Justin Verlander Is Being Overshadowed By Gerrit Cole’s Insane Dominance
What Cole is doing right now is unprecedented
Since he joined the team, Justin Verlander has been the unquestioned ace of the Houston Astros. He started Game 1 of the ALDS against the Tampa Bay Rays and has been treated as the go-to guy throughout the season.
Despite Verlander’s incredible regular-season numbers (21-6, 2.58 ERA, 300 K), Gerrit Cole is arguably enjoying the most dominant stretch of pitching in MLB history.
After going 20-5 with a 2.50 ERA and a ridiculous 326 strikeouts during the regular season, Cole earned a Game 2 win against the Rays after allowing just four hits and no earned runs with 15 strikeouts over 7.2 innings. Then, on Thursday, he went 8.0 innings, allowed just two hits and an earned run and struck out 10 to earn another win, this time in a win-or-go-home Game 5.
It was his MLB record 11th-straight double-digit strikeout game.
Check out this insane stat:
As you might imagine, Cole has numerous elite pitches in his arsenal. Look at what opposing hitters have to face:
A close-up, slow-motion look at a four-seam fastball, knuckle curve, and slider from #Astros Gerrit Cole. #ALDS— Michael Augustine (@AugustineMLB) October 6, 2019
FF- 100 MPH, 2522 RPM, 1:15 spin tilt
KC- 87 MPH, 3012 RPM, 7:15 spin tilt
SL- 90.7 MPH, 2755 RPM, 10:15 spin tilt pic.twitter.com/SbmvjqZQKJ
Since August 1st, Cole has a 46 percent strikeout rate. He will look to carry his incredible streak into the ALCS, when the Astros will need him at his best against a powerful New York Yankees lineup.
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