It is five games. It is five games in which Gerrit Cole has started twice. It is five games, the last two against the Orioles, whose only reason for existence might be to pump up the Yankees’ confidence and record.
But have you noticed that through five games the Yankees pitching has been brilliant?
Yankees hurlers would have a 25-inning scoreless streak as you read this sentence if they had a shortstop. But they have Gleyber Torres, who defensively leads the majors in nonchalance. He indifferently turned what should have been the final out of the game, a routine grounder, into a Ryan Mountcastle infield “single.” Rio Ruiz followed with a two-run homer off Lucas Luetge and rather than beat the Orioles 7-0 for a second straight game the Yankees won 7-2.
Still, even with the gifted two runs, the Yankees’ ERA through five games is 1.76. The batting average against is .190. Pretty much every pitcher aside from Domingo German has performed well and on Tuesday night Cole was as good as he could be, which means better than every other starter on the planet not named Jacob deGrom.
“Everything was working for him,” Kyle Higashioka said.