Gerrit Cole’s start to the 2022 season has been less than ideal.
The Yankees’ $324 million ace is officially off to. The worst start of his career after he failed to make it out of the second inning on Tuesday night against the Detroit Tigers.
Cole struck out the side in the first but on a cold, windy night in Detroit he lost control of his command and walked four batters and gave up a single and two runs before he was lifted by manager Aaron Boone.
His final line was 1.2 innings pitched, two earned runs, a hit, five walks and three strikeouts in 68 pitches.
Through three games this season, Cole has a 6.45 ERA — the worst of his career through the first three games — and has allowed nine hits, eight earned runs, seven walks and 12 strikeouts through 11.1 innings pitched.
In fact, the last time Cole held a team to fewer than three runs was eight starts ago (including playoffs) and that was against the Baltimore Orioles.
Cole’s struggles infuriated many Yankees fans on Twitter, who had the ace trending for all the wrong reasons as they roasted the right-hander for yet another disappointing outing with a particular focus on the fact that there seem to be plenty of excuses that always come up with him.