Gerrit Cole has already passed the number of innings he threw in 2012. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
All three times this year Gerrit Cole has pitched on at least a week of rest, he has gotten a quality start. In his nine other starts, he has only four quality starts.
Small sample size, certainly. We do not yet know if Cole is a better pitcher given more rest, and he will even tell you his breaking ball did not feel as sharp Friday night against the Diamondbacks (6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) when he took the mound after a full week off.
“Threw some ones where I probably wasn’t totally… trusting that it was gonna break,” Cole said. “It’s just something I gotta attack, because it’s gonna happen again here soon. And I’ll learn from it and keep moving.”
What’s “gonna happen” is the Pirates will find opportunities to have Cole make starts on more than a typical four-day rest. The front office continues to use words like “monitoring innings,” and the rookie has already pitched eight more i