June 13, 2021

Gerrit Cole Makes the Yankees the Team to Beat in the American League (Baseball Essential)


The New York Yankees did it: they got their ace. With Gerrit Cole in the fold — thanks to a record-setting, nine-year, $324 million deal — the Yankees are now the team to beat in the American League.

Cole is coming off a season where he was arguably the best pitcher in Major League Baseball with the Houston Astros. Recording a 2.50 ERA and 0.89 WHIP whole totaling an absurd 326 strikeouts, he was a force to be reckoned with. He has control of a high 90s fastball and throws a mean slider and curveball. These offerings were, at times, unhittable last season.

He’s a workhorse. Cole pitches deep into games, grinds through at-bats, and works out of trouble. In some ways, he’s a dinosaur. Rarely do we see elite strikeout pitchers provide the length that Cole brings to the table considering the amount of pitches it takes to buckle an offense with double-digit strikeouts.

He has put together back-to-back Cy Young Award-caliber seasons, and with the exception of his Game 1 World Series start against the Washington Nationals, Cole was lethal in the postseason. Across five starts he recorded a 1.72 ERA while logging 47 strikeouts and averaging slightly above seven innings per…

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