The man who led the Yankees’ pitching staff through the seesaws of this truncated regular season, and who will soon guide them into a unique postseason, never played professional baseball. The highest level he reached was pitching for the College of the Holy Cross. His earned run average over four years there: 6.54.
Blake getting credit on tonight’s ESPN broadcast for his work with AL Cy Young winner Shane Bieber. Boone also said he leaned on Blake for advice on how to approach Bieber. Yankees had 7 runs off him in 4 2/3 innings.
When Matt Blake went out to visit with Cole in last night’s game before Cole faced his nemesis, Ji-Man Choi, speculation was that Cole did not want to intentionally walk him to load the bases in a key situation. Blake left, Cole walked Choi intentionally, Cole struck out the next batter. Kudos to Blake.
If Blake was responsible in any way for that one-inning Garcia stint before switching over to Happ (pukes), then I want to see his diploma so we can confirm he's actually an HC alum. I don't think WCC scholars would have come up with that plan.
Laughter is the best medicine except when you have E.D.