April struggles repeat for Aaron Cook

April 20, 2010 | 6:32 am | 7  

Colorado Rockies right-hander Aaron Cook has 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 of Miguel Olivo has 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 FAVOR Ryan Spilborghs being in the lineup Tuesday. He is 7-for-9 lifetime against Washington left-hander Scott Olsen while Brad Hawpe is hitless against Olsen. Look for Chris Iannetta to play, also. He is only 2-for-6, but both hits have been home runs and he has six RBI.

7 Comments »

  • jimboelrod | April 20, 2010 | 9:18 am

    Tracy

    Do you see Olivo taking more of the “regular” catching duties with his arm and also with Ianetta’s struggles at the plate (not to mention 1 for 7 in throwing out runners)?

  • Tracy Ringolsby | April 20, 2010 | 9:50 am

    We’ll see how things move along, but in part it might help Olivo to have three or four days off each week, and there is potential in Iannetta that the Rockies don’t want to ignore.

  • Steve N | April 20, 2010 | 9:59 am

    Curious why Cook felt he needed to lose so much weight in the off season, he certainly seemed fit before, and do we think this is a factor with his delivery?

  • ProgMatinee | April 20, 2010 | 11:01 am

    the pressure is on for Ianetta. His potential is high, but if he can’t throw out runners, he continues to let those 3rd strikes pass by him, or if he can’t hit for a decent average then it might be time to trade him while potential is still considered instead of him being labeled a part time player by every other club.

    It would be horrible if a consistently underachieving Ianetta ended up blocking McKenry or Rosario.

  • Karl | April 20, 2010 | 12:19 pm

    Steve N, I agree. I have argued that before to no avail, but I firmly believe he lost weight too fast and his body is not adjusted to that with his delivery angles. His loss of 10% in weight has an affect on his delivery. It’s physics in my opinion. He has less mass and his body is trying to figure out his new release. We can debate this for sure, but when you are carrying around less weight, he has to train his body now to adjust. His mind is going off of muscle memory for what to do, but his body is doing things faster because less is moving so to speak.

  • Tom | April 20, 2010 | 12:57 pm

    So why did he have a bad April last year when he was carrying the extra (normal) weight?

    Does Tracy’s line-up juggling remind anyone else of Clint Hurdle at the beginning of last year? I’m sure it’s hard when you have so much talent to leave guys on the bench (Smith, Spilly, Mora, Ianetta, etc.). But wasn’t it when Tracy took over and established a regular lineup that these guys relaxed and started to play well last year? Or am I not remembering that right?

  • Steve N | April 20, 2010 | 1:43 pm

    Tom, last year Cook’s slow start had to to with his choice of hair style. ;-) (just being funny…haha).

    I dunno, Giambi seemed to have similar advice for Cook this spring as Karl stated so…

    I guess if he’s prone to slow starts, why take the chance of messing it up even more.

    I’d still like to know why he felt he needed to do it regardless. :-)