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Game 26: Cubs 7 Pirates 2

The danger of big divisional games in early May is that it is almost impossible to watch the Pirates squander opportunities and make dumb/bad plays in the field with Gerrit Cole operating at less than top capacity, and not think about the futility of winning 98 games with a certain wild card game awaiting you, then the abject misery of watching that game go poorly right in front...
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

A Tip of the Recap — 5/2 (Cubs 7, Pirates 2)

Cubs Record: 18-6 W: Jason Hammel (4-0) L: Gerrit Cole (2-3) MVP: Dexter Fowler The Cubs visited the Pirates in Pittsburgh tonight for the first of ten meetings at PNC Park and picked up right where they left off. Cubs faced Pirates ace Gerrit Cole, who is probably still having flashbacks from the 2015 Wild Card game. While the Cubs were without Kyle Schwarber, the guy who crushed...
Via Cubs Insider
8 hours ago

Cubs Get in Pirates’ Heads, Take Series Opener

The Bucs had Gerrit Cole but the Cubs have a carat goal. Heading into the game, much was made of the budding rivalry between these two teams and the competitive friction that comes along with it. The Cubs were loose as they made some waves with a zany suit road trip theme, but the Pirates were all business as they looked to get revenge for last year’s Wild Card loss. Maybe that’s...
Via Cubs Insider
8 hours ago

Containing leadoff hitters an issue for Cole

Gerrit Cole was admittedly "out of sync" in Monday's 7-2 loss to the Cubs at PNC Park, the long-awaited rematch of last season's National League Wild Card Game. That description applied to the Pirates' work controlling the Cubs' running game, too.
14 hours ago

Gerrit Cole faces the Rockies

Gerrit Cole’s strong start against the Padres last week avoided a sweep in Petco Park and kick-started a solid turn of the rotation for the Pirates, with four wins in five games. Cole’s been solid ever since his rough first inning against the Reds in his first start. After Locke focused entirely on fastballs and changeups last night, I’m sort of interested to see how Cole approaches...
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Cole pitches well, Pirates rout Padres 11-1 to avoid sweep

SAN DIEGO (AP) Gerrit Cole pitched six impressive innings for his first win this season and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the San Diego Padres 11-1 Thursday night to avoid a three-game sweep. Cole (1-2), who grew up in Newport Beach and pitched at UCLA, held San Diego to four singles while striking out seven and walking none. Only two Padres baserunners reached scoring position against...
Via Associated Press
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Gerrit Cole has hat knocked off by line drive (Video)

Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole came no more than an inch away from a serious injury — and possibly worse — on Thursday afternoon when a line drive nearly hit him square in the face. It was Cole’s counterpart, Detroit Tigers pitcher Jordan Zimmermann, who ripped the ball back up the middle. How close did it come to nailing Cole? It knocked his hat right off his head...
Via Larry Brown Sports
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Gerrit Cole starts again (and: the value of hot starts vs. slow ones)

We should be clear about something: the Pirates have played nine games. They’re 5-4 because they’ve lost four of their last five, but a 5-4 start isn’t a hot start or a cold start or anything at all other than a decent run through nine games (5-4 is actually on pace to win 90 games). There is lots of consternation over what the Pirates will do in April and May this year, because...
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Bad losses (in April) (and OBP) (and RISP) (and Gerrit Cole) (and maybe I should’ve blogged more on the weekend)

It is relatively easy to want to instinctively refer to certain baseball games as “bad” losses or “good” wins. This is a natural and understandable response, given that sometimes baseball teams lose games they probably should’ve won (like, for example, the Pirates yesterday) and sometimes the win games they probably should’ve lost, but I’m not sure that assigning a...
22 days ago  |  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...
Via Fangraphs
September 29, 2015  |  Discuss

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