Will Cole Regain Form?
In New York Yankees news, pitcher Gerrit Cole gives up home runs. He was knocked around a bit on Opening Day by the Boston Red Sox, who ended New York’s 2021 postseason aspirations with a trouncing of Cole.
The lineup of the Toronto Blue Jays is just as scary, if not moreso. Both George Springer and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. have started off hitting the ball well, which could make for another tough outing from Cole.
Last year, Cole started with a 4-1 record in the month of April. While Cole’s team was able to come back from an early deficit in his first start to earn him a no-decision, it’s almost certain this April won’t end as fruitful for the 31-year-old right hander.
2022 team records: Toronto (3-2); Yankees (3-2)
Dates: Wednesday, 7:05 p.m. ET
Television: MLB Extra Innings, YES Network
Location: Yankee Stadium
Will Blue Jays Bats Pop?
Just as we said for the Yankees, it isn’t necessarily news that the Blue Jays hit a lot of home runs. Yes, they were just shut out in a 4-0 loss to New York on Tuesday night, but the Blue Jays still have guys like Lourdes Gurriel Jr.
Gurriel probably won’t put up eye-popping statistics like some of his teammates, but he’s a career .281 hitter and should snap out of his 3-for-16 start to the season. In a defensive web gem last night, he robbed Aaron Judge of an extra-base hit with a leaping catch against the Yankee Stadium wall.
Berrios in Same Boat?
This Blue Jays vs Yankees preview mentioned that Cole was roughed up in his first start. Jose Berrios’ Opening Day start for the Blue Jays was worse. He lasted just a third of an inning, giving up four runs on three hits, including a home run, two walks and a hit batsman.
Also similar to the Yankees, when you’re fortunate enough to have such a dangerous lineup in your favor, great things will come. The Blue Jays were able to rally from behind to earn a 10-8 victory and give Berrios a no-decision.
When the Blue Jays made the move to acquire Berrios from the Minnesota Twins at last summer’s trade deadline, it was expected that he would be what put the Blue Jays over the hump. While he wasn’t bad, he wasn’t quite stellar. He finished the season with a 5-4 record with Toronto. The Blue Jays were hoping for Berrios to take that step when they named him the team’s starter Opening Day, but he will have a chance at redemption Wednesday.
No Place Like Home
They say there’s nothing like home cooking, and the New York Yankees have the benefit of playing all of their games in the Bronx.
There is a twitter account called “Would it dong?” that looks at every home run hit by any player and shows in how many parks it would have been a home run based on distance and wall height. The Yankees have benefited from what they term a unicorn; a home run that would only be a home run in that given stadium. Aaron Hicks’ home run to right field off Blue Jays pitcher Yusei Kikuchi fell into that exact category.
New York’s Giancarlo Stanton and Joey Gallo have each hit home runs this season that fit that mold and we wouldn’t be surprised to see that continue with the way this Yankees lineup is constructed.