June 19, 2021

Yankees must feed Gerrit Cole’s analytics hunger (New York Post)


Money still talks the loudest. Andy Pettitte spoke emotionally about what it means to be a Yankee. CC Sabathia plans on talking about the benefits of pitching in The Bronx and emphasizing there always is a chance to win.

Yet, there is another area that is very important to Gerrit Cole: information ranging from pitching to hitters, conditioning and nutrition.

“If you don’t have it he will challenge you,’’ a person who knows Cole told The Post on Thursday, two days after Brian Cashman, Aaron Boone, new pitching coach Matt Blake and Pettitte met with Cole in Southern California.

Having pitched two seasons for the Astros, who are considered the most advanced analytical club in the big leagues, Cole’s career took off and Justin Verlander’s experienced a rebound thanks to that team’s data-driven approach.

“His work ethic was never questioned,’’ the person said of Cole as a Pirate, the team that took him with the first pick in the 2011 draft out of UCLA and dealt him to the Astros following the 2017 season. “The biggest turnaround for him was how open he was to analytics and how he goes after hitters.’’

The Yankees, who took Cole, a Southern California…

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