I don't think that this needs too much hype or additional buildup. On July 28, Gerrit Cole (1st overall pick in the 2011 draft, preseason #7 prospect at Baseball America) faced off against Jose Fernandez (14th overall pick in the 2011 draft, preseason #5 prospect at Baseball America) in Miami. Cole struck out eight batters in seven innings, holding the Marlins to four hits, but giving up three runs. Fernandez struck out 13, holding the Pirates to five hits and two runs. It was everything that that sort of pitching matchup should've been.
Today, they're facing each other again at 12:35 at PNC Park. The Pirates are gunning for their fifth consecutive win. Baseball is great.
Whenever the Pirates get to their opponent's bullpen down by two or less, I think to myself, "they got this". This is ridiculous. I'm frequently right, though. This is also ridiculous.
Ain't nobody throwin' a weak-ass 80 MPH slider gonna take down the Pirates, especially one who looks like the love child of Michael Keaton and Bill Nye The Science Guy.
Fernandez is something else. the way he bends to the outside corner for lefties is ridiculous. if you dropped a line of dental floss at the edge of the black he'd hit it every time.