March 1, 2021

Yankees’ Robinson Chirinos could complicate catchers scenario (New York Post)

Gerrit Cole threw his first live batting practice of the spring on Monday and he had Gary Sanchez behind the plate.

One of the storylines of the spring — and beyond — will be who the Yankees team with their ace after Cole had so much more success pitching to Kyle Higashioka than to Sanchez.

Perhaps complicating matters is the arrival of Robinson Chirinos, who is in camp on a minor league deal. He caught 16 of Cole’s starts in Houston in 2019 and Cole mentioned his relationship with Chirinos last week.

“In 2019, we were able to be on the same page,’’ Chirinos said. “Gerrit is a tough guy to catch. He likes to talk. It was a challenge.”

In those 16 starts two years ago, Cole had a 2.46 ERA. He also worked with Martin Maldonado and in those 10 outings, had a 1.57 ERA.

Cole, in his first season with the Yankees, struggled at times with Sanchez in the game. Over eight starts, Cole had a 3.91 ERA, which led to a switch late in the year, as Higashioka took over as Cole’s personal catcher. In those seven starts — including the postseason — Cole finished with a 1.79 ERA.

Gary Sanchez (right) and Robinson Chirino.
Gary Sanchez (right) and Robinson Chirino.

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