The Pittsburgh Pirates had a disappointing 2016 season. As the off-season begins, it is time to grade out the club. Today we look at a disappointing year for a man who has served as the Pirates ace in the past.
The 2015 season was a career year for Pittsburgh Pirates starter Gerrit Cole. The Pirates ace compiled a 19-8 record with a 2.60 ERA in 32 starts, was named to the National League All-Star team and finished fourth in National League Cy Young voting.
There were high expectations for the former first overall draft pick coming into 2016, but he didn’t exactly meet them. Here is a complete look at Cole’s rough season.
First Half Success
From the looks of how Cole started the 2016 season, another big year was expected. He had a stellar month of April as he went 2-2 with a 2.78 ERA in four starts. In that span, he also compiled 19 strikeouts and only six walks while only allowing one home run.
Cole followed that up with an even more impressive month of May. He was 3-2 in the month while sporting a 2.68 ERA in six starts.
One of those six May starts included an eight inning masterpiece against the Chicago Cubs on May 15 in which Cole allowed no runs on three hits while striking out seven.