Aaron Cook seems to have recovered from his slow start, and he has allowed three runs or less in nine of his 10 starts vs. San Diego and owns a 1.86 ERA at Petco Park. Pick Colorado.
Aaron Cook of the Colorado Rockies has recovered from a slow start, and he should keep things going tonight vs. a San Diego Padres team that he has dominated in the past.
In fact, Cook just faced the Padres last Wednesday, allowing three runs and only five hits in seven innings in the altitude of Colorado, and he should appreciate the spacious dimensions of this stadium even more. Now, we would normally look for the opposite result of the previous start when a pitcher makes two starts vs. the same team this close together, but this is simply a case of Cook having the Padres number.
Prior to giving up three runs on Wednesday, Cook has made nine previous starts vs. San Diego, and he allowed two runs or less in eight of them! He has made four starts at Petco Park, and he has allowed only six runs and 23 hits in 29 innings here (1.86 ERA). That last start by Cook also marked his second straight Quality Start after a couple of rough outings, indicating that the Rockies ace is ready to return to his very good form of last season.
The Padres counter with young Joshua Geer, and while Geer has yet to walk a batter in 17 innings this season, he is not exactly fooling the batters either with a 5.29 ERA. Yes, he has nice command for a youngster, but his numbers indicate that he would be better served nibbling at corners once in a while, as his good control has been offset by the fact that he is throwing too many pitches over the heart of the plate, and he does not have the stuff to get away with it.
When you add in the fact that the Padres are hitting just .201 as a team over the last 10 games while the Rockies are hitting .282 in that same span, the Rockies become an easy choice at this cheap price with their ace on the bump.
Free Pick: Rockies -110