Gerrit Cole delivered a big performance on Sunday to lead the New York Yankees to a 10-2 win over the Cleveland Guardians and he was given a standing ovation by Yankees fans. Cole, who hasn't had an ideal season so far, delivered near a perfect performance on Sunday as he pitched in 6.2 innings the Guardians and finished with nine strikeouts, while only allowing one walk and four hits.
Cole certainly hopes this will be a game changer for him and the start of strong performances.
Cole's velocity and the movement is still there but his precision is what has been lacking for most part this season. Before the Yankees beat the Cleveland Guardians 5-4 on Saturday, Cole identified what has been the problem this year.
“It’s not like I’m trying to throw the ball on one side of the plate and I’m missing on the other side of the plate,” Cole said, per The Post. “I’m trying to throw the ball, and I’m missing just outside the strike zone”.
Cole a 'perfectionist'
“I think it’s kind of small adjustments really. We were going for really perfect pitches I think probably too often — I was,” said Cole, who threw just 5 ¹/₃ innings in the Grapefruit League leading up to the season.
“I think that just in certain situations if I just attacked the zone better, we would have been in a better spot. So that’s what we worked on this week”. Several days ago, Yankees pitching coach Matt Blake said he would like Cole to commit to attacking in the strike zone a little bit more.
When it comes to the support, Cole isn't lacking any. “There’s a lot of people that have watched me for a long time, my folks and my wife and my teammates. People have offered some advice or … like a hug or something,” Cole said with a laugh. .