Lennon: Loss of Cole and Montgomery throw Yanks’ rotation into chaos

Trying to salvage this season has the Yankees fighting a two-front war. On one side is the ultra-competitive AL East, a division where even the Orioles are giving them trouble. On the other is COVID-19.

Getting to the playoffs already was going to be hard enough. Before Tuesday night’s game, the Yankees had a 48.0% chance of reaching the postseason, according to FanGraphs. Basically a coin flip.

But how can Aaron Boone & Co. realistically expect to gain any ground when COVID keeps subtracting their best players? As soon as the rotation wrapped a fantastic July — leading the AL in a number of categories — the Yankees learned that Gerrit Cole and Jordan Montgomery tested positive, knocking them out for the next 10 days.

Their quick fix to replace Cole for Tuesday was calling up Luis Gil to make his major-league debut after a total of eight career starts (5.64 ERA) at the Triple-A level. As for Montgomery’s spot, that remains up in the air, and don’t forget the Yankees just lost Domingo German to a rotator-cuff strain as well.

“We’re truly day by day right now, hour by hour,” Boone said before Tuesday night’s game against the Orioles. “We’ll see where the week and the games take us … It’s frustrating. But it’s also what we and many people in the world have had to deal with in every walk of life. You just handle it and deal…

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