Originally written August 22, 2013 on Pirates Prospects:
Gerrit Cole: “What separates the Kershaws from me — Everybody’s gonna threaten a few times during the game… It’s just your ability to make a big pitch in a big spot.” (Photo Credit: David Hague) SAN DIEGO — As long as Gerrit Cole stays in the Pirates’ rotation this season, it seems he will remain eternally frustrated in himself. “Just a few pitches here or there” became a common refrain from Cole about how close he was to a dominant start. Pittsburgh’s starting pitcher was not at his happiest walking off the mound after his six innings of the Bucs’ 2-1 loss in San Diego, and afterwards stomped his feet and said multiple times he was “disappointed” that he could not finish off a road series sweep. “I let a pretty good opportunity slip away,” Cole said after allowing 10 hits and two runs. “I was just disappointed that I wasn’t able to better help the team.” In all, 10 of the 20 balls the Padres put into play against Cole went for hits. That’s poor luck for the rookie. (Ph
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