BRONX, N.Y. — New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole has been named AL Pitcher of the Month, for April. Since June 2019, Cole has won four of the past seven American League Pitcher of the Month Awards. It’s the first time a Yankee has earned the award since 2014 when Masahiro Tanaka took home the honor.
In six April starts, Cole sported a 4-1 ledger with a 1.43 ERA, 62 Ks, and three walks, holding opposing batters to a .178 clip. Those 62 strikeouts are second only to Ron Guidry’s 64 in June 1978, in a calendar month for a Yankee. Louisiana Lightning took home the AL Cy Young Award that season too.
Along with Cole, across town, Jacob deGrom earned NL Pitcher of the Month honors. Remarkably, that’s the first time winners from both leagues came from New York in the same month since the award’s inception in 1979.