gerrit cole


PITTSBURGH — Stephen Strasburg wants to be the guy on the mound trying to pitch his way out of jams in huge spots late in ballgames.


PITTSBURGH — There have been 49 Major League Baseball amateur drafts, and of the 49 players selected with the No. 1 overall pick, only 16 have been pitchers.


2013 record: 94-68, 2nd place in NL Central

Manager: Clint Hurdle, 4th season

Estimated 2014 payroll: $70 million