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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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October 08, 2015  |  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...
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October 07, 2015  |  Discuss

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...
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October 06, 2015  |  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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September 29, 2015  |  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...
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September 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Getting Gerrit Cole back on track

With yesterday afternoon’s loss, the Pirates’ main task in the season’s final 28 games is to get Gerrit Cole back on track and to ensure that he’s lined up to pitch the Wild Card Game. Cole’s more or less on line already if they keep him pitching every fifth day, so what’s left is straighten out his slider and make him a decent opponent for Jake Arrieta. This is the issue...
September 06, 2015  |  Discuss

The problem with Gerrit Cole’s slider (or, Game 116: Diamondbacks 4 Pirates 1)

It’s clear at this point that something’s not quite right with Gerrit Cole. In his last four starts, counting last night, he’s only thrown 23 innings, opponents are hitting .300/.354/.456 against him, and as a result, he’s got a 4.70 ERA. On a few nights he’s been dinged by awful Pirate defense behind him (the Cardinal start in particular) and perhaps as a result of that...
August 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Gerrit Cole faces the Diamondbacks, who are not in playoff position but are still allowed to play the Pirates anyway

For the first time since August 2nd, the Pirates will play a team that’s not currently in line to be a National League playoff team. Actually, since the Pirates are coming off of 11 games against the Cubs, Dodgers, Cardinals, and Mets and have the NL’s current third place Wild Card team (the Giants) scheduled to come to PNC Park this weekend, it feels like having the Diamondbacks...
August 17, 2015  |  Discuss

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...
July 27, 2015  |  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
Via Larry Brown Sports
June 19, 2015  |  Discuss

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