Gerrit Cole has been one of the best pitchers in the game for the last couple of seasons and will be getting paid accordingly with the Yankees this season. The only question now is whether he is going to live up to his contract ($324 million over nine years).
However, when it comes to living up to the largest contract (AAV) in MLB history, Cole may have to redefine what ‘greatness’ is. But can he? Prior to his two seasons in Houston, he was considered a good pitcher but certainly not a great one.
For those who think he is going to be as good or better, DraftKings has some Gerrit Cole wagers that may interest you:
- Player to record 15 or more strikeouts in a game in 2020
- Yes -139
Cole had two 15 strikeout games last season, one in the regular season and one in the playoffs. During the regular season, he recorded 10+ strikeouts in 21 starts and had 14 in four. So, it is not hard to imagine him recording 15 in at least one game for the Yankees this season.
However, it is worth noting that the year before, he cleared 15 K’s just once (had 16 on 5/4) and 14 only once. Throwing 15 strikeouts in a game is not exactly common practice. From 1913 to 2016, there were 212 games with 15+ Ks in all of MLB.
While it is not hard to imagine Cole getting it done, at those odds—pass on this one.
- Player to record 20 or more strikeouts in a game in 2020
- Yes +2500
His career-high is 16, and in MLB history, there have only been four 20 strikeout games. So, the smart money would be on ‘no’ for this one. But if Cole can continue to improve his game, the Yankee offense is good enough to allow him to be more aggressive.
If Lady Luck happens to be smiling on him on a particular day, he could do it. Will he? Probably not. But the possibility is worth skipping a few lattes and putting $20 down.
- Player to record a No-Hitter in 2020
- Yes +2000
No-hitters (thrown by a single pitcher) are actually pretty rare. There were only two last season two the year before that, and only one in 2017 and 2016. The likelihood of one occurring is improbable, but the possibility Cole throws one?
It is possible.
During his two seasons in Houston, he had three one-hitters and came close to getting a no-hitter in 2018. The possibility of it happening is worth skipping a couple more lattes and putting a little money down (but not much).
- Total Strikeouts thrown by the pitcher – Excluding Playoffs
- Over 273.5 -112
- Under 273.5 -112
He threw 326 last season and 276 the year before. Unless he gets hurt and misses a lot of time, clearing 273.5 should be easy.
- Total Wins by the pitcher – Excluding Playoffs
- Over 16.5 -106
- Under 16.5 -118
With the offense that he is going to have behind him this season, there is no reason to think he is not going to come close to getting 20 wins again. Take the over.