Houston Astros: A unique anomaly to Gerrit Cole’s 2019 season

Houston Astros pitcher Gerrit Cole (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
Houston Astros pitcher Gerrit Cole (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) /

Houston Astros pitcher Gerrit Cole has been pitching an incredible stretch of baseball but here’s a unique anomaly that’s stood out for him. What’s up?

The Houston Astros are going through the nuances of their last series of baseball before the All-Star break and it will give them an opportunity to rest and get ready for a strong showing in the second half to close out the season in a few more months.

They’ve won six games in a row and the skid that they had a couple of weeks ago is pretty much in the rear-view mirror as they regain their tremendous lead in the AL West at the moment, currently at 6.5 games over the Oakland A’s.

It’s possible that the Houston Astros have the ability to close this series out with a sweep but we’ll have to see about that because the Los Angeles Angels are loaded with talent but despite all of what they have on paper, they still haven’t quite been able to put it all together.  They have one of the greatest baseball players in this current era of baseball in Mike Trout but his team’s record screams wildly of mediocrity.

But while the Houston Astros are busy dominating the baseball world, starting pitcher Gerrit Cole was able to nab the AL Pitcher of the Month honors for the month of June.  He has been a terrific addition for the Houston Astros since being traded here two seasons ago and I hope he stays here for a long time.

Cole earned a 3-0 record, a 1.89 ERA while tossing 49 strikeouts and allowing a paltry eight earned runs coupled with a 1.03 WHIP in June.  He completed 38.0 innings of work in six starts.

His calm, cool and collected demeanor is what I admire, especially when he confidently struts off the mound after a strikeout to end a frame, putting together one of his many finishing moves to any given batter.

Cole just completed his last year of arbitration, winning his case back this winter and he’ll be making $13.5 million which is still considered a bargain for the help that he provides for this team.

I had hoped that the Houston Astros would be able to sign him to a long-term deal last offseason but I’m confident that they’ll be able to do so this time around in the winter.

He’s going to be a hot commodity so it’s up to the Houston Astros to ensure he does not set out of Houston city limits without a deal done for the future!

But the crazy thing about Cole is that he keeps getting better if that’s even a possibility for someone as talented as he is.

What’s going on?

I’ve noticed an anomaly with Cole’s numbers as they continue to climb season-over-season that

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he’s with the Houston Astros.

What is it?

It’s his K/9 rate.  Since he has been with the team, it gets better and you can obviously see how he’s able to do damage even more so this season than any other.

His K/9 is currently at 13.2, which is a career-high for him and if he continues his current breakneck pace, he will have officially entered uncharted territory.  It was 12.4 in 2018 and 8.7 in 2017, his last season with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

That’s incredibly lethal what he has been doing to batters and it’s so awe-inspiring, it should be illegal in all 50 states.  But it isn’t and I’m so proud to see this happening for him.

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Cole will be on the bump tonight against the Angels and I expect to see nothing but his best out there.

Let’s keep this momentum up!

Congrats Gerrit and go Houston Astros!