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Yankees’ rotation has chance to be one of team’s all-time best

The game keeps you humble, even if you win three out of every four games you play. The ’27 Yankees lost 44 games. The ’98 Yankees lost 48 games. The 2022 Yankees lost their 18th game Tuesday night to the Rays, 5-4, and, as Aaron Boone surmised: “We’ll probably lose a few more.”

The game even finds a way to humble the game’s best stories, like Nestor Cortes. Cortes allowed three solo home runs in 4 ²/₃ innings, and that was enough to earn him his third loss of the season and nudge his ERA over 2.

“I didn’t make enough good pitches to get them out,” Cortes said. “It just didn’t work out today.”

Boone said, “He wasn’t quite as crisp. Guys hit some balls pretty hard off him. Just not quite as sharp as we’re accustomed to. Not quite his night.”

Mostly these nights have gone the Yankees’ way because, mostly, their five-man starting staff has been on an epic run. In the 67 games (and 50 wins) before Tuesday that rotation — Gerrit Cole, Cortes, Jameson Taillon, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino — has demanded the sport’s attention.

And it stands apart in the Yankees’ long history. Entering Tuesday they were a combined 28-6. Their combined ERA was 2.77. Their combined WHIP was 1.008. Every time this quintet takes the mound this is their average outing: 5 ²/₃ innings, four hits, six strikeouts, one walk.

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