Gerrit Cole has morphed from a promising young starter with the Pittsburgh Pirates into arguably the single most dominant pitcher in baseball with the Houston Astros. Cole, who went 20-5 with an AL-best 2.50 ERA and 326 strikeouts, underwent a total transformation of both with his stuff and his mental approach on and off the mound. In a pre-World Series press conference, Cole went into explicit detail about how he gets ready for every start and how that contributes to his unmatched production in the 2019 postseason.
Credit to Brent Strom and that staff for engineering a complete 180 with Cole.
Cole has continued to be nearly unhittable in the postseason, winning all three of his starts while allowing just 10 hits and one run in 22.2 innings while striking out 25. Going back to the beginning of June, Cole has a 19-0 record in his last 25 starts.
That's not the stat you want to hear if you're a Nationals fan, but it speaks to just dow unhittable he has been this year.
Cole looks poised to continue his historic dominance against Max Scherzer and the Nationals in Game 1 of the World Series.