With his presentation on Sunday against the Mariners, the "other" ace of the Astros, Gerrit Cole, continued to stomp his partner Justin Verlander in the fight for the Cy Young Award of the American League.
Cole struck out 15 batters, granted an unstoppable single and did not grant a passport in 8.0 dominant innings of Houston's overwhelming 21-1 victory over Seattle.
With that performance, Cole now accompanies the Pedro Martínez Hall of Fame as the only serpentineros in the history of Major Leagues to prescribe at least 14 strikeouts in three consecutive games.
Martinez did it with the Red Sox in the 1999 campaign. In addition, Colo has registered six games with at least 10 fans without awarding tickets, which also ties a Grand Carp record in one season.
"The truth is that I don't remember how many times I've had a game of this great level," said Cole. "I'm very excited."
Cole, who turned 29 on Sunday, is now 12-0 with a 1.97 average clean run and 0.83 WHIP in 18 starts since May 27. The Astros are 16-2 in that same stretch. The right-hander tied the club's record for consecutive victories, now accompanying Mark Portugal (1993) and Wade Miller (2002).