Cole started the first game of the district series and was the winning pitcher after giving up one run in seven innings.
Yankees pitcher Gerrit Cole started on the 11th (12th Japan time) in the first game of the district series with the Guardians and became a winning pitcher by giving up one run in the middle of the seventh inning. The right-hander with the most strikeouts this season sarcastically said that he would like to play with Angels pitcher Shohei Ohtani.
Speaking to The Athletic, Cole said, “I think[the Yankees ace]is the most difficult and important job in the league. There is no role harder than the ace. This division is tough. But I I am paid to pitch as much as possible in the game and pitch for a long time,” he said, expressing his determination to reign as a prestigious ace.
In the 2019 offseason, Cole signed a nine-year, $324 million contract with the Yankees, making him the most expensive starting pitcher in history. GM Brian Cashman said, “When you get a big contract like his, his expectations are high.” I said I would accept expectations,” he said.
“It would be great to play with Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani in my hometown,” said Cole, who hails from near the Angels’ home ground. “If I hadn’t played for the Yankees, I could have grilled hamburgers, drank beer and gambled today,” he quipped, adding, “I’m excited.” He seemed to be enjoying playing for the Yankees.
(Full-Count editorial department)