a single game since July 2018. Statcast defines a “barrel” as a batted ball “whose types of strike are comparable (in terms of exit speed and kick angle). pitch) led to a minimum average of .500 batting and 1,500 stroke percentage. Drums are the best possible contact, basically.
Naylor went 3 for 3 and was a short triple of the round against Cole. The rest of the formation went 3 with 23 against him. Cole’s 13 strikeouts are the second most playoff strikeouts in Yankees history:
- Roger Clemens, 2000 ALCS Game 4 vs Mariners: 15 K
- Gerrit Cole, 2020 Wild Card Series Game 1 contre Cleveland: 13 K
- Orlando Hernandez, 2000 World Series Game 3 vs Mets: 12 K
- Several tied with 11
Cole and Hall of Famer Bob Gibson are the only pitchers in history with several 13-strikeout games in the playoffs. Cole pulled off 15 in the ALDS ‘second game against the Rays last year.
It’s only the Wild Card Series, not the World Series, but the Yankees gave Cole a record $ 324 million contract for the pitcher to win games like Tuesday. He beat another ace on the road to give his team a 1-0 lead in the series. Now the Yankees are one win away from the ALDS.
Torres woke up
The Yankees scored 12 points in Game 1 after scoring no more than three points in four of their last five regular season games. There were questions – legitimate questions – about the ability of their offense to produce outside of Yankee Stadium. Discover the house / road divisions:
- Yankees at home: .266 / .363 / .530 and 6.4 races per game
- Yankees on the road: .226 / .319 / .358 and 4.1 executions per match
They answered their questions about the offense with 12 points in a game started by the American League’s top pitcher away from Yankee Stadium. Difficult to answer better than that.
Each Yankee has reached base at least once, and five of their nine starters have reached base multiple times. Gleyber Torres, who beat .368 in a patchy regular season, went 4 for 4 with a homerun and a walk. New York’s 7-8-9 hitters had a combined 8-for-14 (.571) with a double and two homers.
It was a great day for the attack overall and Torres’ awakening must be very encouraging. As noted, he’s had a very disappointing regular season, a season that would have received more attention if it weren’t for the lousy year of teammate Gary Sanchez. Torres has been formidable in the last playoffs. Producing like he could would make New York even more dangerous.