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Houston Astros: Has Gerrit Cole, and the rotation, peaked already?

The Houston Astros rotation accumulated some of best numbers anyone has seen throughout the first two months of the season. Gerrit Cole was arguably the biggest surprise, but will he return to that status the rest of the year? Gerrit Cole took Houston Astros fans by surprise during his tremendous start to the season. He […] Houston Astros: Has Gerrit Cole, and the rotation, peaked already? - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
www.bostonherald.com Jun 19, 2018
The Fastball Paradox: With velocity up, fastballs on decline

The Fastball Paradox: With velocity up, fastballs on decline

NEW YORK — Over five seasons as ace of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Gerrit Cole threw one of the games hardest, heaviest fastballs, and he threw it often. The pitch helped him make millions of dollars. It put him in contention for major awards. Hitters swung through it again and again, and Cole seemed content not to mess with a good thing.But when Cole was traded to the Houston Astros this offseason, a funny thing happened. He became more frugal with his fastball and ended up more overpowering than ever.Cole has joined some of the games best pitchers — including Clevelands Corey Kluber and the...
DRaysBay Jun 18, 2018
Preview: Ryne ‘The Opener’ Stanek vs Gerrit Cole

Preview: Ryne ‘The Opener’ Stanek vs Gerrit Cole

The Rays hope to end the Astros 11 game win streak Tonight, the Tampa Bay Rays continue their grueling month of June schedule as they travel to Houston to take on the AL West leading Astros. Heading into play tonight, the Rays have a record of 33-38, having just lost three of four to the New York Yankees. Meanwhile, the Houston Astros are 48-25 and have won 11 games in a row. Starting Pitchers Ryne Stanek goes back to the hill for Tampa Bay as the Opener, a role in which he has excelled for Kevin Cash. During his five starts, he has held opponents to a meager .194 wOBA against him, giving...
Climbing Tal's Hill Jun 8, 2018

Setting Astros franchise records with Gerrit Cole

Gerrit Cole is having a start to the 2018 season that has not happened in the history of the Astros. When the Astros traded for Gerrit Cole this offseason, we all knew he would be good. We also believed this was the answer to Dallas Keuchel’s impending departure to free agency after 2018. Instead, Cole has […] Setting Astros franchise records with Gerrit Cole - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
The Crawfish Boxes Jun 8, 2018
Astros Crawfish Boil: June 8th, 2018

Astros Crawfish Boil: June 8th, 2018

Start your morning the right way with your daily Crawfish Boil Astros News & Notes Last Night: Astros Beat Rangers 5-2 Chron: Gerrit Cole Unleashes his Fury ESPN: Astros’ Carlos Correa says sore side is ‘nothing major’ after MRI Chron: Forrest Whitley returns with no change in expectations Houston Astrodome Historic Texas Landmark Plaque: View post on imgur.com Around the League MLB.com: 2018’s Top Ten Most Improved Hitters MLB.com: Which draft picks will be the fastest to the Majors? Fangraphs: Something Has Paused the Home Run Spike
The Crawfish Boxes Jun 8, 2018
Cole Stops Cops. Gattis 3 RBI Seal Astros win, 5-2

Cole Stops Cops. Gattis 3 RBI Seal Astros win, 5-2

Gerrit Cole silences Rangers’ guns. Gattis, Bregman blast Stros to victory Gerrit Cole had a message for the Texas Rangers on this stormy night in Arlington. Stop! Stop in the name of the law. And the law is: we are the Houston Astros by God, Champions of the whole gul durn world, and we are the new law in these here parts mister. The Rangers, playing much better lately, and having just swept their last series, thought they had a chance to ambush the Astros when they were a little down. Gerrit Cole said: “not on my watch boys,” keeping the Rangers guns silent and out dueling the...
Lone Star Ball Jun 7, 2018
27-38 - Cole duel goes to Gerrit as Gattis gets to Hamels

27-38 - Cole duel goes to Gerrit as Gattis gets to Hamels

Texas had no big home runs tonight to save them in Battle of the Coles won by Gerrit and Houston 5-2 Tonight featured Cole vs Cole with last name Cole getting the best of first name Cole as the Rangers dropped this series opener against Houston 5-2. Cole of the Hamels variety was at his best even as he lasted 7 1⁄3 innings. Hamels allowed five runs on seven hits, two walks, and five strikeouts. The big blow came in the third inning in a 1-1 game when Evan Gattis took Hamels deep for a two-run, go-ahead dinger. The problem with Hamels not being lights out is that Gerrit Cole was doing his...
Lone Star Ball Jun 7, 2018
Rangers Series Preview: Houston Astros

Rangers Series Preview: Houston Astros

Continuing the battle for the Silver Boot After a quick two-game series sweep of Oakland, the Rangers close out the home stand with a four game series against the Astros. Coming into this series, Houston has been knocked down to second place in the AL west, a game behind the Mariners. They’ll face Gerrit Cole who has pitched at least seven innings in seven of his last 12 starts and opponents batting average of .171. On Friday, they’ll face Justin Verlander who has a 1.30 ERA in his last four starts. For the Rangers, Hamels will pitch on Thursday and Doug Fister will pitch Friday....
The Crawfish Boxes Jun 5, 2018
The Astros’ Bizarro World Ace Reliever: Ladies and Gentlemen, Meet Tony Sipp.

The Astros’ Bizarro World Ace Reliever: Ladies and Gentlemen, Meet Tony Sipp.

Is he the Prodigal LOOGY come home, or just a little lucky lately? You know Bizarro World right? The place where everything wrong is right? Where the crazy is sane? Where high is low, where gothic black is the color of love, where Whataburger features a spinach, beets, tofu burger? The universe where the Yellow Birds from Baltimore are bombing the Bronx nine, and the Mookie Betts Bosox trail the Orioles by 24 games? So if I asked you, which Astros pitcher has the best ERA since May 1st, and you could choose between Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole, Dallas Keuchel, Collin McHugh, Charlie...
The Crawfish Boxes Jun 2, 2018
Game Recap: No Revenge For Red Sox. 3 Astros Home Runs Ambush Boston, 7-3

Game Recap: No Revenge For Red Sox. 3 Astros Home Runs Ambush Boston, 7-3

Gurriel’s 2 RBI, homers by Springer, Correa and Gattis seal victory A premier pitching match-up. The AL’s number 2 strikeout leader, Chris Sale against the AL’s number 1, Gerrit Cole. But then again, every time the other team puts out their ace, its a premier pitching match-up against the Astros. So you better score runs any way you can, right? Like in the first inning when George Springer scored from second on a strikeout. What? Followed by a Yuli Gurriel RBI infield single, the first hit allowed with 2 outs and RISP all year by Sale. Why not? Or when Brock Holt hit an RBI...
Over the Monster Jun 1, 2018
Red Sox at Astros lineup: It’s Chris Sale vs. Gerrit Cole, aka the absolute good stuff

Red Sox at Astros lineup: It’s Chris Sale vs. Gerrit Cole, aka the absolute good stuff

It’s a dream pitching matchup in the Lone Star State... and Mookie Betts is missing it. This should be a good one. Tonight, the Red Sox (39-18) square off against the Astros (36-22) in Houston (8:10 p.m., NESN, MLBN out-of-market), but the big story is the pitching matchup of Chris Sale (5-2, 2.76 ERA), coming off a bad start, vs. Gerrit Cole (5-1, 2.05 ERA), who doesn’t have them. About tonight’s game: You are going to see some absolute ass-kickers at the top of their games tonight. Sale, no matter how he’s pitching, is still Sale, and Cole has found salvation for Houston, with...
Climbing Tal's Hill Jun 1, 2018

Astros: You should watch the Chris Sale-Gerrit Cole matchup

Pitching matchups are not as sexy as home runs, but Friday’s matchup between the Astros and Red Sox is worth watching. Gerrit Cole. Chris Sale. Astros versus Red Sox. Friday night baseball in Houston should be a fun one to watch. Normally, I do not become too worked up over a pitching matchup on the […] Astros: You should watch the Chris Sale-Gerrit Cole matchup - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Rum Bunter May 28, 2018

The Pirates And Their Colin Moran Problem

The Pittsburgh Pirates added Colin Moran to fill a need this offseason.  They also currently have a third baseman who hits left-handed pitchers well on the bench, and that’s created a platoon situation in the early going of 2017. In the offseason, the Pittsburgh Pirates traded away Gerrit Cole to the Houston Astros.  At the […] The Pirates And Their Colin Moran Problem - Rum Bunter - Rum Bunter - A Pittsburgh Pirates Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
The Crawfish Boxes May 27, 2018
Game Recap: Bullpen Breakdown. Astros Lose to Tribe in 14 inning Struggle, 10-9

Game Recap: Bullpen Breakdown. Astros Lose to Tribe in 14 inning Struggle, 10-9

Gattis’ 2 home runs, Altuve’s 4 hits not enough. This is a tale three games. The first game was the much awaited pitching duel between two rivals, former UCLA teammates Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer, the first drafted #1 overall in 2011, the other drafted #3. Both among the best pitchers in the American League. Recent tweets by Bauer implying that Gerrit Cole cheats made the drama in this game irresistible. Who would win this grudge match? The second tale is what happened when both these pitching masters departed the game. First the Astros’, then the Indians’ bats were unshackled,...
Plain Dealer May 27, 2018
Showdown: Cleveland Indians, Houston Astros lineups for Sunday, Game 51

Showdown: Cleveland Indians, Houston Astros lineups for Sunday, Game 51

Trevor Bauer and Gerrit Cole face off in the series finale at Progressive Field.

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