Gerritt Cole can’t do it alone.
Following the devastating news that former ace Luis Severino will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the entire 2020 season — this, coming after it was announced that James Paxton will miss the start of the season because of back surgery — the Yankees will begin their chase for a long-awaited 28th World Series title without two starters expected to anchor the rotation.
Who can fill their spots?
Here’s a list of candidates:
Jordan Montgomery: The 27-year-old, 6-foot-6 southpaw had a strong 2017 rookie season, going 9-7 with a 3.88 ERA, but arm injuries — including Tommy John surgery — have limited him to seven starts the past two seasons.
Mike King: The 24-year-old, former 12th-round pick of the Marlins has pitched a total of two innings in the majors, coming in relief with the Yankees on Sept. 27. Acquired in a 2017 trade with Miami, the sinkerballer advanced from Class-A to Triple-A in less than two full seasons with the organization. He was sidelined for four months last season with an arm injury.
Luis Cessa: The right-hander has made a total of 86 appearances — including 19 starts — since making the Yankees’ 2016…