Pittsburgh Pirates flamethrower Gerrit Cole will dominate as a reliever in October


Gerrit Cole will overpower lineups as a reliever in the playoffs.

In a somewhat surprising decision, Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle announced flamethrower Gerrit Cole will likely be used out of the bullpen during the postseason.

After another quality outing on Monday, the 22-year-old Cole (7-7, 3.48 ERA) has now recorded 75 strikeouts over 98.1 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 (83-61) one of the more formidable rotations in baseball.

Blessed with standout starters Francisco Liriano, Jeff Locke, A.J. Burnett and Charlie Morton, Hurdle is right that Cole will make an ideal long reliever in the playoffs.

Power arms dominate in October and Cole launches absolutely blistering heat.

A truly menacing Pirate, Cole will be utilized in critical situations that could determine Pittsburgh’s fate.

Don’t be shocked if Clint Hurdle’s newest job for Gerrit Cole allows residents of the “Steel City” to enjoy an autumn for the ages.

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