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What Kind of Pressure Will Gerrit Cole Have as a Rookie in the Playoffs?

What Kind of Pressure Will Gerrit Cole Have as a Rookie in the Playoffs?

Gerrit Cole is making his first playoff start today, and his first start against the Pirates. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

Rookie pitchers don't usually make big playoff starts. People constantly point to David Price as an example of a rookie who pitched in the World Series, but Price only pitched in relief in the ALCS and World Series in 2008. Last night's Cardinals starter, Adam Wainwright, pitched in the post-season in 2006, but it was also in relief.

One of the rare situations where a rookie starter played a big role was with Justin Verlander in 2006. He started game two in the ALDS, game two in the ALCS, and games one and five in the World Series for the Tigers. Gerrit Cole draws a lot of Verlander comps, and his start today in game two of the NLDS as a rookie is just another parallel.

Cole will make his first playoff start this afternoon, going up against the St. Louis Cardinals for the first time in his career. He enters a situation where the Pirates are down 1-0 in a be...

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