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First Pitch: So Many Things Are Going Right For the Pirates

First Pitch: So Many Things Are Going Right For the Pirates

I wanted to keep this more of a notes article tonight, jotting down a few thoughts I had throughout the evening. A lot of things happened tonight which had me thinking about all of the things going right for the Pirates right now.

Gerrit Cole was excellent in his major league debut. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

**Gerrit Cole made his major league debut, and was fantastic. You could make an argument that he could have been better. He was giving up more hits than you'd want to see, but overall I think it would be hard to ask for a better debut. I also think that this just shows what I said earlier about Cole: he's got a higher bar to reach for than any other pitcher. With any other pitcher in the system, tonight's start would have been amazing. That's not to say it wasn't amazing for Cole on his debut. It's just saying that he's got the potential to be much more. Would the Pirates be successful if Cole just did this over and over? Absolutely. But Cole could be better, and that could...

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