Believable.

With the biggest question among most teams a day before the trade deadline is whether or not they will be buyers or sellers, the Rockies have come up with a completely different question: hitters or pitchers. With the weeks leading up to the current series the answer was “pitchers”, as in they were doing great on the mound but horrible with the bat. Then yesterdays game saw them switch to the column of “hitters” as the arms all but failed.

Today’s game agains the braves added a third category to the hitters/pitchers question: losers.

Yes, it is hard to win on the road. Yes, the Braves have the best home record in the league. Sure, the Rockies can’t win them all, but to actually go out there and not only dry up at the plate after three quick runs, but give up 11 runs on 14 hits is just asking to be sellers (and losers) come the trade deadline.

Nicasio was hit hard. He had a 3-1 cushion on the third and a 3-2 cushion in the fourth…and then the wheels fell off. The disaster that was known as the fourth saw Uggla double, Heyward single, Upton double, Freeman walk (intentionally) to load the bases, a two-RBI single and a HR later and it is 8-3. Nicasio’s final line: 4IP, 10H, 8R, 2HR was his worst since starting in Boston on 6/25 and getting pulled after 2.1 innings after giving up 12 hits and six runs.

Francis came into the game in a relief roll and went two and a third, giving up two runs on three hits. Then it was Escalona’s turn to continue to suck as he gave up a HR in 2/3 of an inning.

A day after Cargo could do no wrong at the plate he was 0-3. Cuddy was the only player with more than one hit, getting the ball in play twice. Arenado hit a 2 run home run in the second, he second home run in as many games.

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Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago

And RMH will be glad to hear that Escalona’s home run was surrendered on an 0-2 fastball right down the middle to Freeman. Second night in a row he’s thrown an 0-2 fastball that’s been hit a very long way. On the positive side, we learned that Wilton Lopez looks really really good when pitching the 9th with an 8 run deficit. Hit 96 on the juiced radar gun tonight.

GARY
GARY
7 years ago

Well, they almost stayed relevant till August. Better than most of us predicted in the spring.Now the question is will they do an “el foldo” or show pride and fight and build for next year.

DRH
DRH
7 years ago

Sometime between a month ago and now the Rockies should have realized they were ‘sellers’, and started working on that. I’ve seen other teams get multiple prospects for pitchers not as good as DLR, Outman, Betancourt. A long-term strategy would allow them to trade most anyone who brings back value except Brothers, Chatwood, Chacin, Arenado, and LeMahieu. Cargo looks like he needs motivation to play well (as in front of the kids last night) and isn’t finding it in Denver.… Read more »

Doc
Doc
7 years ago
Reply to  DRH

Watched the Braves feed and they mentioned how great it was to see their home grown players do well. e.g. Freeman, Heyward, Cunningham, McCaan, Simmons, and Alex Wood. They also mentioned that Tulo has definitely lost a step, how over-aggressive our batters were (“The first two strikes belong to me even if we’re behind by six.”) , and what an excellent player Cuddy is. Oh yeah, and the last point–how nice it was to see the Braves developing a “Killer… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago

Very well said DRH. As I said before I think O’Dowd is a smart enough baseball man to see reality here, but the Monforts either aren’t smart enough (insisting we can contend with this roster) or are just too pleased with their profitable business model/nostalgia tour to allow him to do what’s necessary. Anyone notice Tino Martinez getting fired as Marlins hitting coach? Got in the face of a couple entitled slacker young players who refused to pick up balls… Read more »

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
7 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

I just want a manager who you don’t need to wonder if he fell asleep at the end of the bench. Who the opposing team announcers might actually know his name by the end of the series for the all the right reasons, not just because he visited the mound 5 times a game. Say what you will about Clint Hurdle, but he’s got that Pirates team looking really good and when I watch their games he is seen captaining… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago

Bettis to start tomorrow. The next great young savior … let’s hope it works out better than the last few.

OrangeRocks
OrangeRocks
7 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

While I will really enjoy seeing Chad Bettis pitch Thursday, I am almost certain that this will end up being a rush job and he should not have been brought up until September with just a few games coming out of the bullpen in middle relief for this year. Getting hammered by a strong Braves lineup on the road will not build much confidence for this young hurler, and I would still like to think that Bettis has a future… Read more »

Bill
Bill
7 years ago

LeMahieu an untouchable? What are we smoking here. He’s a nice complimentary player who would be even more important on a quality team. He won’t bring much, or anything, so you might as well keep him. But he’s like a lot of young guys who will play great for a week or two or a month and then come back to earth. See Josh Ruteledge for a guy who burst on the scene. Guys who might be able to bring… Read more »

JulieG
JulieG
7 years ago

I beg to disagree on LaMahieu, I think he is dependable and an excellent fielder, something that is hard to find and if another 2nd baseman that can hit, maybe Rutledge after some time in the minors I think he could be, at least fielding wise an excellent first baseman. It would help if some of the young guys could hit better, but I can see that Arenado and Dickerson have the right idea, as apposed to some of them… Read more »

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