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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...
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The nightmare scenario

Welp. That was disastrous from the start. The Pirates needed – NEEDED – Gerrit Cole to come out sharp, and he didn’t. Dexter Fowler and Kyle Schwarber had his number all night. I don’t want to be too hard on Cole – he had a phenomenal season and was up against a monster tonight – but he didn’t get the job done this time. It’s not as if he was awful – really, those...
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A long ways from the place where we are

“Love’s pure free joy when it works, but when it goes bad you pay for the good hours at loan-shark prices.” ― David Mitchell, The Bone Clocks The Pirates were not better than the Cubs tonight. I could (and will) go on. Gerrit Cole did not hit his spots tonight and as talented as he is, he’s not a better pitcher than Jake Arrieta in 2015. The Cubs made the most of...
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Kyle Schwarber’s mammoth homer gives Cubs 3-0 lead on Pirates

Gerrit Cole, meet Kyle Schwarber. Kyle Schwarber, meet Gerrit Cole. In the third inning of Wednesday’s NL Wild Card game, Schwarber obliterated this Cole changeup, knocking it all the way out of PNC Park. Schwarber also drove in the first Cubs run of the game with an RBI single. And the Pirates bats can’t solve Jake Arrieta. Not good news for Pittsburgh. The post Kyle Schwarber’s...
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16 hours ago  |  Discuss

When Arrieta and Cole Are Most Predictable

It’s always an oversimplification to reduce a baseball game to the starting pitchers, but reduce we do anyway. In our defense, the starting pitchers are always the most important players in any given individual game, so it’s not like this comes out of nowhere. But you can see this taking place with tonight’s NL wild-card game. It’s a game between two excellent baseball teams...
Via Fangraphs
19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Scouting Report: Gerrit Cole

Gerrit Cole Physical Profile Big, tall, workhorse body; dominating presence on the mound; low three-quarters arm slot with elite-level arm speed. Raw Stuff Fastball – 94-98 with serious run lower in the velocity band; sinks it when needed; excellent extension with elite command. Slider – 86-88; 10-4 movement; plus command; hard double-plus breaking action with […]
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Montero and Cervelli: Twin Stories Colliding in the City of Bridges

The most fascinating players on the field on Wednesday night in Pittsburgh are likely to be Gerrit Cole and Jake Arrieta. They’re the aces, after all. They’re the huge names around whose matchup anticipation so nicely formed in the final days and weeks of the regular season. Starting pitchers take center stage during the postseason, if […]
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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
1 day 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 Arrieta...
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9 days ago  |  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!
17 days ago  |  Discuss

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