Gerrit Cole was good today, but Jose Fernandez was better. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
Gerrit Cole vs Jose Fernandez. That was the matchup today. One was a first overall pick in the 2011 draft. The other was taken 13 picks later. Both have progressed to the point where they look like they could be future number one starters. Unfortunately for the Pirates, Fernandez looks like he might already be there.
The young right-hander dominated the Pirates lineup for two runs on five hits in eight innings, setting a career high with 13 strikeouts. He threw 97 pitches, 74 strikes, and was sitting in the upper 90s with his fastball, while keeping the ball down in the zone.
"That was an impressive outing for him, and impressive outing for our guys," Clint Hurdle said after the game. "As you watch the landscape of the game evolve, you're seeing some really encouraging athletic skills from some of these younger players that are up."
Cole had a good start, but he was quick to say after the...
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