This year is different. The start of the 2023 season of the $324 million (approximately 427.5 billion won) home run factory manager is quite good.
Gerrit Cole (33, New York Yankees) started the season with 3 hits, 8 strikeouts, 3 walks and 1 run in 6⅓ innings in the 2023 major league home game against the Philadelphia Phillies held at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York, USA on the 6th (Korean time). got 2 wins토토사이트
Cole signed a nine-year, $324 million contract with the Yankees in the 2019-2020 free agent market. He was just entering his fourth season with the Yankees. He is consistently serving as the Yankees ace without any major injuries. In particular, he played 181⅓ innings and 200⅔ innings over the past two years, respectively. In particular, he caught a whopping 500 strikeouts, including 243 strikeouts in the 2021 season and 257 strikeouts in the 2022 season.
In 2020 and 2021, he finished fourth and second in the American League Cy Young voting, respectively. However, last year it was ranked 9th. There was a reason. It was a whopping 33 home runs. It was the most in the American League. With so many home runs, it is surprising that the average ERA was 3.50.
However, his start this season is quite good. It was ordinary with an average ERA of 3.32 with 1 win and 1 loss in 5 demonstration games, but it runs rampant with the opening of the season. In the opening game against the San Francisco Giants on March 31, he gave up no runs on 3 hits, 11 strikeouts and 2 walks in 6 innings. To this day, he allowed 6 hits, 19 strikeouts, 5 walks and 1 run in 12⅓ innings in 2 games. 0.73 ERA. Although the sample is small, it is noticeable that there is not a single home run yet.
Against the Philadelphia lineup, from the first inning, he mixed a knuckle curve, slider, and changeup with a 97-98 mile four-seam. The knuckle curve formed in the early 80s and fooled hitters. He put it in the strike zone and used it as a manning ball. In the 7th inning, he gave up a walk to Nick Castellanos while violating the pitch clock on a full count.
According to MLB.com, Cole’s ERA of 0.73 in 12⅓ innings in the first two games after the start of the season is the third in the last 70 years to average 6 or more innings and less than 3 hits, following Whiteford (1955) and El Duke Hernandez (1999). 2nd Yankees pitcher
“I was in a good position from the first day of spring training, and I took it right away early in the season,” coach Aaron Boone told MLB.com. His fastball command was really good. It was sharp,” he said. Philadelphia infielder Bryson Stott, who faced Cole, also said, “His fastball was shocking.”