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Yankees: Biggest Winners and Losers From First Five Games

Which Yankees have had the best start to the 2020 season, which have struggled most? We take a look at some early season winners and losers.

The 60-game sprint that is the 2020 MLB season is already 8% complete for the New York Yankees.

After five games, the Bombers stand at 4-1 with two victories over the Washington Nationals, two over the Baltimore Orioles and a loss in Washington.

With wins in four out of five games, much of the Yankees have performed well however some have gotten off to slow starts that have hurt the team.

Here are three winners and three losers from the first five games of the Yankees 2020 season.

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – JULY 29: Starting pitcher Gerrit Cole #45 of the New York Yankees throws to a Baltimore Orioles batter in the sixth inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on July 29, 2020 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Winner: Gerrit Cole

The Yankees nine-year $324 million investment in Gerrit Cole is paying off early on. In his first two starts as a Yankee, Cole is a perfect 2-0 with an ERA of 3.09.

Cole was credited with a complete game on opening day against the Nationals after he tossed five innings of one-run, one-hit ball while striking out five in a rain-shortened Yankees win. He then tossed 6.2 innings against the Orioles Wednesday that saw him strike out seven and allow three runs.

With his two victories, Cole has now won 18 straight regular season starts dating back to 2019 while he was with the Houston Astros. He has posted a 1.87 ERA in that span.

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