Cole Ready To Pitch In First World Series

Gerrit Cole will start game 1 for the Astros

Adam Spolane
October 21, 2019 - 8:44 pm

HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610)- When Gerrit Cole sat among the 54,000 fans at Dodger Stadium he never imagined he’d be wearing the uniform of the team that won an 11-inning thriller. He just wanted to support a few of his former Pittsburgh Pirate teammates.

"I just wanted to support them,” Cole recounted Monday. “It was right up the street. And I got treated to a wonderful, wonderful game.“

Pittsburgh dealt Cole to the Astros less than three months later and Tuesday he’ll throw the first pitch of the 2019 World Series.

"He's really good," Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. "But we've known that, even in his Pittsburgh days, faced him a lot. He's really good."

Cole hasn’t lost a start since May, and in three postseason games he’s allowed just an Eric Sogard solo home run in 22.2 innings while striking out 32 Rays and Yankees.

 

"You just know you've got to come out there, you're going to be throwing up zeros," Nationals game one starter Max Scherzer said. "You've got to try to match the intensity from your opponent, and Cole's had a terrific year. So obviously it's going to one heck of a challenge."

The Astros are back in the World Series for the second time in three years, with an inopportune four-game losing skid in last year’s ALCS robbing them of a possible three-peat, but Cole says those four games against the Red Sox are what have driven him and his team this season.

"It's something I'll never forget, that's for sure. It's definitely something that I use to motivate myself. I think it's always kind of in the back of our minds still, just kind of an awareness or a perspective of what it feels like to be on the other side and how much we hated it. I think we all use it to a certain level."

The day before the start of the World Series is anything but normal. After Cole and Astros manager A.J. Hinch spoke to reporters, every other Astro did so for 45 minutes before taking part in a workout on the field at Minute Maid Park. Once that ended, the players shot videos in full uniform to be used on the Fox broadcast. Despite all that madness, the Astros opening game starter says he wanted to try to make this outing like any other. 

"Days like this, when I'm going to leave this press room and go warm up and play catch and then go sit in the video room, like I'm going to hit all those spots and I'm going to pour a lot of time and effort. And when I leave, like, I'm going to be tired. And I'm going to get a good night's sleep and I'm going to roll into it tomorrow."