Cole will start Game 2 of the ALCS in Boston on Sunday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports. Cole will follow Justin Verlander in Houston's rotation and match up against David Price during Sunday's affair. During his start in the ALDS versus Cleveland on Saturday, Cole allowed just one run on three hits and zero walks while striking out 12 across seven innings to earn the win. In two outings against the Red Sox during the regular season, he gave up five earned runs in 13 innings while striking out 15.
Cole (15-5) hurled a quality start in Friday's win over the Orioles despite not factoring into the decision. He went six innings and gave up one run on five hits and a walk while striking out four. It was another solid outing for Cole, who lowered his ERA to 2.88 and his WHIP to 1.03 while extending his career-high strikeout total to 276. Cole wrapped up what's been an outstanding season in style with his 20th quality start of the year.
Cole will start Friday against the Orioles, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports. The Astros will simply push their starting rotation back by a day following Thursday's postponement, with Cole now starting Friday and Justin Verlander getting the ball for one half of the team's doubleheader Saturday. The 28-year-old righty has posted a 2.92 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 12.6 K/9 through 31 starts (194.1 innings) this season and will look to finish on a positive note heading into the playoffs.
Cole will not make his scheduled start against the Orioles as Thursday's game was postponed due to weather, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports. The game will be played over the weekend as part of a doubleheader, though the Astros have yet to announce how they plan to adjust their starting rotation in the wake of the schedule change. At this point, it's unclear when -- or if -- Cole will pitch again before the end of the regular season.
Cole (15-5) earned the win in Friday's game against the the Angels. He allowed three earned runs, six hits and no walks over seven innings with 12 strikeouts. Cole was dominant in the victory, throwing 71 of his 102 pitches for strikes. It was the eighth time this season that Cole has stuck out more than 10 batters in a start, and his strikeout numbers continue to remain elite (272 strikeouts over 194.1 innings in 2018). He owns an impressive 2.92 ERA (2.98 xFIP) on the season, and he'll likely make one more appearance in the regular season before the Astros begin postseason play.