Minnesota Twins third baseman Josh Donaldson wondered aloud about Gerrit Cole's spin rate declining two days after news broke that four minor-league pitchers were suspended for using foreign substances.
The New York Yankees ace saw his spin rate decrease on his fastball, curveball, changeup, and slider in Thursday's start against the Tampa Bay Rays, according to Baseball Savant. He allowed five earned runs through five innings as New York lost 9-2.
"Is it coincidence that Gerrit Cole's spin rate numbers went down (Thursday) after four minor leaguers got suspended for 10 games?" Donaldson said, according to Dan Hayes of The Athletic. "Is that possible? I don't know. Maybe. At the same time, with this situation, they've let guys do it."