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Gerrit Cole | Starting Pitcher | #45

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (26) / 9/8/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: UCLA
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (1) / PIT
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Gerrit Cole allowed four earned runs, 10 hits and a walk across five innings in a no-decision against the Mets on Saturday.
Cole was looking very ace-like with eight straight quality starts from April 9-May 17, but he has been hit hard for nine earned runs, 20 hits and five homers over 9 2/3 innings across his past two outings. He'll look to get back on track next Friday in a rematch with the Mets at Citi Field. May 28 - 1:31 AM

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Gerrit Cole was lit up for five earned runs over 4 2/3 innings Monday in a loss to the Braves.

Cole didn't have it in this one, registering just two strikeouts while surrendering a walk and 10 hits, including two home runs. The right-hander watched his ERA jump from 2.84 to 3.36, and he now stands 2-5 on a last-place Pirates team with an overall record of 20-25. Cole, a potential trade candidate this summer, will get the Mets at home next.
May 22 - 11:04 PM

Gerrit Cole earned a win by tossing seven innings of one-run baseball in a 6-1 victory over the Nationals on Wednesday.

The only run he allowed came in the seventh inning on a Brian Goodwin double that scored Daniel Murphy. Cole held the Nationals to three hits and two walks while fanning three in the ballgame. With the win today his record improves to 2-4 despite a sterling 2.84 ERA. He has punched out 50 batters and walked 12 in 57 innings. He will take the hill twice next week against the Braves and Mets.
May 17 - 10:37 PM

Gerrit Cole allowed two runs on seven hits over seven innings in Thursday's loss to the Diamondbacks.

Cole's performance was somewhat overshadowed by that of opposing starter Zack Greinke, who carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning, but his was a fine outing in its own right. Brandon Drury burned him for an RBI single in the second inning and Jake Lamb an RBI double in the third, but otherwise Cole kept the Pirates within striking distance during his seven innings of work. He finished the evening with five strikeouts against just one walk. Up next on the docket, a home start against the Nationals. He will carry a 3.06 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 47/10 K/BB ratio (50 innings) into that one.
May 12 - 12:21 AM

Gerritt Cole allowed just two hits and one run in seven innings during Saturdays game against the Brewers, but did not factor into the decision in the extra-inning win.

He brought his best stuff tonight. He punched out eight batters and walked only two. One of the two hits he allowed was a solo homer by Hernan Perez. His record holds at 1-3 with a 3.14 ERA through seven starts. He has 42 strikeouts and nine walks in 43 innings.
May 6 - 10:53 PM

Gerrit Cole yielded three runs -- two earned -- over six innings Monday in a no-decision against the Reds.

Cole was going strong until the bottom of the sixth inning, when Billy Hamilton reached on a fielding error, Joey Votto drew a walk, and Adam Duvall slugged a go-ahead three-run home run. The walk to Votto was the only one Cole allowed in the six-inning start, and he struck out seven while surrendering just five total hits. Cincinnati won the game in the bottom of the 10th on a walkoff RBI double by Hamilton. Cole will carry a 1-3 record, 3.50 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and 34/7 K/BB ratio into his next start at home versus the Brewers.
May 1 - 10:44 PM

Gerrit Cole took an undeserved loss Tuesday, as he yielded just one unearned run across seven frames against the Cubs.

Cole out-pitched Kyle Hendricks, as he gave up only two hits, didn’t walk anyone and struck out eight, needing just 78 pitches to cruise through seven innings. However, he was saddled with a loss because Alen Hanson made a throwing error in the second that resulted in the game’s lone run. Cole has put up four nice starts in a row after a rough first outing. He’ll take on the Reds the next time out.
Apr 25 - 10:07 PM

Gerrit Cole allowed two earned runs over six innings Wednesday in a loss to the Cardinals.

Cole showed good velocity and finished the afternoon with eight punchouts, but Dexter Fowler tagged him for a pair of solo homers and the Pirates' offense could muster only one run of support. Cole stands 1-2 with a 4.70 ERA and 1.43 WHIP through four starts this season, but he's pitched a little better than those numbers would indicate. He'll hope for better luck next time out against the Cubs.
Apr 19 - 4:27 PM

Gerrit Cole pitched six innings of two-run ball to beat the Cubs on Friday.

Wade LeBlanc, Felipe Rivero and Tony Watson finished up the 4-2 victory. Cole had to work today, throwing 114 pitches to get his 18 outs. He ended up striking out five and walking one in his first win in three tries this year.
Apr 14 - 5:59 PM

Gerrit Cole logged a quality start in a no-decision against the Braves on Sunday, giving up three runs on eight hits over his six innings.

Cole struck out four and walked two on the afternoon. Most of the trouble against him stemmed from his inability to keep the ball in the yard, with Dansby Swanson and Freddie Freeman each launching solo home runs. Still winless on the year, Cole will carry a 6.55 ERA and 1.64 WHIP into Saturday's showdown against the Cubs in Chicago.
Apr 9 - 5:10 PM

Gerrit Cole's season debut Monday was undone by one bad inning, as the Red Sox touched him up for five runs in the fifth in a loss.

Cole had allowed just two baserunners through 4 2/3 frames, and then suddenly the wheels came off. Boston piled up six straight hits off the righty during the two-out rally, which was capped off by an Andrew Benintendi three-run bomb. Worth noting, however, is that three of the six hits were of the infield variety, so while it wasn't an ideal first outing, it could've been worse in what was a tough matchup. We'd like to see more than two strikeouts, though. Cole will try for better results at home on Sunday versus the Braves.
Apr 3 - 5:53 PM

Gerrit Cole surrendered three solo homers over three innings Wednesday against the Phillies.

Wind was a factor on two of the homers (Aaron Altherr's, on the other hand, was crushed), so it wasn't all too bad of a day for Cole. He walked one and struck out three before being lifted. Even though he's healthy, he ended up making just three official starts this spring, allowing four runs in 10 innings.
Mar 29 - 4:29 PM

Gerrit Cole limited the Blue Jays to one run in five innings and struck out five on Sunday.

It seemed likely that Cole would scuffle a bit this spring after his second-half injuries and struggles last year, but he's been strong in both of his official outings and his three-inning start in an exhibition against the Dominican Republic. It'd seem to bode well for him and the Pirates.
Mar 19 - 5:41 PM

Gerrit Cole stifled the mighty Dominican lineup on Wednesday, throwing three scoreless innings in an exhibition game.

He did without the benefit of a strikeout. Cole gave up two hits, one to Jean Segura and the other to Pirates teammate Gregory Polanco. This one doesn't count in the standings, but if it did, Cole would be up to five scoreless innings this spring.
Mar 8 - 4:57 PM

Gerrit Cole made his spring debut Friday, throwing two scoreless innings against the Orioles.

Cole allowed two hits, walked one and struck out none. All the Pirates really care about is that Cole gets through the spring pain free. He was limited to 21 starts by elbow problems last year.
Mar 3 - 5:09 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Francisco Cervelli
2Chris Stewart
1B1Josh Bell
2John Jaso
2B1Josh Harrison
2Alen Hanson
3Gift Ngoepe
SS1Jordy Mercer
3B1Jung Ho Kang
2David Freese
LF1Gregory Polanco
2Adam Frazier
3Jose Osuna
CF1Starling Marte
RF1Andrew McCutchen
2Daniel Ortiz
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Gerrit Cole
2Jameson Taillon
3Ivan Nova
4Chad Kuhl
5Tyler Glasnow
6Trevor Williams
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Tony Watson
2Daniel Hudson
3Felipe Rivero
4Juan Nicasio
5Antonio Bastardo
6Johnny Barbato
7Wade LeBlanc
8Josh Lindblom
9Jhan Marinez