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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
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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. Sep 28 - 5:05 PM

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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.

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.
Sep 23 - 10:42 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.
Sep 18 - 10:22 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.
Sep 13 - 12:05 AM

Gerrit Cole allowed four runs -- three earned -- while striking out eight over six innings in Sunday's win over the Cubs.

Cole served up nine hits on the day, but with 10 runs of support he didn't have to be perfect to earn his eighth win. Cole also provided some of that run support for himself, blasting a two-run homer in the seventh inning. Cole is 8-5 with a 3.89 ERA heading into Friday's rematch with the Cubs.
Sep 7 - 6:45 PM

Gerrit Cole yielded five runs over six and a third innings as the Pirates fell to the Cardinals on Monday.

Cole was spotted leads of 2-0 and 4-2, but Kolten Wong hit a pinch-hit homer off the righty to tie the game at 4-4 in the seventh. The fifth and final run on Cole's line came courtesy of the Pirate bullpen. It was a disappointing finish to a game that Cole had mostly controlled throughout. He struck out four and walked three, allowing eight hits over six and a third innings. This was Cole's third start since being sidelined with a lat injury on Independence Day. Cole's 2014 season has been mired by mediocre stretches early (4.38 ERA, .271 BAA in May) and two long DL stints. Despite the somewhat fractured year, he remains one of the best young pitchers in the game when healthy. He'll try to rebound from this start as he takes his 3.86 ERA and 1.30 WHIP into a match-up with the Cubs in his next go.
Sep 1 - 5:52 PM

Pirates recalled RHP Gerrit Cole from rookie-level Bristol.

Cole was "optioned" after his last start as a procedural move so that the Pirates could have an extra bench bat in the days leading up to the September 1 expansion of rosters. Cole has been excellent since returning from a lat injury on August 20 and will face the rival Cardinals on Monday afternoon in St. Louis.
Sep 1 - 10:55 AM

Pirates optioned RHP Gerrit Cole to Rookie League Bristol.

It's nothing more than a procedural move to get an extra bat on the bench for a couple of games. Cole will return to the Pirates when rosters expand on September 1.
Aug 29 - 6:50 PM

Gerrit Cole struck out nine, allowing two runs over six innings in a no-decision against the Cardinals on Tuesday.

Cole didn't allow a hit until the sixth inning, and he'd kept the Cardinals off the scoreboard until the seventh -- and while both runs were charged to him, Cole wasn't around when either of the two runs scored. It was another promising start for the 23-year-old, who hasn't missed a beat since returning from a strained right lat muscle. Cole will look for some better luck in the win column when he meets the Cards in St. Louis on Monday.
Aug 26 - 10:16 PM

Gerrit Cole got a no-decision in his first start after being activated from the disabled list, yielding two runs over seven innings as the Pirates defeated the Braves on Wednesday.

Cole had been on the shelf since July 5 with a strained right lat. He walked four batters, but was able to throw 61 of 97 pitches for strikes. He also allowed five hits while striking out six. The right-hander sports a 3.69 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, and an 84/33 K/BB ratio. Cole will face the Cardinals at home on Tuesday next.
Aug 20 - 10:08 PM

Pirates activated RHP Gerrit Cole from the 15-day disabled list.

Cole will rejoin the Pirates' rotation on Wednesday against the Braves. He's made just two starts at the major league level since early June due to two different shoulder issues but pitched well in last two rehab outings to clear his way for a return. The fading Pirates could obviously use a strong outing from Cole right out of the gate.
Aug 20 - 3:12 PM

Gerrit Cole (lat) will rejoin the Pirates' rotation on Wednesday against the Braves.

He's taking the injured Charlie Morton's (hip) spot in the rotation. Cole was cleared to return after tossing 13 scoreless frames across his last two rehab outings for Triple-A Indianapolis. Fantasy owners should feel free to activate him immediately.
Aug 17 - 12:56 PM

Gerrit Cole fired seven shutout innings in his final rehab start with Triple-A Indianapolis on Friday.

Cole scattered just five hits and walked one while striking out three on the night, throwing 59 of his 92 pitches for strikes. He certainly looks well enough to return to the Pirates rotation, and is expected to do so next week.
Aug 15 - 9:33 PM

Gerrit Cole (lat) is likely to rejoin the Pirates' rotation next week after making one final rehab start for Triple-A Indianapolis on Saturday.

Cole will get his pitch count up to around 90 and hopefully go seven innings on Saturday. It figures to be the final step before he's activated, though manager Clint Hurdle isn't offering any guarantees. "We don’t have the urgency to even map that out," Hurdle said. "I think he’s in a spot now, at six [innings] and 74 [pitches], which we believe the next time he’s going to go seven and close to 90. I think it’s going to put him in a very good position to come back here and help this club. We’ll see though. I don’t know. He hasn’t pitched." Cole has been out since July 5 with a strained right lat.
Aug 13 - 10:38 AM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Russell Martin
2Chris Stewart
3Tony Sanchez
1B1Pedro Alvarez
2Ike Davis
3Gaby Sanchez
2B1Neil Walker
2Chase d'Arnaud
SS1Jordy Mercer
2Clint Barmes
3B1Josh Harrison
2Brent Morel
LF1Starling Marte
2Jose Tabata
CF1Andrew McCutchen
RF1Travis Snider
2Jose Tabata
3Andrew Lambo
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Francisco Liriano
2Gerrit Cole
3Charlie Morton
4Edinson Volquez
5Jeff Locke
6Vance Worley
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Mark Melancon
2Tony Watson
3Justin Wilson
4Jared Hughes
5John Axford
6Jeanmar Gomez
7Brandon Cumpton
8Stolmy Pimentel
9Casey Sadler
10Bobby LaFromboise
11John Holdzkom