Sports · August 3, 2022

Yankees’ Gerrit Cole concedes six first inning runs in another clunker: “I’m not feeling well”

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Gerrit Cole was awarded a $ 324 million nine-year contract in the winter of 2019, which gave him the longest and most profitable contract (both in AAV – at the time – and in total money) from any pitcher in the history of the game. MLB.

Lately, the problem seemed to be him trying to live up to the contract the New York Yankees had given him.

Cole had a 3-0 lead in his previous two starts against the Baltimore Orioles and the Kansas City Royals – he blew them both. He followed that performance by allowing six points earned and three homers in the first inning against the Seattle Mariners en route to a 7-3 Yankees defeat on Wednesday.

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Gerrit Cole no.  45 of the New York Yankees reacts after conceding a home run to Vladimir Guerrero Jr. n.  27 of the Toronto Blue Jays in the first inning during the game between the Toronto Blue Jays and the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, April 13, 2022 in New York City, New York.

Gerrit Cole no. 45 of the New York Yankees reacts after conceding a home run to Vladimir Guerrero Jr. n. 27 of the Toronto Blue Jays in the first inning during the game between the Toronto Blue Jays and the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, April 13, 2022 in New York City, New York.
(Photo by Daniel Shirey / MLB via Getty Images)

It was Cole’s second consecutive start that allowed for five or more points earned. But the weird part is that all 11 allowed runs came in just two separate innings.

“It’s kind of hard to believe how much it explodes so fast. I’m trying to be excellent out there. Obviously the game is letting us know we’re not there. We have to keep grinding. It doesn’t look good,” Cole told reporters after the show. match.

Cole is now even for the third most number of starts among all pitchers with releases that allow for five or more points earned, along with guys like Joan Adon, Dylan Bundy, Hunter Greene and lots of other bad pitchers. He also had an outing in which only lasted 1.2 innings earlier this year and only pitched four innings on opening day – although he was improperly speeded up due to being blocked, he still conceded three innings. earned and it was not a good performance.

Gerrit Cole no.  45 of the New York Yankees reacts in the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium on April 8, 2022 in New York City.

Gerrit Cole no. 45 of the New York Yankees reacts in the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium on April 8, 2022 in New York City.
(Mike Stobe / Getty Images)

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In the same breath, however, he is one of only 12 pitchers in the big leagues with at least a dozen starts from over six innings while allowing two points or less.

Put simply, it’s been a pretty mixed season for Cole, whose 2022 ERA is now at 3.57.

“There have been good ones, there have been bad ones. The numbers are what the numbers are,” Cole said when asked how he values ​​his season. “I’m just trying to stay on the same drum beat. I’m just trying to improve every week. Sometimes, there are no answers for things that happen in this game, but there are some things I feel we can be doing. We’re grinding to do it. . In terms of the overall season, right now, I’m trying to keep improving. We’ve had good ones, we’ve had clunkers, we’ve been caught in baseball. The numbers are what the numbers are. “

It’s a bad time for the Yankees to have throwing problems. Cole’s ERA in his last three games (albeit poor defense inflates it) is a whopping 7.00. In the last 11, it is 4.32.

Last year he was also bad along the stretch, although this may have been due to a hamstring injury at the time.

In his last three-early regular season of 2021, he conceded 15 points earned in 17.2 innings (7.64 ERA) and only lasted two innings in the wildcard game after conceding three points there.

“We have to perform the way we want to perform, that level of excellence,” he said, “when October comes.”

Gerrit Cole no.  45 of the New York Yankees reacts in the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium on April 8, 2022 in New York City.

Gerrit Cole no. 45 of the New York Yankees reacts in the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium on April 8, 2022 in New York City.
(Mike Stobe / Getty Images)

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Cole isn’t the only Yankee starter in trouble lately. Going in on Wednesday, the entire Yankees rotation had an ERA of 4.23 from July 5, which was the eighth-worst score in baseball since that date.

They traded for Frankie Montas in hopes that the rotation could get back on track.