Krunk City King$ wrote:I was gonna trade him until I read these entries.
Observations made by another blogger:
He's pitched at least 6 in 3 of his 4 starts, and into the 7th twice, but he hasn't thrown more than 94 pitches in any start. This guy is focusing getting thru innings, throwing as few pitches as possible. Impressive. This is usually an art that has to be learned. Unusual for a rookie to be this efficient with his pitches. It's unusual for a rookie to focus on pitch efficiency. That Pirates have something special in this guy.
So another 6 innings, 3 earnies. Love the approach of this guy. His focus is on innings, not Ks. 7 out of his last 8 starts at AAA were 6+ innings. 3 out of 4 in the big leagues have been 6+. The guy has the build to be a workhorse kinda guy, and he has the ability to pitch innings. Pitching innings is clearly an art. Saw a breakdown of Cole by Smoltz. He's thrown 84% fastballs. And he's pitching in the zone with his fastball, pitching to contact. He ain't trying to get Ks, he's trying to induce contact, get quick outs. And he's got a heavy fastball that is tough to square up. As a result, he ain't getting hit. He's pitching in zone, primarily with his fastball, and the league has a .660 OPS against the guy. Could not be more impressed with Cole. This guy is gonna be a 230 inning guy, year after year, barring injury. Ks? Could not care less, and neither could Cole.
More Smoltz observations:
http://wapc.mlb.com/mil/play/?content_i ... id=7417714
In fantasy, that's not good. You can be an ace in real life without Ks. No one is debating his real life value in this thread.