Chapter 6: The Pridie Diaries

The Rockies will look to avoid the series loss tonight with Tyler Matzek throwing balls and (hopefully) strikes.  Cargo is out of the lineup and Stubbs will take his place.  The Rockies picked up Jason Pridie’s contract from Colorado Springs and he has joined the team tonight and is available off the bench.  The move was made to bolster the outfield after CarGo played his famous “walk kick ankle sprain” game.  Pedro Hernandez was DFA’d in the move.

 

ROCKIES LINEUP
1. Charlie Blackmon (L) RF
2. Josh Rutledge (R) SS
3. Corey Dickerson (L) LF
4. Nolan Arenado (R) 3B
5. Justin Morneau (L) DH
6. Drew Stubbs (R) CF
7. Wilin Rosario (R) 1B
8. Michael McKenry (R) C
9. Charlie Culberson (R) 2B

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Julie G
Julie G
6 years ago

That had to be the bottom of the barrel…

sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago
Reply to  Julie G

Unfortunately Julie G – I fear we may only be removing the lid off the top of the barrel. Due to the Clown Show that we call management, we’re about to transition from a “middle-aged” brittle team to an “old-aged” really brittle team.

roxnsox
roxnsox
6 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

Sadly, bottom not even in view, fellow poster named Julie… how many losses this year? How many years of management sticking with “we like our core group?” Successful teams are NOT afraid to shake things up, bigtime. Only one case in point: the Red Sox traded Jon Lester, a beloved hometown favorite and very successful pitcher, and he among several others. THEY won the freakin’ Series last year but are not afraid to concede the season and actually DO something… Read more »

roxnsox
roxnsox
6 years ago
Reply to  roxnsox

They traded Garciaparra, for Pete’s sake, late in a season. And look how that turned out. (First WS win in 3 generations) OK, not sayin’ that’s likely for any team but it illustrates a management structure that is fearless and awake.

roxnsox
roxnsox
6 years ago
Reply to  roxnsox

And I’m certainly not saying some trade this year would have been likely to make a whit of difference. It’s the insularity and myopic view of the brass, long long documented and lamented, that has me ranting.

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
6 years ago

Don’t bet on it, Julie, as our beloved Rox continue to amaze with even lower levels of baseball depravity. The only entertainment left in Rockies baseball is for those with a sense of humor watching to see what screw up the Rockies will come up with next.

roxnsox
roxnsox
6 years ago
Reply to  Bob in Indy

Thanks, Bob, ya gotta laugh, even with a twist of pain 🙂

Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago

OK, one reason to stay interested: Jon Gray, back on track, 7 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 6 K last night. Call him up and work him out of the pen in September! Give us a reason to pay attention, Mr. O’Dowd!

DRH
DRH
6 years ago

Maybe, just maybe, Monfort specified ‘no trades’ because he wants all changes to be made by the completely new Front Office who will arrive this offseason. Maybe Walt Weiss’ connection with Tony LaRussa is so strong that he can break him away from the Dbacks & bring him in as CO’s GM. Maybe I’ve dropped down from distraught to delusional. One can only hope for better at this point.

sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago
Reply to  DRH

In the last month, San Diego has traded Huston Street (and by most scouting accounts got a pretty good haul), Chase Headley (they waited 2 years too long to trade him….but at least dumped most of his salary), and untility player Chris Denorfia.

Guess what…..they don’t have a GM! Expect to hire a GM this week.

DRH
DRH
6 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

If there was a FO-WAR statistic ( Front Office Wins Above Replacement), ours would surely be in the negative. agreed.

IggyRox
IggyRox
6 years ago
Reply to  DRH

Not sure we could get LaRussa, but you bring up an interesting point. Since this franchise can’t seem to get wet even after falling out of a boat, it got me thinking about who (keeping the LaRussa/old guy with success line of thought) I would bring in to ride herd on the baseball side. Bobby Cox? Tight with WW. Perhaps too old. John Hart? Would probably mean DOD would stay as GM. Maybe too old too. Jim Bowden? He lost… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago

A brief update: In one of my (many) recent rants – I stated that not only should we have traded JDLR, but we shouldn’t attempt to resign him. I cited some TJ surgery stats that indicate pitchers having the surgery typically need it a 2nd time after about 400-450 IP. The typically brilliant Jeff Zimmerman just posted some updated today on FanGraphs as follows: “In the 2013 THT Annual, we found pitchers had about 650 innings between their first and… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago

In other news…..the anti-Rox (the Cubs) will call up their #1 prospect (and currently ranked #2 prospect in all of baseball) Javier Baez to face…..drumroll……the Rockies in Coors. How cool is it for an offensive player to make their debut in Coors. Here’s your reason to go to the game Ag.

Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago

sdcarp, that’s it! I’ll have to give in and become a Cubs fan. Wait a minute — Does that mean I have to hang out with other Cub fans? With people who are actually from Chicago, who left 30 years ago, but are still stupidly proud of their dump of a city? I may reconsider. Thanks for the TJ surgery update. DLR will be looking for a 3 year deal. He won’t get it, but he may get 2. I’d… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

carp, I just counted up all of Chatwood’s innings as a professional pitcher — he had his first TJ surgery as a 16 year old, and went pro at 18. Guess what? 750 innings between TJ surgeries. He actually lasted longer than most! We’ve become so used to TJ surgery working that we didn’t notice that it ain’t a permanent fix … now that we have a large dataset to work from, I imagine most teams will keep away from… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

It’s extremely intriguing to say the least.

If I’m a GM, TJ surgery doesn’t scare me away from relief pitchers, but it does from starters. And if I have a promising young SP that has TJ, I’d think seriously about making him a RP.

Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago

carp, I just saw a recent NY Times article making that observation — 2X TJ surgery guys have a much better success rate if they are relievers, not starters. The Nationals better go all out this year — Strasburg and Zimmerman are living on borrowed time!

sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Adam Wainwright is at something like 575 IP (mentioned in Zimmerman’s Fangraphs article).

John Smoltz converted to a reliever (damn good one).

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