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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...
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Cole seeks continued success in rematch with Rox

Rockies Opening Day starter Jorge De La Rosa (1-2, 9.87 ERA) will square off against Pirates righty Gerrit Cole (1-2, 2.70) when the series resumes on Tuesday night at Coors Field.
6 days ago

Shields, Padres can't sweep Pirates, lose 11-1 to Cole

James Shields had a respectable night on the mound for the San Diego Padres, whose bullpen let a close game get out of hand in an 11-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday night.Gerrit Cole pitched six impressive innings for his first win this season and the Pirates avoided a three-game sweep.Shields (0-3) allowed three runs and five hits in six innings, struck out five and...
Via Associated Press
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 16: Pirates 11 Padres 1

With all of the things that have been frustrating about the first 2 1/2 weeks of the 2016 season for the Pittsburgh Pirates, sometimes it’s really gratifying to sit back and watch a game play out the way that you think it should ahead of time. With the Pirates coming off of two ugly losses to start their series in San Diego, they turned to Gerrit Cole to quiet the Padre lineup...
9 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
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Gerrit Cole barely avoided getting beaned in the head by a line drive

Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole had a rough go of it on the mound against the Detroit Tigers Thursday. Cole narrowly avoided what could have been a devastating injury in the top of the sixth inning when he was nearly hit in the face by a Jordan Zimmerman line drive.The ball ended up grazing Cole's hat, which was knocked off his head on the play, before it landed in center...
Via Fox Sports
17 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
17 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...
17 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...
20 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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