The Yankees are focusing on 2022, and there’s one question that’s particularly difficult to address this season: what exactly are they in Gerrit Kol?
The Ace started the season as the Yankees had imagined when they signed a nine-year, $ 324 million contract ahead of the 2020 season.
In his first 11 starts (April and May), Cole had a 1.78 ERA, hit 97, walked just nine, and allowed just five homers. It is 70 ² / in.
Then, in mid-June, MLB announced that it would allow judges to enforce its rules against the use of foreign substances (word spread in early June, after MLB stopped using substances in four minor leagues).
Since starting on June 3, when he allowed five runs in five games against Tampa Bay, Cole ended the year with an average of 15 appearances, he had 4.15 ERAs, knocked down 146, made 32 walks and allowed 19 homers. Opposite sticks had .704 OPS at 110 ² / ₃ inch.
Cole closed with three rough outings that allowed him to run 15 of 17 yards before falling in an AL-wild-card game in Boston after injuring his left leg.
His trip to Fenway Park, where he was recorded for two home runs and only two two-pointers, was as damaging as any part of the Yankees ’defeat.
Other factors contributed to this defeat: the result of the offense, Giancarlo Stanton, thought he was the homer who hit the “Green Beast,” and instead made the wrong decision of one, third base coach, Phil Nevin. wave Harun Referee shot the beast from another first base in Stanton. However, the bucket, which has the richest contract in major league history, is nothing compared to a no-show.
Cole turned 31 last month and should be at his peak. The Yankees had high hopes because now they are expecting the biggest blow from their right hand for their money.
But the decline in post-adhesive performance is certainly worrying until Cole proves he can dominate the current situation.
Before the Joker card game, he answered the question of how he was able to cope with the new rules: “Make a correction along the way, I don’t think. You know, it’s a scene we play, so you have to go and make the squares.
In the second half of the season, that wasn’t enough, even though the old Cole had a flash.
The trip to the Astros on July 10 was a vintage Cole, he closed and blew a dozen. He followed suit, beating 11 and refusing to run in six rounds against the Red Sox.
In four-start training, after winning the COVID IL, Cole gave up every run of 24 yards / yards, knocked down 39 and walked four.
He didn’t get as deep into the games as he did in the season, but in the fourth quarter of that period, Cole was amazing, allowing the 15 – without any walks – to run the Angels.
His hopes were dashed when he was forced to leave the starting line-up against the Blues on September 7 with a sprained left knee. The rest of his season was disappointing.
It ended with 183 ¹ / ₃ innings, including a wild-card game — which doubled the workload of the 2020 COVID-shortened season.
Cole said the jump in the inning didn’t affect his performance and now he and the Yankees should try to get him back to Cy Young’s form.