The Yankees’ newfound ace, Nestor Cortes, is making franchise history

The once shipwrecked Yankee was dominant in 2022.

You know Nestor Cortes is special when he’s even his Yankees rotation mate and staff ace Gerrit Cole believes the former should be the favorite to win the AL Cy Young Award in 2022. And what a great honor that would be for leftist Cortes, who was once a Yankee before this outburst.

That’s right, Cortes was with the Bronx Bombers in 2019 when he had a 5.67 ERA in 66.2 innings, mostly from the bullpen. But nobody remembers that.

However, Yankees fans will now remember Cortes for essentially becoming the ace of a very good starting group in the Bronx. He’s even making franchise history this season with his video game-esque numbers on the hill.

The Yankees’ Nestor Cortes will make franchise history in 2022

A razor-thin 1.50 ERA with 68 strikeouts in 10 starts? That’s evil (Nestor), and he’s the only Yankee with those stats in that sample size in the franchise’s more than a hundred years of existence.

Amazingly, Cortes’ ERA was 1.70 when he took on the Angels, who have an impressive lineup, on Thursday. He reduced it to 1.50 after ending the Halos with seven scoreless innings at Yankee Stadium.

Cortes doesn’t make history with high-octane fastballs or with an intimidating presence on the mound. Instead, he relies on deception and movement, things that have clearly worked for the left in 2022. And who can forget that signature mustache? Indeed, Cortes is so unforgettable Broadcasters even conjure up nicknames for him!

The Yankees have been a force this season, and Cortes has undoubtedly been a key reason for that. Paired with him and Gerrit Cole, combined with a healthy Luis Severino and maybe a pitcher still unfamiliar with New Yorkthe Bronx Bombers could be at the top in 2022.

It will be fun watching Cortes and his incredible story as he takes his team the rest of the way into postseason competition. The Yankees’ newfound ace, Nestor Cortes, is making franchise history

John Verrall

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