Yankees’ rotation sets a new MLB record after Cortes’ outing vs. Angels

New York Yankees starting pitcher Nestor Cortes throws against the Los Angeles Angels, Tuesday, May 28, 2024, in Anaheim, Calif. Inset other Yankees rotation members after a historic MLB milestone.

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — The New York Yankees’ starting rotation has carved out a historic milestone, achieving a major league record even without their ace pitcher. On Tuesday, Nestor Cortes delivered a standout performance against the Angels, conceding only two runs across 5 1/3 innings.

His outing marked the 15th consecutive game where Yankees starters have pitched at least five innings while allowing no more than two runs. This extraordinary streak highlights the remarkable depth and reliability of the Yankees’ pitching staff, reinforcing their status as one of the league’s elite teams.

The New York Yankees have now surged past a record previously shared by the 2022 Mets, 1968 Pirates, and 1907 Phillies, who all have 14-game streaks. Three other teams had recorded 14-game streaks: the 1907 Philadelphia Phillies, the 1968 Pittsburgh Pirates, and the 2022 New York Mets

The Yankees stand as the team with the longest streak with less than two runs by starting pitchers in MLB ever since the mound distance from the home plate was fixed at 60 feet, 6 inches back in 1893.

“Amazing. They’ve set the tone for us all year long and continue through this stretch. It has been a special run by those guys,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone told after the team’s narrow 4-3 loss to the Angels that followed a late two-run rally in the eighth inning.

Manager Aaron Boone expressed astonishment at the stellar performance of the starting staff, emphasizing their consistent influence on the team throughout the season, including during this remarkable stretch.

Yankees rotation sizzles

Despite the absence of Gerrit Cole due to right elbow discomfort, the Yankees’ starters have maintained an impressive 2.73 ERA, currently tied for the best in the majors. Luis Gil, slated to pitch on Wednesday, is tied for second in the AL with six wins and boasts a formidable 2.11 ERA, ranking fifth entering Tuesday’s game. The Yankees’ pitching corps has showcased remarkable resilience and reliability, cementing their status as one of the most formidable rotations in baseball.

New York Yankees starting pitcher Nestor Cortes throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Tuesday, May 28, 2024, in Anaheim, Calif.
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Carlos Rodon has contributed six wins to the Yankees’ impressive tally, while Clarke Schmidt’s 2.52 ERA earned him the ninth spot in the AL rankings. Manager Aaron Boone, unfazed by the individual achievements of his pitching staff, openly addressed the challenges posed by Gerrit Cole’s absence, which naturally raised concerns.

Nonetheless, Boone expressed no astonishment at the collective success of all five starters, affirming his confidence in their abilities. In Cole’s absence, the Yankees’ pitching rotation has risen to the occasion, highlighting their depth and skill, and reinforcing their stature as one of the league’s most formidable pitching units.

Nestor Cortes unveiled that the Yankees’ starting pitchers have transformed their record-breaking streak into a friendly rivalry among themselves. He elucidated that each starter endeavors to surpass the previous night’s performance and extend their innings, recognizing the pride they collectively share as a pitching staff and the relief it offers to the bullpen.

On Tuesday, starter Nestor Cortes delivered a commendable performance, yielding just two runs over 5 1/3 innings. The Yankees’ rotation maintained its impressive streak, solidifying its place in the record books. However, the bullpen’s inability to secure the lead after seven innings overshadowed these accomplishments. A defensive lapse by Anthony Rizzo played a pivotal role in the Yankees’ rare defeat.

Yankees' Anthony Rizzo makes a defensive error at the game against the Los Angeles Angels, Tuesday, May 28, 2024, in Anaheim, Calif.
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Meanwhile, the Yankees eagerly anticipate the return of Cole, who is scheduled for another batting practice session at the team’s Tampa complex on Thursday. Manager Aaron Boone hinted that if Cole’s session progresses positively, he could soon embark on a rehab assignment. Despite the absence of their ace, the pitching rotation has displayed remarkable consistency and depth, further solidifying their status as one of the league’s most formidable pitching units.

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