New York Yankees ace Gerrit Cole (33) is ready to shed the ‘second-best player’ tag and finally win his first Cy Young Award.
Cole started the 2023 Major League Baseball home game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York, USA on the 11th (Korean time) and pitched well in 7 innings, allowing 3 hits, no walks, 9 strikeouts, and no runs. He throws a mix of four-seam fastballs (52) with a maximum speed of 99 mph (159.3 km) and an average of 96.5 mph (155.3 km), as well as knuckle curves (25), sliders (12), cutters (11), and change-ups (6). Overwhelmed the Milwaukee batting lineup.
He showed the power of an ace by hitting the ball across the border line with an overwhelming pitch. Although he was unable to become the winning pitcher due to a no-hitter until the 10th inning and lack of support from the batting line, he lowered his season ERA from 2.90 to 2.79, solidifying his place as first in the American League (AL) in this category. Strikeouts also exceeded 200 (204) for three consecutive years, ranking 3rd in the AL in this category. Cole is also the first player to have three 200 strikeout seasons with the Yankees.
According to MLB.com, after the game, Cole said of 200 strikeouts, “It’s a great number, but I still have a little more work to do. I’ve done 200 strikeouts before, and it’s a record I’m proud of. It was possible because many people helped. The ball leaves my hand, but many thoughts come from other people. “I’m thankful that I can stay healthy and have people around me who support me,” he said.
Cole, who made his 30th appearance of the season today, pitched 187 innings and is 13-4, with an ERA of 2.79, 203 strikeouts, 1.03 WHIP, and a batting average of .201.4. 1st in AL ERA, innings, and WHIP, 2nd in hitting percentage, 3rd in strikeouts, and tied for 4th in wins. He ranks in the top 5 in all major pitching categories, making him a strong contender for the AL Cy Young Award. With about three weeks left in the regular season, there is no suitable opponent in sight.
Luis Castillo (Seattle Mariners) is mentioned as a contender with 12 wins, 7 losses, 3.08 ERA, 191 strikeouts, and 191 strikeouts in 29 games (175 ⅓ innings), but none of them are above the call. Sonny Gray (Minnesota Twins), who is chasing Cole in second place in ERA, also falls behind in overall performance with 7 wins, 6 losses, 2.98 ERA, 160 strikeouts in 28 games (163 innings). Kevin Gausman (Toronto Blue Jays), who ranks first in strikeouts, also has 11 wins, 8 losses, 3.28 ERA, and 217 strikeouts in 28 games (167⅓ innings), but it is nothing compared to Cole.
If he doesn’t collapse significantly in his three appearances remaining in the season, Cole is likely to win the award.
Cole, a former top prospect who was selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates as the first overall pick in the first round of the 2011 draft, has been consistently active as a top starting pitcher for 11 seasons since his debut in 2013. He was selected as an All-Star six times in nine seasons with double-digit multipliers, and in December 2019, he was recognized for his value by earning a nine-year total of $324 million with the Yankees, the highest ever for a pitcher, and even hitting the free agent jackpot.
However, he had no special relationship with the Cy Young Award, which is given to the best pitcher. In 2018, when he was with the Houston Astros, he was satisfied with 2nd place behind teammate Justin Verlander (Houston), and in 2021, the second year after moving to the Yankees, Robbie Ray (then Toronto, now Seattle) made a surprising performance and fell to 2nd place again. . 토스카지노
But this year, my first Cy Young Award opportunity finally came. Although the Yankees fell to last place in the AL East (71 wins, 72 losses, .497 winning percentage), Cole is struggling. After moving to the Yankees, he has been playing consistently as a full-time starter without injury for four years and has established himself as a successful free agent. If he wins the Cy Young Award, his evaluation will rise further. The last pitcher to win the Cy Young Award for the Yankees was Roger Clemens in 2001.