The Yankees pitching has been very reliable for New York this year. With up and down offensive performances, having a strong rotation and bullpen has been very important. Theyâ€™ve been one of the most dominant pitching groups in baseball. A big reason for that is the presence of Gerrit Cole.
Gerrit Cole has been everything the Yankees couldâ€™ve imagined since signing him in 2019. This year specifically, heâ€™s been putting up CY Young numbers. Recently, he’s been shaky. However, a great performance against the Twins on Wednesday put him back on track.Â
It was especially encouraging to see Cole perform well with all the pressure from the media. Twinsâ€™ Josh Donaldson outed Cole as a possible foreign substance user. That made this matchup gain nationwide attention. Cole finished pitching six innings with only two runs allowed and punched out nine. Donaldson went 0-3 with two strikeouts against Cole. It was a great response from the Yankeesâ€™ ace.
Before the Twinsâ€™ dumbfounding comeback win last night, Jameson Taillon made comments regarding Cole and the situation. Taillon and Cole have a great relationship dating back to their days with the Pirates. They’ve become good friends throughout their careers.
Taillon started by saying that if the MLB is actually â€œtaking things seriously,â€ (regarding illegal substances) then he’s â€œreally excitedâ€ about it. He thinks â€œeliminatingâ€ the sticky stuff will help them as a group. Saying that he really wants the MLB to go clean and â€œlevelâ€ the playing field.Â
Regarding Gerrit Cole specifically, Taillon stated that â€œas a friendâ€ it was tough to see. But he was â€œhappyâ€ Cole went out there on Wednesday and had a great start. He said he â€œdoesnâ€™t think sticky stuff is what makes Gerrit Cole, Gerrit Cole.â€ Taillon said heâ€™s watched Cole throw bullpens and prepare for starts and thinks he will be the same if not better after this. Saying that this “might’ve” lit a fire under Cole.
Throughout the entire press conference, Taillon was very transparent about the situation. He gave some really good insight into the problem as a whole. Taillon seemed very confident that the Yankees would only improve from this being enforced more. It didnâ€™t seem like he thought this would be a problem for any Yankee pitchers.Â
After a very rough ending to a three-game set in Minnesota, the Yankees will travel to Philadelphia. Tune in as Taillon starts things off against the Phillies tomorrow evening!