Gerrit Cole made his Yankees teammate Clint Frazier flail at a slider Sunday.
The New York Yankees paid good money for Gerrit Cole, and he’s clearly taken out his frustrations about 2020 on his own teammates thus far.
Cole has spent the better part of Summer Camp making people look silly, piling up swords and cold stares alike. Sunday, of course, was no exception.
Displaying a distinct lack of rust, Cole — ever the perfectionist — started his afternoon by spinning Clint Frazier into the opposing batter’s box.
You…you just can’t hit that.
Cole’s been comfortable out of the windup and the stretch thus far, and has been locked in a rhythm with Gary Sanchez during all of his appearances, impressively tutoring Sanchez on the finer parts of his game.
We knew Cole would emerge from quarantine angry, but I don’t think we expected him to have quite this advanced level of command on all his secondary stuff. After months away from the game, it would be natural to overthrow your fastball and lose the feel for your breaking stuff.
Not Gerrit Cole. He’s a cool-as-hell customer.
Cole’s elevated his fastball, swept his breaker side-to-side, and locked up some of the best hitters on New York’s B-squad (to be fair, they’re not letting Judge, Stanton, and Sanchez try to knock Cole out of the box so far).
After the game, Cole seemed as satisfied with his sterling outing as he ever is, though he was non-committal about future plans (Aaron Boone later theorized he would wisely not start Cole in a pre-Opening Day exhibition game).
The newest Yankees ace became a father just before Summer Camp, and even in the days before that, he was obviously champing at the bit to return to the stadium mound, sneaking into Yankee Stadium with Adam Ottavino.
New York’s newest bulldog was born ready, and even though 2020 isn’t anything like what he expected, the man is simply prepared to wear his beloved pinstripes whenever the opportunity presents itself. It simply feels good to watch him operate in this uniform.