paisano1 wrote:Did you guys read what Cole said at all? As much as he would love someone to tell him not to pitch in the middle of the strike zone I think he has that under control. He has put his team in position to win the games he has pitched and they have.
Keeping a good pace and knowing where your fielders are can help a pitcher create his own sabrmetrics. This is the type of guy who puts the ball where he knows theres a better chance the batter will foul it off or hit it towards a fielder. Strike outs nice and all but by no means the only recipe to win games.
Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux were phenomenal and did it with pin point control and the ability to out smart the batter. I like this kid.
The game has a changed a lot since Maddux and Glavine were dominant pitchers. Almost all number 1 and 2 pitchers have a 7 k/9 or close to it. It's about being able to K guys while inducing ground balls. Not trying to guess where the batter is going to hit a line drive.