Found August 17, 2013 on
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 innings than he did all of last year, but the actions speak louder. Manager Clint Hurdle’s most recent action was to use the off-day last Monday to keep every other starting pitcher on regular rest and give Cole three extra days. And they will almost certainly go back to the strategy again.
“There will be opportunities moving forward, another day off we might be able to capitalize on it,” Hurdle said.
Upcoming Rotation and Cole’s Plan
This the current rotation plan heading into the team’s next off-day on August 26:
Saturday vs. Arizona: Jeff Locke
Sunday vs. Arizona: Charlie Morton
Monday at San Diego: Francisco Liriano
Tuesday at SD: A.J. Burnett
Wednesday at SD: Cole
Thursday at San Francisco: Locke
Friday at SF: Morton
That would set up naturally for either Cole to get one extra day of rest then start Tuesday or Locke to stay on regular rest and make the start. However, they have to be mindful of Locke’s arm as well in the first full MLB season for the left-hander. Locke threw 176 innings last year but is on pace to pitch 190 in this year’s regular season.
The Pirates want to ensure all young pitchers, including Jeff Locke, don’t throw too many innings. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
“You’re affecting four other people when you try to dynamically start a guy every seven or eight days and you continually punch in a spot starter,” Hurdle said.
General manager Neal Huntington said earlier this month he believes Cole will be available in October, but there is a “red line” for every pitcher in terms of innings and number of pitches thrown.
As for Cole, who adjusted his preparation for Friday’s start by throwing two side sessions, he will adapt to pitching on longer rest or possibly as a reliever.
“I felt pretty good going out there [Friday night],” Cole said. “I don’t think we’ll make any adjustments next time if we’re in a situation like this. At the same time, we’ll see how I feel in three weeks if this happens again.”
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
The Pirates need to stop bunting away outs. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
In the eighth inning of tonight’s game, Starling Marte led off with a bunt single. The score was tied 2-2, and if the Pirates scored a run they would be able to turn to Mark Melancon for the save in the top of the ninth. The Diamondbacks kept left-hander Wade Miley in to face Jordy Mercer, with Andrew McCutchen...
Pittsburgh Pirates starter Jeff Locke was on a fairytale ride with his amazing season, but after the All-Star Break things have gone south for the young lefty.
On Saturday, the 25-year-old lasted 2 2/3 innings and surrendered eight runs on 10 hits and three walks. That was by far his worst outing of the season.
Locke was brilliant for the Pirates during the first half...
Jose Tabata hit the game’s lone homer in the 8th inning for two insurance runs. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
Gerrit Cole’s quality start and the Pirates lineup’s nine hits provided an important 6-2 series-opening win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. The victory was Pittsburgh’s 72nd of the season, matching the win total of the 2011 Pirates that collapsed over the season’s...
For a season preview of the Pittsburgh Pirates two Dominican Summer League teams, check out our article here. For a recap of the DSL All-Star game, check out our article here. Throughout the year, we will provide the recaps of both teams, as well as highlight one player each day.
Result: Pirates 7, Angels 2
Starting Pitcher: Miguel Ferreras, RHP (4.15) 5.0...
It’s a day of unknowns in the Pittsburgh Pirates system, with three teams not announcing their Sunday starter yet. We will update this post throughout the day as the starters are named. The GCL Pirates and both DSL affiliates are off today. For a look at the possible starters over the next few weeks, please check out our Probable Pitchers Chart. Check out the Recent Transactions...
Jose Tabata hit a two-run homer, rookie Gerrit Cole pitched six solid innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-2 on Friday night.
Tabata's drive was his fourth of the season and came off J.J. Putz in the eighth inning, putting the NL Central-leading Pirates ahead by four runs. Tabata connected a day after he came off the bench and had three hits in...
Normally there are certain time periods for a mass wave of minor league promotions. There’s the pre-season, where players start at new levels. The next wave comes around the middle of June, which is the half way point for the five month minor league season. There can be individual promotions here and there surrounding that period, but you don’t see those chain reaction moves...
Diamondbacks (63-58) at Pirates (72-50)
1:35 PM–PNC Park, Pittsburgh
Yesterday’s loss wiped out most of the good that Friday’s win did for the Bucs, so now they’re set for an important rubber match game this afternoon with Arizona. The Bucs are looking for their first series win in over a week and they are about to go back on the road for a west coast...
In West Virginia tonight, Clay Holmes tries to follow up the six shutout innings he threw last Saturday against Lakewood. Altoona has a doubleheader tonight. For a look at the possible starters over the next few weeks, please check out our Probable Pitchers Chart. Check out the Recent Transactions section to the bottom of this page, for all Pirates minor league transactions. A full...
Jeff Locke's All-Star season has helped to give the Pirates one of the most efficient pitching staffs in the major leagues.
The Diamondbacks, meanwhile, would settle for some stability in their rotation.
Locke takes the mound as the Pirates seeks a seventh straight home victory Saturday while facing Diamondbacks starter Trevor Cahill, who returns after a nearly seven-week stint...
After the Pirates scored four runs in the top of the fifth inning it looked like another wasted day for the Cardinals who had scored just two runs in the previous 18 innings and had just two hits in the game so far.
The Cardinals came back to take the lead in the fifth saw the Pirates tie it in the eighth before the Cardinals scored in the 12th to win 6-5 on Thursday at Busch Stadium...
The Pirates are one of FOX's "National Games" this afternoon, and I hate to keep harping on this because I know it gets old, but once again the Pirates being a "National Game" is terrible news for Pirate fans, because it means that you can only legally watch the game if you live in the Pittsburgh market or a non-California NL West market. To be quite literal...
While there was rightly a lot of focus put on the Pirates' series in Busch Stadium this week, it could be argued that their three-game set with the Arizona Diamondbacks this weekend is actually a little bit bigger. As it stands right now, the Pirates have a pretty firm grasp on some kind of National League playoff spot (the nature of which is to be determined, of course), but...
The struggling Pittsburgh Pirates are hoping a return home can improve their fortunes. They're also hoping that some extra rest will give a boost to rookie Gerrit Cole.
Cole will make his first start in eight days Friday night against the Arizona Diamondbacks looking to help the Pirates match their longest home win streak of the season.
Pittsburgh (71-49) earned just one win...
After an embarrassing road trip the Pirates are coming home. Seriously. The schedule is starting to get short. The Pirates really need to get their **** together or they’re going to find themselves in a one game playoff for their first playoff birth since 1992. Not something any Pirates fan should really want to see.…