Tag: Gerrit Cole

Williams: Can the Pirates Get it Right With Mitch Keller?

It’s difficult looking at a pitching leaderboard these days if you follow the Pirates. There are currently 149 pitchers in the majors who have thrown 30 or more innings this year. Here’s the list, sorted by fWAR. It won’t take long for you to notice a few familiar names. Number eight on the list: Tyler […]
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A Look at Recent Highly Anticipated Pitching Debuts for the Pirates

Sometime soon, the Pittsburgh Pirates will call up right-handed pitcher Mitch Keller. A lot of signs point to Monday’s doubleheader in Cincinnati being his possible debut, but nothing has been announced yet. Whether he starts that game or not, he’s on the verge of making his highly anticipated debut for the Pirates. With that in […]
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Cole Tucker and the Pirates’ Super Two History

Count me among the many, many fans who were shocked when they saw the news that Cole Tucker was called up to start at shortstop less than a month into the season. Tucker has always been a hard prospect to pin down. At first, many thought he appeared to be an overdraft in the first […]
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Williams: Comparing the Returns in the Gerrit Cole and Chris Archer...

In the last six months, the Pirates have traded one top of the rotation pitcher away and have traded for one top of the rotation pitcher. They sent Gerrit Cole to the Astros prior to the season, getting Colin Moran, Joe Musgrove, Michael Feliz, and Jason Martin in return. At the trade deadline, they acquired […]
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Williams: Revisiting Why the Pirates Traded Gerrit Cole

Right after the Pirates added Chris Archer and Keone Kela at the trade deadline, there were questions wondering why they traded Gerrit Cole and Andrew McCutchen prior to the 2018 season. Those questions were more confusing based on the pre-season statements from Pirates’ GM Neal Huntington saying he expected the team to contend this year. […]
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Williams: Revisiting Why the Pirates Traded Andrew McCutchen

There was a common question about the Pirates after they were buyers at this year’s trade deadline: “Why did they trade Gerrit Cole and Andrew McCutchen?” The question came from outside of Pittsburgh more than it came from inside Pittsburgh. It mostly revolved around the confusion over the idea that the Pirates traded away two […]
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Williams: Unless They Adjust, the Pirates Will Waste Jameson Taillon and...

I’m not that worried about Mitch Keller’s recent struggles. At least not in the sense of his long-term upside. Keller gave up three runs and walked five batters in four innings on April 28th. He rebounded in his next start with a good outing, but struggled again in his last start, leaving after 4.1 innings […]
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Gajtka: It’s Early, But Gerrit Cole Looks Like One That Got...

PITTSBURGH — I haven’t exactly been reserved about my feelings on Gerrit Cole’s dynamic first few starts for the Astros. Three starts into Gerrit Cole's Astros career, I think it can be safely said the Pirates F'd up with him. — Matt Gajtka (@MattGajtka) April 14, 2018 Pardon the (self-edited) language there — hey, it was […]
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Williams: What Can the Pirates Learn From Gerrit Cole and Charlie...

It’s hard to ignore what’s going on in Houston right now with former Pirates pitchers Gerrit Cole and Charlie Morton. Morton joined the Astros last year, and so far has combined to put up a 3.33 ERA and a 3.45 xFIP in 164.2 innings. He’s getting there with a 10.28 K/9 and a 3.06 BB/9. […]
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Gerrit Cole: “A Lot of the Things That David Freese Said...

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — On Friday, Pirates third baseman David Freese told his truth in regards to the practices of the Pirates’ front office. After conversations with a few other individuals with experience in the Pirates clubhouse, it seems more likely that Freese’s remarks represent the truth, and not just his version of it. […]
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