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Pirates leaning toward using Gerrit Cole as playoff reliever

Sep 10, 2013, 1:13 PM EDT

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Gerrit Cole tossed seven shutout innings last night as the Pirates clinched their first winning season since 1992–when he was two years old–but the standout rookie may not be starting any playoff games.

According to Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, manager Clint Hurdle “indicated Cole’s postseason role would be in the bullpen.”

Francisco Liriano and A.J. Burnett have been the Pirates’ two best starters all season, but the choice for No. 3 starter is an interesting one. Wandy Rodriguez likely would have been the pick, but he’s hurt. Jeff Locke made the All-Star team, but has fallen apart since. Charlie Morton has been very good since coming off the disabled list. And then there’s Cole, who has a 3.48 ERA in 16 starts and has allowed more than three runs just twice.

Of course, if the Pirates don’t win the NL Central crown they’ll have to win the Wild Card play-in game or their choice for No. 3 starter will be moot.

  1. yankeepunk3000 - Sep 10, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    I really hope they clinch the central. rather see them try best 3 out of 5 then that dumb 1 game playoff. Nothing like playing 162 games just so you get one game in the playoffs..thanks bud!

    • paperlions - Sep 10, 2013 at 2:21 PM

      True, but unless they finish 2nd, they would play 162 games and then go home. Though I agree that a 1 game playoff is stupid, that is what used to be done for division title ties, and if you are the 2nd WC, that is way better than just having your season end.

      Simple solution, win the division.

      Cole threw 132 innings last year and he’s already over 165 this year with 3 more starts left…so, he’ll hit about 185 innings…which is probably about as many as they’d like to see him throw this year.

      • nderdog - Sep 10, 2013 at 2:57 PM

        Not true at all. Barring a collapse from the Pirates or Reds and/or a huge surge from the Diamondbacks and/or the Nats, 3rd place in the NL Central is likely to be good enough for the second wild card slot.

      • paperlions - Sep 10, 2013 at 3:09 PM

        What isn’t true at all? Nothing you said contradicts anything I wrote….despite the bitching about the 1-game playoff, that is more than 3rd place (or being a 2nd WC team) would get you otherwise….which would be nothing. Baseball season lasts too long as it is, they aren’t going to push everything back another week with the division winners twiddling their thumbs with WC teams have a series.

      • nderdog - Sep 10, 2013 at 6:25 PM

        You posted “True, but unless they finish 2nd, they would play 162 games and then go home.” They can finish 3rd and still not go home. That’s the “not true at all” part.

    • stlouis1baseball - Sep 10, 2013 at 6:06 PM

      Let me fix this…

      I really hope “the Cardinals” clinch the central. rather see them try best 3 out of 5 then that dumb 1 game playoff. Nothing like playing 162 games just so you get one game in the playoffs..thanks bud!

  2. yousuxxors - Sep 10, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    they should make the WC a three game playoff

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