How Great was Gerrit Cole’s 2015 Regular Season?

By Jason Shetler

p/c: Jamie Sabau - Getty Images

p/c: Jamie Sabau – Getty Images

Heading into this season, there seemed to be a general consensus among all baseball publications that Gerrit Cole would be the Pirates breakout performer in 2015. That prediction could not have rang any more true. Cole finished the year with 19 wins, which were the most by a Pirates pitcher since John Smiley in 1991, and he also became the fourth pitcher in Pirates history to strikeout 200 batters in a season. So how great was Gerrit Cole’s 2015 campaign? – Here are the final numbers. 

2.60 ERA, 2.66 Fielding Independent Pitching, 149 ERA+, 1.09 WHIP, 5.5 WAR in 32 starts 

Let’s see where Cole’s stats rank compared to other Pirates pitchers since the Expansion Era in 1961. 

ERA

Bob Veale 2.05 (1968)

Steve Blass 2.12 (1968)

Vern Law 2.15 (1965)

Bob Friend 2.34 (1963)

John Candelaria 2.34 (1977)

Steve Blass 2.49 (1972)

Gerrit Cole 2.60 (2015)

Fielding Independent Pitching

Bob Veale 2.11 (1965)

Bob Veale 2.33 (1969)

Bob Veale 2.55 (1964)

Bob Friend 2.58 (1963)

Gerrit Cole 2.66 (2015)

ERA+ 

John Candelaria 169 (1977)

Vern Law 163 (1965)

Gerrit Cole 149 (2015) 

Oliver Perez 143 (2004)

Bob Veale 141 (1968)

Wins Above Replacement

Bob Veale 8.0 (1965)

Bob Veale 6.5 (1964)

Bob Veale 6.0 (1969)

Bob Friend 5.7 (1963)

Gerrit Cole 5.5 (2015)


Strikeouts Per 9 Innings

Oliver Perez 11.0 (2004)

A.J. Burnett 9.9 (2013)

Francisco Liriano 9.9 (2015)

Bob Veale 9.3 (1965)

Gerrit Cole 8.7 (2015)

WHIP

Vern Law 1.00 (1965)

Bob Friend 1.04 (1963)

Harvey Haddix 1.06 (1959)

John Candelaria 1.06 (1976)

Doug Drabek 1.06 (1990)

Doug Drabek 1.06 (1992)

John Candelaria 1.07 (1977)

John Smiley 1.09 (1989)

Gerrit Cole 1.09 (2015)

Cole’s numbers stack up really well compared to other Pirates pitcher seasons of the last 50 plus years. His ERA and WHIP are in the Top 10 while his Fielding Independent Pitching, K/9 and WAR are Top 5, and his ERA+ is the third best mark in that span. Looking at all those figures as a whole, it’s certainly not an exaggeration to say that Gerrit Cole’s 2015 season is now one of the most elite in franchise history. 

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