Budding Pirates ace Gerrit Cole will help lead Pittsburgh to a World Series showdown against the Detroit Tigers


Considering power pitching dominates in the playoffs, Gerrit Cole and the Pittsburgh Pirates are poised to have a special October.

Whiffing five batters and surrendering only five hits and two runs over six innings, budding Pirates ace Gerrit Cole helped Pittsburgh defeat the Brewers 4-3 Tuesday night in Milwaukee.

Turning in four straight quality starts, the 22-year-old Cole (6-7, 3.44 ERA) has now recorded 66 strikeouts over 91.1 innings.

Chosen first overall out of UCLA in 2011, the 6-foot-4, 220 pound Cole consistently reaches 96 mph and exhibits complete command on the hill.

Using a fastball, slider and changeup, the former Bruin has incredible stuff and is nearly untouchable when operating properly.

Snubbing the New York Yankees in 2008 to instead continue taking classes in Westwood, Cole gives the Pirates (81-57) one of the more powerful rotations in baseball.

Competing with the St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds for supremacy in the National League Central, the Orange County native is destined to give residents of the “Steel City” a memorable September.

Likely to remain a menacing Pirate for many years, Cole will make Pittsburgh a difficult squad to overcome in the playoffs.

Ultimately, expect Gerrit Cole and the Pittsburgh Pirates to fall to the Detroit Tigers this October in an intriguing World Series battle.

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