Yankees relax for third time in rotation
The reins are almost completely removed from the Yankees’ starting rotation.
Gerrit Cole will take to the mound Tuesday against the Tigers for his third start of the season, with his shot count expected to be around where he normally would be in his first start of the season.
“Yeah, it’s possible,” Cole said Sunday. “I don’t know how much rope I have, but I was happy to get into the sixth last week and I expect the ball to continue like that.”
Shortened spring training this year has limited pitchers’ ability to fully build up their workload ahead of the regular season. As a result, Cole threw 68 and 85 pitches in his first two starts against the Red Sox and Blue Jays.
Manager Aaron Boone said most of his starters should be in the 90-100 range on their next round in the rotation, which could allow them to provide the length needed.
Since his last start, Cole has focused on delivering consistency to help improve his fastball control. This season’s batters are currently hitting .333 with a .933 hitting percentage at this pitch, according to Baseball Savant.
“If I can just hit those corners with the fastball, that can help us get going and help us keep leverage through the count,” Cole said. “I’m just trying to refine that.”
Boone has used 10 different batting orders in 10 games this season, but he’s played down any effect that might have on his offence’s slow start.
“I think it’s a lot closer to the same thing every day than [it seems]”, Boone said. “When you change a guy or move a guy here, it turns into a new formation. But I don’t think it’s overall that different. settle in, if we stay healthy things tend to get a bit more consistent.
The Yankees will try to avoid being on the wrong side of history in their three-game series in Detroit.
Tigers veteran Miguel Cabrera is currently five hits shy of 3,000 for his career. The 39-year-old DH would become the 33rd member of the 3000 hits club and the second active member, joining Albert Pujols. Cabrera beats 8 for 29 to start the season.
The Yankees will not face former Mets infielder Javier Baez, who was on the injured list on Saturday with a sore thumb.