GERRIT COLE NEWS

AJ Burnett looks to get Pirates series win in San Francisco

After Gerrit Cole’s stellar start last night, the Pirates now get to send AJ Burnett and Francisco Liriano out to try and win this series in San Francisco. That’s a nice position to be in. Burnett is ostensibly coming off of his worst start of 2015, though I suspect many pitchers would be happy to accept as their worst. He was handed a huge lead before running into trouble, in...
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6 hours ago  |  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
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

DeGrom Establishing Himself As One Of The NL’s Best Starters

Jacob deGrom improves to 6-4 on the season with a 2.41 ERA after another outstanding start during last night’s game. He pitched 8 scoreless innings while allowing just two hits against the Padres. San Deigo’s lineup looked completely overmatched as deGrom brought his best stuff to the mound. “This was probably the best game I have seen him pitch and I have seen him pitch some...
Via Mets Merized Online
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

Giants Can’t Figure Out Cole, Fall 4-3 To Pirates

The San Francisco Giants jumped ahead early, but another strong start from Gerrit Cole, a three-run fifth inning from the Pirates, and a little help from a Pittsburgh fan were too much to overcome as they fell to the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-3 on Monday night. A two-run first inning got the Giants off to a nice start, as Nori Aoki led things off with a single to right field. After advancing...
Via BaySportsNet
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Cole comes up big

Gerrit Cole‘s best trait this year has been his consistency. He’s been nearly automatic getting deep into games and giving the Pirates an excellent chance to win each one. The really great thing about his arm and stuff is that he can be effective without perfect location or tons of movement. That’s sort of how this game was going through five innings – he stumbled a bit in...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

On Gerrit Cole’s 81st pitch tonight, he walked Buster Posey to load the bases with no outs in the sixth inning. Two pitches later, he was behind Brandon Belt 2-0 in the count, and it seemed like maybe the Pirates’ 4-2 lead wasn’t going to be quite enough. Cole hadn’t pitched poorly to that point, he simply wasn’t quite living up to the standard that his early-season work...
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Cole strikes out season-best 9 as Pirates beat Giants

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Gerrit Cole struck out a season-best nine to win his third straight start, Neil Walker hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the fifth after a pair of called strikeouts, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the San Francisco Giants 4-3 on Monday night. Andrew McCutchen had two likely hits stolen by great plays in the outfield as he settled for sacrifice flies against...
Via AP on Fox
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Pirates Look to Right the Ship Against Giants

Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, May 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) The Pittsburgh Pirates were riding a hot streak all throughout last week, stringing together seven straight wins and bringing their record to above .500, until they ran into the San Diego Padres for...
Via The Sports Journal
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The Advent of Gerrit Cole

Simply put, from a fan’s prospective, there are few things better than watching a pitcher on a team that you root for dominate outing after outing and seemingly effortlessly at that. Gerrit Cole is one such pitcher. Cole, 24, is starting his 2015 campaign the way most starting pitchers could only dream of. He’s never started more than 22 games in a season during his short three...
Via Baseball Essential
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Pittsburgh Pirate Revenge Tour 2015

I try not to think about last year’s Wild Card Game much these days; obviously there are plenty of what ifs around that game, especially given the way the playoffs played out, but all we can really do now is hope that the future holds something in store for the Pirates that will make wondering about the end of 2014 trivial. Despite all that, it’s hard for this sentence to not...
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Matt’s Musings: Random Ramblings Edition

As the calendar turns to June, some things have come to my attention or have just been eating away at me. What better way to work the issues out by writing about them? Some might seem like me harping, but the things have happened regardless of how I feel about them. Ryan Howard’s Wonder Elixir? Ryan Howard is on pace for 30 homers. Did he stumble upon the fabled fountain of youth...
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Pirates-Giants Preview

With seven wins through 10 starts, Gerrit Cole has been one of the NL's most reliable starters and is in position to match the top win total in the majors. Even so, he's been overshadowed in his own rotation by the accomplishments of a 38-year-old headed for retirement. A similar storyline applies in his next pitching matchup with 37-year-old Ryan Vogelsong coming off possibly the...
Via AP on Fox
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Pittsburgh Pirates sweep Marlins, win sixth straight

Another strong performance from Gerrit Cole, along with an all-around effort from the rest of the team helped the Pirates continue their hot streak Wednesday afternoon. It was a slow start for the Bucs to begin the game, but they were able to come from behind thanks to an impressive rally in the 7th inning. Jung Ho Kang and Pedro Alvarez celebrate after rallying to take the lead...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Six-pack

With Gerrit Cole on the mound against fill-in starter Brad Hand, it looked like the Pirates would have a chance to coast to a sweep. They certainly didn’t coast, but a frustrating first six innings just made the end result even more satisfying. The seventh inning rally – which came entirely with two outs, immediately after the deficit had grown from one to two, went like this...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Daily Fantasy Baseball Strategy: May 27, 2015

View image | gettyimages.com Welcome to another day of baseball here at The Fantasy Fix. Below I’ll be discussing the entirety of today’s slate with brief analysis on the pitching situation as well as the best teams and players to stack with. Because I am diving into the entirety of the slate, and not just the early or late, the analysis on both of the slates will be a tad...
Via The Fantasy Fix
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Gerrit Cole looks to lead Pirates to sweep of Marlins

Here’s a good rule of thumb: if you’re on a five-game winning streak and the sixth game is started by Gerrit Cole and Brad Hand, then a five-game winning streak won’t be good enough. I didn’t get a chance to talk about Cole’s last start against the Mets much, so let me take some time to do it now. Look at this log of Cole’s pitch speed from the start: By my count, there...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 43: Pirates 9 Mets 1 (or: A good weekend at PNC Park)

These are the Pittsburgh Pirates we’ve been waiting six weeks for. Before the season began, the vision of the contending Pittsburgh Pirates was for the top of the rotation to be good, and for the offense to pound opponents into submission. These are some numbers: Pirates 21 Mets 4 Actually, the Pirates hit as many home runs in the series as the Mets scored total runs. Combined...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates: Burnett continues to amaze

In his final season as a professional pitcher, A.J. Burnett isn’t holding anything back. His farewell tour is off to a great start as he has been superb for the Pittsburgh Pirates each time he takes the mound. Burnett improved his record to 4-1 while lowering his earned run average to 1.37 for the season. While Gerrit Cole is having a solid season, Burnett has been the best Pirates...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

A pitcher’s weekend

Is there any sight in baseball better for a Pirate fan than Gerrit Cole on the mound, pumping 98 mph fastballs in the ninth inning? If that’s not enough to jump-start a baseball team, I don’t know what is. This Pirates/Mets series is an embarrassment of pitching riches; after last night’s awesome Cole/Syndergaard matchup, Matt Harvey and AJ Burnett will take the mound this...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Gerrit Cole Dominates as the New York Mets Lose the Opener in the Series

Noah Syndergaard #34 of the New York Mets throws a pitch during the fifth inning of a spring training game. (Mandatory Credit: ESPN/Getty Images) Last night, The New York Mets were once again struggling to find offence. The Metropolitan bats went up against the Pittsburgh Pirates’ young talented pitcher Gerrit Cole. Trying to match young talent with young talent, the Mets sent...
Via The Sports Journal
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates: Cole dominant in win over Mets

Gerrit Cole’s strong season continued Friday night at PNC Park against the New York Mets. He was able to get enough run support to help earn his sixth win of the year. Cole also lowered his ERA to 2.05 after pitching 8.1 innings and only giving up one unearned run. He was masterful while striking out 10 batters which was a season high for Cole. Cole was dominant once again Friday...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Cole exits to standing ovation

Gerrit Cole turned in a dominant outing Friday night. The Pirates right-hander tossed a career-high 8 1/3 innings, allowing one run on six hits. Oh, he also struck out 10. Pirates fans sure enjoyed the effort and as Cole exited the game, they let him know:
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Back on the track

Even though Gerrit Cole‘s first three starts of May were not bad – at all – they were slightly disappointing because of the high standard he has set. On Friday against the Mets, we saw him return to that standard and pitch one of the best games of his career. He played “stopper” and outdueled young Mets phenom Noah Syndergaard in a matchup filled with 96+ MPH heat, and...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Cole outduels Syndergaard to lead Pirates past Mets

  Gerrit Cole struck out 10 over 8 1-3 dominant innings to outduel New York Mets rookie Noah Syndergaard and lift the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 4-1 win Friday night. Cole (6-2) gave up just six hits - all singles - and walked one to lower his ERA to 2.05 as the Pirates won for just the second time in their last eight games. Mark Melancon got the final two outs for his 10th save. Chris...
Via AP on Fox
11 days ago  |  Discuss

MMO Game Recap: Pirates 4, Mets 1

The Mets (24-19) lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates (19-22) by a score of 4-1 tonight at PNC Park. Noah Syndergaard got the start for the Mets and was the tough luck loser, as he pitched well despite allowing four runs, three earned over six innings. Realistically, it could have only been one earned run, as there were a couple plays throughout the game that could have been called errors...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss
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