Still, with AL East rivals in the final duel in 2020, both will be Game 5 mounds where the winners of the American League Division series will win everything on Friday.
Glasnow, the winning pitcher in the second game of the series, which broke the Yankees lineup 18 times after the season, will start Game 5 with just two days of rest. Glasnow hasn’t taken less than four days of rest since July 2018, when it was primarily used as a relief by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
After the Yankees won 5 to 1 at Petco Park on Thursday night and was forced into Game 5, Glasnow said, “I knew like five minutes ago. I haven’t talked much about innings, I’m tomorrow. I know it starts with, but I’m feeling good about it, excited about it, and ready to get out and pitch tomorrow. “
Glasnow threw 93 pitches in 5 innings in Game 2 and gave up 4 runs and 3 hits, two of which were slugger home runs. Giancarlo StantonGlasnow told manager Kevin Cash that there were vacant seats on Wednesday the day after the start, insisting that a short break wouldn’t be a problem on Friday.
“It’s okay,” he said. “When it comes to health, I feel really good. I’m ready to go.”
Cole, the winner of ALDS Game 1, has never had a short break with 216 career starts, including the postseason. Still, his manager and teammates don’t have it any other way.
“I’m excited to see him on the pitch. There’s no doubt,” said manager Aaron Boone. “He’s excited to get the ball with the opportunity to help us move on. It’s probably some comfort so that we can pass the ball to the best pitcher in the game. But I’m looking forward to seeing him go. Get out and compete as he always does. “
“We’re going to win,” added first baseman. Luke YouHe led all of baseball with 22 home runs in the regular season and hit the beginning of the postseason on Thursday night. “”[With] Jerit of the mound, it’s the best possible situation for us and we’re locked and loaded. But it’s also a big game for them. We do our best and know that we are going to fight because they have all the bullpen arms for tomorrow. “
Outfielder Aaron Judge “That’s why I got him. I couldn’t throw him in April,” after Cole made 13 strikeouts in a 12-3 victory over the Yankees Cleveland in the Wild Card Round. “May Made him throw. He threw post-season baseball for the Yankees. “
Cole explained that he had been preparing for the possibility of pitching in Game 5 since ALDS’s debut and consulted with some of his former teammates. He said he wasn’t worried about the quality of the pitch during the short breaks, even though he had tweaked some of his preparations between starts.
“I talked to some people who have done it before, and it’s probably not sustainable throughout the season, but certainly the human body can do it,” Cole said. Told. “I saw Brewers riding CC [Sabathia] It’s very difficult to do that epic. [The Astros] Let Justin Verlander rest a little in front [Zack] Dallas such as Greinke [Keuchel], Some of those guys I talked about it. You just have to get out there and work. Once the lights are on, you can take a break of 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7 days … you have to work. “
This is certainly the time when the Yankees cash some of their $ 324 million investment, and Cole said he enjoys the magnitude of the moment a lot. Then win Game 5 or clear up the cleats until February.
“This is a special opportunity. I think everyone feels it will be a special game,” Cole said. “Whenever you are in the de or die game lineup, your teammates trust you and your manager always trusts you as a good-feeling player. You always trust you in big moments. I want to be there Both teams wanted to win this series before Game 5, but hey, we’re here. It gets to where we finally want to reach. It’s part of the road for, so we need to overcome it. “