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  • Writer's picturePaul Semendinger

OH NO! NO COLE NO!!!

March 11, 2024

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FROM MLBTR:


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My Quick Thoughts follow.


I'll begin by starting my reactions to what is the worst case scenario:


(1) If Gerrit Cole is injured, the Yankees' 2024 season is in jeopardy. I don't see how the Yankees can withstand an injury to not only their best starting pitcher, but the only starting pitcher without any question marks. If Cole is injured, this is a disaster.


(2) Many (many many many) on the site have argued with me regarding Aaron Judge in centerfield. I don't think it's amart for the Yankees to put Judge, at 32, in a position that requires a lot more running and physicality than a corner outfield spot. While this is different, it is, in many ways, to me, the same. Baseball players break. They age. They wear down. Gerrit Cole has thrown a ton of big innings for the Yankees since he signed with them. He isn't getting any younger. When a team has a cornerstone player, they should not subject that player to undue risks. Not only is Gerrit Cole essential for the Yankees to win in 2024, he's signed for a gazillion more years. The same is true of Judge. If either (or both) are hurt, the Yankees' chances of success dwindle. Dramatically. In fact, they plummet. The Yankees spend a lot of money, but they have (obvious) limits. Cole and Judge take up a ton of the space available for player salaries. Injuries to either player negatively impact on the team's chances to win and to find ways to replace them. (Just to be clear, I don't think the Yankees put Gerrit Cole in harm's way. Injuries happen. They just do. THat's why Judge, who are putting in harm's way, shouldn't be in centerfield.)


(3) I have said, a gazillion times, that the Yankees squandered their best chances to win the last many years when they didn't go all-in. They should have gone all-in when Judge and Cole were in their primes, not as they age out of them. The Yankees didn't go all-in and wasted Judge's MVP season, and then the next year wasted Cole's Cy Young season. The Yankees limited where they'd spend and the results were a lack of championships - or even for the last season and a half of good baseball. It was penny wise and pound foolish. If Cole is out for any meaningful period of time, the championship window that was slowly closing might just have been slammed shut.


(4) Sure, the Yankees can go sign Blake Snell and/or Jordan Montgomery right now. But, the problem is those players are weeks and weeks away from being ready to pitch meaningful games. They don't help the Yankees immediate need for a starter. (Remember, also, the Yankees will be fined 110% of the player's salary for any player they now sign. I just don't see them spending that kind of money on either of these pitchers.)


(5) When Corbin Burnes was out there, the Yankees didn't get him. A team can never have too much starting pitching. The Yankees have a history of not getting big deals done and letting impact players get away. Burnes was just the latest. If he was on staff, the Yankees would be better able to withstand an injury to Gerrit Cole.


(6) If Cole is out, the Yankees' fifth starter is a huge question mark. It will probably end up being a sub-replacement level pitcher.


(7) This is, quite possibly, the worst news that could have hit the Yankees this season.


The best case scenario?


(1) This is just precautionary and it turns out to be nothing. But...


(2) I can't imagine it's nothing. I am sure it's something. As such, even if Cole is "fine," I doubt Gerrit Cole is fine enough to be the guy to pitch every fifth day and be on top of his game. At best, we'll see Cole having shorter outings, be limited to a very strict pitch count, and will he miss start. PLayers don't get MRIs for no reason.


(3) The Yankees are in trouble. This isn't good.

52 komentarze


fantasyfb3313
12 mar

also, I totally agree with you that there should have NEVER been one second of thinking about worrying about the salary cap after we signed Cole and double that after signing Judge!!!


MAN oh MAN, i wish i had a nickel for every time i tried to explain to someone WHY WHY WHY would you pay COLE a gazillion dollars and then skimp on paying to put a team around him that can give you the best chance to win while is still at his best and has the best chance to lead you to a WS?? should have spent EVERY dollar and prospect they had to win after getting Cole and with Judge pre free agency. and when Judg…

Polub

fantasyfb3313
12 mar

Paul, I wrote about this several weeks ago in another discussion, but my comment was late in that discussion and I am not sure it was seen much if at all. If i could find it, I would probably copy and paste, but i dont feel like looking anyway, the jist is this- I totally wanted us to get Bellinger, but If we had Bellinger or anyone else we wanted in CF, maybe it will be Grisham??, that means we need to play Judge and Soto in RF and LF. I am going to avoid the discussion of which one plays where, but focus on one of them MUST play a lot of games in LF in Yankee Stadium. now mayb…


Polub

cpogo0502
12 mar

To all you posters acting like you are Board Certified in musculoskeletal injuries I say, stick to what you know. You don't know a damn thing about Judge's condition, either his core which could mean exhaustion or a problem with his pelvic floor--something many athletes ignore in their workouts, or his toe which if it is still not healed will be made worse by the additional ground he will have to cover playing CF. Thank you and good night.

Polub
Jeff Korell
Jeff Korell
12 mar
Odpowiada osobie:

The definition of a Sore Core is extremely sore muscles a day or two after a core workout, which just means that he probably overdid it and that he might need to dial down his workout a bit. So all Judge has to do is take a day or two off from working out and he should be fine.


SOURCE: https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/core-workout-can-cause-muscle-soreness#:~:text=Extremely%20sore%20muscles%20a%20day,exercises%20you%20find%20especially%20hard.

Polub

sfs1944
11 mar

Paul It seems we are also talking about holding or trading prospects. I am and always have been of the ilk of trading prospects for proven major league ballplayers every single day of the week. That is why they are called prospects and if you hit on one or two every few years or so you are extremely lucky

Polub
Paul Semendinger
Paul Semendinger
11 mar
Odpowiada osobie:

We agree.


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sfs1944
11 mar

Paul I will say it again . Today’s ballplayers while having every advantage at their disposal seem brittle as opposed to those in the past. Now Judge is a little beat up. Spring training just started! Maybe MLB players need load management like the NBA Guaranteed Contracts take away any pressure to play! This and Gambling will continue to hurt all sports!


Polub
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