Aaron Cook(notes) is the Colorado Rockies’ all-time leader in wins, starts and innings, but it appears that his time with the club is coming to an end. Making what will likely be his final start at Coors Field in a Rockies uniform, Cook might need to be at his best if the Rockies’ top hitters remain out.
The right-hander will try to help Colorado snap its season-high six-game losing streak and its longest skid in Denver in nine years in Wednesday’s home finale against the San Diego Padres.
Cook (3-9, 5.97 ERA) has been with the Rockies during his entire 10-year career, and nobody in franchise history has won more games (72), made more starts (205) or pitched more innings (1,307 1/3) than the 33-year-old right-hander.
Cook will get the ball Wednesday as the Rockies (70-84) try to give their fans something to cheer about after losing the first six on their final homestand. Colorado last dropped six in a row at Coors Field from Aug. 24-29, 2002.
The Rockies, whose last seven-game skid was an 0-8 stretch to end 2010, could benefit with the return of Troy Tulowitzki(notes) (hip), Todd Helton(notes) (back) and Carlos Gonzalez(notes) (wrist), but its uncertain when that will happen. Tulowitzki struck out as a pinch-hitter in Tuesday’s 2-1 loss, but all three have all been out of the starting lineup the last five games.
The result has been a heavy dose of September callups and a .211 batting average with 3.2 runs per game during the losing streak.
“(The young players have) handled themselves extremely well but we’re not sitting in the dugout thinking this lineup were running out there is going to throw up six, seven, eight runs,” said manager Jim Tracy, whose team will try to avoid its first seven-game home losing streak since a franchise-record nine-game slide July 25-Aug. 18, 1993.
That’s bad news for Cook, who is 0-2 with a 4.15 ERA in three starts against the Padres (67-88) in 2011.
Bass’ first start came in Denver on June 13 when he threw five innings of one-run ball in a 3-1 victory in his major league debut. The right-hander was sent down following that spot start, but he’s made 23 relief appearances - including three scoreless ones versus Colorado - since getting called up for good June 26.
Padres second baseman Orlando Hudson(notes), who went 2 for 3 on Tuesday and is batting .387 (12 for 31) during an eight-game hitting streak in Denver, is questionable after Dexter Fowler’s(notes) double hit him in the left eye.
Hudson is a career .415 (17 for 41) hitter off Cook.