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Gerrit Cole Gives the Astros a Scary-Good Look for October

Welcome to the latest installment of 3 Up, 3 Down, our weekly stock watch of who’s streaking and who’s slumping throughout Major League Baseball. Our latest edition includes notes on Gerrit Cole’s dominance, Khris Davis’s return to form and Philadelphia’s fade from the wild-card race.

What would you do at-bat against Gerrit Cole? Quiver in fear? Go full John Kruk and spin 360 degrees? The average soul would be lost against the Astros’ fireballer, but frankly, so is the rest of baseball in 2019. And Cole has dialed it up an extra notch in September.

Cole struck out 11 batters in eight innings against Kansas City on Sept.