The Pittsburgh Pirates will send right-hander Gerrit Cole to a pile Apr 3 opposite a Boston Red Sox during Fenway Park, manager Clint Hurdle said Saturday, tabbing a 26-year-old for his initial career Opening Day start.
Barring an injury, Cole will turn a initial pitcher not named Francisco Liriano to start for a Pirates on Opening Day given 2013. Jameson Taillon, a 25-year-old right-hander who authored a 3.38 ERA over 18 starts as a rookie final year, will start a second diversion of a array in Boston, Hurdle added.
“I consider he’s vehement about a event we have as a group to only go adult and open adult in Fenway,” Hurdle told Bill Brink of a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “He’s going to get a round opposite whoever their No. 1 is. They’ve got 3 of them to collect from. He’s in a really focused state of mind right now.”
Limited to 21 starts final deteriorate due to determined bend inflammation, Cole posted a career-worst 3.88 ERA (108 ERA+) and 1.44 WHIP over 116 innings, permitting 23 runs – and 4 homers – over his final 5 outings (8.37 ERA) of a campaign. In 2015, though, Cole warranted his initial career All-Star coming and finished fourth in National League Cy Young voting after crafting a 2.60 ERA (149 ERA+) with a 4.59 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 32 starts.