Gerrit Cole went heavy on his heavy fastball for terrific results in his third start. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
For all the adjectives I could use to describe Gerrit Cole's stuff and location Friday night, I will choose "erotic."
During the Pirates' 5-2 victory Friday night in Anaheim, Cole pitched 100 mph or faster eight different times, including 101.8 mph once. More than half his pitches were 96 mph or faster. He threw 67 fastballs during his 88 pitches (or what I would classify as fastballs) and kept the Angels out of synch searching for answers.
Here is a rough guide to classifying Cole's pitches, if indeed such nasty stuff can have traditional classifications. You should remember that Anaheim's radar gun appears to measure pitches a bit faster than Pittsburgh's does.
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