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Height/Weight: 6-4/222 | Birthdate: 9/8/1990 | Birthplace: Newport Beach, CA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Pittsburgh | College: None | MLB Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 98/94 | Average Draft Position: 66.70
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Pirates SP Gerrit Cole terrific against Marlins on Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/27/2015) Pirates ace Gerrit Cole was brilliant in his start against the Marlins on Thursday. The right-hander allowed one run on five hits over 7 1/3 solid innings. He struck out four and did not walk a batter. Cole's strong start earned him a victory, as the Pirates held on for the 2-1 win.

The only run Cole allowed came on a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning. Cole improved to 15-7 and lowered his ERA to 2.44 with the dominant effort.

After giving up three runs or more in three straight starts, Cole has allowed a total of two runs over his last two starts. Overall, in six August starts, Cole went 1-3 with a 3.14 ERA.


Gerrit Cole gets no-decision in Pirates' win on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/22/2015) Pirates ace Gerrit Cole was excellent in his start against the Giants on Saturday. The young right-hander allowed one unearned run on three hits over seven solid innings. He walked three and struck out eight. Cole was left with a no-decision, as the Pirates grabbed the 3-2 walk-off win. 

This was a much-needed dominant outing for Cole, who came into the game with a 4.70 ERA over his previous four starts.


Pirates SP Gerrit Cole takes loss in Monday's start


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(8/17/2015) Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole was on the losing end of the 4-1 loss to the Diamondbacks on Monday.

Cole allowed four runs on nine hits over 6 2/3 innings. He also struck out five and walked one. One of his mistakes was giving up a solo home to Jake Lamb in the fourth inning.

Cole is now 14-7 with a 2.61 ERA. He is winless in his last four starts.


Pirates SP Gerrit Cole takes loss in Wednesday's start


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(8/12/2015) Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole did not pitch badly during Wednesday's start against the Cardinals, but he was on the losing end of the 4-2 contest.

Cole allowed four runs (three earned) over 5 1/3 innings. He also struck out six and walked two. He is now 14-6 with a 2.48 ERA. Cole is winless in his last three starts with just one quality start.


Pirates SP Gerrit Cole quality in no-decision vs. Dodgers on Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/7/2015) Pirates ace Gerrit Cole tossed a quality start on Friday, but took a no-decision in the extra-innings 5-4 win over the Dodgers. Cole matched up with--and out-pitched--Clayton Kershaw. The Pirates' young righty allowed three runs on four hits over six solid innings. He walked three and struck out five.

The Pirates were ahead 4-3 when Cole left the game, but the bullpen allowed the Dodgers to score the tying run in the seventh. But the Pirates were able to claim the walk-off win in the 10th.

The three runs allowed is the most for Cole since July 5, when he gave up three to the Indians. Cole is 2-2 with a 2.73 ERA over his past five starts.


Pirates shuffle rotation for weekend series vs. Dodgers


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/5/2015) The Pirates have shuffled their rotation for a three-game series this weekend against the Dodgers. 

Gerrit Cole will still start the series opener Friday, but Francisco Liriano and Charlie Morton swapped places. Liriano will now pitch Saturday and Morton has been pushed back to Sunday.


Pirates SP Gerrit Cole comes up short in loss to Reds


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(8/1/2015) Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole didn't have enough to come up with a win during his start against the Reds on Saturday.

Cole tossed five innings, giving up three runs on seven hits. When he had his pitches going, he flashed dominance -- he recorded eight strike outs to just one walk.

With the loss, the All-Star falls to 14-5 on the season with a 2.36 ERA.


Pirates SP Gerrit Cole claims 14th win of the season Sunday


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/26/2015) Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole continued his impressive season on Sunday, as he picked up his 14th win of the year against the Nationals.

Cole allowed one run on seven hits in 7 2/3 innings of work. His command was crisp, as he struck out eight batters and did not allow a walk. Cole's lone mistake came in the third inning when he allowed a solo home run to Michael Taylor.

Cole (14-4) has a 2.24 ERA with 130 strikeouts and 28 walks in 132 1/3 innings this season


Fielding mishaps lead to loss for Pirates' Gerrit Cole on Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/21/2015) Pirates ace Gerrit Cole was solid in his start against the Royals on Tuesday. The right-hander allowed three runs--two earned--on five hits over 7 1/3 innings. He struck out six and did not walk a batter, but the Pirates were unable to back him in the 3-1 loss.

Cole, who drops to 13-4, was let down by the defense behind him in this one, as a pair of errors led to a three-run inning in the eighth. Prior to that, Cole had been sharp, keeping a good Royals offense in check.

The 2015 All-Star still sports a very fine 2.31 ERA


Pirates' Gerrit Cole pitches scoreless inning in All Star Game


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/14/2015) Pirates starter Gerrit Cole pitched a scoreless inning in his first All Star Game appearance.

Cole entered in the third inning, with the score tied 1-1, and retired the side, striking out one and walking one. Cole has never appeared in relief in a MLB or minor league regular season game. 

Pirates pitchers have appeared in each of the last five All Star Games, and none have allowed a run.  


Pirates SP Gerrit Cole gets win No. 13 on Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/10/2015) Pirates ace Gerrit Cole was in fine form in his start on Friday against the Cardinals. Cole, who picked up his 13th win of the season, allowed two runs on six hits over seven innings. He walked two and struck out three in the 5-2 victory.

The only runs scored on the All-Star right-hander came on a two-run home run by Matt Carpenter in the second inning, putting the Pirates down 2-1. But the offense was able to respond quickly, getting regaining the lead in the bottom of the inning.

Cole (13-3) heads into the All-Star break with a 2.30 ERA and 116 strikeouts on the ledger.

"I feel good, strong, healthy," Cole said, per MLB.com. "I feel like I've gotten better every time out, and we've brought consistent energy out on the field, the guys have played really, really well behind us -- and that's reflected in the record."


NL All-Star reserves, pitchers and Final Vote candidates revealed


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2015) The National League All Star reserves and pitchers were announced on Monday evening, and there was no room for the reigning National League MVP.

Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw was not selected for the All Star team, although he's one of five candidates to take the final spot on the roster in the Final Vote. 

Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant made the team as an injury replacement for the Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton. Bryant is one of two rookies on the team, along with Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson

The Pirates sent two starting pitchers to the All Star team for the first time since 1960. MLB wins leader Gerrit Cole and fellow Pittsburgh starter A.J. Burnett will both be making their first appearance. 

National League reserves are:

Catchers: Yasmani Grandal, Dodgers; Yadier Molina, Cardinals
First basemen: Adrian Gonzalez, Dodgers; Anthony Rizzo, Cubs
Second basemen: DJ LeMahieu, Rockies; Joe Panik, Giants
Third basemen: Nolan Arenado, Rockies; Kris Bryant, Cubs
Shortstop: Brandon Crawford, Giants
Outfielders: Andrew McCutchen, Pirates; Joc Pederson, Dodgers; A.J. Pollock, Diamondbacks; Justin Upton, Padres

National League pitchers are:

Madison Bumgarner, Giants; A.J. Burnett, Pirates; Aroldis Chapman, Reds; RHP: Gerrit Cole, Pirates; Jacob deGrom, Mets; Zack Greinke, Dodgers; Mark Melancon, Pirates; Shelby Miller, Braves; Jonathan Papelbon, Phillies; Francisco Rodriguez, Brewers; Trevor Rosenthal, Cardinals; Max Scherzer, Nationals; Michael Wacha, Cardinals

The five candidates for the Final Vote are:

Johnny Cueto, Reds; Jeurys Familia, Mets; Carlos Martinez, Cardinals; Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers; Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies


Pirates' Gerrit Cole wins MLB-leading twelfth


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/5/2015) Pirates starter Gerrit Cole earned his MLB-leading twelfth win of the season on Sunday, over Cleveland. 

Cole snapped a two-start winless streak--his longest of the year. Cole had a loss and a no-decision since his last victory. 

Cole pitched eight innings, the deepest he's gone into a game since May 22. He allowed three runs on five hits and took a two-win lead over any other pitcher in MLB.  


Pirates' Gerrit Cole has first no-decision since April 8


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/1/2015) Pirates starter Gerrit Cole had his first no-decision since April 8, his first start of the season, in Tuesday's 14-inning win over Detroit. 

Cole scored two runs on a season-high nine hits over 6 2/3 innings. He didn't walk a batter and struck out six. 

Cole has allowed two runs or fewer in nine of his last 10 starts. 


Pirates SP Gerrit Cole allows five runs, picks up third loss


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/24/2015) Pirates ace Gerrit Cole didn't fit the mold of an ace during Wednesday's loss to the Reds.

Cole got rocked for five runs on eight hits in just 4 2/3 innings. He walked three batters and allowed a two-run home run before being pulled from the game.

"I didn't bring out a good delivery. Stuff was a little flat. Didn't make pitches when I needed to make pitches in the first," Cole said, per MLB.com. "Obviously it's frustrating that I couldn't go deeper into the game."

Cole picked up his third loss of the season, making him 11-3. He has a 2.16 ERA with 102 strikeouts and 25 walks in 95 2/3 innings this year.


Pirates SP Gerrit Cole goes seven, claims 11th win of season


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/18/2015) Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole threw seven innings and allowed just three hits in a win against the White Sox on Thursday.

Cole tossed 106 pitches and allowed just two earned runs before leaving the game. His one big mistake came on a solo home run from White Sox catcher Geovany Soto in the bottom of the seventh inning.

With the win, Cole improved to 11-2 on the season with an impressive 1.78 ERA.


Pirates SP Gerrit Cole becomes first pitcher to 10 wins


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(6/13/2015) Gerrit Cole continued his dominant season on the hill for the Pirates, becoming the first major-league pitcher to reach 10 victories as the Bucs edged the Phillies 4-3 on Saturday.

Cole (10-2) was effective in his six innings of work, allowing just one earned run, while striking out seven without allowing a walk. Cole lowered his ERA to 1.71, which leads MLB.

Cole has now won five straight starts and is 14-2 in his last 18 outings, which dates back to September of last season. 


Pirates' Gerrit Cole strikes out seven in win vs. Braves


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/7/2015) Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole earned a win in Atlanta on Sunday, giving up six hits and three walks in seven scoreless innings while striking out seven in his team's 3-0 shutout of the Braves.

"Players heighten their focus when they go up against him. They scratch and claw and fight -- and he was able to push them back every time," manager Clint Hurdle said, per MLB.com. "A very, very strong outing."

Cole (9-2) needed a season-high 116 pitches to get through seven innings, but he was able to keep the Braves off the scoreboard while doing so. It's the third time in his last four starts he hasn't surrendered an earned run, and he's racked up four wins during that stretch.

"I was all over the place, which is not typical of me," Cole said. "I wasn't very efficient and was missing a lot of spots. But we needed to bear down a couple of times, and fortunately things went our way in those situations. We had to put our foot down."

Cole owns a 1.73 ERA and 86:19 K:BB ratio in 78 innings. He's slated to face the Phillies at home on Saturday.


Pirates' Chris Stewart catching Gerrit Cole Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/7/2015) Pirates catcher Chris Stewart is in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Braves, with Francisco Cervelli on the bench.

Stewart has been catching Sunday starter Gerrit Cole for the last few turns through the rotation and will do so again on Sunday. Cole owns a 1.33 ERA and 54:8 K:BB ratio in seven starts with Stewart as his catcher, while he has posted a 3.04 ERA and 25:8 K:BB ratio in four starts with Cervelli behind the plate.

The Pirates are road favorites (-148) in Atlanta, per VegasInsider.com.


Pirates P Gerrit Cole strikes out 9 in win over Giants


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/2/2015) Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole allowed two runs — zero earned — in Monday night's 4-3 win over the Giants. 

The two runs allowed occurred in the first inning thanks to a Jung Ho Kang throwing error with two outs. Cole put in an inspired performance, striking out nine while walking two and surrendering five hits.

"To find another gear in that sixth ... to push himself out there, there was a hole dug, and he was the guy to get out of it," manager Clint Hurdle said after the game, per MLB.com. "You shake your head a couple of times, and the bases are loaded and you got to go to work."

Cole has now struck out 26 batters in his past three games. Cole now has an 8-2 record with a 1.90 ERA. 

His next start is scheduled for Sunday against the Braves. 


Pirates SP Gerrit Cole strikes out seven in win against Marlins


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(5/27/2015) Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole had great stuff in his team's 5-2 win over the Marlins on Wednesday.

Cole (7-2) tossed seven innings, struck out seven batter and allowed just two earned runs in the win.

"It's a big deal. Free passes tend to hurt you," Cole said to MLB.com. "For the most part, just attacking guys and staying down in the zone and forcing early contact keeps guys uncomfortable. It stops rallies."

Cole's two earned runs came on one-run home runs by Justin Bour and Christian Yelich. In 64 innings this season, Cole has allowed just 15 earned runs.


Pirates P Gerrit Cole strikes out 10 in win


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2015) Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole allowed only six hits in 111 pitches during Friday night's 4-1 victory over the Mets. 

Cole gave up one run though it was unearned. It was a result of a Josh Harrison throwing error. Other than that, Cole pitched a great game, striking out 10 batters while walking just one. He went 8 1/3 innings. 

"He brought energy. He brought focus to the game," manager Clint Hurdle said, per MLB.com. "It was a good shot in the arm for us."

Cole has had an exceptional start to the season as he's allowed only 13 earned runs in 48 2/3 innings. He'd posted eight strikeouts three times this year with his total of 10 on Friday being a season-high. 

Cole now boasts a 2.05 ERA for the season. 

His next start is projected for May 27 against the Marlins. 


Pirates SP Gerrit Cole takes hard-luck loss on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/16/2015) Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole was solid in a loss on Saturday to the Cubs. Cole went six innings, allowing two runs on seven hits while matching his season-high with eight punchouts. He left the game with his team down 2-1, but the bullpen gave up two runs in the seventh inning.

Cole (5-2, 2.40 ERA) gave up individual runs in the first and third innings, but was pretty much on cruise-control after that. He threw 107 pitches with 70 going for strikes.

"I would've liked to have pitched a little bit better," Cole said, per MLB.com. "Yeah, I looked forward to try to get us back on track, and (Lester) beat me today."

He's lined up to make his next start on Saturday against the Mets.


Pirates' Gerrit Cole gives up three runs in loss vs. Reds Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole took the loss Wednesday, allowing three earned runs on eight hits and two walks in five innings while striking out four in his team's 3-0 defeat against the Reds.

"He pitched a good ballgame," manager Clint Hurdle said, per MLB.com. "He got into a couple of tough spots. But there's no shame in what he did tonight. He battled and went after it, like he always does."

Cole (4-1) earned wins in four straight starts coming into Wednesday's start, giving up a total of three earned runs during that stretch. He matched that number against the Reds, allowing a pair of runs in the fourth inning and another on a solo home run in the fifth. It was just the second home run allowed by the righty this season.

Cole owns a 2.27 ERA and 39:10 K:BB ratio in 35 2/3 innings. He's slated to face the Phillies Monday.


Pirates' Gerrit Cole strikes out eight in win vs. Cubs


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2015) Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole earned a win Wednesday, giving up just one unearned run on three hits and one walk in six innings while striking out eight in his team's 8-1 victory over the Cubs.

Cole (4-0) has surrendered just three earned runs in his last four starts, all wins, since a mediocre season debut. His only run allowed came on a second-inning single to put the Cubs ahead, but the Pirates had no trouble giving the starter the win, scoring nine runs over the final six innings of the game.

"It's nice to get out of here without getting swept," Cole said after the game, per MLB.com. "We can relax a little more on the off-day, clear our minds and get ready for St. Louis this weekend."

Cole owns a 1.76 ERA and 35:8 K:BB ratio in 30 2/3 innings across five starts. The Pirates are off Thursday and Monday, so Cole's next start could come either Tuesday or Wednesday against the Reds at home.