April struggles repeat for Aaron Cook
Colorado Rockies right-handerhas stumbled early for the second year in a row.
In his first three starts of last season and this season, Cook is 0-3 with an 8.77 earned run average. A year ago, he was 0-1 and allowed 14 earned runs in 12 1/3 innings his first three starts. This year he is 0-2 and has allowed 12 earned runs in 14 1/3 innings.
Cook has failed to work five innings in only eight career starts, but five were last season and a sixth was Monday night.
THEN THERE is former Rockies right-hander Jason Marquis. Marquis normally enjoys a strong start to the season. It’s the second half that gets him down. This year, he’s in an early season funk.
Signed to a two-year deal in the off-season to be the veteran leader of the Washington staff, Marquis is 0-3 with a 20.52 earned-run average. He gave up seven runs and didn’t retire a batter on Sunday.
He has the highest ERA among major league starting pitcher.
FOR THE RECORD, the rookie umpire who showed up to work on the crew that handled the Rockies game on Sunday is Damien Beal, not Bell, which was the last name initially listed on the lineup sheets in Atlanta.
THE STRONG arm ofhas been established. Olivo has thrown out six of eight runners attempting to steal when he is behind the plate. Olivo was signed to a one-year deal after Yorvit Torrealba rejected the Rockies two-year, $6 million offer. By the way, Torrealba was 4-for-53 throwing out runners attempting to steal a base last year.
ODDS FAVORbeing in the lineup Tuesday. He is 7-for-9 lifetime against Washington left-hander Scott Olsen while is hitless against Olsen. Look for to play, also. He is only 2-for-6, but both hits have been home runs and he has six RBI.