Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Newsletter Excerpt, October 5, 2021 -- "What I'm Watching"

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"As was well covered, Cole was one of the pitchers whose spin rate was down a lot this summer as well. On their face, his statistics indict him. They may lie, though. While Cole did decline after the crackdown, he bounced back to pitch well in July and, after a bout with the coronavirus, in August. From the crackdown through September 1, Cole had a 3.31 ERA and a 2.68 FIP, hardly a big change from before. It seems to have been the injury, and not a loss of grip enhancers, changing his stats."