Saturday Rockpile: Aaron Cook on his way back, Stewart provides valuable defense

Off the back burner, Rockies Cook sizzles - The Denver Post
As Irv Moss describes in this piece, Aaron Cook did himself - and his club - a huge favor last night. Cook was terrific in his five innings of work exiting after just 76 pitches (no, it wasn't another managing blunder by Jim Tracy - Cookie's on a pitch count at the moment). Aaron looked a heck of a lot like his old self - he was bludgeoning the strike zone with a very good sinker (his 12:2 GO/AO ratio proves that), and he was as efficient as can be. One thing I feel great about is that Cook has either not been available, or has worn down significantly during this stretch of the season in past years. The fact that he just had five weeks off to heal his shoulder and toe (and to clear his mind) has enabled him to be fresh, and solely judging by last night's small sample size (against a powerful offense in a hitter's park), it's quite possible that Aaron is in midseason form. Very good news for the Rox.

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Colorado Rockies - Recap - September 25, 2009
Last night's big win for Colorado was front page news on SI.com.

Stewart playing strong 'D' for Rockies | ColoradoRockies.com: News
Ian Stewart's great looking pick in the third inning on a scorcher by Matt Holliday is one of many terrific defensive plays the young third baseman has made this season. Whether his bat is on or off, there's no arguing that Ian is a defensive upgrade, over anyone else on the roster, at the hot corner.

Quiet Jimenez does his talking on the hill | ColoradoRockies.com: News
Hopefully Ubaldo Jimenez is annoyingly (to the Cardinals, at least) loud and clear on the hill tonight. I don't think I have to tell anybody just how big a series victory over St. Louis would be.

Rockies vs. Red Sox : FoxSports.com Photo Gallery
In the number ten position on possible World Series matchups that Fox Sports would love to see is the Rockies vs. Red Sox. That's a LONG way down the road, but it would be nice to see the Rox reverse that 29-10 drubbing they received at the hands of the BoSox.

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