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On the visitors’ side of Yankee Stadium, the ballpark he christened with a championship in 2009, Joe Girardi folded those Popeye forearms of his over the dugout rail and batted around a few subjects with a familiar face.

The coronavirus: “This Delta variant doesn’t seem to care if you’re vaccinated or not,” the Phillies’ manager said.

The Tokyo Olympics: “I don’t know how they’re going to pull it off.”

Aaron Boone’s Yankees: “I see a postseason team.”

A postseason team? Before Boone won Wednesday night’s wild matchup with his predecessor in 10 innings, 6-5, on Ryan LaMarre’s single to the right-field wall, Girardi was closer to first place in the NL East (three games back) than Boone was in the AL East (seven) or in the wild-card standings (four). But the man who was fired after leading the Yanks to Game 7 of the 2017 ALCS did not care.

“This is a team that’s been in the postseason the last four years, and before that it had a long, long run,” he said. “Until they don’t make it, I wont believe it.”

I won’t either.

Maybe it’s a product of watching the Yankees make near-annual playoff runs since the mid-1990s, even before Girardi showed up in 1996 as an unpopular replacement for catcher Mike Stanley. Or maybe it’s merely a product of surveying the uninspiring race for the second wild card that will be claimed after the Boston/Tampa Bay divisional loser grabs the first.

Aaron Boone and the Yankees have no excuse not to make the postseason.Robert Sabo

The Yankees likely won’t catch the Red Sox or the Rays, though they can give them something to think about over their next seven games in Fenway Park and Tropicana Field. But there is no juggernaut separating the Yankees from a fourth straight playoff appearance under Boone. Oakland, Seattle and Toronto are all catchable and beatable. Shame on the Yanks if they can’t navigate that not-so-perilous path to the tournament.

“Aaron’s done a very good job; look at his recovery over the years that he’s had here,” Girardi said. “So he’s had to deal with a lot this year, just like everybody else. You look at how many people they’ve had injured and the COVID cases they’ve had, and yet they’re right in the mix.

“I still don’t think they’ve hit their offensive stride. You get a couple of guys hot in that lineup, they’ll score runs galore. And they’ve got some pitchers that hopefully are coming back for them that will make a difference down the last month or two. But there’s still a ton of talent over there.”

If not a ton, enough to recover from Jean Segura’s opening-pitch homer off Asher Wojciechowski, and a blown 5-2 lead in the eighth (thanks to a depleted bullpen) and complete a two-game sweep of Girardi’s team to match the Phillies’ sweep of the Yanks last month.

No, finishing third in the AL East and second in the wild-card chase shouldn’t be too much to ask. The Yankees will add some returning firepower from the injured list, and Brian Cashman will likely make a trade-deadline move or two. Meanwhile, Greg Allen and Estevan Florial have infused some desperately needed life into a Walking Dead team that apparently forgot baseball isn’t golf — running is not only allowed, it’s encouraged.

Joe GirardiCharles Wenzelberg/New York Post

And yet when a team is far behind its hated rival in mid-to-late July, October isn’t a popular subject. Brett Gardner actually brought it up on his own Wednesday when he said the team needed more from, well, Brett Gardner and Gleyber Torres and others “in order for us to get into the postseason and make some noise …”

But when asked if and how he talks to his team about October, Boone sounded a bit like ol’ Jim Mora assessing his playoff chances (Google it). “I don’t talk about that at all,” he said.

“We’ve got to take care of the here and now in a big-time way. And we as a team very much understand that, and if we do that, that will take care of itself out there. … So I pretty much never talk about it.”

Never talking about it, of course, doesn’t make it go away. The organizational mission statement famously is what it is, and the Yankees haven’t met that objective since Girardi was leading them a dozen years ago. The Phillies’ manager was reminded that a Yankee team a small handful games over .500 represents a legit New York crisis.

“Always,” he said. “It was Day 2 for Joe Torre in 1998, and we ended up winning 114 games. A Hall of Fame manager who would win four titles and it was like, well, that’s just the way it is.”

It doesn’t have to be that way for Girardi’s successor. Boone is 3-for-3 in making the postseason, and he has no good excuse not to go 4-for-4.

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New York Yankees: Gerrit Cole goes for the sweep of the Tampa Bay Rays today

New York Yankees: Gerrit Cole goes for the sweep of the Tampa Bay Rays today

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This afternoon the New York Yankees and ace Gerrit Cole go for what may be their most important game this season. A sweep of the Tampa Bay Rays. The Yankees have had big problems this season winning against the Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays. However, in the past two nights, the Yankees have taken the first two games of the series and have a chance for the sweep today and a possible turnaround to their season.

At 1:05 pm today, Gerrit Cole will face righty Luis Patino. Cole has been the Yankee’s most successful pitcher. He is 10-5 with an ERA of 2.74 and an incredible baseball-leading 166 strikeouts. He is coming off a loss to the Boston Red Sox. Back on July 10th, he pitched a complete-game shutout of the Houston Astros. Only one Ray has Cole’s number. Ji-Mon Choi has a .667 batting average against Cole in 12 at-bats.

The Rays will send out Luis Patino to face Cole. Patino is a righty that is 1-2 with an ERA of 5.26. Patino is a starter and long reliever for the Rays. He seldom goes more than four innings. This will be the seventh start of his pitching career. The Yankees have little experience with Patino. Only DJ LeMahieu and Gio Urshela have gotten a hit off him. The matinee game will be televised on the YES Network and Bally Sports Sun.

Cole, 30, was born on September 8, 1990, in Newport Beach, California, to Mark and Karen Cole. Cole’s father was from New York and a Yankee fan. His father would tell him Lou Gehrig and other famous Yankees stories, and the young boy would quickly become a Yankee fanatic. His father certainly nurtured Cole’s interest in the Yankees by flying him across the country seven times to Yankee Stadium to see his idols, Mariano Rivera, Derek Jeter, and Andy Pettitte. Then, in 2001 his Dad would take the young Cole to the World Series in Arizona to see his favorite Yankees play. The eleven-year-old could be seen in the stands with a Yankee uniform and cap on while holding a sign saying “Yankee Fan Today, Tomorrow, Forever”.



Through the Pittsburgh Pirate organization, Cole was traded to the Houston Astros, where he blossomed, becoming one of the best pitchers in the game. Cole was originally drafted by the Yankees in 2008 but decided to attend college at UCLA. That young boy with the sign in the stands in 2001 became a New York Yankee in December of 2019 when Hal Steinbrenner and company signed a $324 million contract with the then 29-year-old star pitcher.

In the shortened 2020 season, Cole was 7-3 with an ERA of 2.84. Yankee fans thought that although he was dominant, he wasn’t the same pitcher that went 20-5 for Houston the previous year. So far this year, He is 10-5 with an ERA of 2.74. With the poor hitting Yankees, Cole hasn’t gotten a lot of run support. If he did, his record would be better still. On July 10th Cole threw a career-high 129 pitches in a complete-game win over the Houston Astros, striking out 12. Cole is tied for fourth-most wins in all of baseball and with the third-lowest ERA.

Cole and his family moved to Greenwich, CT, a suburb of New York. The 6’4″ Cole is married to his wife Amy, who he met as a softball player at UCLA. His brother-in-law is Brandon Crawford of the San Francisco Giants. He and his wife love to cook and entertain family and friends. Cole is a healthy cook and a nutritional nut. Amy has a blog called “the Culinary Experience.” The two gave birth to a son last summer. Cole has a younger sister Erin.

 

 

 

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