Gerrit Cole flipping out after Blue Jays meltdown is life for Yankees fans right now
Let’s paint the picture for you. The New York Yankees are in a rut. They’re 3-12 in the month of August and a very sad 23-30 since starting the 2022 season 50-17. The Toronto Blue Jays, who swept them in a four-game series toward the end of the 2021 campaign in the Bronx, are back for a four-game set in mid-August as the division lead dwindles for New York.
But the Yankees already lost the first two of this series. Thursday and Friday were bleak. There’s a potential light at the end of the tunnel, though! Gerrit Cole, the $324 million ace, is starting on Saturday, and Nestor Cortes will get the ball on Sunday. The team’s two best pitchers. OK! Not so bad.
Wait a second … on what planet does any fan believe Cole will dig the Yankees out from the depths as they continue to limp? He’s proven time and time again that he can’t do it! And even when he’s on track to do it, the offense lets him down! It’s a match made in hell.
So when Cole was throwing a no-hitter entering the fifth inning on Saturday, most fans who have a pulse on what’s going on were thinking, “Ok, when’s the meltdown inning coming? It has to be soon.”
Once the broadcast booth shed light on the no-hit bid, you bet your tush that was the end of it. Cole, in classic fashion, unraveled against the bottom of Jays order. After striking out Matt Chapman, he gave up a double to Santiago Espinal, walked Danny Jansen (hitting .197), and surrendered the lead on a two-run double to Jackie Bradley Jr. (hitting .211 and slugging .321).
Then he was the victim to subpar defense. Isiah Kiner-Falefa double-clutched on a Raimel Tapia grounder and then bounced the throw to give the Jays leadoff man an infield single, and Andrew Benintendi took a downright bad route on Alejandro Kirk’s double, which resulted in two more runs. The insurmountable 2-1 deficit was now 4-1, otherwise known as “game over” in whatever inning it is. But at that point, the damage had already been done when the score became 2-1. Cole put the team on its heels and the rest was history. Then he flipped out when he got back to the bench.
Gerrit Cole flipping out after his start sums up every Yankees fan right now
Can’t blame Aaron Boone today, Yankees fans! Here’s the Yankees manager losing his cool as well in the postgame.
Cole ended up allowing four earned runs on five hits and two walks in six innings of work after allowing just a single walk through four. One double off the bat of Espinal sent him spiraling, as is the case when one single thing goes off script for one of his starts. Meltdown City. Population: Gerrit Cole.
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He also gave up three or more in a single inning SEVEN times last season. Nonetheless, every Yankees fan feels Cole’s frustration right now (and even feel for him … because that was rough and he must be feeling even worse). An afternoon that seemed like, for a second, it would be sweat-free, turned into an unmitigated disaster and the team’s third straight loss to their chief competition in the AL East.
The division lead is now down to seven games.
Cole actually extended that disastrous inning himself with a defensive gaffe and perhaps changed the manner in which he approached Kirk, who hit the two-run double, in the next at-bat.
Siri, please play “Family Reunion” by Blink-182 as we punch the top of our car roof harder than Cole hit the top of dugout.