Pirates wont shut Gerrit Cole down
The Pittsburgh Pirates have a chance to make a deep playoff run for the first time since 1992 and don’t plan on making the same mistake the Washington Nationals made last year. The Pirates have said that they will not be shutting down their prized young pitcher, Gerrit Cole. They will get creative in monitoring his usage but they want him around for when they need him the most.
Huntington said #Pirates plan for Cole to pitch through September. May give extra day rest, pull early, skip start to monitor workload.
— Bill Brink (@BrinkPG) August 4, 2013
Cole has thrown a combined 129 innings between the minors and major leagues this season. His previous career high was 132 innings which he threw in 2012. If he pitches the rest of the season without any days off and post season appearance he’ll have about a jump of about 50 innings. It sounds like the Pirates aren’t too worried about that.
My guess is they will give him that extra rest here and there to make sure his postseason appearances won’t put him to far above that 50 innings number.
It’s good to see a team not babying a young pitcher for once especially when they’re in the middle of a pennant race.