Aaron Cook's Weird Season

Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Aaron Cook (35) pitches during the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-US PRESSWIRE

Following Sunday's start, in which Aaron Cook walked and struck out the same number of batters -- zero -- once again, it started to come to people's attention that he was having a weird season, even by his admittedly odd standards. Cook has never struck out many hitters, and he's at his best when his control is working for him, but the nearly 30-inning stretch he's had in 2012 over five starts is just something else entirely.

It's not only weird, it's very rare. This isn't any kind of judgment on whether it's a legitimate performance; it's more to tell you that this is baseball doing something different, something not necessarily predictable, and that you should enjoy it while you can, because this show is unlikely to last very long.

Just how rare is it? That's something I covered on Tuesday at Baseball Nation, looking at the starting pitchers who have managed to finish their seasons with less than a walk and strikeout per nine, as well as going through how Cook got to this point in the first place.

How do you feel about Cook in the rotation going forward? Nervous, that he could falter at any time? Confident, that things will even out, but in his favor?

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