Gerrit Cole has a home run problem that he and the Yankees need to fix fast
NEW YORK — Aaron Judge has already set his career high for home runs in a season with 60. The other pillar of the Yankees, Gerrit Cole, finds himself in an unceremonious pursuit of his own career high in home runs.
After allowing two blasts to the Red Sox in the Yankees’ 5-4 win Friday night, Cole has given up 31 home runs this season, tied for the most in his career, which was set with Pittsburgh in 2017. This season, Cole has given up the most home runs in the American League, and only Josiah Gray of the Nationals has given up more in MLB with 37 bombs.
Cole was asked about his home run problem last weekend in Milwaukee after he surrendered two to the Brewers and didn’t have an explanation for why it’s been a struggle for him to hold opponents in the ballpark other than saying, “I’m processing that process right now,” and, “In some cases, it’s remarkable.”
Boston outfielder Alex Verdugo took Cole deep in the sixth inning for a three-run shot after the Yankees starter didn’t receive a borderline called strike three in the same at-bat.