Blue Jays’ Alek Manoah calls Gerrit Cole biggest cheater in MLB history

How hungry is Alek Manoah? The Toronto Blue Jays pitcher isn’t a fan of cricket tea, but he does enjoy giving it to the New York Yankees, especially Gerrit Cole, whenever possible.
Manoah appeared on the latest episode of Sportsnet’s “How Hungry are You?” with NBA star Serge Ibaka and was asked a series of questions by the former Toronto Raptor. And Mafuzzy Chef certainly didn’t hold back.
The 24-year-old first detailed the elements of baseball to Ibaka, explaining why a starting pitcher usually requires four days of rest between starts. But then the tea really started to spill – so to speak – when the Blue Jays hurler was asked, “Who’s the biggest cheater in baseball history?” Needing little time to respond, Manoah answered with Cole, who was heavily scrutinized for his previous use of foreign substances.

Alek Manoah says Gerrit Cole is the biggest cheater in baseball history
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Before Major League Baseball began policing “sticky stuff” midway through the 2021 season, Cole was allegedly one of many pitchers using the illegal substance known as spider tack, which provides improved grip, allowing those same hurlers to increase the spin rates on their pitches.
Manoah also explained the confrontation involving Cole at Yankee Stadium from this past season, where the $324-million pitcher started yelling at his counterpart after Aaron Judge was hit by an inside fastball. Things never escalated any further between the two All-Stars, although that was because Cole didn’t cross the first-base foul line.
The 11th overall selection from 2019 made 31 starts i …

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Author: Thomas Hall / Blue Jays Nation

Alek Manoah dominates the Pirates as Toronto starts series with 4-0 win

For those who observe Alek Manoah Day, they were able to celebrate for good reason.

The Blue Jays took the first of a three-game series from the lowly Pittsburgh Pirates 4-0 behind a dominant performance from The Big Man, Alek Manoah. Manoah threw seven and a third innings, allowing only five hits, no runs, one walk, and six strikeouts en route to his 13th win of the season and his 20th quality start. He pitched in front of his college baseball team, the West Virginia Mountaineers, as they made the quick trip up to PNC Park to watch their former teammate do his thing.
Johan Oviedo, who was acquired from the Cardinals at the trade deadline in the Jose Quintana trade, started for the Pirates tonight. Oviedo struck out the side in the first inning, all on his slider. The Blue Jays were able to generate five base runners between the second and third innings, but they did 2022 Blue Jays things with them and ~stranded them all~.
Fortunately for the Blue Jays, Oviedo was on a pitch count. Who knows if the Blue Jays would’ve had much success off of this guy had he not gotten to 75 pitches so soon.
Tyler Beede took over for Oviedo in the 4th, and he allowed a leadoff double t …

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Author: Evan Stack / Blue Jays Nation

How Alek Manoah Can Replicate Sandy Alcantara’s Success

Alek Manoah is balling.

The 24-year-old West Virginia product has been pitching one of the best seasons in Blue Jays history thus far. His play, his personality, and his punchies have made him an overnight baseball sensation, and he’s gaining fans even from outside Jays Nation.

However, he’s now pitched for more than a calendar year. Hitters all over the league are preparing for him. His low strikeout numbers leave something to be desired. Can he sustain this level of success?
There’s certainly no doubt that low strikeout pitchers can have immense success. Sandy Alcantara is pitching better than anyone in baseball right now, and he’s doing it with a K/9 of 8.29, only 0.09 higher than Alek Manoah’s. Perhaps more importantly, this isn’t Alcantara’s first time pitching to this level of success.
Assuming the Marlins lefty doesn’t suffer a sudden drop in performance, 2022 will be his 3rd straight year with an ERA under 3.25, and his 2nd with an fWAR above 4.0. In 2022, he’s putting up a FIP of 2.78, and an xFIP of 3.27. While these numbers certainly aren’t as dazzling as that 1.81 ERA, both are significantly above league average. Alcantara has been sustaining his low strikeout success, and should continue to do so in the future. Because of the fact that Manoah is the same type of pitcher, it would be easy to think that the same is true of him.  However, it’s important to note the differences between Sandy and Alek.
In baseball, there are many ways to achieve an out. However, not all ways are created equal. Some are higher risk and higher reward. Some are more efficient than others. Some are more difficult to achieve than others. Some are less consistently effective than others. But which ways are definitively the best? Here’s a list of xwOBA allowed, based on how the at-bat ends.
Without a batted ball (walk or strikeout): .183 xwOBA
Groundball: .222 xwOBA …

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Author: Tate Kispech / Blue Jays Nation