BETTIS BETTER

The game is showing on MLB Network Alternate.  Bettis vs. Robbie Ray, who they say is struggling, which gives the Rox a fighting chance.  Cargo has a day off, with Parra over there and Raburn in left.  Sounds like there are tons of kids there – spring field trips?  Lucky little kids.  (They’ll have fun regardless…)

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Roxnsox
Roxnsox
4 years ago

Bloop for 2 more by Charlie. BARELY fair “shot duck” in shallow right from Nolan brought home 1 more. This one hurt the D-backs in the shift; nobody positioned well to chase/catch it.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
4 years ago

It seems to me that our pitchers have taken one positive step forward and are fairly consistently getting through the opposing team’s lineup the first two times (Chatwood and Rusin accomplished this the last two nights – and Bettis again today). BUT…..not so much success the third time through. I guess it’s a maturation process. Next step, being able to work through a lineup for the third time.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
4 years ago

Ha……they made that one unnecessarily interesting!

sdcarp
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sdcarp
4 years ago

Couple of quick thoughts about the upcoming Mets series: 1. The Mets play in LA tonight (they don’t get the benefit of an afternoon “get-a-way” game). Colon goes against Kershaw. 2. We get Harvey Friday night. 3. We get a call-up Saturday. Steven Matz has been sent back to NY nursing a sore elbow. Those typically don’t end well. 4. Turns out we get da Grom Sunday. At first though we’d miss da Grom and Thor. Matt Harvey being their… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
4 years ago

Off topic: I’m hating the new replay/review rules, particularly the “Utley Rule”, particularly the part that results in baserunners being called out when they momentarily lose contact with the 2B bag while a tag is being applied. I’m not alone here: http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/15502698/does-mlb-replay-system-need-fixed. Unless this gets fixed, it’s going to kill the basestealing game. (Maybe not so much as Gerardo Parra is killing it, but killing it anyway.) There needs to be an “momentary loss of contact with the bag incidental… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
4 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Regarding automated balls and strikes and trying not cause our dear friend in New Mexico to have a heart attack – I’m “for” automating it IF they automate the rule book strike zone instead of some compressed facsimile of it. The reason I say that is it could also help speed the game (another point of emphasis).

Colorado Thistle
Colorado Thistle
4 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

The problem in the new TV era is that at least one member of an umpire crew calls balls and strikes in a less than MLB quality way. Which is a nice way of saying at least one guy stinks behind the plate. Some are atrocious. When you see clear balls being called strikes, and the players expressing frustration because the reason they are big leaguers in the first place is because they are trained to NOT swing at those… Read more »

EdtheUmp
EdtheUmp
4 years ago

I have a simple yet a truer statement was never uttered… Unless you have crouched behind a catcher with a pitch coming in at 92+ MPH and you have to decide in 0.05 second whether the ball touched the strike zone or not you have no idea what it entails. That is why ALL baseball fans (read fanatics) think they have all the answers. That and believing announcers. There are approximately 250 pitches per game…ML umpires miss about 6-10 pitches… Read more »

EdtheUmp
EdtheUmp
4 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

Sd… I empathize with you and all other baseball fans BUT it is never gonna happen until all 4 are replaced and every call is automated. No umpire or crew will agree. It would mean that a homeplate ump would crouch there with nothing to do…oh there would be calls to be made and all but not balls and strikes…nobody including the hitters, catchers and pitchers as well as the managers want this to happen. There will continue to be… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
4 years ago

Parker French big outing (7IP, 5K, 1BB, W) in Modesto.

Brian Mundell (2-3) edges past BRod (1-4) in the spirited battle for best BA in Asheville (365 vs 359 after yesterday).

Bob K.
Bob K.
4 years ago
Bill
Bill
4 years ago

Reyes is suspended until May 30th or 31st. What’s going to happen then, I don’t know. You can’t pay (at least the Rockies can’t and shouldn’t) pay someone 24 million to sit on the bench. But I did see this on ESPN.com. “Sources told ESPN’s Buster Olney there are teams interested in talking with the Rockies about a deal for Reyes.” Maybe the Mets will take him back. Or even the Blue Jays.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
4 years ago

Here’s my approximate Reyes math: Rockies save 52/324*48,000,000 = $7,700,000. I said last year immediately after the Tulo trade (a trade that looks more and more brilliant with every passing day) that we would be lucky to find a trade partner for Reyes if we ate all but 10M of the contract and expected very little in return. So here we are 10 months later and essentially only out 2M from my initial analysis (10M-7.7M). There is an extremely simple… Read more »

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

http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2016/05/jose-reyes-suspended-through-may-31.html

Rockies save $7.09MM of this year’s $22MM salary. Reyes has to make a $100,000.00 donation to an abuse foundation. He will not contest the suspension. He is eligible to begin a rehab assignment June 1. Hopefully the Rockies can take advantage of one of the possible trade rumors before June 1 or they will either have to DFA Reyes or clear a 40 man roster spot for him.

Bill
Bill
4 years ago

I wish I could be as confident as as you carp. This is the Rockies we’re talking about you know. First of all the Monferts have never been known for giving away money. How much does Reyes want to “give back” in exchange? I understand that some say the Monferts are good businessmen but they still don’t understand the business of baseball. The value of the baseball team isn’t based on how much money you make each season but how… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
4 years ago

Blood Pressure Contest:

Ag setup Ed with the automated balls & strikes comment and as predicted got a solid blood pressure spike.

Now I’m going to setup Ag. Let’s see if he can out spike Ed. Here’s the setup:

“Rockies recall Descalso, option Paulsen.”

Let’s sit back and enjoy!

Agbayani
Agbayani
4 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

Carp, here we go … we did this because we didn’t want to lose Christhian Adames to waivers since he’s out of options! I remember some of the other luminaries in the utility infielder role the Rockies tried desperately to hang on to. Remember when there was “no room on the 40 man roster” while we were protecting Omar Quintanilla? Hey, isn’t he available now? Ed — I want to make it clear that I’m not knocking the umps. And… Read more »

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
4 years ago

Never goodnews

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
4 years ago

.,never good news when 8 hole backup catcher gets 2 RBI while Harvey pitches.

I don’t understand front office decision to option Paulsen instead of DFA Adames.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
4 years ago

Whaaaaat????? – Curve Ball sighting.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
4 years ago

Carlos Estevez reminds me of a young Armando Benitez.

Bill
Bill
4 years ago

I don’t want to get overconfident but Gray really looks like a keeper. I was really worried when pitching coach came out in 7th (?) when Mets pinch-hitter came in and Gray threw two straight balls. Luckily he immediately forgot what Foster told him and struck the ph out. Also, again with my negative thoughts, Cargo for one of the few times I’ve ever seen seemed to dog it in the 8th inning and turned a single into a triple.… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
4 years ago

For the 2nd Gray start in a row, I think I saw a handful of curve balls. I “thought” I saw 5 in SF, and 2 last night. I could be wrong. It could be an off-speed slider (is that even possible?). But I don’t think so……..I think he’s thrown the curve just barely enough to keep the hitters on their toes. As I noted after the SF game…..if he continues to do this, it changes the equation. I also… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
4 years ago

Reyes – really, the best possible result from the Rockies perspective. (And no, that’s not the most important perspective — prevention and punishment of domestic violence is.) – he gets suspended through May, saving that $7 million – since this was obviously negotiated, he says the right things, agrees to domestic violence classes, makes a contribution to domestic violence programs. I’d say all of this – including his acceptance of the punishment – makes him a whole lot less toxic… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
4 years ago

De La Rosa for ABQ tonite: a DLRish performance. Looks like he didn’t make it through the 4th inning. Meanwhile, look who’s back in AA: none other than Tyler Anderson. 5 IP, 1 unearned run, 6 K, and goes 80+ pitches. Peter Lambert: 5 shutout innings for Asheville (obviously still on a pretty strict pitch count). Carp’s guy Brian Mundell is just dominating Low A — 2 doubles today, now hitting .373. He needs to move up now to see… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
4 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

JDLR needed 93 pitches to get through 3 2/3.

Bill
Bill
4 years ago

Rockies have been on the bad end of lots of bad calls so no need to apologize for getting a bad call go our way tonight. Rockies used to have a pitcher named Carlos Torres who pitched last year for the Mets and I think was cut or sent down to minors at the end of spring training. Maybe this Carlos is related and took it out on Mets. According to an ESPN NY story Wolters told the Mets catcher,… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
4 years ago
Reply to  Bill

Hmmmm – a package of JDLR and Reyes. That’s kind of like taking something to Goodwill and getting rejected.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
4 years ago

Move the calendar date forward to May 15th which is the last time Rockies see. 500 record.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
4 years ago

Things that make me happy:

(near) future BP with Closer Miguel Castro and 8th inning enforcer Carlos Estevez.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
4 years ago

Crazy fact: As much as we (generally the entire RWO group) have hated the Boone Logan deal the last two years, he’s done a 180 on us and come up golden in his final year. I saw 94 mph on the gun last night (Logan isn’t a “velocity” guy, but it can’t hurt and it tells me he’s as healthy as he’s been since 2012). He looks fantastic. So step back and look at the facts: 1. LHed RP in… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
4 years ago

Question for Ed: Mets fans are all worked up about the phantom foul tip call that kept Wolters alive at the plate yesterday. I didn’t see it in real time, but I guess it was a ball in the dirt that Wolters swung at, and the homeplate ump called a foul tip. Wolters apparently admitted to the Mets catcher that his bat didn’t touch the ball. Ed, is this a call that’s easier in an aluminum bat league (the distinctive… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
4 years ago

Jon Gray’s last 3 starts: 20 IP, 24 K, 4 BB, .391 OPS against. Wow. This is what turning the corner looks like Will he have bad starts too? Sure. But I think we can put aside the notion that his ceiling is 2nd/3rd starter or closer. Meanwhile, on the farm: fairly pedestrian last starts by what we can start calling the Big 3 prospects (Hoffman, Freeland, Marquez). Apparently they’re human. But even in working less than 5 innings Marquez… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
4 years ago

Sunday Optimism Post: remember my personal Planet Alignment Theory for 2016? It involved getting to .500, which is where we are now. Key elements: Basically 5 league-average starters. How are we doing? Great? Set aside De La Rosa for the moment (or maybe just set him aside forever …). Don’t look now, but: -Bettis since he emerged as a reliable starter last year: 2015-16 stats — 28 starts, 164.1 innings (basically one full reasonably healthy season for a MLB pitcher).… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
4 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Your Rusin analysis is aligned with mine. He’s not great. But when he’s (appropriately) compared with other 5th SPers….he does compare fairly well.

Jimmy
Jimmy
3 years ago

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