Astros starter Gerrit Cole was a late scratch from his scheduled start in the second game of Tuesday’s doubleheader against the White Sox. According to AT&T SportsNet reporter/host Julia Morales, Cole warmed up for a few minutes before going back to the clubhouse. Chris Devenski began warming up in the bullpen and started the game in Cole’s place.
Cole, 28, is in the midst of another great season. He’s 14-5 with a 2.87 ERA and a 226/39 K/BB ratio in 156 2/3 innings. No one in the league has more strikeouts than Cole. Teammate Justin Verlander is second at 217.
Obviously, losing Cole for any amount of time would be a big loss for the Astros. Thankfully, they were able to add an ace to the rotation at the trade deadline, acquiring Zack Greinke from the Diamondbacks.
The Astros should provide the reason behind Cole’s absence later tonight. (Update, 9:25 PM EST: It was right hamstring discomfort, per MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart.)
Major League Baseball announced today that Mike Trout and Christian Yelich have been selected as the American League and National League winners of the 2019 Hank Aaron Awards. The Hank Aaron Award, which was established in 1999, recognizes “the most outstanding offensive performers in each league.” A fan vote is part of it. A special panel of Hall of Fame players led by Hank Aaron weighs in as well.
Yellich, who is a back-to-back winner of the Award in the NL, led the Majors with a .671 slugging percentage and a 1.100 OPS, while leading the National League in batting average (.329), WAR (7.3) and OBP (.429). It was his third straight year with at least 100 runs scored and he set career-highs with 44 home runs and 30 stolen bases. He was the NL Player of the Week twice and stands a good chance of winning the NL MVP Award, though a late season injury will make it a pretty close vote.
Trout, who previously won the award in 2014, led the Majors with a .483 on-base percentage while leading the American League with a .645 slugging percentage and a 1.083 OPS. He was second in the AL with a career-best 45 home runs, was second i WAR (8.3) and, like Yelich, was a two-time Player of the Week winner. He too stands a good chance of wining the MVP though, he too, had a late season injury which could knock him down to second place.