Gerrit Cole is doing really well with his change of scene.
The Astros acquired the former No. 1 overall selection of this offseason after a year in which he ended up with a career – the worst 4.26 ERA allowed with 31 homeruns, and the 27-year-old sees nothing like the pitcher he's in Year 2017 was.
Cole stroked 14 balls in the Astros 3-2 win over the Rangers and gave him at least 11 strikeouts in all three of his starts with Houston this season. Only Nolan Ryan has struck at least 11 battles in his first three starts with a team in MLB history.
More impressive, it took Cole only 93 pitches and seven innings to increase those strikeouts. No pitcher has ever used so few pitches to beat so many batters. Also his 36 strikeouts in his first three starts with the Astros are most of every pitcher with a new team in the history of MLB. Randy Johnson had the old record of 34.
As good as Cole was, he was much happier about the Astros victory that broke an early-season two game loss series. Cole himself forced the Astros to a 2-2 draw in the eighth inning after allowing two solo home runs in the seventh game.
"We played a really great game today," he told reporters at MLB.com. "We were able to get the lead back after we gave it up, and it's huge if you can do it late in the game and not stand on extras and somehow end it."
Cole only joined Nolan Ryan on players who scored at least eleven goals in three consecutive seasons to one season. pic.twitter.com/SG5LvitumD
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Cole has claimed victory by giving up home runs, but Marwin Gonzalez got him with one Single withdrawn and two-base bugs courtesy of the Rangers who have shot Derek Fisher from first base. Chris Devenski scored his first save of the season to lock the 10th win of the Astros.
Bolt of the Night
The Marlins put JB Shuck on their active duty roster and he responded by scoring 4 for 4 with a 3 and 2 runs in a 7-2 win over the Pirates.
Todd Frazier was a huge acquisition for the Mets because of his leadership and experience, but if he goes 3-for-3 with two homers and a walk every night in New York it'll take. The Mets are 11-1 after a 6-5 victory over the Brewers.
Yankees midfielder Aaron Hicks went 2 in 3 with two homers – one an inside-the-park thriller – and two walks in New York 8-6 wins over the Tigers.
Dud of the Night
Orioles pitcher Chris Tillman is now down 0-3 on the season after a two-inning, seven, six out running in a 7-3 loss to Red Sox.
The Angels have had their best start since 1979 and with pieces like this one by Mike Trout they have every chance to keep their hot start going. Los Angeles came from behind to beat the Royals 5-4.
It should be a hit.
– MLB (@MLB) April 14, 2018
Rockies (8-7) Against Nationals (6-8) 1 : 5 pm ET – It's easy, Max Scherzer (2-1, 0.90 ERA) is sightseeing. With Jon Gray (1: 2, 5.63 ERA) on the hill of the Rocky Mountains, the former No. 3 in the standings, many strikeouts could be achieved. Besides, those are two really good teams, so there are.