2011 Rockies Game #136: Aaron Cook vs. Wade Miley

In preparation for his Chase Field debut, the Diamondbacks had Wade Miley pitch his last start on Mars.
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Tonight, we will get the pleasure of watching a rising young team on a bounceback from a disappointing season that is taking serious control of a division title.  They'll be opposed by a disappointing team looking forward to 2013.  One starting pitcher is a 24-year-old left-handed rookie making his third career start after splitting time between AA and AAA.  The other is a veteran playing out the rest of the season with his club before likely moving on in the offseason.

The script is befitting of our expectations of a late August matchup between the Rox and Snakes, but everything is oh-so-wrong.  It is the Diamondbacks who have vaulted from worst to first, while the Rockies have faded to future mode.  Yet it is the Diamondbacks strolling a rookie pitcher out in their pennant race, with the Rockies employing the grizzled veteran whose best days have long since past.  

Tonight, the Diamondbacks get a glimpse of the future while playing for now.  The Rockies get neither.  So...how about a win, boys?

Aaron Cook

#28 / Pitcher / Colorado Rockies

6-3

215

R

R

Feb 08, 1979

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Aaron Cook 3-7 19 14 0 0 0 0 80.2 106 51 49 7 29 30 5.47 1.67

Playing the part of shoulda-been-Christian-Friedrich is fellow 24yo Wade Miley.  As you might have guessed from his name, Miley is a left-handed pitcher.  He uses an average at best low-90's fastball most of the time, with his solid change-up being his most prominent secondary offering.  His slider is good, but he hasn't used it much in the big leagues yet, and his repertoire is completed by a slow curve.  Miley's control comes and goes, and he's walked six in ten big league innings, so a patient approach to figure out the southpaw is probably wise.  

Wade Miley

#36 / Pitcher / Arizona Diamondbacks

6-1

220

L

L

Nov 13, 1986

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Wade Miley 1-1 2 2 0 0 0 0 10.0 12 5 5 1 6 9 4.50 1.80
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