Gerrit Cole, some will say, is only doing what he is paid to do by the Yankees. But there’s a difference between expectation and deliverance.
Gerrit Cole is a consummate professional major league pitcher. He carries the weight of the $36 million the Yankees paid him this year as the ace of their staff – and he has performed exceedingly well in that role.
Gerrit Cole leads the Yankees pitching staff in wins (15), innings pitched (169), Starts (28), Strikeouts (231), WHIP (1.03), and Lowest Batting Average Allowed (.218).
Moreover, and of course, these stats are all incomplete, Cole leads the league in wins, strikeouts per nine innings (12.3), strikeouts to walks ratio (6.8), and he is two strikeouts short of the lead with 231.
As in the case of Aaron Judge, though, it’s not all about the numbers with Gerrit Cole.
Cole’s Door Is Always Open To Those Who Wish To Learn
You’ll rarely see Gerrit Cole not talking when the camera pans to him in the Yankee’s dugout, and he’s not suggesting the restaurant the team should gather at when on the road.
No, he’s talking baseball, and, more significantly, he’s talking about how to get major league hitters out, a craft he is continuously working at perfecting.
More in-depth lessons occur in the Yankees bullpen when an assortment of Yankees “newbies”, like Luis Gil, Michael King, Clarke Schmidt, and Albert Abreu ask questions and receive answers in a vocabulary they can understand.
Cole doesn’t single out players for counseling – they come to him and Aaron Boone welcomes and encourages the effort made by Cole.
Have there been disappointments, as the game last night against the Cleveland Indians, when he managed only 5.2 innings, surrendering ten hits and seven runs in one of those games the Yankees “had to have” – of course, but there’s also been a consistency that’s allowed for two straight losses once this year?
Naysayers and those who don’t have a clue as to how difficult the game of baseball is will ask if Gerrit Cole’s 15 wins (so far) this year is worth the $2.4 million he’s earned for each win against his year’s salary.
But once again, the only question that matters is this – Where would the Yankees have been without Gerrit Cole in 2021?
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