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Gerrit Cole | Starting Pitcher

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (23) / 9/8/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 240
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: UCLA
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Gerrit Cole was hammered for five runs over six innings and took the loss in Tuesday's start against the Reds.
Cole pitched reasonably well through five innings, but allowed two home runs in the sixth inning to fork over the lead. Overall, he allowed nine hits and walked three while striking out three. His results have been all over the place to start the season, but he'll try to right the ship on Sunday against the Brewers. Apr 15 - 10:44 PM

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Gerrit Cole fanned 10 while allowing four runs -- three earned -- in six innings against the Cubs on Thursday.

It's not very often one gets a win after giving up three more runs than the opposing starter, but Cole will take it. It was a 4-0 game after six, and Cole was then removed for a pinch-hitter as part of the Pirates' five-run seventh inning. The bullpen nailed it down from there, and Cole has now won six straight regular-season starts dating back to last season. Three of those have come against the Cubs.
Apr 10 - 6:03 PM

Gerrit Cole allowed two runs over seven innings Friday in a 12-2 win over the Cardinals.

Cole gave up six hits and two walks while striking out three batters. His only mistake was a two-run homer by Matt Carpenter in the top of the fifth inning. While fantasy owners would like to see more strikeouts, the 23-year-old right-hander is an ace in the making.
Apr 4 - 11:50 PM

Gerrit Cole surrendered six runs in 6 2/3 innings Sunday in a no-decision against the Orioles.

Cole gave up homers in the first (Nick Markakis), third (Chris Davis) and sixth (Ryan Flaherty) innings with a breeze blowing out to left field today. It's probably not the start of a trend. He didn't allow a single homer in his previous two official starts this spring, and he never gave up more than one in any of his 19 regular-season starts last season.
Mar 23 - 4:48 PM

Gerrit Cole pitched three innings and allowed an unearned run Wednesday as the Pirates topped the Twins 8-4.

Cole struck out three and walked one in his first official spring start since Feb. 28. He projects as one of the National League's better pitchers in his first full season.
Mar 12 - 5:21 PM

Gerrit Cole yielded two runs and three hits in two innings Friday in his start against the Blue Jays.

Cole doesn't have to worry about trying to win a rotation spot this spring, so he can just work on his stuff in these first few outings. He struck out two and walked none today.
Feb 28 - 3:51 PM

Gerrit Cole allowed only a two-run home run in his five innings of work but took the loss against the Cardinals in Game 5 of the NLDS on Wednesday.

Cole was nearly as good as he was in a Game 2 win, allowing just three hits and a walk on the night. But he made one two-out mistake that David Freese deposited in the visitor's bullpen for a two-run home run. He was lifted for a pinch-hitter after five innings and 75 pitches. Unfortunately for Cole, the Pirates managed only one run off Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright en route to the loss. Still, for his first major league postseason, the 23-year-old showed very well in two starts.
Wed, Oct 9, 2013 10:50:00 PM

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle announced after Game 4's loss to the Cardinals that Gerrit Cole will start Game 5 Wednesday.

It's A.J. Burnett's turn, but after Burnett was blasted and Cole was terrific in Games 1 and 2, respectively, it was a pretty easy call. The young right-hander will be on regular rest. Hurdle said that he wasn't sure yet whether Burnett would be available in relief. Cole held the Cards to just one run on two hits and two walks over six innings last Friday.
Mon, Oct 7, 2013 06:06:00 PM

Gerrit Cole was fantastic in Friday's 7-1 victory over the Cardinals, allowing just one run on two hits and two walks over six innings.

Cole struck out five on the day. The young right-hander allowed a solo shot to Yadier Molina in the fifth inning but was otherwise in control all day, retiring 11 in a row at one point and only twice allowing a runner to reach second base. We'll have to see what Pirates manager Clint Hurdle says, but it would be a surprise if Cole doesn't get the ball in a potential Game 5 now given the contrast of his and A.J. Burnett's performances in St. Louis.
Fri, Oct 4, 2013 05:02:00 PM

Gerrit Cole is expected to start for the Pirates in Game 2 of the NLDS Friday at Busch Stadium.

Cole threw a tune-up bullpen session late Tuesday night at PNC Park while his teammates were celebrating their National League Wild Card Game victory over the Reds. The impressive 23-year-old right-hander posted a 3.22 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 100/28 K/BB ratio in 117 1/3 innings this season as a rookie. A.J. Burnett is pitching in Game 1 on Thursday in St. Louis and Francisco Liriano is in line for Game 3 on Sunday in Pittsburgh.
Wed, Oct 2, 2013 05:42:00 PM

The Pirates will carry Gerrit Cole on their roster for Tuesday's Wild Card game against the Reds.

Francisco Liriano will start the game, but the Pirates are carrying Cole just in case. The other seven pitchers on the roster are all relievers. If the Pirates win, they can reset their roster for the NLDS.
Tue, Oct 1, 2013 11:40:00 AM

Gerrit Cole allowed two runs over six innings in a win over the Cubs on Tuesday.

Is that it? One start after striking out a career-high 12 batters, Cole fanned "just" six over six innings on Tuesday. It was impressively Cole's eighth straight quality start, as he now owns a 10-7 record and 3.22 ERA over 19 starts. And while the Pirates only play four more games this year, the possibility is there that Cole could start the season finale at the Reds if the Bucs have something to play for in the last game. Keep an eye on the right-hander's status heading into Sunday's game.
Wed, Sep 25, 2013 12:18:00 AM

Gerrit Cole tossed six innings of one-run ball and struck out a career-high 12 batters in a win over the Padres on Thursday.

Cole held the Padres to just four hits while walking three. The rookie right-hander didn't miss many bats early on after coming up from the minors, but he has struck out 65 batters in 62 2/3 innings over his last 10 starts. He'll take a 3.23 ERA into his final regular season start against the Cubs next week and figures to be a popular breakout candidate in mixed leagues next year.
Thu, Sep 19, 2013 03:58:00 PM

Gerrit Cole delivered another dominant performance in Saturday’s victory over the Cubs, allowing just one run on five hits over his seven frames.

The young right-hander punched out seven on the night while issuing three free passes. The only damage against him came on an RBI double by Nate Schierholtz in the first inning. He appears to be getting stronger as the season progresses, as he’s allowed just one run over his last two starts while posting a 16/5 K/BB ratio in 14 innings. He’ll look to extend his personal winning streak to three when he squares off against the Padres at home on Thursday.
Sat, Sep 14, 2013 10:00:00 PM

Gerrit Cole is expected to be used in the Pirates bullpen during the postseason.

Pirates skipper Clint Hurdle did leave the window open for change though, noting that if he continued to pitch as well as Monday's victory over the Rangers that the situation could be revisited. He's been just another in a tremendous crop of National League rookies this season, posting a 3.48 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 75/21 K/BB ratio over his 98 1/3 innings of work
Tue, Sep 10, 2013 10:36:00 AM

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LF1Starling Marte
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S1Francisco Liriano
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