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Gerrit Cole | Starting Pitcher | #45

Team: Houston Astros
Age / DOB:  (27) / 9/8/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: UCLA
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (1) / PIT
Contract: view contract details
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Gerrit Cole took his first loss after giving up two runs over seven innings Monday against the Angels.
Cole retired the first 13 batters he faced before the Angels pushed across single runs in the fifth and sixth innings. Unfortunately, there was no run support for him in this one. Even though he's gone seven innings in all five of his starts and never allowed more than two runs, he has just two wins. Apr 23 - 11:21 PM

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Gerrit Cole allowed just an unearned run over seven innings in the Astros' 7-1 defeat of the Mariners on Wednesday.

Cole's own error led to the run in the third. The Mariners had a couple of more chances to score, getting a runner thrown out at the plate in the second and losing a homer to a jumping catch from Derek Fisher in the fifth. Still, it was another excellent outing from Cole. His ERA is down to 0.96.
Apr 19 - 1:09 AM

Gerrit Cole fanned 14 while allowing two runs over seven innings Friday against the Rangers.

Cole threw just 93 pitches in getting his 14 strikeouts, which is the lowest total in a 14-strikeout start in at least 20 years, according to Baseball-Reference (pitch counts only go back so far). Cole did allow two homers tonight, which was enough to deny him the win. Still, he was incredibly sharp once again. He's struck out 36 and walked just four in 21 innings.
Apr 13 - 11:19 PM

Gerrit Cole fanned 11 batters over seven innings Saturday against the Padres, but was forced to settle for a no-decision.

While Cole didn’t get the win, he was fantastic once again. He held the Padres to just five hits and didn’t walk a batter. He had 20 swinging strikes in his 102 pitches. Cole has allowed one run in 14 innings with a ridiculous 22/3 K/BB ratio over his first two starts with the Astros. No pitcher in franchise history has more strikeouts through their first two starts with the club. If Cole is back to his All-Star form, the Astros could be a juggernaut.
Apr 7 - 11:14 PM

Gerrit Cole struck out 11 while holding the Rangers to one run over seven innings in an 8-2 win Sunday.

Cole served up a solo homer to Joey Gallo in the first inning, a less than ideal start to his Astros career, but he was stingy after that, allowing just one more hit the rest of his seven innings. He also walked three to go with the 11 strikeouts. He'll face a more familiar foe on Saturday, returning to his NL roots with a matchup against the Padres.
Apr 1 - 7:13 PM

Gerrit Cole fanned six batters and allowed one run in 3 1/3 innings of a 3-1 Grapefruit League win over the Nationals on Friday.

It's been a strong spring for the Astros newcomer. He has a 2.14 ERA through six starts with 24 strikeouts in 21 innings of pre-season work. He had a down season in his last campaign with the Pirates, going 12-12 with a 4.26 ERA in 33 starts.
Mar 23 - 9:56 PM

Gerrit Cole surrendered three runs -- two earned -- on seven hits and a walk Sunday in a five-inning Grapefruit League start against the Braves.

It wasn't the prettiest outing, but there's no reason to raise any red flags. Cole owns a sharp 2.04 ERA with 18 strikeouts in 17 2/3 innings this spring. He'll open as the No. 3 starter for the defending World Series champs.
Mar 18 - 2:59 PM

Gerrit Cole fanned seven while allowing one run in four innings Tuesday in a victory over the Mets.

A Brandon Nimmo leadoff homer was the only damage. Cole has struck out 15 and given up two runs in 12 2/3 innings for the spring. Going into this year, he had never struck out more than 12 batters or posted a sub-3.00 ERA in a Grapefruit League campaign.
Mar 13 - 5:36 PM

Gerrit Cole blanked the Marlins for 3 2/3 innings and struck out four on Wednesday.

Cole couldn't quite get through four today, but he came close enough. He's allowed just one run in 8 2/3 innings this spring.
Mar 7 - 4:48 PM

Gerrit Cole allowed one run on two hits in a three-inning start versus the Mets on Friday.

He allowed a game-opening single to Brandon Nimmo, who then scored on a fielder's choice grounder hit by Asdrubal Cabrera. Cole fanned two and walked two in his second start of the spring. He has allowed just one run in five innings of Grapefruit League action. This will be his first season as an Astro after going 12-12 with a 4.26 ERA in 33 starts with the Pirates last year.
Mar 2 - 9:57 PM

Gerrit Cole tossed two scoreless innings Sunday in his unofficial Astros debut against the Cardinals.

Cole hit Tommy Pham with a pitch in the bottom of the first inning but retired the other six batters he faced, two via strikeout. The 27-year-old right-hander is lined up as the new No. 3 starter in Houston after being acquired from the Pirates in January for Joe Musgrove, Colin Moran, Michael Felix, and Jason Martin.
Feb 25 - 2:47 PM

Astros acquired RHP Gerrit Cole from the Pirates for RHP Joe Musgrove, 3B Colin Moran, RHP Michael Feliz and OF Jason Martin.

The deal was reported to be done earlier in the week but hit a snag, and had gone quiet in recent days. Apparently the chasm wasn't wide enough to still not get it done, giving the Astros another stud in a rotation full of them. Cole put up a 4.26 ERA in 33 starts last year but has consistently been one of the league's best starters in recent years.
Jan 13 - 7:13 PM

Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports reports the Astros and Pirates have agreed upon a deal to send Gerrit Cole to the Astros for starter Joe Musgrove, third baseman Colin Moran and more.

If true, it's a fairly underwhelming return for the former No. 1 overall pick and the team's ace in recent years, although it's unknown what the additional piece or pieces might be. Of course, his huge talent has rarely matched up with his output, including a 2017 season in which Cole posted a 4.26 ERA in 33 starts. Cole will make $6.75 million in 2018 and is under team control through the 2019 season.
Jan 13 - 6:21 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Cubs are one team "that's talked about Gerrit Cole lately."

It's unclear whether they've had any real discussions with the Pirates at this point. The Cubs pursuing Cole could be tricky since they'd be dealing with a division rival and also because their farm system isn't in as good of shape as other clubs that have talked to Pittsburgh. However, as Heyman notes, Chicago does have players on their major league roster they could deal.
Jan 12 - 4:47 PM

Pirates and RHP Gerrit Cole avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $6.75 million contract.

The big right-hander was eligible for arbitration for the second time this offseason. Cole has been a popular trade target this winter.
Jan 12 - 1:39 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Brian McCann
2Evan Gattis
3Max Stassi
1B1Yuli Gurriel
2B1Jose Altuve
SS1Carlos Correa
3B1Alex Bregman
LF1Derek Fisher
2Jake Marisnick
CF1George Springer
RF1Josh Reddick
DH1Marwin Gonzalez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Justin Verlander
2Dallas Keuchel
3Gerrit Cole
4Lance McCullers
5Charlie Morton
6Brady Rodgers
7Dean Deetz
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Ken Giles
2Chris Devenski
3Joe Smith
4Brad Peacock
5Will Harris
6Hector Rondon
7Tony Sipp
8Collin McHugh
9James Hoyt
10Jandel Gustave