Fire and Gasoline.
Have you noticed that?
I started to notice it on Sunday when Cook was completely in charge against the best offense in the NL. Chris Iannetta called all those pitches.
Get Miguel Olivo back out there against another good offense -- though one that's been struggling -- annnnd we're back to the Aaron Cook who looks lost on a pitching mound.
I'm not the stat guy around here... but here are those numbers updated after tonight.
- Cook with Iannetta -- 5 starts, 32 IP, 3.09 ERA
- Cook with Olivo -- 13 starts, 74.2 IP, 5.30 ERA
That's a pretty dramatic difference. Dramatic enough that you would think a manager that "pushes all the right buttons" (as Troy Renck likes to remind us only when Tracy's decisions work out), would notice it and maybe adjust his catching rotation to match Cook up with the catcher he's comfortable with.
Wouldn't have mattered much tonight anyways. Roy Halladay was in cruise control from pitch #1 to pitch #116.
Not even sure he broke a sweat until he covered first base on Fowler's groundout in the 8th.
The Rockies offense had maybe one almost significant threat that really didn't stand a chance with Miguel "Gun Show" Olivo and Brad Hawpe hitting with RISP. They are the opposite of locked in right now.
Well... again... I like what Manny Corpas is doing. I don't know what his role is exactly. As David Martin pointed out on his Twitter tonight, Jim Tracy might not know Manny's role either.
Dear Mr Corpas, You are going to be my mop up guy, my one inning guy, and every now and then a setup guy. At the same time. -Jim TracyBut I do like that Manny is at least throwing the ball well. He will continue to do so until Jim Tracy wears his arm again sometime in the second week of August.
Do I even need to tell you how important the game is? This pitching matchup (on paper) is a huge mismatch in the Rockies favor. But can they take advantage of that? Or will Kyle Kendrick just be the latest scuffling pitcher to baffle the Rockies lineup?
Tune in to FOX... yes, FOX... to find out.