Gerrit Cole is showing the Majors that the World Champion Houston Astros were right in trading for him in the offseason.
In four starts, Cole is 2-0 with a 0.96 ERA with a league leading 41 strikeouts, 6 walks in 28 innings pitched. Before his start yesterday against the Seattle Mariners, Cole had set the record for the most strikeouts in the first three starts with a new team. Cole sits in rarefied air.
With his first three starts of 11, 11, 14 strikeouts, Cole joined Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan as the only pitchers to have struck out at least 11 batters in their first three starts with a team. Cole also passed Hall of Famer Randy Johnson who held the record for most strikeouts in his first three starts with a new team at 34Ks.
As if the Champs needed anymore help with pitching to go with their explosive lineup.
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