Cole called Donaldson’s comments “fruit at hand,” but said he was entitled to his opinion. Cole, a member of the executive board of the players’ union, said he supports an open dialogue on the issue with other players.
Cole’s four-seam fastball spin rate was 2,164 rpm in 2017, his final season with the Pittsburgh Pirates. It jumped to 2,379 rpm in 2018, his first of two seasons with the Houston Astros, and has hovered around 2,500 since 2019.
As for his lower turnover rate last Thursday, when he allowed five hits and five runs in five innings, with seven strikeouts, in a loss to Tampa Bay, Cole said his mechanics were off. , which affected his outing on the ball.
“I attribute it to not being as good or as sharp as I wanted,” he said. “It’s that simple.”