My first thought was why a game debuting Gerrit Cole in pinstripes was not televised? I shared the frustration of many fans who couldn’t watch or listen to Cole’s first pitch. Despite the fact that he threw only 20 pitches in a one inning outing, I wanted to see every strike (there were two), every ball (there was one) and every pop-up to short (there was one).
Cole dialed it up to 98 mph on the radar gun and was everything the Yankees hoped for and paid for. Cole was followed up by Jordan Montgomery for two innings of the best kind of come-back pitching, three strikeouts, two ground-outs, a hit-by-pitch and a fly out. Montgomery hit 94 mph on the radar gun and was sharp with all his pitches.
As Eric Boland reported for Newsday, Montgomery told reporters after the game:
“Feel good about my arm strength and my mechanics, and they’re only going to get cleaner.”
Yankee fans look forward to a strong, healthy Montgomery to fill a rotation spot now that Luis Severino is a question mark and James Paxton is out healing from back surgery. Let’s remember that Montgomery finished sixth in 2017 in Rookie of the Year voting on the strength of an impressive rookie campaign. Montgomery is going to surprise a lot of people with his performance in 2020 as he looks to regain and surpass his rookie achievements.