Originally posted on WHYGAVS?  |  Last updated 9/9/13
Five days ago, Gerrit Cole took the mound against the Brewers and before the game started, I wrote that I thought it'd be awfully appropriate for him to get the Pirates' 81st win. If you had told me that night that Cole would, in fact, help the Pirates to win 81 and that he'd also have a shot at getting them win 82, I would've been awfully concerned. And yet here we are. I know that Cole frustrates a lot of Pirate fans, especially because the strikeouts aren't quite there for him this year and he struggles to finish hitters off from time to time. All of those concerns are valid (and I share them), but I think Cole's been fascinating to watch all year. One of the biggest concerns about him coming into this season is that his fastball had a tendency to flatten out, particularly late in games or when he moved it up on the zone. Whenever he serves up a bunch of foul balls people start complaining about his "flat" fastball, but I think that criticism is misguided; Cole's been a groun...
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