Pittsburgh Pirates rookie starting pitcher Gerrit Cole suffered the first loss of his Major League Baseball career. How he builds off the loss the next time he takes the mound could determine how the rest of his season turns out. There is no question he must keep his head high, learn from the experience and avoid any rookie mistakes that could turn up.
His performance against the Philadelphia Phillies on the Fourth of July can certainly be classified as the worst of his young career. With that being said, the good news is Cole was not really that bad. He made some quality pitches when necessary, but he also made some mistakes that deemed costly.
“If you just keep going, put your head down, sometimes things turn out in your favor,” Cole said after the loss, according to Pirates.com. “I gave it all I had. I tried to give it all I could. I put myself in a position to keep going. I’ve got to get ahead of guys going, hitting the spots over the plate.”
The fact that Cole won four straight decisions prior to Thursday, and the fact that he is a huge part of why the Pirates have the best record in the National League, is plenty of reason for his teammates to forgive him.
At this point, it will be interesting to see how he handles his next start. If Cole comes out firing, as everyone knows he is capable of doing, then Pittsburgh certainly has a quality pitcher on their hands. The important thing for the 22-year-old at this point is to handle the loss gracefully and figure out why the outing did not exactly go his way.