Colorado Rockies Wiretap
Cardinals manager Tony La Russa believes that there is a discrepancy between the visitor's bullpen mound and the main mound at Coors Field.
La Russa asked for an umpires' review of the mounds following Friday's loss and had an animated exchange with Colorado's grounds crew Saturday.
St. Louis pitcher Chris Carpenter complained to La Russa and pitching coach Dave Duncan after the first inning Friday, claiming that the main mound was steeper than the one on which he had warmed.
"When a pitcher like him says something about it, what are you supposed to do, forget about it?" Duncan told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
The crew measured the mounds on Friday and found no difference in height.
Mets outfielder Jeff Francoeur says that Rockies pitcher Jason Marquis wants to pitch for the Mets next season.
"He'd love to come here," Francoeur told the New York Post.
"He'd be a great fit. He's from Staten Island. He's a New York type of guy. He'll probably be coming off the best season he's ever had."
Francoeur and Marquis, who is 15-11 with a 3.84 ERA for the Rockies, are friends.
The pitcher will be a free agent this winter.
Rockies starter Aaron Cook was pain free after throwing 50 pitches on Saturday.
However, there is still no guarantee that Cook will start on Thursday against the Padres.
Colorado manager Jim Tracy told the Denver Post that he won't make a final decision until next week.
"I felt g-o-o-d," Cook kidded. "Seriously, I felt really good. I would like to start, but I'm going to do whatever the club needs."
Jason Giambi, who has provided personality in the Colorado clubhouse and punch in a pinch, did not rule out returning to the Rockies as a free agent. He plans to play next season and may get interest from American League clubs looking for a designated hitter.
"I like it here. I enjoy being in situations with the game on the line," said Giambi, who is 3-for-9 with the Rockies with seven walks.
Aaron Cook is still holding out hope that he'll be able to return to the mound for the Rockies this season.
The right-hander threw a 25-pitch side session on Sunday, but the team still isn't expecting him to return until the 2010 season.
"That's my goal," Cook, who has been out since Aug. 22 with a strained right shoulder, said of pitching in 2009. "I understand they are trying to be cautious, but I believe I will be in a big-league game based on how I feel right now."
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