Bold Second Half Predictions

Well folks, here we are again. The second half awaits, and we’re out of the playoff race. We don’t seem to be active in any sort of trade talks. We’re not willing to promote our young guys. Blah, blah, blah……same old song, another verse.

That being said – we may just need to entertain ourselves. I propose a “Bold Second Half Prediction” thread. It was sort of fun to look back on the prediction thread we had during Spring Training.

No real rules here – in fact – think out of the box if desired, and also don’t limit yourself solely to the Rockies. Here are my Second Half Predictions – in no particular order:

1. Cargo is traded to the LAA and has a fantastic August and September. The Angels win the AL pennant and Cargo has a solid World Series in a losing effort.

2. Rox management concocts excuses to hold Jon Gray in the minors the entire season (when it’s really just about the money). We won’t see him in Denver until late May, 2016.

3. The Rox hold onto Nick Hundley – citing his positive presence in the Clubhouse. His 2016 slash line will resemble his 2012-2014 slash lines instead of this season’s.

4. The 2015 NL Playoff will be a thing to behold. Nats/Dodgers/Cards/Pirates/Giants will wage war in a fantastic post season.

5. The Reds will “school” the Rox at the trade deadline. They’ll parlay Cueto, Leake, Bruce, and Chapman into 8-10 players that will keep them well ahead of the Rockies for years to come.

6. The Rockies will stubbornly attempt to bring back Tyler Chatwood as a starter instead of a reliever. Unfortunately, he’ll go the route of Cory Luebke and Chad Billingsley.

7. Tyler Matzak will never see a major league field again (as a player).

8. Dick Monfart will shrewdly turn the left field upper deck bleachers into some sort of fantastic revenue generating machine and laugh all the way to the bank.

9. JDLR will miss time due to an ingrown toenail, causing Ed the Ump to go ballistic.

10. The Rockies front office ineptitude will set us up for the worst record in baseball in 2016.

11. Walt Weiss will resign after the season is complete. Monfart will try to get him to return….to no avail. Tommy Runnels will manage the Rox in 2016.

12. Bill Geivett will continue to be a popular Rockies scapegoat.

13. Finally (it seems appropriate to end with 13) – 2016 will be dominated by Clinton vs. Bush II 1/2 (I’m counting Gore/Bush as 1/2) – and the problems in the Rox Front Office will seem trivial in the bigger scheme of things.

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Julian
Julian
5 years ago

Bettis goes to DL. Whether the team wants to bring Gray up or not, I don’t see how it doesn’t happen at this point given the alternatives (or will they bring up Jair Jurjjens — I hope that’s a joke).

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  Julian

I’m super bummed to hear about Chettis’s elbow. That dude has been one of our few (with DJ and NoDo) bright spots this year. He was the one pitching project that I think our group has done a really good job with developing (or redeveloping).

I actually predicted Ottavino’s injury due to all the sliders he was throwing (and how much torque he was getting on the ball). But Chettis’s mechanics looked good to me. Very easy. I’m bummed.

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

FWIW – the official MLB transaction on Chettis says “Right Shoulder Inflamation.”

We’re going nowhere. Shut him down for the year. See you next Spring in Phoenix Chettis.

DonnyDinger
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DonnyDinger
5 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

BRING. UP. GRAY.

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago
Reply to  DonnyDinger

Jon Gray struck out the side in the first inning … carp, he won’t be held back any longer! He smells opportunity!

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

Yeah, but Chettis has had shoulder trouble before. Actually, this is why they turned him into a reliever. This year, they kind of surprised me by letting Chettis go 90-105 pitches pretty much every time out. Maybe it will turn out to just be fatigue. After all, between ABQ and the big club he’s already thrown 109 innings this year, that coming after years (going backwards) with this many innings pitched: 80 107 0 (he was shut down completely in… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

I hope you guys are correct (about Gray being brought up). My bold predictions are what I think the Blake Avenue Clown Show will do – not me. I would have had him in the Pen last August/September.

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

Gray: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R (unearned), 2 BB, 7 K. The dominant performance people have been waiting for. Pulled after just 5 innings, 83 pitches? Well, they want him fresh for his BIG LEAGUE DEBUT! (that’s my guess) carp, I like your other predictions. Cargo to the Angels makes a lot of sense. I fear you’re right about Chatwood — I’m hopeful we’ll see a strong return, but I have no confidence in his durability as a starter… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

I mentioned Taylor Buchholz in my comment above — I didn’t realize there’s an interesting story behind his failed comeback: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/mets/ny-mets-pitcher-taylor-buchholz-stares-depression-article-1.1028528

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

Nuggets trade Ty Lawson for … a bunch of crap. Salary dump. Cautionary tale reaffirming the Branch Rickey truism, “Better to trade a player a year too early than a year too late.”

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

Again it won’t bring in a quality SP or pitching prospect.

DonnyDinger
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DonnyDinger
5 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

The question is who needs a starting 2B and has mid tier pitching prospects? Angels. Royals.

DonnyDinger
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DonnyDinger
5 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

Verlander’s problem in two words: Kate Upton.

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