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Pirates to send down phenom Cole?

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07:15 AM ET 06.21 | Pirates rookie phenom Gerrit Cole will take the mound Friday for his third start, this one against the Angels, and TV ratings should be strong even for the late-night game. Cole made history by beating former Cy Young Award winners in his first two starts. He has a town that is starving for a baseball winner throbbing. Just one word of caution: Easy. Cole likely is headed back to the minor leagues soon. Sure, it's not impossible for Cole to stick in the big leagues the rest of this season. A no-hitter tonight would help keep him here. A run of 10 consecutive wins also would be nice. But short of one of those things happening, it's almost a certainty that Cole will go back to Class AAA -- if only for a week or 10 days -- to assure that he won't become a Super 2 player.

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June 21, 2013  09:17 AM ET

I don't blame a small market team for doing that. The Mets stalling on Wheeler was friggin ridiculous though.

June 21, 2013  09:44 AM ET

Only if they can find a starter that isn't on the DL to take Cole's spot on the roster. If he's 3-0 after tonight it will be hard to send him back down. Super 2 be damned!!!!!

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June 21, 2013  11:22 AM ET
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I don't blame a small market team for doing that. The Mets stalling on Wheeler was friggin ridiculous though.

If it is acceptable for one team, it is acceptable for any other team. How about the Rangers last year, they did the same thing with Grimm. The Tigers brought up Verlander in July his rookie year. How about Strasburg in June. The list goes on and on and every team does it big or small. To say that a team in a big city should not is foolish. Long term, it was the only decision to make for any team.

The Marlins were stupid to bring up their "can't miss" rookie Fernandez too early this year. He has a ton of potential but are the 5 or 6 extra starts worth a whole year of starts when he should be better?

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June 21, 2013  08:10 PM ET

its decisions like this that has caused the pirates to have 20 losing seasons. Do we see 21 in a row? Their bullpen has been overworked especially at the back end. Will they run out of gas in late august and Sept.? Other teams are doing this or has done it in past. this gives teams one more year before players are eligible for arbitration.

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June 22, 2013  06:46 AM ET
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its decisions like this that has caused the pirates to have 20 losing seasons. Do we see 21 in a row? Their bullpen has been overworked especially at the back end. Will they run out of gas in late august and Sept.? Other teams are doing this or has done it in past. this gives teams one more year before players are eligible for arbitration.

I disagree. It's a lack of decisions like these which mean a lack of top prospects/talent which contributed to the losing streak. It's great that they are in a position to have to make this decision!

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