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No strikeouts, no problem for Aaron Cook

Jul 16, 2012, 10:15 PM EDT

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Despite going without a strikeout for the fourth time in five starts as a member of the Red Sox, Aaron Cook limited the White Sox to just an unearned run over seven innings in Boston’s 5-1 victory Monday.

The sinkerballing Cook has recorded a mere two strikeouts in 29 2/3 innings this season, both of which came in his two-hit shutout of the Mariners on June 29. He’s the only pitcher this year to go back-to-back starts without a strikeout, and he’s now done it twice. Despite that, he’s 2-2 with a 3.34 ERA. He has a 1.67 ERA in his four starts since coming off the DL last month.

Cook has certainly never been a strikeout pitcher, but he’s in some rare air indeed right now, averaging 0.61 strikeouts per nine innings. Min. 80 innings, here are the tiniest strikeout rates since 2000:

2.10 – Kirk Rueter (2005 Giants) – 25 K in 107.1 IP
2.13 – Nate Cornejo (2003 Tigers) – 46 K in 194.2 IP
2.51 – Kirk Rueter (2003 Giants) – 41 K in 147 IP
2.59 – Aaron Cook (2005 Rockies) – 24  K in 83.1 IP
2.65 – Kirk Rueter (2004 Giants) – 56 K in 190.1 IP
2.98 – Jimmy Gobble (2004 Royals) – 49 K in 148 IP
2.99 – Kirk Saarloos (2005 Athletics) – 53 K in 159.2 IP
3.01 – Jimmy Anderson (2002 Pirates) – 47 K in 140.2 IP
3.12 – Aaron Cook (2003 Rockies) – 43 K in 124 IP
3.14 – Chien-Ming Wang (2006 Yankees) – 76 K in 218 IP

Toronto’s Henderson Alvarez was in ninth place at 3.02 before striking out six in six innings tonight and  knocking himself out of the top 10.  Cook could join Rueter with three spots here if this keeps up.

  1. gotampabay52 - Jul 16, 2012 at 10:23 PM

    dam whitesox

    • rollinghighwayblues - Jul 16, 2012 at 10:36 PM

      Please, just go away.

  2. natsattack - Jul 16, 2012 at 10:56 PM

    Steve McCatty’s favorite player!

    • natslady - Jul 16, 2012 at 11:10 PM

      Exactly my thought!!!

  3. Ari Collins - Jul 17, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    Since he didn’t walk anyone either, every ball was put in play, yet no earned runs were scored. Weird!

  4. offseasonblues - Jul 17, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    Sigh … somebody has to say it. Strikeouts are boring. Besides that they’re fascist.

    And why waste everybody’s time with minimum three pitch battles when you can do it with one?

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