New York Yankees

DETROIT, MI - APRIL 19: Gerrit Cole #45 of the New York Yankees reacts after walking Austin Meadows of the Detroit Tigers during the second inning, his last pitch of the night, at Comerica Park on April 19, 2022, in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

The Yankees defeated the Detroit Tigers, Tuesday by a score of 4-2, but that wasn’t the story after the game had ended.

The story was about Gerrit Cole, who once again didn’t stick around long enough in one of his starts. He departed this game after one-and-two-thirds innings having allowed two runs and five walks. Cole had clocked 68 pitches by the time he left.

“I’m pretty disappointed,” Cole said afterwards. “I was trying to be too perfect, but I still had enough in there to get the job done. I’ve certainly never had anything like that in my career before, but it’s not something we can’t get through.”

Cole’s struggles have been apparent really since last season when he was supposedly caught using Spider Tack, an illegal substance that assisted pitchers with their spin rates. After posting an ERA around two through the first two months of last season, Cole struggled to keep his ERA under four, with the exception of a brilliant month of August, where he gave up only one earned run in 17.2 innings of work.

In the Wild Card playoff game last season in Boston, Cole lasted only two innings, allowing three runs as he struggled with his control that evening. This year has been a repeat of that effort thus far.  In three starts this season, Cole has yet to complete six innings of work, he went five-and-two-thirds against Toronto last week, but gave up a pair of homers to Vladimir Guerrero Jr. In 11.1 innings this season, Cole has surrendered eight runs, three homers and walked seven. His ERA stands at 6.35.

Manager Aaron Boone said he is not worried about Cole, and believes he is in for a big season.

Cole signed a then-record $324 million contract before the 2020 season, and as year three of that nine-year pact begins, things are not looking good, and fans on social media are on the rampage.