The New York Yankees remain the only team in baseball not to lose a series this season.
They were on the verge of dropping a four-game set on Sunday against the Minnesota Twins.
Fortunately for them, they had ace Gerrit Cole on the mound to help them stop the bleeding.
Cole responded with a complete game shutout to take the Yanks record to 10-6.
He had another stellar performance earlier in the week, and combining the two games, they were impressive enough to earn him the American League Player of the Week award.
It’s a Cole World. @GerritCole45 has been named the AL Player of the Week 👏 pic.twitter.com/XrUZzPBsGw
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) April 17, 2023
He went 2-0 in his two starts with a microscopic 1.13 ERA.
He limited opposing hitters to a .365 OPS, which is amazing.
Cole also led the junior circuit in innings pitched in the period ranging from April 10-16.
It has been a marvelous start of the year for Cole.
As hard to believe as it might be, he still hasn’t won a Cy Young award.
This could very much be his best shot: in four starts, he has a 4-0 record and a 0.95 ERA.
He has pitched 28.1 frames, and has not conceded a home run all season.
His primary competition for the AL Cy Young award might be Seattle Mariners star Luis Castillo, but it’s too early for award season.
The Yankees ace is focused on delivering the first World Series title for the franchise since 2009, back when he was a prospect.
Having Cole healthy and in his current form has been a blessing for New York amid their current injury crisis.
He has given them four competitive starts and it has reflected in the standings.
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