It’s official: Pirates to start ace Cole in Wild Card Game vs. Cubs
Gerrit Cole isn’t going to miss the NL Wild Card Game this time around.
The Pirates announced Saturday their All-Star ace will start Wednesday’s elimination game against the Chicago Cubs. Cole is third in the National League with 19 wins. He went 2-1 with a 2.13 ERA in four starts against Chicago during the regular season.
Cole did not start last year’s 8-0 Wild Card Game loss to San Francisco after Pirates manager Clint Hurdle opted to go with Cole in the regular-season finale in the hope of catching St. Louis for the NL Central title.
The No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 amateur draft went 1-1 with a 2.45 ERA in two playoff starts for the Pirates during the 2013 NL Division Series against the Cardinals.