American League Division Series

The Yankees deprived Gerrit Cole of a signature moment in pinstripes

Mike Brosseau may have delivered the coup de grâce, however it was a decision two innings prior that set the wheels in motion, ultimately culminating in that knockout blow.

If you would have told me that the ALDS would come down to a Game Five matchup between Mike Brosseau and and Aroldis Chapman , well I’d suspect you were a burner for Rob Manfred.

Between Chapman throwing 101 at his head earlier in the season and the two-home run game Brosseau delivered after that incident, you could not have scripted a more dramatic ending to the ALDS.

He looked like he was flagging in the previous inning as his command turned a bit erratic, leading to Austin Meadows ’ game-tying solo shot.

Pulling Cole so early meant going to a taxed, highly compromised bullpen with few trustworthy options to get the final eleven outs of the game.

The Yankees crossed the Rubicon when they burned practically their entire starting staff and bullpen outside of Gerrit Cole to get to Game Five.

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