Gerrit Cole is Pitching Bad Enough to be in the Red Sox Rotation

We know that the Red Sox season has been a tough one to watch, but one thing fans are happy to see is the struggles of Gerrit Cole. Yes, the same pitcher that the New York Yankees gave $324 million to before the season (more money than Manny Machado and Anthony Rendon).

Cole started the season off strong, as expected, but since then he has hit a rough patch. Right now, he has a 3.91 ERA–his worst since 2017. He lost his third straight start on Saturday afternoon against the Baltimore Orioles where he gave up five runs in his final inning of work.

His last two starts before his Baltimore start weren’t encouraging either. He gave up a combined nine earned runs in ten innings while giving up five home runs and 13 hits. Those numbers don’t look like they belong to the best starter in the American League, but they do look like that of the Red Sox starters.

Just to give you some context, Martin Perez has surrendered four fewer runs over his last three starts than Cole in addition to giving up two fewer home runs.

I know the Red Sox don’t have a rotation to brag about, but Gerrit Cole should be pitching better and it’s definitely a story to watch as we head into the final stretch of the regular season.

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