Gerrit Cole has cut down on the walks recently, but needs to add some strikeouts.
At the start of the year, the expectation from most Pirates fans was for Gerrit Cole to go to Triple-A as a formality, just long enough to get an extra year of control and avoid Super Two status. As it turned out, Cole had some work to do at the level before he could be considered for the majors.
In his first four starts, the right-hander dealt with command issues, leading to long innings. Cole wasn't giving up a lot of runs, but also wasn't putting batters away early in the count. The Pirates have a policy that any pitcher who throws over 30 pitches in a single inning gets removed after that inning. Cole reached that single inning limit in the fourth inning or earlier in three of his four starts. In on...
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