Gerrit Cole is pitching himself into an unbelievably historic season for the Houston Astros, warranting his win of the AL Cy Young Award. Why? Let’s dig.
The Houston Astros are moving right along with closing this season out with an exclamation point with just DAYS to go before the start of the postseason. The franchise not only clinched their 100th win for their third-straight season but also secured their spot to compete for the World Series crown in October.
The division should be wrapped up soon enough as well but it’s great to know that this team has taken care of business early and is ready to do battle in what will be a highly-emotional, yet impressively competitive postseason this time around.
This team is stacked with so much depth, it’s almost insane to know that they’re about to two to three players deep at just about every position on the field.
It gives us the comfort to know that this team will have the arsenal needed to get through what will be an incredible challenge and they should be able to perform masterfully in that regard.
But one of the great things that this team does have onboard is the services of Gerrit Cole. It’s too early to tell if this will be his last season with the Houston Astros but after the way he’s pitched this season, my plate is empty and I want some additional helpings!
Cole recently was able to notch his 300th strikeout this season this past Wednesday, off an 89-mph changeup tossed at the defenseless Shin-Soo Choo to put him in the record books. He’s only the 18th pitcher in MLB history to complete such a feat so, considering the length of time this game has been around, that’s damn impressive.
Gerrit went on to grab two more strikeouts in that game so his current 2019 total stands at 302.
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These types of things are hard for the mind to process because they go so far against the grain and he should be rewarded for his efforts.
But let’s go through some the numbers.
In the AL, Cole is currently 10th in overall WAR (6.0), 5th in WAR for pitchers (6.1), 2nd in ERA (2.61), 2nd in wins (18), 2nd in WHIP (0.908), 2nd in K/BB (6.6), 1st in K/9 (13.6) and 1st in FIP (2.74).
The list goes on and on and the only other candidate worthy of another immaculate mention would be Justin Verlander, as he has just as good of candidacy as Cole’s. But this is Cole’s year and the type of season that he’s had has come at a bit of surprise to us and that should be rewarded for his hard work.
Verlander’s season has been just as impressive but it’s not necessarily shocking as his sterling record speaks for itself.
So I urge the writers that make the decision to not kick the can around and go on and pick Cole for the AL Cy Young, he absolutely deserves it and that’s all there is to it.
I’m hoping for the best — let’s go Houston Astros!