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.