ST. LOUIS -- Beware, Cardinals. That might have been your first encounter with Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole but you can be sure it wont be the last.
One of the games prized pitching prospects, Cole has been in the majors for only a few months but the just-turned 23-year-old figures to have a long future in the NL Central. The Cardinals, however, might not have to wait til next season for another look at the hard-throwing rookie.
After the way Cole shut them down in a 7-1 victory Friday afternoon to even their NL Division Series at a game apiece, the Cardinals could face him again next week. Like Wednesday at Busch Stadium in Game 5 of the NL Division Series.
If you were Pirates manager Clint Hurdle, would you really send out A.J. Burnett again against the Cardinals or would you put your season in Coles hands? It would take me less time to make that decision than it did to type this sentence.
Dont think Im jumping too far ahead by bringing up Game 5, either. With Cardinals...