Gerrit Cole hasn’t pitched like himself since the end of last August. Over his last nine starts, he has turned in one good one, and he didn’t even get past the fifth inning in that one. On Tuesday against the Tigers, Cole lasted 1 2/3 innings, walked a career-high five batters, including the Tigers’ 7 through 9 hitters consecutively. The pitcher who was supposed to be the one sure-thing in the Yankees’ rotation has become their least reliable and worst starter.
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