Originally posted on Where Is Andy Van Slyke  |  Last updated 10/21/11
As a Pirate fan, I'd guess that I spend about half of my time trying to find things to get my hopes up about and the other half of my time trying to talk myself out of being hopeful about anything at all. It's admittedly a pretty difficult cycle to go through over and over again, but it's something that happens to me so automatically that I don't even realize it's happening most of the time. I was pretty guarded about Gerrit Cole pitching in the Arizona Fall League when it was announced a few weeks ago. The results in the AFL really mean nothing; two years ago Donnie Veal was pitching like Cliff Lee while Stephen Strasburg got roughed up pretty badly in his first few professional starts. These are the sorts of things that happen in the AFL, and so getting wrapped up in anything related to the league is a bad idea.And then Cole took the mound in his first start, and with in a few pitches he was hitting triple digits. He did it again yesterday, and no one that's watching him in Arizon...
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