Gerrit Cole has been dazzling through two starts with the Astros, but Pirates fans need not fret for it looks like they have a new rock in Jameson Taillon. The big righty is 2-0 himself and made waves for tossing a one-hit shutout against the Reds Sunday. Taillon’s hot start has been so impressive that FanGraphs has made the leap of calling him the Pirates’ new ace. Small sample size, of course, but we’re not putting it past the guy who beat cancer last year.
Off the diamond, Taillon has a girlfriend in Claire Petratis — they went IG official around 2015. Claire is a graduate from LSU in 2016 and majored in Communications.
Sidenote: If the last name Petratis sounds familiar, it’s because her sister Natalie is married to Falcons linebacker Brooks Reed.