The Colorado Rockies enter Wednesday's late-afternoon contest with the San Diego Padres in a frustrating position. Well, it's been a frustrating position for the team since the start of May. It only gained steamed on Tuesday night when the Rockies were shutout, 2-0. That was even with Ubaldo Jimenez striking out eight in seven innings.
But Wednesday is a new start for Aaron Cook, making his debut after spring training issues. He had problems with his shoulder early on, but then broke the ring finger on his throwing hand in a door during March. He's made several rehab starts and has had his major league season delayed so Juan Nicasio could get an extra start. It now appears that Nicasio will stay in the rotation, moving Clayton Mortensen to the bullpen and Greg Reynolds to Triple-A.
The Rockies couldn't have chosen a better place for Cook to make his start. In his career at Petco Park, Cook has gone 7-1 with a 2.21 ERA in 11 starts. This is exactly the time for the Rockies to strike.
After Tim Stauffer threw right shutout innings against the Rockies, the Padres will have Dustin Moseley on the mound. He started against the Rockies on May 13and got hit around for six runs in four innings. The Rockies won that, 12-7. Since then he hasn't allowed more than three runs in any of his four starts and has picked up one win.
Game time is scheduled for 4:35 p.m. MT.