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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Articles tagged: Gerrit Cole

Astros’ Gerrit Cole has harsh stance against ‘opener’ strategy

Gerrit Cole

Yet another pitcher has come out against the new “opener” pitching strategy.

Last season, the Tampa Bay Rays began regularly using a relief pitcher to start a game before handing things over to more of a long-inning starter type. The strategy, called using an “opener,” started being used somewhat regularly. The Oakland A’s even used it in the playoffs.

Even though the strategy is catching on, some players are strongly against it. Houston Astros starter Gerrit Cole ripped openers, saying he’s not paying to see a “math equation.”

That’s a jab at the analytical side of things, which is how the idea was popularized.

Cole isn’t the only pitcher opposed to openers. Giants starter Madison Bumgarner told manager Bruce Bochy he would walk out of the park if they tried to use an opener.

“If you’re using an opener in my game, I’m walking right out of the ballpark,” Bumgarner told Bochy.

Cole says that response would be extreme, but he still would not be alright with it.

Though it’s easy to treat players like statistics, this is a reminder that these are competitive athletes who want the ball and want to dominate every time it’s their turn to take the mound. That’s part of what makes them great.

Trevor Bauer: I have no problem with Gerrit Cole

Trevor Bauer

Trevor Bauer says that he has no problem with Gerrit Cole, contrary to some of the information that’s being written about them.

Bauer and Cole are set to square off against each other on Sunday when the Cleveland Indians and Houston Astros meet. The two were teammates at UCLA and had enormous success in college before going Nos. 1 and 3 overall in the 2011 MLB Draft. Now that they’re set to meet on Sunday, stories about their relationship are being published.

On Thursday, USA Today wrote a piece about them. The first sentence said the two “can’t stand each other.”

Bauer says that’s not the case.

“I have no problem with Gerrit,” Bauer said, as published by MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian. “We had a rocky relationship in college, because he told me that I had no future in baseball and he insulted my work ethic as a freshman. I don’t take kindly to those couple things, so we had our issues. And I have, I don’t know, those feelings have long since faded. Right now, it’s cool to see him having success. He’s done a lot of hard work. He’s changed his mechanics around. He’s changed his pitch repertoire and how he uses it and his attack plan and stuff like that, and he’s having a ton of success with it. And it’s good to see, because it’s good for him, it’s good for me, it’s good for the tapestry of our lives.”

Bauer went on to say that he hopes Cole continues to have success in MLB and that they trade Cy Young Awards. And as far as the accusation that they can’t stand each other and won’t talk to each other, Bauer disproved that. He says the two talked at an alumni game this year and their conversation was “pleasant.”

For their careers at UCLA, Bauer was 34–8 with a 2.36 ERA and 11.1 strikeouts per nine innings. Cole went 21-20 with a 3.38 ERA and 10.5 strikeouts per nine innings. Though Bauer had better numbers in college and won the Golden Spikes Award as a junior, Cole still went No. 1 overall in the draft to Pittsburgh. Both have been successful in the pros, though one could argue that Cole has been a little more successful to date.

Some would also argue that Bauer’s comments about the Astros stemmed from bitter fillings towards Cole.

Gerrit Cole jokes about racking up strikeouts two different ways

Gerrit Cole

Gerrit Cole pitched a complete game shutout against the Diamondbacks on Friday night and nearly threw a no-hitter, but what he was able to do at the plate may have been even more impressive.

Cole would have set an MLB record with 21 strikeouts in a single game, but there was one small problem — five of his K’s came as a hitter. After the Astros’ 8-0 win, Cole’s teammates presented him with both their pitcher of the night robe and hitter of the night robe. Cole was a great sport about it.

“This is the Pitcher of the Game robe and this is the Hitter of the Game robe,” he said, per Bob McManaman of The Arizona Republic. “Since I got the platinum sombrero, that’s 21 total strikeouts on the evening. Tied Roger Clemens. It was a good night.”

Had it been 21 strikeouts as a pitcher, Cole actually would have broken the record for K’s in a single game, which is a feat that was accomplished by Clemens twice and Kerry Wood and Max Scherzer each one time.

All joking aside, Cole allowed just one hit and dropped his ERA to 1.42 on the season. Most pitchers don’t stay in a game long enough to have the opportunity to strike out five times, but that’s what happens when you toss a complete game. Cole already made MLB history in one of his starts earlier this year, and he has been better than advertised since the Astros acquired him via trade.

Gerrit Cole makes history in latest start for Astros

Gerrit Cole

Gerrit Cole has been on fire to start his season with the Houston Astros, so much so that he’s even making history.

Cole pitched seven innings of three-hit ball on Friday night against the Texas Rangers. He struck out 14 batters, but the truly impressive part is that he did it on just 93 pitches. Being able to record so many strikeouts on so few pitches was historic, as nobody has had that many punchouts on 93 pitches.

The fun doesn’t end there. According to ESPN’s Stats & Info, Cole is the third pitcher to record double-digit strikeouts in his first three starts with a team.

Cole, who was acquired in a trade with the Pirates over the offseason, has put together a sensational first three starts. He has allowed just 10 hits in 21 innings with four walks and 36 strikeouts, as he struck out 11 in each of his first two outings. He has a 1.29 ERA, but is only 1-0 thanks to a pair of no-decisions.

The Astros sure have helped take Cole’s game to the next level, just like they did the same with Justin Verlander.

Gerrit Cole had great reaction to Charlie Morton’s self-criticism

Charlie Morton gum

Charlie Morton did not give up a run in six innings of work on Monday night and earned his first win of the season with the Houston Astros, but the right-hander felt he had plenty of room for improvement. Fellow starter Gerrit Cole seemed to disagree.

Cole, who has been reunited with Morton after he was traded from the Pittsburgh Pirates to Houston during the offseason, had a great reaction when Morton told reporters he did not feel he had his best stuff.

Morton allowed just three hits over six innings in a 6-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles. He struck out six and walked two.

As you can tell by the way Cole called him “Charles,” Cole and Morton are quite familiar with one another. They were teammates for three seasons in Pittsburgh from 2013-2015, and they are now two important pieces of arguably the best rotation in baseball.

We learned a few months ago that Cole is not the only member of his family with a great sense of humor. The defending champion Astros should be a lot of fun to follow this season.

Gerrit Cole traded to Astros

Gerrit Cole Pirates

Gerrit Cole is heading to Houston after all.

Three days after reports said Cole was on the verge of being traded to the Astros before later reports said a deal didn’t happen, the two teams did agree on a trade

Yahoo’s Tim Brown reports that Cole is heading to the Astros, while the Pittsburgh Pirates are receiving Joe Musgrove and Colin Moran in return.

The Astros made no secret that they wanted an ace to add to their staff. They are making preparations to potentially lose Dallas Keuchel after the 2018 season in free agency. But for the upcoming season, they will now have Cole to go along with Keuchel and Justin Verlander, enhancing their rotation and chances of repeating as champs.

Cole, 27, is coming off a down season in which he posted a career-worst 4.26 ERA, but he is under team control for two more seasons. The former No. 1 overall pick is 59-42 with a 3.50 ERA during his career.

Musgrove, 25, is a right-handed pitcher who served as both a starter and reliever last season. He has a 4.52 career ERA in 171.1 innings. Moran, 23, is a former No. 6 overall pick. He has batted .206 in 34 career at-bats. His path in Houston was being blocked by Alex Bregman.

Gerrit Cole’s wife posts funny tweet about trade rumors

Gerrit Cole Pirates

The trade rumor mill took Gerrit Cole for quite the ride this week, and his significant other was definitely feeling the same way.

Cole’s wife Amy took to Twitter to post a fitting GIF in the wake of erroneous reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander had been traded. Take a look:

Cole, who has been with Pittsburgh for his entire MLB career, was reported on Wednesday to have been dealt to this prominent American League team, but that was later deemed to be false. The former No. 1 overall pick is still a prime candidate to be traded by the rebuilding Pirates however, so the Cole’s should probably keep their GIF game handy just in case.

H/T FanRag Sports