One overall pick this off season after a year in which he finished with a career-worst 4.26 ERA with 31 home runs allowed, and the 27 year old looks nothing like the pitcher he was in 2017.
Cole struck out 14 batters in the Astros 3-2 win over the Rangers giving him at least 11 strikeouts in all three of his starts with Houston this season.
Also, his 36 strikeouts in his first three starts with the Astros are the most by any pitcher with a new team in MLB history.
Cole himself forced the Astros to break a 2-2 tie in the eighth inning after he allowed two solo home runs in the seventh.
Cole cost himself a win by surrendering the home runs, but Marwin Gonzalez took it back with a single and two-base error courtesy of the Rangers that scored Derek Fisher from first base.