Gerrit Cole booed off mound in Detroit after performance full of career-worsts

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Will it be a cracked fingernail (someone else’s, not his), cold weather, or something else that will be the reason for another poor Gerrit Cole start in Detroit?

Cole, the Yankees’ $324 million ace, has already expressed displeasure about opening day ceremonies taking too long in a start where he was roughed up in the first inning, and he had to “tip his cap” to Vlad Guerrero – who had two homers and a double off him in three at-bats – in his second start.

He had a fresh chance Tuesday in Detroit…where the game time temperature was in the low-40s with a 20 MPH wind, but neither that, nor a lengthy top of the first for the Yankees, seemed to affect Cole in the first inning. He threw 13 strikes out of 22 pitches and struck out the side around a walk in that frame, marking the 92nd time in his career he has fanned all three in an inning, fourth-most in MLB since his debut in 2013.

The second inning for the Yankees was just as long as the first, though, thanks to Tigers hurler Rony Garcia leaving the game with a cracked fingernail; but it seemed as if Cole had that covered, coming out of the dugout to throw some warm-up tosses of his own during the injury delay that let Will Vest take as long as needed to get ready on the mound:

Cole didn’t make it out of the second inning, though, going single, lineout, three straight walks, sacrifice fly, and another walk to re-load the bases before he was pulled after 1 2/3 innings and 68 pitches. Among those 31 balls and 37 strikes, his second-inning total of 46 pitches marked his career high in any frame, and his four walks in the inning and five total set and tied career-mosts in those categories.

And, even in Detroit, Cole was booed off the mound:

Twitter was, as you’d expect, just as merciless, and it will be interesting to see postgame what Cole has to say about the outing, which brings his season line to a 6.35 ERA in 11 2/3 innings over three starts.

He did, at least, only allow one hit, although it came off the bat of Miguel Cabrera, bringing Miggy within four of 3,000.

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