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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...
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Back to the norm

This is what you expect when Gerrit Cole starts: a well-pitched, fast-moving, low-scoring game that ends with a Pirate victory. Kind of a boring game, honestly, but that’s perfectly fine. Seriously, there isn’t a whole lot you can say about a game like this. Cole was his usual self, going right after hitters (0 walks) and mostly getting great results. Nats rookie Joe Ross pitched...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Gerrit Cole gets his first start of the second half

After Gerrit Cole’s 93-pitch, six-inning start against the Phillies, I briefly mentioned that I thought it was interesting that Clint Hurdle was getting Cole out of games pretty quickly after back-to-back starts in which he threw 100+ pitches. In five starts since then, Cole threw 106, 106, 107, 106, and 114 pitches. Seeing that, maybe it’s not a surprise that the Pirates put...
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates' Cole gets engaged

The past week has been a pretty good one for Pirates' pitcher Gerrit Cole. Not only did the right-hander make the National League All-Star team and throw a scoreless inning in the Mid-Summer Classic, but he also got engaged. Any Crawford, Cole's new fiancee, is a former UCLA softball player and the sister of Giants' shortstop Brandon Crawford, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Four All-Stars in Four Days: Gerrit Cole and the journey to become an ace

There’s a cool little juxtaposition in the Big Data Baseball (I didn’t get a chance to read this right when it came out and I’m not sure I’ll do a full review, but I hope that the constant references that I’m making to it as I read it are enough of an endorsement for anyone reading this site that hasn’t read the book yet) chapter about Charlie Morton that I thought...
14 days ago  |  Discuss

New York Yankees sign top draft pick James Kaprielian before deadline

On Wednesday, the New York Yankees made sure they didn’t lose another top draft pick to college, as they did in 2008 when Gerrit Cole elected to attend UCLA after being drafted out of high school, when they signed their top pick James Kaprielian to a $2.65 million deal. The deal, which was first reported by’s Jim Callis, went slightly above the slot figure of...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Cole and a rally

Gerrit Cole picked up his league-leading 12th win on Sunday, even though things weren’t going well for him early on. Sure, if the Pirates hadn’t strung together a huge fifth inning, we’d be talking about a disappointing outing, but you certainly have to give Cole credit for finding another gear and mowing his way through the eighth after the Bucs grabbed the lead. Two eight...
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25 days ago  |  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
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June 19, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: The Movement Pittsburgh Pirates Pitcher Gerrit Cole Has on This Pitch is Sick

If you have ever wondered why good pitchers are as valued as they are take a look at this pitch by Pittsburgh Pirates starter Gerrit Cole. If it was easy to get a ball to do what he does here while still throwing it incredibly hard (98 miles per hour) than maybe--just maybe--pitchers would not make as much as they do.But it is not. So they do (and they deserve it). 98 with movement...
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June 18, 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

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