After two unexpected days off, the Yankees played again on Wednesday night and won again, beating the Orioles 9-3 to improve to 3-1 on the season. Gerrit Cole wasn’t his dominant self for his second straight start to open the season, but he was good enough, and the Yankees’ power carried the team to another win.
Why was Cole out for the seventh inning at 90 pitches with a six-run lead and nine outs to go to a win? And why is the team not playing the everyday lineup in a season in which they have already had three days off in a week and could have additional days off at any point during this season? Why isn’t the everyday lineup playing every day in a 60-game season after having just had four months off and having not have played real game in nine months? Yes, the Yankees won again, but these are relevant questions for a team that needs to finish first in the American League and get back to and win the World Series for the first time in more than a decade.
At the 10:14 mark, former major league reliever Carter Capps joined me talk to about his baseball career, his famous delivery which caused MLB to implement a rule against it and his post-playing career on the analytics and mechanics side of pitching.
My book The Next Yankees Era: My Transition from the Core Four to the Baby Bombers is now available as an ebook!