The New York Yankees’ 2023 season is a disaster. However, ace Gerrit Cole (33) is having the best season of his career and is on the verge of relieving Cy Young.
Cole started the 2023 Major League Baseball away game against the Pittsburgh Pirates held at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA on the 16th (Korean time), allowing 6 hits, 4 strikeouts, 3 walks, and 2 runs in 5 innings. The Yankees won 7-5, but the call was no decision.
Cole has recorded more than four walks and walks in a game only once this season. The three outs and walks on this day were the first in seven games since the Chicago White Sox game on August 8. K/BB is 4.33, ranking 6th in the American League. There are not as many strikeouts this season as in previous years, but there are also fewer walks.
So, it was unusual that, starting with leadoff Bae Ji-hwan in the bottom of the first inning, he gave up walks to Brian Reynolds and Andy Rodriguez one after another. He threw a 97 mph fastball to Brian Hayes and hit a timely 1-run hit, but was no longer shaken. In the second inning, the pitch was still the same, with Bae Ji-hwan winning the game with a 98 mph four-seamer. In the 4th inning, he even forced Ji-hwan Bae into a double play with a knuckle curve.안전놀이터
The fourth season of a 9-year, $324 million (431.2 billion won) contract. He continues a healthy and powerful season, including 12 games and 73 innings in 2020, 30 games and 181⅓ innings in 2021, and 31 games and 192 innings in 2022. He is an example of a conscientious free agent who has not had any recent controversy over fraud. He pitches reliably without injury.
He only pitched 5 innings that day, but following last year, he reserved 200 innings this season. This is the sixth 200 innings in his career, following 2015 (208 innings), 2017 (203 innings) when he was with Pittsburgh, 2018 (200⅓ innings), 2019 (212⅓ innings), and 2022 when he was with the Houston Astros. In 11 years of full-time play, there have been six seasons with more than 200 innings. This alone should be considered sufficient to be worth more than $300 million.
He has the most innings in the American League, 1st in ERA, 2nd in hitting percentage (0.217), 3rd in strikeouts (208K) and WHIP (1.05), and tied for 4th in most wins. With 135.0 ESPN Cy Young points, he ranks second after Felix Bautista (Baltimore Orioles). In the Cy Young mock vote recently announced by MLB.com, he swept 38 of the 39 first-place votes.
The first CyV video of his life is before his eyes. Two years ago, he also took the lead in the Cy Young race, but had to settle for second place after being pushed out by Robbie Ray (Seattle Mariners). He was also second in 2019 when he was in Houston. He was always one or two short of Cy Young, including 4th place in 2020 and 5th place in 2018.
MLB.com said, “Cole gave up an unusually large number of walks from the start, but once again added strength to his Cy Young campaign by scoring zero runs in two innings. “He had a hard time finding the strike zone, but he pitched well and competitively,” Cole said.