The one thing they needed as the struggles continued to mount was a stern voice of reason willing to hold players accountable, lead by example and lighting a fire so others would follow suit. Some celebratory and/or aggressive energy, at the very least, would’ve helped too.
Luke Voit’s typically been the source of that, but he’s been sidelined with a knee injury to start the year. Can anyone else help?
Gerrit Cole to the rescue!
The Yankees ace embodied “pissed off” on Saturday night in his battle with Cleveland Indians Cy Young winner Shane Bieber.
Cole pitched seven innings and allowed just one run on three hits and zero walks while striking out 11. You did not want to be within two feet of him when he missed one of his pitches, either.
Cole came into this one fired up, and his emotion never relented, which was certainly a driving force. The Yankees offense was once again quiet. Despite the two solo homers from Rougned Odor and Aaron Hicks, New York was 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position and stranded seven baserunners.
So it was up to Cole. His only blemish on the evening came in the fourth when he allowed a triple to Jose Ramirez and then an RBI single to Eddie Rosario. Thankfully, the Yankees punched back with those two runs in the top of the fifth, and “pissed off” Cole kept rolling.
When he missed his pitches or got squeezed on a call, he’d turn his back to home plate and either imitate his mechanics in an attempt to correct himself or stare off for a moment to calm down. He left Kyle Higashioka waiting to throw him the ball back each and every time.
When he fanned a batter, he looked as dialed in as humanly possible.
What a day to make history, too! The Yankees rolled to their third straight victory and their first series win since April 5-7 vs the Orioles. They’re now 9-11, inching closer back to .500.
And the Red Sox lost on Saturday! Rejoice.
Go about the rest of your day with Gerrit Cole energy. We promise it’ll go well for you, too.