Sorry, Jim Croce, but it always had to be this way. The Yankees and Rays seemed destined for a Game Five showdown. One night and one decision, one team advances to the ALCS, and one team goes home. Did you ever doubt it?
The Yankees will turn to Gerrit Cole on three days rest to keep the season alive, and this is exactly the situation they had in mind when they made him the highest-paid pitcher in history. It’s something Cole has never done before, but if anyone can put a team on his shoulders and carry them to the next round, it’s him.
Gerrit Cole does a Bill Belichick impression pic.twitter.com/e2S3GAeHog— Yankees Videos (@snyyankees) September 28, 2020
Reminds me a bit of CC Sabathia in Game Five of the 2012 ALDS. Give me that “screw you, I’m pitching the whole game” energy.
The Rays are countering with Tyler Glasnow on extremely short rest. He started Game Two, after all. I can’t imagine he will go much longer than two or three innings. After that it’s all hands on deck for Tampa Bay. The Yankees should be ready for anything.
This is the heavyweight fight. It’s the final table. It’s Freddy vs. Jason. It’s going to be a thrilling, nauseating, heart-pounding, hair-pulling, teeth-clenching few hours.
And I can’t wait for it.
How to Watch
Time: 7:10 p.m. EST (6:10 p.m. EST if Dodgers-Padres goes to Game Four)
Location: Petco Park, San Diego, California
Radio: ESPN Radio, WFAN 660/101.9 FM, WADO 1280 (local listings)