After suffering some ups and downs through the season, the LA Lakers claimed the Al East title thanks to Aaron Judge\’s form. Meanwhile, as Aaron Judge has a dip in form, the Yankees find themselves in dire need of others players to rise up to the occasion. The team is currently competing in American League Division Series. Giancarlo Stanton and Gerrit Cole Might be important to their success.

The Yankees To Start With Gerrit Cole?

The New York Yankees confirmed on Friday that Gerrit Cole would start Game 4 of their American League Division Series versus the Cleveland Guardians. In Game 1 of the ALDS, Cole got the start and pitched 61 3 innings, giving up just one run on four hits and eight strikeouts. Cole will have his usual amount of rest because Game 4 is scheduled on Sunday. In 2002, Cole had a successful regular season, recording a 3.50 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, and 257 strikeouts in 3 innings thrown. This resulted in a 2.4 bWAR. 


Cole briefly considered returning to Southern California before deciding to accept a nine-year, $324 million contract with the Yankees. But he couldn\’t say no to a complete no-trade clause and the largest deal in league history for a pitcher.

Can Giancarlo Stanton Rise Up To The Occasion? 

Giancarlo Stanton, a Yankee straight out of central casting, landed in New York. However, Stanton had already been hospitalized after being hit by a pitch that virtually shattered his face. He jumped back into the box as quickly as he could. The Yankees entered the ALDS on the strength of Aaron Judge\’s scorching performance. But after two games in the playoffs, Judge has been ineffective.


For the most part of the season, Giancarlo Stanton has been under the shadow. However, with Judge now struggling to find his rhythm again, now might be the right time for Stanton to rise up to the occasion and escape the tag of Aaron Judge\’s sidekick. 

With a lifetime 7.52 ERA in four starts against the Yankees, including his wild-card round disaster in 2020, Shane Bieber came into the day with a very unfavorable record. Stanton, though, made a very positive impression on the Yankees. With 20 playoff games under his belt, Stanton has hit 10 home runs. He just became one of four sluggers—Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth, and Jim Thome—to smash nine playoff home runs in a 12-game stretch. His one-homer-every-sixty-at-bat ratio is the greatest among players with at least 50 playoff at-bats.

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