Coors Field | 3:05 | Duke vs. Aaron Cook | Box
All-Star pitcher Aaron Cook goes tonight. He has already set his career high in wins and has to be regarded as one of the few bright spots in a dismal year for Colorado. Cook got off blazing hot in 2008. He started 6-1 and has gone 5-5 since then.
He has faced the Pirates five times – twice in a starting role. But, he has not faced them since 2006 when he suffered a loss (his only decision against Pittsburgh) in six innings pitched.
Other than Xavier Nady (3-12) and Jack Wilson (1-7), the rest of the Pirates are doing pretty well against Cook in somewhat limited looks. Minus those two the club is 12-30 against Cook.
Not sure how much of Zach Duke’s success can be attributed to luck. Well, I’m not sure I should call his 2008 successful. Maybe it is compared to 2007. Anyway, Duke’s pitched about three more innings in 2008 than he did in 2007. His K rate is about the same, but he has given up 20 fewer hits. The result is that his ERA is a full run lower than 2007.
Duke has not faced Colorado since 2006 and he has never pitched in Coors before. He is 2-0 in two starts against the Stones. His ERA in 13 IP is 2.77. Willy Tavares is 4-11 with two doubles against Duke.