The 107-win Houston Astros fell to the Washington Nationals in Game 7 of the World Series on Wednesday night. Gerrit Cole's reaction to the loss has since gone viral.
Cole, who started in Game 5, was supposed to be available to pitch for Houston out of the bullpen in Game 7. However, he never got into the game.
Astros manager A.J. Hinch said postgame that he was saving Cole to pitch with the lead in the 9th inning. The Nats took the lead in the 7th inning off Zack Greinke and Will Harris.
Cole, who is now a free agent, appeared to be ready to get out of Houston immediately.
Cole was clearly frustrated with both the loss and the fact that he didn't get into the game.
“I wasn’t going to pitch him unless we were going to win the World Series and have a lead,” Hinch explained. "He was going to help us win. He was available, and I felt it was a game that he was going to come in had we tied it or taken the lead. He was going to close the game in the ninth after I brought (Roberto) Osuna in had we kept the lead.”
Houston will be back contending for the World Series in 2020. Cole is likely to be elsewhere, with the Angels as the favorite to sign him.