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Taking Cole off the Fire (Pittsburgh Pirates lose Game five to the St. Louis Cardinals)

It didn't take the Pittsburgh Pirates one season to make it to the playoffs in 2013, it took them 20 seasons. Every draft pick, every free agency signing, every salary dump for the last 20 years lead up to their loss to the St. Louis Cardinals in game five of the National League Division Series. Twenty years of suffering, fighting, and losing lead up to GERRIT COLE BEING PULLED FROM THE GAME IN THE SIXTH INNING IN A DO-OR-DIE GAME AGAINST THEIR BITTER RIVALS.

As not just a fan of the Pirates, but a fan of baseball, how in the world do you pull Gerrit Cole after only five innings? At that point in the game, it was still a pitchers' duel. Cole gave up the two-run homer to David Freese, but other than that, he was pitching a solid game. Not to mention, Cole is a pretty decent batter. Once Barmes reached base on a single to start the top of the sixth inning, Gerrit Cole should have bunted him over to second, and then gone out to pitch the sixth, seventh, eight, and ninth innings. …