MLB’s newly highest-paid pitcher has an ‘old-fashioned ace’ skillset

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December 18, 2019 - 10:02 AM

Gerrit Cole throws during the eighth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays during Game 2 of the American League Division Series on Oct. 5 DIRK SHADD/TAMPA BAY TIMES/TNS

NEW YORK — A scout who spent time last season following the Astros around, trying to figure out how to beat Gerrit Cole offered up one thought that the right-hander could struggle when he puts on the pinstripes and becomes the Yankees ace.

“Maybe when they make him cut his hair he will be like Samson in the bible, maybe he will lose his strength,” the American League scout said, cracking himself up. “Other than that there are not obvious ways to attack him. He’s got three plus pitches and a good change-up. He’s a workhorse, you aren’t taking him out after five without a damn good reason. He’s as fierce of a competitor as there is.

“He’s an old-fashioned ace.”

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