Houston Astros ace Gerrit Cole has been on another level of late. The veteran right-hander has been beyond dominant for what seems like months.
Actually, this ridiculous stat, uncovered by ESPN Stats and Info, is indicative of just how overpowering Cole has been. In the third inning of tonight’s ALDS Game 5 against the Tampa Bay Rays, the flamethrower did not record a strikeout.
It was the first time that happened since August 1. Seriously.
Cole had at least one strikeout in every inning he pitched in the last two months. That’s 73 total innings, 33 more than the previous record.
In the 3rd inning, Gerrit Cole didn't record a strikeout.
Why is that significant?
Cole had recorded at least 1 strikeout in 73 consecutive innings (reg. and postseason) dating back to Aug. 1.
It was the longest such streak in the Expansion Era (since 1961)….by 33 innings.
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 11, 2019
In that stretch, Cole has had 10 straight starts with double-digit strikeouts. That list includes a 15-strikeout performance in a win over Tampa Bay in Game 1 of this series.
Tonight, Cole has surrendered only one run on two hits while striking out eight through six innings. Houston leads 4-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth.
You can see the game on FS1.