Yankees "Lock In" Game 4 Starter—Whether Game 5 Needed Or Not

The New York Yankees/Cleveland Guardians ALDS schedule has been messed with due to weather, but that hasn't changed manager Aaron Boone's plans for a Game 4 if it's needed—Gerritt Cole is "locked in" says Boone. That, of course, takes him out of contention to start a possible deciding Game 5 if it's necessary.

It would be his regular rest for Cole for a potential Game 4 on Sunday. 

Cole, who had his troubles down the stretch in the regular season (4.50 ERA in six September/October starts), rebounded to ace form in Game 1 of this series, going 6.1 innings, allowing just four hits and one earned run, and striking out eight en route to a 4-1 Yankees victory. 

Nestor Cortes is going in Friday's Game 2 against the Guardian's Justin Bieber, and Luis Severino faces Triston McKenzie in Game 3 on Saturday. Needless to say, with a roster of hurlers like that, runs will be at a premium in this series. 

Boone added that Jameson Taillon is “very much in play” in his bullpen today for Game 3, not necessarily saving him for a Game 5 either.

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