Once again, Gerrit Cole will try to save the season for the New York Yankees.
The $324 million New York man will start at Yankee Stadium on Saturday with his team behind Houston 2-0 in the AL Championship Series. Christian Jaffer plays for the Astros.
In the NL Championship Series, Kyle Schwarber and the Philadelphia Phillies lead the San Diego Padres 2-1 in Game 4.
Cole, who helped lead the Astros into the 2019 World Championship, has topped the bigs with 257 knockouts this season while he was 13-8 with a 3.50 ERA.
The right ace beat the Guardians in the inaugural Division Series, and with the Yankees trailing 2-1 in their best of five series, they won Game 4 at Cleveland to force the series back into the Bronx. Cole was warming up at the bulls in the ninth inning just in case New York won the decisive fifth game.
“I showered with beer and hit my head with french fries while we last went out,” he said. “So there’s a part of every baseball player that I think really enjoys making their fan base happy, just enjoys making people happy on the field.”
The Astros won the first two games of this best of seven series at Minute Maid Park. Houston 5-0 this postseason.
“I definitely don’t feel like anyone better than Gerritt to deliver the ball to get us straight back into this,” Yankees coach Aaron Boone said.
Javier will have had a 10-day break since a 21-field exit against Seattle in the Division Series opener. His last start was on October 1.
The 25-year-old Javier started and hit 13 goals in seven rounds of a 3-0 joint win at Yankee Stadium on June 25. Cole took the loss in that match.
Here’s what else you need to know about Saturday’s MLB playoffs:
Saturday schedule (all times Eastern Time)
ALCS Game 3. Houston at New York Yankees, 5:07 p.m., TBS
NLCS Game 4: San Diego in Philadelphia, 7:45 p.m., Fox
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Gorrickson Bruvar thought he was going to first base and would likely score a ninth inning rally for San Diego Padres. Instead, he was expelled and returned to the bunker.
With a starting sprinter and no finals and San Diego with a two-time lead in Game 3 of the NL Championship Series, Profar tried to check his swing into a full-count court from Phillies loyal Seranthony Domínguez.
Provar threw his racket and started jogging at first, but was sentenced to a swing by third base referee Todd Tichenor. Provar slammed his helmet, shouted an expletive at Tichenor and then kicked his helmet before being tossed by board referee Ted Barrett.
Dominguez retired the next hitters to finish off a 4-2 win that gave Philadelphia a 2-1 lead in their best of seven game.
“It should have been a picnic,” Provard said.
Bob Melvin, Padres’ manager, didn’t contest the referee’s decision – but he didn’t necessarily agree either.
He said, “Originally, it looked like he might have gone. Go back and look at him, the bat might not have come out there. It’s a close call, tough. But maybe not.”
Mike Clevenger starts with Padres in Game 4 against Phyllis left-hander Billy Walter.
Astros right-hander Lance McCullers Jr. in postponing his ALCS debut a day after he became the latest player to be injured in a post-season celebration.
McCullers suffered a small cut to his elbow after being hit by a bottle during the team’s club party after winning the AL Division Series.
“Unfortunately, after winning in Seattle, I grabbed a spare bottle of champagne at the elbow bone,” McCullers said.
“It wasn’t anyone’s fault,” he said. “It was just an accident. So it’s not a huge deal.”
McCullers had some swelling, so Houston switched it from starting Game Three on Saturday to Game Four on Sunday.
Earlier this month, Phillies assistant David Robertson missed the NLDS after straining his leg while jumping to celebrate a home run by Bryce Harper on the Wild Card Tour.
Bruce Bushey returns to the bunker after a brief retirement, hired by the Texas Rangers as their new manager.
Texans were one of three teams that worked to solidify their management plans on Friday. The Cleveland Guardians said Terry Francona would return in 2023 and the Toronto Blue Jays rescinded manager John Schneider’s temporary label and gave him a three-year contract.
The Chicago White Sox, Kansas City, and Miami still have management jobs.
The 67-year-old Bushy hasn’t been successful since 2019, when he walked away after 13 seasons and three world championships with the San Francisco Giants.
Bochy agreed to a three-year contract. Fourth-year Rangers manager Chris Woodward was sacked on August 15 and the team went from 17th to 31st under interim manager Tony Beasley. Texas has experienced six consecutive losing seasons.
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