Two of baseball’s best pitchers will square off in Cleveland with New York’s Gerrit Cole starting against Shane Bieber.
The All-Star right-handers met last October in the wild-card round and the Yankees teed off on Bieber, tagging the 2020 Cy Young winner for seven runs and nine hits in 4 2/3 innings. Cole struck out 13 in New York’s 12-3 win.
“I wouldn’t mind it unfolding like that again,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said with a smile.
Bieber has 48 strikeouts and is the first pitcher to fan 10 or more in his first four starts. He’s aiming to match Hall of Famer Randy Johnson’s record of 17 straight starts with at least eight Ks.
The Athletics try for their 13th straight victory when they face Baltimore at Camden Yards.
Oakland’s string is its best since it won a franchise-record 20 in a row in 2002. This is the longest winning streak in the majors since Houston’s 12-game run in June 2018.
The A’s improved to 13-1 since dropping their first six games. Chris Bassitt (1-2, 4.43 ERA), who is 2-0 with 2.18 in three career starts against Baltimore, gets the nod as the three-game series continues.