The new Yardbarker app is here! Install on your iPhone, iPad or Android device. You can also find us in Google Newsstand.


Gerrit Cole, Minus His Fastball

It’s tough to get an athlete to say much of substance in a postgame press conference. Without the benefit of a personal, one-on-one setting, and without much time for the player to gather his thoughts and reflect on his personal performance, more often than not a reporter simply could pick the cliché responses they’re most likely to hear out of a hat and arrive at a close approximation...
Via Fangraphs
October 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Arrieta-Cole, objectively one of best playoff matchups ever

Individual performances tend to be magnified in the postseason, and that is especially true of pitchers. While 16-18 other players appear in the lineups and many others will have profound impacts on the outcomes of games over the next month, the starting pitcher will likely have more influence over the outcome of a single game than any other player. Everything is magnified in the...
Via Fangraphs
October 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Gerrit Cole is now the most important Pirates player

Gerrit Cole might not be the best player on the Pittsburgh Pirates — Andrew McCutchen probably still holds that distinction — but over the course of the next 10 days, perhaps no pitcher in the National League, or perhaps in Major League Baseball, will have a greater impact on his team’s season. Cole has slid under the radar of the Cy Young race as Clayton Kershaw, Jake Arrieta...
Via Fangraphs
September 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Pirates leave LA as heroes

Gerrit Cole delivered a strong start, the offense put together a pretty solid afternoon, and the bullpen closed it out for a very nice rubber match win at Dodger Stadium. This may have been a matchup the Pirates were supposed to win, but still – a road game against a first place club is never even close to a gimme, and it’s not as if it came easily. But since they pulled it out...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
September 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Getting Gerrit Cole back on track

With yesterday afternoon’s loss, the Pirates’ main task in the season’s final 28 games is to get Gerrit Cole back on track and to ensure that he’s lined up to pitch the Wild Card Game. Cole’s more or less on line already if they keep him pitching every fifth day, so what’s left is straighten out his slider and make him a decent opponent for Jake Arrieta. This is the issue...
September 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Gerrit Cole faces the Diamondbacks, who are not in playoff position but are still allowed to play the Pirates anyway

For the first time since August 2nd, the Pirates will play a team that’s not currently in line to be a National League playoff team. Actually, since the Pirates are coming off of 11 games against the Cubs, Dodgers, Cardinals, and Mets and have the NL’s current third place Wild Card team (the Giants) scheduled to come to PNC Park this weekend, it feels like having the Diamondbacks...
August 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Monday round-up: Gerrit Cole’s start, what to look for at the deadline

Watching Gerrit Cole develop this season has really been an interesting experience. In Cole’s first eleven starts, he struck out 79 hitters over 71 innings and had eight or more strikeouts five times. He was really dominant in those starts, with a 1.90 ERA and a .590 OPS against and a 61:16 K:BB. Yesterday was the first time in the nine starts since those first 11 starts that he...
July 27, 2015  |  Discuss

This Gerrit Cole two-seam fastball had absurd movement (Video)

In softball they have a pitch called a riseball. This concept actually makes sense in the sport because the pitchers throw underhand and can direct the ball upwards. It’s much different for a baseball pitcher to get similar movement because they obviously throw overhand, but Gerrit Cole is trying to defy those conventions. In the...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
June 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Sunday morning: Gerrit Cole (like I need to say more)

Starting a sentence with “the most impressive thing about Gerrit Cole thus far in 2015 is…” is a good way to get yourself into trouble quickly, as the list of impressive things that Cole has done to this point is as long as Cole is tall. After watching him pitch yesterday, though, certainly one thing that he’s done this year that’s really stood out is the way that he’s...
June 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Gerrit Cole and Making the Leap

For the better part of the last decade, Gerrit Cole has intrigued with potential. Twice a first round selection — after being drafted out of high school in 2008, he spurned the Yankees and went to UCLA instead — and the first overall selection in the 2011 draft, Cole’s velocity and frame have had scouts […]
Via Fangraphs
June 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Pirates News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

QUIZ: Name the winners of the NBA Slam Dunk Contest

Thank you Daniel Bryan

The timeless greatness of Jaromir Jagr

The NCAAB power rankings

Report: Kings to keep coach George Karl

Was Alain Vigneault right about NHL's lack of punishment towards Wayne Simmonds?

Report: Knicks fire coach Derek Fisher

The best and worst commercials from Super Bowl 50

Best and worst from Super Bowl 50

Six best plays from Super Bowl 50

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker