Gerrit Cole has already passed the number of innings he threw in 2012. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
All three times this year Gerrit Cole has pitched on at least a week of rest, he has gotten a quality start. In his nine other starts, he has only four quality starts.
Small sample size, certainly. We do not yet know if Cole is a better pitcher given more rest, and he will even tell you his breaking ball did not feel as sharp Friday night against the Diamondbacks (6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) when he took the mound after a full week off.
"Threw some ones where I probably wasn't totally... trusting that it was gonna break," Cole said. "It's just something I gotta attack, because it's gonna happen again here soon. And I'll learn from it and keep moving."
What's "gonna happen" is the ...
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