The Pittsburgh Pirates' Gerrit Cole will make his much-anticipated major-league debut tonight when he faces the defending World Series champion Giants and two-time Cy Young award winner Tim Lincecum in the opener of a three-game series and six-game homestand.
The 22-year-old right-hander was the first overall selection in the 2011 amateur draft from UCLA and received a club-record $8-million signing bonus. Cole has gone 5-3 with a 2.91 ERA in 12 starts with Triple-A Indianapolis this season.
"I just like to just beat somebody," Cole said. "Kick somebody's [butt] really. That's what I like doing and that's what I'm good at."
Cole will be facing a Giants lineup which has heated up the past two games offensively. The Giants are coming off 10-5 and 6-2 victories against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
While much of the attention will be on Cole, Lincecum is looking to string together back-to-back quality outings. He is coming off arguably his best start of the year in which he allowed one run on three hits in seven innings of a 2-1 victory against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Lincecum, who is 4-5 on the season with a 4.75 ERA, will be looking to atone for his last outing at PNC Park. On July 8 of last year, the right-hander surrendered six runs in 3¹⁄³ innings of a 13-2 thrashing at the hands of the Pirates.
NOTE: Giants second-round draft pick Ryder Jones has decided to pursue his career with the Giants instead of following through on his commitment to play at Stanford.
NEXT GAMEGiants vs. Pirates
WHEN: Today, 4:05 p.m.
WHERE: PNC Park, Pittsburgh
TV: Comcast SportsNet Bay Area
RADIO: KNBR (680 AM)