“I Was Not Quite Sharp Enough”: Gerrit Cole Reflects on Poor Pitching in New York Yankees vs Toronto Blue Jays

Published 09/30/2021, 12:52 PM EDT
Sep 29, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) throws a pitch against Toronto Blue Jay in the first inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports


After a remarkable run in the MLB, things went down south for the New York Yankees last night. Notably, the usual star of the show, Yankees’ pitcher, Gerrit Cole, was disappointed with his team’s performance, as they lost to the Toronto Blue Jays by 6-5.

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The Jays put on a masterclass display to end the Yankees’ seven-game winning streak. Before this devastating loss, the Yankees had a stronghold on the first American League Wild Card. However, courtesy of the men in blue, the Yankees now have something to worry about.

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Gerrit Cole disappointed with his rough start

Going into the match, the New York Yankees hoped to ace their way to the final matches for wild card entry, but things did not go as planned. For the first time in 20 games, the team went without a home run, while their opponents scored two.

Disheartened with his performance personally, Cole reflected upon what happened. “I think we’re running into some really tough teams and I was not quite sharp enough today. That’s the bottom line,” Gerrit said, in his post-match interview.

He added, “I am sufficiently frustrated enough to really make sure that we bring out better execution and just be better next time we get the opportunity to ball. S–t happened. You gotta figure out how to keep your boys there so that we have the opportunity to do what we did tonight.”

 

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New York Yankees Manager thinks the team is in a good spot

Despite having their remarkable run ended, the Yankees are still leading in the race for the wild card. Losing to the Toronto Blue Jays has put the team just one game ahead of the Red Sox. Notably, they are two games above Toronto Blue Jays and Seattle Mariners.

Sep 29, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) throws a pitch against Toronto Blue Jay in the first inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Even after the vital loss, New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone showed faith in his team. He said, “Let’s go. We’re in a good spot, feel like the guys are having a lot of fun competing with a lot on the line.”

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Going ahead, the New York Yankees will once again face the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday. Notably, they lie within touching distance from post-season, needing just three more wins to qualify. Do you think they’ll make it to the end of the tunnel or is an upset still a possibility?

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Shreya Verma

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Shreya Verma is a sports writer at EssentiallySports. A post graduation student in political science, Shreya is also a professional 10m air pistol shooter. As her father was an athlete, she was naturally inclined towards the athletic life.

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