Bumbling Into Break

The Colorado Rockies had a bit of a good thing going.  Nolan Arenado had returned on July 3, Carlos Gonzalez was back Friday and Brett Anderson was coming back to take Sunday’s start.  Frankie Morales and 4 relievers had limited the San Diego Padres to a single run Tuesday, Troy Tulowitzki and Drew Stubbs provided some stick on Wednesday, and Jorge De La Rosa added a new injury to his resume on Friday, but also limited the Minnesota Twins to a run in 6 innings of a 6-2 Colorado victory.  They had 3-in-a-row going, their top-drawer offense and defense back at full strength, and an anemic Twins squad at-the-ready for a flourish before a couple days off.  Then manager Walt Weiss turned to his “Killer” B’s to back-up shaky appearances by Tyler Matzek and Anderson on Saturday and Sunday, and before you could say “Home Run Derby” the 3 wins faded into 2 losses and a break-even, worse than kissing your sister week.

Undoubtedly the bullpen is over-worked.  The starting staff, other than DLR, has brought nothing. Jhoulys Chacin, Tyler Anderson, and Juan Nicasio, the hold-overs from 2013, have been invisible, and the group brought-in to supplement them all have broken hands, but Matt Belisle, Rex Brothers and Chad Bettis have all been Killer B Bad all season long, fresh or wasted.  It’s the same old story, Ferrari in the field, Pinto on the mound.

Owner Dick Monfort had a nice week, b_tch-slapping a couple of the fans who line his pockets on those tasty nine-dollar Coors Lights they sell up there on the rooftop.  And he’s started to wonder if maybe, just maybe, the BIB and his cronies may be a bit over-matched at this business of orchestrating a baseball enterprise.  Useful musings for the opposition to contemplate with July 31 a couple short weeks down the road.

But there are still 67 to go!  Bag 41 of them and break even.  Buy the BIB that 3-year extension he so desires.

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Doc
Doc
6 years ago

Love reading your stuff, Jeem; makes me feel like Bob Uecker is giving me the play by play of the hapless Indians in Major League. Thanks for the laughs and helping me get through these disappointing summers.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
6 years ago

Chris Voss’ blog about her breakfast with Dick Montfort:

http://www.twitlonger.com/show/n_1s2fve4

sdcarp
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sdcarp
6 years ago

Nice – thanks for the link. The idea of limiting pitchers to one start per home-stand is ludicrous. This group is absolutely psyched out by the “elevation” factor (and they don’t even know how to use the word – they always use “altitude”). BTW – I rode Triple Bypass Saturday and hiked Mt. Massive Sunday. I didn’t die. I was a little tired yesterday. Not a big deal. These guys are paid to be athletes. Get them fit….and don’t baby… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

RMH, thanks for the link. I am very glad that Christine Voss is a true baseball fan and a very intelligent woman — if Monfort had butted heads with a Woody Paige-type blowhard fan this would’ve been a whole lot less interesting. sdcarp, you provide an example of an intelligent/rational response to the elevation issue (to the extent it really is an issue). We all know that Denver teams have used altitude (damn, I do it too) to their advantage,… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
6 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Regarding training affects and elevations….as you note…..there is TONS of science, and much of it is right here in this area. Why do many of the worlds best cyclists, runners, triathletes, xc skiers, etc. flock to Colorado to train? All of this information is readily available.

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
6 years ago

Off topic, but I noticed the problem with Tulo in the HR Derby last night. I’m sure he would have performed much better had he stepped out and re-tightened his gloves after every pitch…including the pitches he took. Not doing so took him completely out of his rhythm, his normal routine.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
6 years ago
Reply to  Bob in Indy

Very funny, thanks for the laugh this morning. If Tulo actually did the routine it would have made the HR Derby that much longer. Almost everyone was complaining that it was way too long. Tulo would have been the scapegoat is he stepped out and tighten the glove after every pitch!!!!

Julie G
Julie G
6 years ago

After reading about the breakfast I would say that it appears that they may try to make Monfort look as if he is going to change, but I would bet he will not. Looking for improvement at the top might take a long, long time…

Pooter
Pooter
6 years ago

The build upon SDcarp and Ag’s comment about elevation. That just explains the problem with Rockies baseball. All the way up top they describe elevation as a weakness. No wonder good pitchers don’t come here!! It’s like trying to win over a girl and going over your weakness that does not make you compatible with her on the first date! Someone does need to be hired as President of operations and their approach needs to be NO EXC– USES! Trade… Read more »

Pooter
Pooter
6 years ago
Reply to  Pooter

To build upon my own comment. Over spend on quality pitchers!! Do what you have to do! Just drop the pitty party attitude! Save money on reclamation projects on offense!!

sdcarp
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sdcarp
6 years ago
Reply to  Pooter

Pooter…..the elevation does affect pitchers (but all pitchers evenly – meaning the opposing pitchers just as much as ours). I argue that it should ultimately affect our guys LESS because we should learn ways to deal with it. I think we should develop top flight everyday offensive players (not pitchers) and get pitchers via FAgency or trades. The type pitcher we should target is: Veteran Tough minded, tough minded, tough minded Ground ball or K type (I’m thinking guys like… Read more »

Bill
Bill
6 years ago

Why are we even having this conversation. Even after all his apologies and his breakfast he said something to the effect that if we bring in new management that means bringing in a new culture. THATS WHAT WE NEED TO DO. The current Rockies culture is.. well I’m not really sure what it is. But it is not about winning. And Mr. Monfert the current GM has been at this job for 15 years. Yes he inherited a lousy team… Read more »

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
6 years ago

Typical Rockies all star performance from Tulo.

Colorado Thistle
Colorado Thistle
6 years ago
Reply to  ProgMatinee

Tulo was ok. 1 for 3 with a liner to left that took a good play by Trout to catch. Blackmon was not so good. It was actually a pretty fun game to watch, despite the DH and the NL losing.

Miketober
Miketober
6 years ago
Reply to  ProgMatinee

Yeah, Tulo doubled off the wall in RF and made a nice slide to avoid the tag at 2B. Did Blackmon have more than the 1 AB in the 9th?

egossage
egossage
6 years ago
Reply to  Miketober

Nazty went 0-2. I thought Tulo played very well

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
6 years ago
Reply to  egossage

Except for failing to drive in a run with a big K and getting a hit when no one was on base, it was great.

Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago
Reply to  ProgMatinee

Why I hate the All Star Game: close game, late innings, we are watching Charlie Blackmon hitting against the Twins closer — I had to look up his name, Glen Perkins. Really? Those are the immortals we’re watching in baseball’s marquee event? I mean, let’s go to open substitution or something so at least we can get a real All Star vs. a real All Star. The thing where the winner gets WS home field was supposed to fix this.… Read more »

konaman
konaman
6 years ago

The Rockies are easily the best team in baseball…with management excuses!!!!

Miketober
Miketober
6 years ago

I didn’t see Derek Jeter at the ASG last night. Was he there??

TJinPhoenix
TJinPhoenix
6 years ago
Reply to  Miketober

I kept mumbling (in my grumpy old man tone) to my wife..”Todd Helton didn’t need all of this to retire”, “Todd didn’t make the world stop to honor him”….. She yelled at me and called me a yankee-hater..which I am. 🙂

Gary
Gary
6 years ago
Reply to  TJinPhoenix

Todd would have been humiliated!

TJinPhoenix
TJinPhoenix
6 years ago

“He can lay out a strategy for women’s bathroom placement, but can’t lay out a strategy for defending the Draft and Develop plan?”

This line of her blog killed me and I’m still laughing about it. We need to invite her take a seat in this fine establishment that is RWO! PLUS-she’s a CSU Ram (my unabashed love for my home town never stops) 🙂

sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago

Interesting…..seems like there’s an article appearing just about everyday now via local media outlets about Monfort/O’Dowd/Rockies/Mismanagement/etc. Could it be that the natives are finally getting restless? My personal thing with Monfort (right or wrong – just my opinion) is that he’s a baseball idiot, but quite a savvy businessman. He’s owns an organization that routinely (significantly) outperforms it’s market in attendance (Rockies are something like 18-20th biggest market depending on your source and typically draw in the 8-10 range). He… Read more »

Gary
Gary
6 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

I think a lot of Monforts anger is simply the same frustration that has been voiced here for the past too many years.I believe he is a good business man,who is frustrated by losing,but doesn’t have a clue what to do about it.Maybe a little like G.W.Bush listening to D.Cheney on WMD’s,or LBJ taking gospel from that SOB Westmoreland on Vietnam.The ROX are mired in a similar mire and new advisors are the only answer.

Julian
Julian
6 years ago

Off topic:

Jonathan Gray goes 5 2/3, gives up only 1 single and 2 walks, strikes out 7, and gives up no runs. Great outing.

sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago
Reply to  Julian

He should be in the Rox pen the rest of this season getting to know major league batters.

Gary
Gary
6 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

Replacing any or all of the bad news B’s.

Julian
Julian
6 years ago

The Rockies site reports that Chatwood will have Tommy John surgery. That’s awful news. He’s probably out for all of next year too.

Bill
Bill
6 years ago

Chatwood has been out since April, it’s mid-July and then finally figured out he needs Tommy John surgery. Lyles has been out 6 weeks or so and they finally discovered his hand isn’t healing like it should, he’s for longer (probably much longer) than originally thought. Cargo has been having finger problems for the better part of two seasons but they kept trying to avoid surgery. Eventually he has surgery. The Rockies management which I hope would be a new… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago

I think we all saw the Chatwood thing coming. Guys who say they’ll try rest and exercise to fix a sore elbow almost always wind up having TJ surgery. Understandable with Tanaka and the Yankees since they’re still in the playoff hunt and there’s not much to be gained anyway by doing the surgery in July instead of October. But Chatwood? Bill makes a good point. As soon as we fell out of contention he should’ve gone straight to the… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago

“Trade Tulo Now” stock is rising. Rockies had obviously hoped for a 2015 rotation of the following; kiss that plan goodbye. – Chacin. Won’t (and shouldn’t) be offered arbitration. Most likely done as an effective MLB pitcher. – Anderson. Club option on him for $12 million next year. Unless he’s a workhorse the second half (think 8 wins, 90 innings), they’d be insane to pay him that. – Chatwood. Done for next year, done as a Rockie. – Nicasio. Still… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago

The sound you hear is me snickering – I think Monfart just threw Geivett under the bus a little bit: “Rockies owner Dick Monfort appeared on 850 KOA-AM radio with Dave Logan and Susie Wargin, and MLB.com’s Thomas Harding provides some highlights from the discussion. Most notably, after Monfort defended GM Dan O’Dowd by saying he judged O’Dowd’s success on more than just the club’s win-loss record, he was asked who should take the blame for the record: “You would… Read more »

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
6 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

In that same KOA interview, Dickie threw out the name of John Hart. I’ve always thought that if he ever did hire someone from the outside it would be Hart. Just connect the dots. Who was DOD’s boss at Cleveland? That’s right, Hart. Imagine the conversation, Dickie asks DOD who he should hire. Dan immediately answers: I know a guy who’s working at the MLB network and wants to get back in. Think about it, who’s the only outsider that… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago
Reply to  Cisco Kid

But what I didn’t know is that John Hart is already a “special advisor” to the Braves! We’d have to steal him away …

Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

Carp/Cisco, you guys are good! I think you’ve got it: O’Dowd survives (the cockroach who survives the nuclear conflagration?), Geivett gets thrown under the bus (the guy least responsible for the breakdown — does anyone believe he made major league personnel decisions?), and old John Hart visits Denver occasionally in the Tony LaRussa-Diamondbacks “special advisor” window dressing capacity. That’s change we can believe in!

trip
trip
6 years ago

Well, hmmmm… Interesting. Am I to understand the Rocks want to be known as the Culture Club? Personally I’m okay with that as I’ve always enjoyed Boy George’s singing. (do you really want to hurt me? Do you really want to make me cry…) But, maybe I’m wrong. Perhaps Uncle Dick means a different type of Culture. Perhaps a culture dish for growing cells? Why would they want to grow cells? Let me think a little…. Or maybe they mean… Read more »

Pooter
Pooter
6 years ago

Dan Uggla is available… Better than Culberson…

egossage
egossage
6 years ago
Reply to  Pooter

They both suck equally

sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago

The typically brilliant FanGraphs website just completed their top 50 trade value series for 2014. Mr. Tulo comes in at #6. Look at the 5 he’s behind and it’s safe to say his value is as how now as it well ever be. Not only should he be traded – it should happen before the deadline, not this off-season. Interestingly – Cargo didn’t make the list. Rank-Name-Age-Team-Position-Projected WAR-Controlled Through-Contract Dollars-Last Year 50 Yan Gomes 26 CLE C 3.4 2021 $40,950,000… Read more »

Bill
Bill
6 years ago

Justin Morneau is out. Bad back or something. But no worry. Rockies prepared as always. Power hitting Charlie Culberson is the back-up 1st baseman! Another example of draft and develop?

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
6 years ago
Reply to  Bill

What I can’t understand is if there isn’t a backup 1B on the roster, why did they send Parker down?

Julie G
Julie G
6 years ago

Actually, I though Charlie did as well at first as he could and he also didn’t do bad offensively, especially when compared to the rest of the team. We could easily get rid of or send down a couple of our relievers, the B boys, and have a bench. From their handling of Parker they do not seem to trust him. Neither Parker or Rutledge is going to improve from the amount of actual time they get in games.

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