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Gerrit Cole's changing strategy

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Gerrit Cole's changing strategy

Rafe Anderson

ESPN's David Schoenfeld uses TruMedia imagery to show how Gerrit Cole's fastball location has changed this season.

"Cole was solid across the board in 2017, with a high home run rate leading to a 4.26 ERA. The increase in strikeout rate and swing-and-miss rate is phenomenal -- and note that his ground ball rate has plummeted.

As you might expect, and as others have reported, it’s a change in philosophy. The Pirates like two-seamers and ground balls; the Astros like four-seamers and strikeouts. You can see the difference in Cole's fastball location."

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