The New York Yankees took game one of the Wild Card Series in dominant fashion, after rocking AL Cy Young candidate, Shane Bieber.
Game one of the Wild Card Series between the New York Yankees and the Cleveland Indians was set to be a pitcher’s duel between Shane Bieber and Gerrit Cole, but it turned out to be quite the opposite.
Entering Tuesday night, Bieber hadn’t let up more than three runs in a single outing this season and hadn’t let up more than six since May 29th, 2019, to be exact, the last time Bieber let up seven earned runs in a start was July 24th, 2018… well not anymore.
On Tuesday night, Shane Bieber allowed nine hits, seven earned runs, two walks, and two home runs on 105 pitches in 4.2 innings. The Yankees absolutely tore Bieber apart and made the undoubted 2020 AL Cy Young look like the fifth starter in the Indians’ rotation.
As for Gerrit Cole, Cole went seven innings strong allowing only two earned runs on six hits while striking out a total of 13 batters. Cole looked incredible on Tuesday night and he looked like the man the Yankees gave $324 million to.
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As for the Yankees’ batters, they finally showed up when it mattered after being wildly inconsistent over the course of the 2020 season. Aaron Judge, Gleyber Torres, Giancarlo Stanton, and Brett Gardner all homered in game one while DJ LeMahieu, Luke Voit, Gio Urshela, and Kyle Higashioka all collected at least one hit each.
The Yankees’ bats were DOMINANT in game one but their problem the entire season has been consistency. So while they might have been fantastic in game one, it won’t matter in the end if they can’t show up in games two and/or three.
The good news for the Yankees is that the pitchers they will face in games two and three (if game three is necessary) aren’t nearly as impressive as that of Bieber, as Carlos Carrasco will take the mound in game two and Zach Plesac will do so in game three.
So what do you think can the Yankees get the job done, or will they fall to the Indians in three games? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter @EmpireWritesBck!