Due to their inability to perform under pressure and their combined 30 strikeouts over the first two games of the American League Championship Series at Minute Maid Park in Houston
the Yankees have fallen behind the Houston Astros by a score of 2-0.
As they head back home to attempt and counterpunch the Astros' opening salvo in Game 3 on Saturday at Yankee Stadium
the Yankees will now hand the ball back to their ace on customary rest. Time of first pitch: 5:07 p.m.
Cole stated Thursday night, following the Yankees' loss in Game 2, "Regardless, if it's 2-0, 1-0, or 0-2, it can't impact the way I go about my business."
"We all have tasks to complete. We play every single game by itself, every single pitch within every single game, until there are no more pitches to play, whether we win or lose."
There was debate regarding whether Cole or Nestor Cortes should start Game 1 of the Yankees' Division Series against the Cleveland Guardians.