Ryan Cook RP OAK 4 Months
Ryan Cook recorded the final four outs in a 4-3 game for a save as the A's edged the Astros 4-3 on Wednesday.
Grant Balfour had the day off after his rocky outing last night, allowing Cook to pick up his second save of the year. Cook has allowed just an unearned run over 10 2/3 innings in his last 10 appearances, picking up two wins in the span. His ERA is down to 2.25.
Ryan Cook RP OAK Aug 11 '12
A's manager Bob Melvin said Saturday that Ryan Cook's next two appearances will not be save chances.
Melvin made sure to state that Cook has not lost the ninth-inning job. Rather, Melvin wants the young right-hander to get a couple clean innings in less high-pressure situations. Look for Grant Balfour to handle save opportunities in the immediate future for Oakland. He's a decent add in mixed fantasy leagues.
Ryan Cook RP OAK Aug 08 '12
Ryan Cook recorded his 12th save despite giving up two runs in the ninth Wednesday against the Angels.
It's probably time the A's to go back to Grant Balfour in the closer's role. Cook managed to finish off the Angels tonight, but it's the sixth time in eight appearances that he's given up at least one run. He's blown four saves during that span.
Ryan Cook RP OAK Aug 05 '12
Athletics manager Bob Melvin failed to give Ryan Cook a vote of confidence when asked about his closer situation Sunday, saying "we'll continue to monitor that."
Cook has blown four of his last six save chances and has watched his ERA go from 1.34 to 2.47 over his last seven appearances. He's still probably the team's best option for the role, but it might not be a bad idea to give him a breather. Grant Balfour would figure to be used in the ninth inning if Melvin makes a change.
Ryan Cook RP OAK Aug 04 '12
Ryan Cook blew his fourth save in his last six chances on Saturday against the Blue Jays, allowing a solo home run to David Cooper in the ninth inning.
Cook was called upon to pitch for a third consecutive game, and was unable to preserve a critical lead for the A's. The only other time he pitched three straight games this season, he also blew a save opportunity. Given Cook's recent struggles, it wouldn't be shocking to see Grant Balfour get another opportunity in the stopper role.
Ryan Cook RP OAK Aug 04 '12
Ryan Cook gave up a three-run homer to Toronto's Jeff Mathis in the ninth inning Friday to blow a save in Dan Straily's major league debut.
Ugly. Cook has now blown three of his last four save chances, but since the previous two blown saves came in games the A's went on to win, they were quickly forgotten. His job as Oakland's closer likely remains safe for now, but one more misstep could cause Bob Melvin to go back to a committee in the ninth.
Ryan Cook RP OAK Jul 01 '12
Ryan Cook was among the 2012 All-Star selections for the American League.
Cook has had a terrific year, but he certainly didn't deserve to go ahead of starters like Yu Darvish and Jake Peavy, who will have a shot to get in via the Final Vote. Also on the AL squad alongside Cook will be Matt Harrison, Felix Hernandez, Justin Verlander, CC Sabathia, C.J. Wilson, Jered Weaver, Chris Sale, David Price, Joe Nathan, Jim Johnson, Chris Perez and Fernando Rodney.
Ryan Cook RP OAK Jun 23 '12
Ryan Cook blew a 3-1 lead by giving up four runs in the ninth Friday against the Giants.
The A's were putting together a nice little run with some excellent pitching before things came crashing down on Cook tonight. He brought a 0.57 ERA into the game and ended it with a 1.71 mark after failing to retire any of the four batters he faced. Expect him to remain Oakland's closer unless he fails to bounce back next time out.