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Gerrit Cole | Starting Pitcher | #45

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (25) / 9/8/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 240
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: UCLA
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (1) / PIT
Contract: view contract details

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Gerrit Cole struggled in Wednesday's 4-0 Wild Card loss to the Cubs, surrendering four runs on six hits over five innings.
Cole struck out four and walked one in the season ending loss. The trouble started early, when he allowed a Dexter Fowler single to lead off the top of the first. Fowler then stole second before scooting home on Kyle Schwarber's RBI single. Those two plagued Cole throughout, as the 25-year-old right-hander served up a loud two-run homer to Schwarber in the third inning that landed in the Allegheny River and a solo shot to Fowler in the fifth. The latter landed in zero rivers, but did draw several barks of profanity from Cole, who was clearly upset with himself. He was pinch-hit for in the bottom of the frame, closing the book on a superb 2015 campaign that saw him notch a 2.60 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 202/44 K/BB ratio across 208 innings. An off-season of rumination on his sour ending surely awaits. Wed, Oct 7, 2015 10:58:00 PM

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Manager Clint Hurdle announced Gerrit Cole will start the Pirates' Wild Card game against the Cubs.

It was an easy choice for Hurdle as Cole has been far and away the Pirates' best starter this year with 19 wins and a stellar 2.60 ERA. He'll likely be going against Cy Young frontrunner Jake Arrieta. Cole owns a 2.45 ERA in two career postseason starts.
Sat, Oct 3, 2015 04:21:00 PM

Gerrit Cole limited the Cardinals to two runs over seven innings as the Pirates defeated the Cardinals in the first half of Wednesday's doubleheader.

Cole gave up an RBI single to Matt Holliday in the top of the fourth and a solo shot to Matt Carpenter in the top of the sixth, but the Cardinals were otherwise silenced. Cole struck out only two St. Louis hitters, but he issued zero walks. He's sitting on a 19-8 record, 2.60 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, and 202/44 K/BB ratio through 208 regular-season innings.
Wed, Sep 30, 2015 04:29:00 PM

Gerrit Cole tossed seven frames of one-run ball in Friday's 3-2 win over the Cubs.

Cole yielded just four hits -- all singles -- on the day while striking out eight and issuing a pair of walks. He even drove in the first run of the game himself with an RBI single in the third inning. He bested Jon Lester in what was a performance typical of his season, as Cole now sports an 18-8 record to go along with a 2.60 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 200/44 K/BB ratio over 201 innings. He'll take on the Cardinals next week in Pittsburgh.
Fri, Sep 25, 2015 05:53:00 PM

Gerrit Cole pitched well in Sunday's 4-3 win over the Dodgers, firing seven innings of three-run ball while striking out nine.

With the nine strikeouts, Cole's now reached that mark three times this season. He allowed solitary runs in the first, second and seventh innings. The 25-year-old right-hander's now made 30 starts for the first time in his career after an injury-plagued 2014 campaign. He'll carry a 2.64 ERA and 1.10 WHIP into next weekend's showdown with the Cubs at Wrigley Field.
Sun, Sep 20, 2015 07:20:00 PM

Gerrit Cole gave up four runs -- three earned -- over 6 1/3 innings Tuesday in a no-decision against the Cubs.

Pittsburgh wound up winning 5-4 on a go-ahead sacrifice fly from Starling Marte in the bottom of the eighth inning. Cole was working on nine days of rest and wasn't at his sharpest, though he did strike out eight batters against zero walks. The ace right-hander will carry a 2.60 ERA and 1.11 WHIP into his next start on the road against the Dodgers.
Tue, Sep 15, 2015 04:41:00 PM

Gerrit Cole will be skipped next time through the rotation.

There's no injury here, but the team's trying to spot Cole a break here and there to help limit his innings. Manager Clint Hurdle indicated that his next start would likely come against the Cubs next week.
Mon, Sep 7, 2015 08:06:00 PM

Gerrit Cole delivered another outstanding performance in Sunday's critical victory against the Cardinals, scattering two singles over seven innings of shutout ball.

Cole racked up seven strikeouts on the evening while walking three. He was in complete command the entire night and didn't allow a hit until Jon Jay's single in the fifth inning. The 24-year-old hurler now sits at 16-8 on the season to compliment a sparkling 2.54 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 175/42 K/BB ratio. He'll look to continue his dominance on Friday when he does battle against the Brewers.
Sun, Sep 6, 2015 10:55:00 PM

Gerrit Cole had an uncharacteristic start Tuesday, allowing five runs over four innings in a loss to the Brewers.

Cole was off from the outset, as the Brewers had scored four runs after their first seven batters of the game. He gave up eight hits and a walk in total, striking out just two. It was the first start all season Cole struck out fewer than three. The right-hander dropped to 15-8 with a 2.64 ERA on the year. He'll try to get back in the win column Sunday at the Cardinals.
Tue, Sep 1, 2015 11:18:00 PM

Gerrit Cole notched his 15th win after limiting the Marlins to one run in 7 1/3 innings on Thursday.

Cole had been stuck on 14 wins since July 26, though that was as much due to a lack of run support than any problems he was having. Because of the drought he's been overtaken by Madison Bumgarner and Jake Arrieta for the league lead in victories.
Thu, Aug 27, 2015 10:54:00 PM

Gerrit Cole delivered seven innings of one-run ball Saturday in the Pirates' defeat of the Giants.

Cole surrendered only three hits and struck out eight, and the one run he allowed was unearned. The ace right-hander was stuck with a no-decision however because the Bucs didn't take the lead for good until the bottom of the ninth inning when Starling Marte hit a walkoff homer. Cole stands 14-7 with a 2.49 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and 162/38 K/BB ratio in 162 1/3 innings. He'll face the Marlins in Miami next.
Sat, Aug 22, 2015 06:58:00 PM

Gerrit Cole fell to 14-7, losing to the Diamondbacks on Monday after yielding four runs in 6 2/3 innings.

The Diamondbacks got to Cole early, scoring twice in the first inning on a triple, a double, and a single. Opposing starter Jeremy Hellickson knocked in a run in the second and Jake Lamb hit a solo homer in the fourth. The right-hander gave up nine hits and a walk while striking out five in the effort. Cole is winless in his last four starts, now carrying a 2.61 ERA with a 1.14 WHIP and a 154/35 K/BB ratio over 155 1/3 innings. He'll look to end the skid this weekend when he hosts the Giants.
Mon, Aug 17, 2015 10:42:00 PM

Gerrit Cole lost for the sixth time this season after giving up four runs (three earned) in 5 1/3 innings facing the Cardinals on Wednesday.

The Cardinals scored twice on what should have been an inning-ending double play in the third inning. They tacked on two more in the sixth on a Yadier Molina triple and a Stephen Piscotty single, chasing Cole from the game. He allowed seven hits and two walks while striking out six on the night. The 24-year-old carried a sub-2.00 ERA through mid-June, but has been pedestrian since, carrying a 3.59 ERA in his last nine starts. Overall, he sports a 2.48 ERA with a 1.12 WHIP and a 149/34 K/BB ratio over 148 2/3 innings. He'll match up with the Diamondbacks in a home start next week.
Wed, Aug 12, 2015 11:46:00 PM

Gerrit Cole posted a quality start in a Friday no-decision against the Dodgers, allowing three runs on four hits over six innings.

Cole struck out five and walked three on the evening. Two of the three runs against him scored via an RBI single by Howie Kendrick in the third inning, with an additional run coming home on a Jimmy Rollins base knock in the fifth. The 24-year-old right-hander will take a 2.39 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 143/32 K/BB ratio (over 143 1/3 innings) into his next, a road showdown with the division-leading Cardinals.
Fri, Aug 7, 2015 11:28:00 PM

Gerrit Cole came away with a tough loss in Saturday's contest with the Reds, allowing three runs on seven hits over five innings.

Cole didn't pitch poorly, but this was far from his sharpest start. He struck out eight and walked one in his relatively limited time on the mound. Solitary runs scored in the second, fourth and fifth innings before the young ace exited stage left. While he was unable to pick up win No. 15 in the outing, he still holds a fantastic 2.29 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 138/29 K/BB ratio over 137 1/3 innings. He's been one of the best starters in the bigs this season and will face the Dodgers in his next start.
Sat, Aug 1, 2015 10:46:00 PM

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