Arizona Hammers Colorado 11-6

I have stated in the prediction thread that the rotation will be the biggest disappointment.  The rotation is 0 for 2 in quality starts.  That in turn has caused the bullpen to be used early and often.  When the better guys were used last night, the lesser guys were used tonight.  Arizona on the other hand, stuck with Shelby Miller for six innings despite giving up six runs in the fourth.

The only production the Rockies hitters have come via the long ball tonight.  Trevor Story (solo), Hundley (3-run), and DJLM (2-run).  They did have very few strikeouts but they have not been able to string together a bunch of hits outside the fourth inning.  Arizona on the other hand, just kept pounding the balls virtually every inning.

A game like tonight is what the season will look like most of the year.  High scoring games do not bode well for the Rockies.  And the lack of quality starts by the rotation will be a problem on a daily basis.

Story launched his third homer and he was only the second major leaguer in history to hit three HRs in his first two games of his career.  All three blasts have been no doubters.  The next real test for him is when he hits a mini-slump – how will he respond to it?

My advice is for the RWOers to start following the AAA and AA teams and watch their pitching staff.  They probably will be more fun to watch and hopefully Eddie Butler and Jeff Hoffman can make their way to Coors Field.

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Pooter
Pooter
4 years ago

As you could see by a few of my posts last night, Weiss’s relaxed and in my opinion loser mentality frustrates me and in my opinion is the Rockies downfall. As Ag pointed out, Thursday is an off day so why pitch the two worst bullpen guys in that situation last night? I relate pitching Bergman in the 7th to a teenager that does something bad, gets away with it, and then does the same thing and gets caught the… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
4 years ago

Lots of comments on the other thread about Walt’s game management (or lack thereof), the double switch strategy, etc. For the record – I agree with all those comments and firmly believe Walt isn’t going to cut it long term. But…….I’m still hung up on the fundamental fact that when staked to big leads, Chettis and JDLR couldn’t get us through 5-6 innings of anything close to remotely average pitching. If those two can get through 6 innings allowing “only”… Read more »

Bob K.
Bob K.
4 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

Don’t blame everything on the pitchers. Nick Hundley has a very big hand in this because of his very poor game calling. Hundley is at the best a back up catcher and should not be used as the primary catcher. Walt Weiss had input in getting Hundley signed as the primary catcher. The fact is that the decisions made by Weiss and upper management have far more effect on the games outcome than does anything else. The object is to… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
4 years ago
Reply to  Bob K.

One would think Tony Wolters will catch today. It will be interesting to see how he performs. I think we’ll have to laugh a bit if a guy that’s been catching for a whopping 2 years and hasn’t played above AA (until today) immediately becomes a better receiver than Hundley.

Pooter
Pooter
4 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

I think this bullpen is above average, when Motte returns will be top 5 bullpen in the league, and when Ottavino returns will be one of the best. It just needs to be used correctly. An example of that would be not using your long man in the 7th!! Especially when you can see that his ball placement was not very good in the 6th! I want to like Walter, I really do…

Bill
Bill
4 years ago

I went to bed when we were still up by 1. It was 6-5 but I had a bad feeling. The double switch was over-managing at best, bad managing at worst. Thursday’s an off day. Use somebody (even Bergman) to get out of the 6th and than go to Castro, Qualls and McGee (or whatever his name is). Or Miller. Why use Bergman for more than getting out of the inning, which he barely did? And maybe Walt doesn’t realize… Read more »

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