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Helton: King of the scoopers

The Rockies’ strategy for pitching is based on attacking the strike zone with the fastball. The theory is the defense is so dependable, the only plays that can’t be stopped are the walk and the home run.

Third baseman Ian Stewart, shortstoop Troy Tulowitzki and second baseman Clint Barmes are bigger than average and tranaslate size into range. But one of the unsung advantages is they don’t have to be perfect with their throws because of first baseman Todd Helton’s ability to handle low throws.

I remember mentioning this last year, but here is the final 2009 stat from ACTA Sports:

Player                                  Scoops              Attempts    Pct.

Todd Helton, Col.                      183                    207          88.4

Adam La Roche, Pit.-Bos.-Atl.   182                    210          86.7

Albert Pujols, St.L.                    187                   217           86.2

Paul Konerko, CWS                  197                    231          85.3

Derrek Lee, ChC                       145                    171          84.8

Lance Berkman, Hou.                170                   201           84.6

Lyle Overbay, Tor                       211                   250          84.4

Casey Kotchman, Atl.-Bos.        134                   159           84.3    

Cook goes extra time in shortened game

Rockies right-hander Aaron Cook had a choice — wait for rain to blow over or pitch through a little rain. Cook pitched, and pitched.

Scheduled for two innings, Cook was efficient enough to throw three scoreless innings with strikes on 30 of his 45 pitches in the Rockies’ 4-1 victory over the D-backs at Hi Corbett Field. The game was shortened to 6 1/3 innings once a major storm hit, so Cook ensured that the teams played as much baseball as the weather would allow.

It was not a bad Cactus League debut for Cook, who knew rain was coming and smply wanted to pitch.

“I woke up this morning and said, ‘It looks nice … Let’s start the game,'” said Cook, who said since the mound was in good shape, he informed manager Jim Tracy and umpire Tony Randazzo it was better to start as soon as possible.

Cook gave up singles to Adam LaRoche and Mark Reynolds with two out in the first, but ended it with a Chris Young infield pop. He pitched two 1-2-3 innings after that.

“What was really  neat about it was the third inning was the best of the three, and that’s not to say the first two were all that bad,” Tracy said.

The only problem with Cook’s early spring, not that it is much of one, is he has maintained his lower weight, 200. After pitching around 220 last season, he wanted to drop the weight before camp, then put on 5-10. He said the pounds are not coming back like he thought they would, but he’s fine with his metabolism.

“I feel good, my legs feel good, my body feels good,” Cook said. “I’m not going to worry.”