Yankees' Aaron Boone says red-hot Gary Sanchez could catch Gerrit Cole, despite 'dynamic pair' with Kyle Higashioka

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Cole and Sanchez meet at mound back view road jerseys
Cole and Sanchez meet at mound back view road jerseys

Gerrit Cole has just 7.1 innings with Gary Sanchez as his catcher this season – 5.1 of those came on Opening Day.

Kyle Higashioka has started 21 of Cole’s 22 starts since Sept. 5 of last year, including the postseason.

Sanchez’s struggles last year and earlier this season contributed to the move, but Cole’s 2.01 ERA with Higashioka, as compared to 3.71 with Sanchez, has kept that duo afloat.

In Cole’s last outing on Tuesday, Sanchez sat. Although Higashioka went deep on Tuesday, and Cole tossed seven innings of two-run, six strikeout ball, it’s difficult to leave Sanchez’s name out of the lineup right now.

“Certainly, we had some debate about it, especially coming out of the off day, the way the schedule lines up over the next couple weeks, it probably kinda works out with like, day game after the night game, we’re in a stretch here, 13 [games] in a row, so there’s gonna be those times it makes sense,” manager Aaron Boone said to WFAN’s Carton & Roberts on Friday. “I actually like it the other day, because I think highly of Higgy, too, getting him in there. He hits a homer that day, and I also have a pretty good weapon sitting over there on the bench and also keeping him off his feet a little bit.

"It’s gonna be a continuing conversation that I’ll have, and at some point, I expect Gary back there with him, but we’ll go from there. But right now, where Gary’s at right now in his return to what we know he is and can be is forcing more of that conversation no question.”

Make no mistake – Sanchez can’t catch every day. It’s a good excuse to give Sanchez a day off.

But Cole and Higashioka, according to Boone, are "kind of a little bit of a dynamic duo thing that those two have had going, so it’s more that than putting a guy with him that don’t connect.”

Boone backtracked those last few words, saying Cole and Sanchez don’t necessarily not connect. Rather, it's the fact that Higashioka and Cole are a “dynamic pair.”

But Boone said if Sanchez continues his hot hitting, something is going to have to give, especially if Giancarlo Stanton becomes an option in the outfield, which the Yankees do expect, Boone reiterated to WFAN.

“That’s gonna have to be part of the equation, especially as we feel like where Gary has gotten to in his game,” Boone said. “He’s clearly back to being the wrecking machine that we believe he is, and if that’s the case, then absolutely, yes, we’ll have to do that.”