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Gerrit Cole shut down for season by Pirates

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Cole World has now indeed become The Sideline Story.

Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Neal Huntington announced on Tuesday that the team is shutting down right-hander Gerrit Cole for the remainder of the season, per Adam Berry of MLB.com.

The Pirates confirmed the news on Twitter, saying that Cole has been placed on the 60-day disabled list with right elbow posterior inflammation.

The former All-Star, who was the subject of some trade talks earlier this season, had just returned from a stint on the 15-day disabled list because of the same ailment. But he lasted only two innings and gave up five earned runs in a loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday.

The 69-73 Pirates are six games out of a Wild Card spot, so it makes sense for them to shut down the 26-year-old Cole, who finishes a similarly disappointing 2016 campaign with a 7-10 record, a 3.88 ERA, and 98 strikeouts in 21 starts.

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Red Sox have reportedly asked about Jose Fernandez, Gerrit Cole

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The Boston Red Sox are in the market for starting pitching, and they are aiming high.

According to Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald, the Red Sox have inquired about Marlins ace Jose Fernandez as well as Pittsburgh’s Gerrit Cole during the season.

The Red Sox were told that neither was available, and that discussions would probably start with both Xander Bogaerts and Mookie Betts, a price Boston is unwilling to pay. Most other high-end starting pitchers would command similarly high prices, so it’s probably more likely that Boston looks for a slightly lower tier of pitching.

It may seem a bit surprising that Boston is searching for high-end starting pitching just months after signing an ace for big money. However, Clay Buchholz and Eduardo Rodriguez have struggled, and team president Dave Dombrowski has a fondness for making big deadline splashes with little warning. Rest assured, Boston will keep trying for an ace.

H/T MLB Trade Rumors

Albert Pujols gave Gerrit Cole a ‘stern lecture’

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Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole caught an earful from Albert Pujols during Sunday’s game, but the Los Angeles Angels slugger would not say what it was about after his team’s 5-4 win.

As Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com notes, Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun worked a full count in the sixth inning before lining out to first. For whatever reason, Cole stared Calhoun down after the at-bat and had some choice words for him. After Cole singled and reached first in the bottom of the same inning, Pujols clearly expressed his displeasure.

“I don’t want to talk about that,” Pujols told reporters. “I said what I had to say to him, and that’s it. Whatever I had to say, I said it to him. And that stays between me and him.”

Cole was also unwilling to discuss the conversation.

“That conversation will stay on the field,” the pitcher said.

You can see a video of the exchange here.

With the Angels trailing by a run in the eighth, Pujols jacked a two-run homer that proved to be the game-winner.

This isn’t the first time Pujols had a dustup with an opponent, but it appears he was sticking up for a teammate in this situation. It’s unclear what Cole was angry with Calhoun over. Whatever it was, Pujols seemed to think it was unwarranted.

H/T Pro Baseball Talk

Gerrit Cole has hat knocked off by line drive (Video)

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Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole came no more than an inch away from a serious injury — and possibly worse — on Thursday afternoon when a line drive nearly hit him square in the face.

It was Cole’s counterpart, Detroit Tigers pitcher Jordan Zimmermann, who ripped the ball back up the middle. How close did it come to nailing Cole? It knocked his hat right off his head.

It’s tough to tell, but it looked like Cole was able to get just enough of his glove on the ball. If he reacted a millisecond later, he might have ended up looking like that softball player who wasn’t as lucky a couple months ago.

H/T Eye on Baseball

This Gerrit Cole two-seam fastball had absurd movement (Video)


In softball they have a pitch called a riseball. This concept actually makes sense in the sport because the pitchers throw underhand and can direct the ball upwards. It’s much different for a baseball pitcher to get similar movement because they obviously throw overhand, but Gerrit Cole is trying to defy those conventions.

In the first inning of Thursday’s Pirates-White Sox game, Cole struck out Adam LaRoche on a 2-2 pitch that seemed to run up and away. It looked like a nasty two-seam fastball that just had silly run and movement, and left LaRoche waving at air.

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Cole allowed just two runs on three hits over seven innings to pick up the win. He is now 11-2 with a 1.78 ERA this season. Both marks lead the NL. With pitches like that, it’s easy to see why the UCLA product is having this kind of success.

And if you don’t want to throw 98 mph pitches with incredible run against LaRoche, may we suggest 59 mph curveballs?

H/T Deadspin