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Gerrit Cole | Starting Pitcher

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (24) / 9/8/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 240
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: UCLA
Contract: view contract details

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Gerrit Cole allowed two earned runs over six innings Saturday in a loss to the Cubs.
Cole pitched well, striking out eight and issuing only one walk, but he got out-dueled by Cubs ace Jon Lester. Cole will carry a 5-2 record, 2.40 ERA, and 1.15 WHIP into his next start at home against the Mets. The hard-throwing 24-year-old right-hander also boasts a 53/13 K/BB ratio in 48 2/3 innings this season. May 16 - 7:25 PM

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Gerrit Cole held the Phillies to two runs in seven innings of work on Monday, earning his fifth win of the season in the process.

Cole was victimized twice by Grady Sizemore, who hit RBI singles in the first and sixth innings. They accounted for two of the six hits the right-hander allowed along with two walks and six strikeouts. The 24-year-old boasts a 2.32 ERA, a 1.13 WHIP, and a 45/12 K/BB ratio in 42 2/3 innings so far this season. Cole will toe the slab at Wrigley Field against the Cubs next.
May 11 - 10:37 PM

Gerrit Cole picked up his first loss of the season after giving up three runs in five innings to the Reds on Wednesday.

The Reds scored twice in the fourth inning, which included an RBI double by opposing pitcher Mike Leake. Cole also allowed a solo home run to Marlon Byrd in the fifth. Overall, he gave up eight hits and walked two while striking out four. It marked the first time in five starts he allowed more than two runs. He owns a superb 2.27 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and a 39/10 K/BB ratio in 35 2/3 innings. Cole has the privilege of facing the Phillies at home in his next start.
May 6 - 9:48 PM

Gerrit Cole yielded only an unearned run over six innings to improve to 4-0 as the Pirates earned an 8-1 win against the Cubs on Wednesday.

Cole was terrific, though inefficient. He needed 95 pitches to get through six frames, but held the Cubs to three hits and a walk with eight strikeouts. Miguel Montero brought in the Cubs' only run with an RBI single in the second inning. Cole has been every bit as good as advertised this season, owning a 1.76 ERA with a 0.98 WHIP and a 35/8 K/BB ratio in 30 2/3 innings. He'll look for win number five in a home start versus the Reds next.
Apr 29 - 11:20 PM

Gerrit Cole upped his record to 3-0 by limiting the Diamondbacks to one run in 7 2/3 innings on Friday.

Cole struck out seven and walked two in the gem. He's allowed exactly one earned run in each of his last three starts, and he's struck out 27 batters in 24 2/3 innings for the year.
Apr 25 - 12:51 AM

Gerrit Cole moved to 2-0 on Sunday after limiting the Brewers to two earned runs over six frames in a 5-2 victory for the host Pirates.

Cole had some trouble in the second inning but was otherwise pretty sharp, yielding only five hits and one walk while striking out six. He has a cool 3.18 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, and 20/5 K/BB ratio in 17 innings (three starts) this season for the Bucs, who are now back to .500 (6-6) after sweeping their weekend set against the Brewers. The 24-year-old right-hander will try to keep it all working next time out in Arizona.
Apr 19 - 4:33 PM

Gerrit Cole pitched six-plus innings and allowed one run and three hits Monday in a victory over the Tigers.

Someone finally quieted the Tigers' bats. Cole struck out eight and walked two in earning his first win. He had a shutout going until the seventh, when he gave up a single to Miguel Cabrera, a walk to J.D. Martinez and a single to Yoenis Cespedes to begin the outing. Fortunately, Jared Hughes was able to come in and induce a double play ball and a popout. One run scored, but Hughes stranded the other two inherited runners.
Apr 13 - 4:50 PM

Gerrit Cole yielded three runs in five innings in a no-decision as the Pirates fell to the Reds 5-4 in 11 innings on Wednesday.

Cole allowed five hits -- one, a first-inning solo home run to Todd Frazier -- while walking two and striking out six. It was a tough night for pitchers as the game was delayed nearly three hours due to rain. Cole will look for better results the next time he toes the slab, next week at home against the Tigers.
Apr 9 - 1:56 AM

Gerrit Cole pitched five innings of two-run ball Friday in a win over the Twins.

Cole hasn't had any problems this spring, and he's improving with each outing. If he stays healthy, he should be one of the NL's top 10 and maybe top five pitchers this year. He is a weaker bet to throw 200 innings than some of the league's other elite starters, particularly after missing time with shoulder fatigue last year.
Mar 20 - 4:01 PM

Gerrit Cole allowed one run over three innings Monday against the Twins.

Cole allowed three hits, including Miguel Sano's homer, walked two and struck out two. He figures to be one of the NL's best pitchers this year if he can stay healthy. There is some reason for concern after he missed time last year with shoulder fatigue.
Mar 9 - 4:28 PM

Gerrit Cole struck out 12 while tossing seven innings of one-run ball but had to settle for a no-decision in a loss to the Reds.

At 102 pitches, Cole probably had another inning in him, but Pirates manager Clint Hurdle, not surprisingly, decided to pinch-hit for him to lead off the top of the eighth. Cole made a couple trips to the disabled list this season but finished strong with a 2.14 ERA and 27/2 K/BB ratio over his final 21 innings.
Sun, Sep 28, 2014 05:05:00 PM

Gerrit Cole remains the Pirates' starter on Sunday.

There was some consideration given to holding him back for a potential Wild Card game on Wednesday. Manager Clint Hurdle even brought multiple starting options to some of the leaders on the team, but they were adamant in their opinion that Cole should get the ball Sunday with a National League Central crown still a possibility. The team will start either Jeff Locke or Vance Worley on Monday in a potential tiebreaker game and Edinson Volquez on Wednesday in the Wild Card game.
Sun, Sep 28, 2014 10:34:00 AM

Gerrit Cole allowed two runs over seven innings, striking out eight, to pitch the Pirates past the Braves 3-2 on Tuesday.

Cole struggled early, allowing a run in the first inning before loading the bases with no outs in the second, but he regrouped to induce a double play that held the Braves to a lone run in the second. After that, he tossed five perfect innings, not allowing a baserunner from the third inning on. The win guaranteed the Pirates at least a Wild Card berth, their second consecutive trip to the postseason, and there's a good chance they'll turn to Cole in the event they find themselves in a one-game playoff. The right-hander is 11-5 with a 3.78 ERA on the year.
Tue, Sep 23, 2014 10:42:00 PM

Gerrit Cole picked up his 10th win of the season after limiting the Red Sox to two runs in seven innings on Thursday.

Cole's effort helped the Pirates maintain their foothold on the second Wild Card slot and keep them within arm's reach of first place in the NL Central, polishing off a sweep of the lowly Red Sox. The right-hander scattered six hits with no walks and seven strikeouts. Now with a 3.85 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, and 118/38 K/BB ratio, Cole will look to keep it going on Tuesday in Atlanta against the Braves.
Thu, Sep 18, 2014 10:22:00 PM

Gerrit Cole improved to 9-5 on the year after allowing three runs over six innings Friday against the Cubs.

Cole allowed five hits (including a pair of solo homers) and one walk while striking out six. He also hit a batter. The young right-hander has now won consecutive starts for the first time since early June. He'll try to make it three in a row when he faces the Red Sox at home next week.
Sat, Sep 13, 2014 12:05:00 AM

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2B1Neil Walker
2Sean Rodriguez
SS1Jordy Mercer
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3B1Josh Harrison
LF1Starling Marte
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