Blame it on Juan?

The Good news? Cuddy extended his streak to 22…and that’s pretty much it.

Oh sure, Rosario had an outta the park HR on his way to a 3-4 night and Arenado was also 3-4. But, do you really celebrate a couple of guys that got the bat on the ball when the team was a combined 3-15 with runners in scoring position?

Three for Fifteen!!!

Yes, it is very easy to hang your hat, and the loss, on that stat if it weren’t for one other stat: 2.1 IP, 12 H, 7 R.  That, my friends, is the line for Nicasio.

Sure, one of the runs wasn’t earned, but come on – he couldn’t even go three innings without proving ONCE AGAIN that he isn’t ready for prime time.  If Nicasio was looking to show the team he wasn’t ready to pitch in the big leagues, he sure picked the perfect place and time to do it.  With the latest disastrous performance coming at Fenway, against the ESPN darlings of baseball, Juan Nicasio had the shortest outing of any Rockies pitcher while giving up 12+ hits…ever. Way to put one in the record books.

Not the kind of stat you are looking for in one of your starting five.

Why is he still on the team?  Possibly every time the powers-that-be feel like he should be sent down, he exhibits some semblance of almost greatness, e.g. taking a perfect game into the 6th on June 9th or throwing six scoreless innings on May 19th.  But, then you really look closely at the stats and you see one glaring number: six.

Nicasio hasn’t pitched past the sixth inning all season.  He hasn’t even gone 6 1/3!!!

That isn’t because of the “75 Pitch Decree of 2012” mind you, it is because he can’t get past the sixth inning!  His pitch count, over the 15 starts coming into tonight, AVERAGED 92 pitches.  Over those same 15 starts (not counting tonight) he averaged 5 1/3 innings.  So, basically he averaged five innings while throwing almost 100 pitches.

Amazing…and not in a good way.

Perhaps he’s lasted as long as he has because he was the feel-good story of 2012, kid with broken neck from a line-drive makes good.  Or maybe the “loyal to the fault” front office just can’t stand winning when it entails making difficult decisions.

Whatever the reason, it is time.  Time for Juan to be sent down so he can work on his fastball consistency and secondary pitches that actually fool hitters.

The Rockies lost tonight 11-4.  They gave up 20 hits and left a bunch on the bases, but the game really ended when Walt Weiss allowed Nicaso to pitch instead of skipping his spot in the rotation.  Hopefully the lesson learned will leave on the first plane to the Springs so we can get back to the business of winning, and losing, as a team and not just as an individual.

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egossage
egossage
7 years ago

Bye Bye Juan! Hello, “The Pominator”!!!

Bill
Bill
7 years ago

I’ve been quick to jump on Weiss for some of his in-game decisions and perhaps too quick. But that’s what baseball fans do, 2nd guess and in some cases first guess. However I’m not sure if the call to start Nicasio today, when he could have been passed over and everybody else start on their usual rest, was his or the two-headed monster of DoD/Geivett. They have been real stubborn in their belief that Nicasio is a big league starter… Read more »

IggyRox
IggyRox
7 years ago

For crying out loud, this guy could be an exceptional short reliever or even closer (with 1-2 reliable pitches). Send him down, turn him into that guy and let’s get on with our lives. If Pom stinks, go out and get somebody or stretch out one of the piggyback guys.

Of course, that’s what I like about this site… I can actually pretend like I know what I am talking about! lol

GARY
GARY
7 years ago
Reply to  IggyRox

So do we all! Yet we have certainly,collectively made some pretty good calls that later were either picked up by the media wretches or acted upon by the powers that rule.With Belisle struggling[Lopez ditto] working Juan into an overpowering set up man would seem logical.I also believe Weiss has been softballed here on the site out of respect and fairness.Walt really needs to start showing a learning curve.His handling of the bull pen has been abysmal[IMO] and almost makes one… Read more »

TJinPhoenix
TJinPhoenix
7 years ago
Reply to  IggyRox

“Of course, that’s what I like about this site… I can actually pretend like I know what I am talking about! lol”

Iggy-I’ve been faking my baseball knowledge for years now and they haven’t kicked me out. 🙂

Bright side of last night’s game—got take the dog for a walk early and family watched a movie.

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
7 years ago

Here come the Dodgers!

GARY
GARY
7 years ago
Reply to  Cisco Kid

Been my fear all season.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
7 years ago

So, I’ve been overly supportive/forgiving of Nicasio all year because from his first starts at Coors Field his rookie year and his overcoming his various injuries I really thought his attitude/toughness would show through…because Lord knows the Rockies have had MANY weakminded softies in their rotation over the years. Well, I think lack of talent and perhaps now real lack of confidence has shown through. I can’t believe how when you know its possibly your last time starting for the… Read more »

sabrchip
sabrchip
7 years ago

I guess goin’ w/Pomeranz wouldn’t be any worse than Nicasio. He’s 4-1 in his last 10 starts with a sparkling 5.02 ERA, .277 BA. He’s pitched into the sixth 5 times going his longest (7) on the 21st. In his last two starts his #s are: 1-0, 13.2 IP, 2 ER, 14 K, 3 BB, ERA under 1.40 On a prospect note: Kent Matthes, the #4 pick out of Alabama in ’09 had a 2 dinger, 3 RBI night in… Read more »

Jaredean
Jaredean
7 years ago
Reply to  sabrchip

He’s 6’3″ and has that many stolen bases? Wow…

Bob K.
Bob K.
7 years ago

OT – The Rockies may have been very fortunate that the Cubs picked Kris Bryant. Either Boras is up to his usual tactics or perhaps Bryant does not want to be a Cub.

http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2013/06/cubs-kris-bryant-nowhere-close-to-deal.html

Bob K.
Bob K.
7 years ago

He’s back. The Rockies have signed Reid Brignac to a minor laegue contract.

http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2013/06/rockies-sign-reid-brignac.html

GARY
GARY
7 years ago
Reply to  Bob K.

Say it ain’t so.

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