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How Good Has Gerrit Cole Been Since Leaving Pittsburgh? Historically Good

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Apparently, Gerrit Cole — like so many others — only needed to get out of Pittsburgh to truly shine.

That seems to be the lesson we’re learning about the New York Yankees hurler, who has been on a historic run, as relayed by James Smyth of the YES Network.

“With two innings tonight, Gerrit Cole completed his 500th as an American League pitcher. He now has the lowest opponent batting average by any AL starter with 500+ innings pitched,” Smyth wrote.

He then went on to list those opposing batting percentages, dropping some pretty impressive names:

  • .193 Gerrit Cole
  • .198 Nolan Ryan
  • .200 Herb Score
  • .203 Andy Messersmith
  • .206 Pedro Martinez

Cole, 30, spent the first five years of his career with the Pirates. He then spent two years with the Houston Astros before signing with the Yankees ahead of the 2019 season.

Of course, by the time Smyth finished tweeting, Cole’s average against opposing batters had dropped to .192. Amazing, no doubt. And too bad for the Pirates, who traded Cole to the Astros in January 2018.

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and NBA.com, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side, FortyEightMinutes.com.

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