New York Yankees: Gerrit Cole has a Home Run Problem

Gerrit Cole, New York Yankees. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Gerrit Cole, New York Yankees. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /

The New York Yankees signed Gerrit Cole this offseason in hopes of getting the pitcher who hadn’t lost a game since May of 2019, but lately he has been quite the opposite.

Gerrit Cole came to the New York Yankees as a player who had just finished second in American League Cy Young voting in 2019, and fifth in 2018. In his first season as a Yankee, he started off hot, but has struggled in a mighty way over his past three starts.

For the first time since May of 2019, Gerrit Cole lost a start last week, and then on Monday night he did it again marking the first time he lost two consecutive starts since April of 2019.

This version of Gerrit Cole is a version we haven’t seen in quite some time, and unfortunately for the Yankees, it comes at the very worst time as they have struggled in a large way as of late and they can’t rely on their ace right now.

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Over his last three starts Cole has allowed seven home runs, and over his eight total starts this season he has allowed 12, with at least one home run per game.

Don’t get me wrong, Cole is an incredible pitcher and he’s able to paint the corners like few other pitchers in Major League Baseball, but if he’s going to help lead the Yankees to the Fall Classic, he needs to fix his home run problem, and quick.

Cole now has a 4-2 record on the season with two no-decisions, and that HAS to be better, especially with the Yankees’ plethora of injuries right now. The Yankees are now 3-8 over their last 11, and Cole is responsible for two of those 11.

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Now sitting at 4.5 games behind the Rays in the American League East with a 1-7 record against Tampa Bay, the Yankees need to pick it up, and so does Gerrit Cole.