Gerrit Cole

Gerrit Cole

SP - HOU
Age: 28College: UCLABats: RThrows: R

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The Astros unlocked Cole's ace upside by tabling a middling sinker for more sliders and curveballs. He also revamped his fastball, which yielded a .268 wOBA in 2018 after allowing a .334 wOBA in his last year with the Pirates. While this year's 4.02 ERA (as of May 29) suggests a decline, he still boasts a 2.92 FIP and 2.53 SIERA on the strength of an MLB-high 39.0% K rate. His contact and swinging-strike rates have actually improved, so he's easily still a top-shelf ace.

While's he's been quite good in his own right, Cole has been overshadowed by teammate Justin Verlander. But the peripheral numbers suggest Cole has actually been the better pitcher. Cole is generating more strikeouts than any other pitcher in the game, but he's been hurt by a low strand rate and high HR/FB rate. Expect those rates to normalize soon and for Cole to start producing the numbers of a top-five fantasy starter.

You can look at Cole's 3.50 second half ERA and assume he got worse over the season, but all the underlying numbers suggest he was actually better. Don't shy away from him because of a false fear of his risk. Rather, expect another 250+ strikeouts with plenty of wins and excellent ratios