Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole was so bad that Aaron Boone throwing him in the third inning was the best decision that could have happened Tuesday.
The New York Yankees started the postseason with a lousy performance from starter Gerrit Cole against the Boston Red Sox. The ace walked two, allowed four hits and allowed two massive home runs on his way to being pulled in the third inning.
When Yankees manager Aaron Boone took Cole out, the Yankees were down 3-0 and bleeding heavily from the plate. While this pitching change is probably the right one, it comes with a painful warning for Yankees fans: Cole, 30, is in the second year of his nine-year, $ 324 million contract.
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Pulling Cole when he did it could have saved Boone’s job as it put a much-needed brake on the bleeding. The fourth-year manager had been criticized all season for the Yankees’ struggles before his last attempt to reach the playoffs.
The two home runs came on hits from Xander Boagerts in the first (Rafael Devers also ran) and Kyle Schwarber, who at this point could be Cole’s kryptonite, hit one in the third. Boagerts’ crush was 427 feet, while Schwarber’s sent his 437 feet.
With Cole making $ 36 million this season, it’s far less than ideal to have such a woeful outing on the diamond, especially in a game as fundamental as a wild card game. He left the game with 50 pitches, 30 strikes and gave up three runs and was replaced by Clay Holmes.