Sep 9, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) throws a pitch in the game against the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Pirates beat the Rangers 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Pirates are expected to use Gerrit Cole in the bullpen during the post-season


For the first time in a long long time, the Pittsburgh Pirates and their fans are going to be able to experience the post season.

As a Chicago Cubs fan whose team is sitting dead last in the division, it’s kind of exciting to see a new team from this division finally in the race for the National League Pennant. This is a team who had started off looking like a team who would reach the playoffs, but lost steam during the last couple months of the season.

Travis Sawchik posted on Twitter that Pittsburgh Pirates skipper Clint Hurdle indicated that Gerrit Cole will more than likely pitch out of the bullpen during the postseason.

The starting right handed rookie is just one of a group of amazing National League rookies this season. Cole has posted a 3.48 ERA, 1.16 whip and a 75/21 K/BB ratio over his 98 1/2 innings pitched this season.

Pretty smart to throw one of your starting pitchers who can last five to seven innings during a start, out of the bullpen in a reliever role.

 

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