Gerrit Cole is associated with domination, and this has been the case for a while now.
The New York Yankees ace had another fantastic game on Friday against the Oakland Athletics.
He was on the mound for 7.1 innings, in which he conceded only three hits and one earned run.
He walked two foes, but also struck out 11 to show his worth.
By achieving another game with at least 10 strikeouts and not more than a single run, he took sole possession of first place in an interesting stat.
Most Games with 10+ K and 1 Run or Fewer Allowed in Yankees History:
Gerrit Cole 12
Ron Guidry 11
Whitey Ford 11
— Katie Sharp (@ktsharp) August 27, 2022
As the most successful franchise in MLB, the Yankees have had a lot of incredibly good starters.
A Special Place In Yankees History
Few of them, however, have been more dominating than Cole when it comes to suppressing runs and earning strikeouts.
Now, Cole is the leader in franchise history in games with more than 10 punchouts and one run or fewer conceded.
That’s saying a lot, actually, because Cole only has two-plus seasons in the Bronx.
The right-hander isn’t having his best campaign this year, but he has been the ace the Yankees need for the most part.
In 26 starts and 157.2 innings, he has a 3.31 ERA and an even better 3.18 Fielding Independent Pitching, or FIP.
It may not be good enough to compete for the Cy Young award in the American League like he did last season, but it’s good enough to lead one of the strongest pitching staffs in the junior circuit.
He will need to replicate his best form in the postseason, though, which is the stage that the Yankees haven’t been able to master in recent years.