Gerrit Cole (33) of the New York Yankees recorded his first shutout of the season. He is continuing his performance like a ‘monster’, sweeping 4 wins in his 4th appearance of the season and recording an average ERA of 0 points.
Cole started against the 2023 Major League Minnesota Twins held at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York, USA on the 17th (hereinafter Korean time) and threw 109 pitches in 9 innings, 2 hits, 1 walk, 10 strikeouts, and no runs. Reaped.
Cole completely blocked the Minnesota batters that day. He allowed three on-base hits, but had no back-to-back on-base or extra-base hits.
Frustrated Minnesota sent a runner to second base with a sacrifice bunt after Michael Taylor hit after a run in the top of the 6th inning. It was the only scene where Minnesota stepped on second base in the game, but Cole easily overcame the crisis by catching the follow-up hitter, Carlos Correa, with a ground ball to third base.
Although the team scored only two points, it was not difficult for Cole to win. Cole, who was on the mound in the ninth inning as well, caught all three batters with fly balls and confirmed the shutout victory.
It has been 1 year and 10 months since the Houston Astros on June 11, 2021 that Cole won a shutout.
In particular, Cole’s pace at the beginning of this season is astounding.
He started with 3 hits, 2 walks, 11 strikeouts and no runs in 6 innings against the San Francisco Giants on March 31, the opening game. On the 6th, against the Philadelphia Phillies, he allowed 3 hits, 3 walks, 8 strikeouts and 1 run in 6⅓ innings먹튀검증, and against the Cleveland Guardians on the 12th, 7 He recorded 5 hits, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts and 2 runs in an inning.
And on this day, until the shutout, he won all 4 games and recorded 4 wins.
It is the first pitcher in 20 years since Mike Mussina in 2003 to win all of the first four games of a season among Yankees pitchers. At that time, Musina had won 7 consecutive games since the opening.
Cole’s four-game record is 4 wins, an undefeated ERA of 0.95 and 32 strikeouts. He would remain the first Yankees pitcher to record a zero earned run average and more than 30 strikeouts in his first four games.
After going through the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Houston Astros, Cole signed a 9-year, $324 million, super-large free agent (FA) contract with the Yankees in 2020.
He started with an average ERA of 2.84 with 7 wins and 3 losses in 2020, which was played in a shortened season, and performed well with 16 wins and 8 losses with an ERA of 3.23 in 2021.
However, last year, his ERA rose to 3.50 with 13 wins and 8 losses, and in particular, he ranked first in the American League with 33 home runs, earning him the reputation of being a “home run factory manager.”
Cole, who even raised concerns about aging, is raising expectations for him this season, exerting an impact comparable to his time in Houston from the beginning of this season. Cole can exercise an opt-out (declaration of free agency after the end of his contract) after completing his all-season.