Colorado Officially Becomes Seller Today

Colorado’s hopes of re-establishing the long lost Coors Field swagger went with the ball hit by Adeiny Hechavarria in the 10th inning into the rock garden.  It also shot down Uzi-machine gun style any hopes of returning to .500 ball.  With that, Colorado has officially become sellers.  It is as a good time as any right now to shop Tulo and CarGo now that their values have recovered.

The game started in typical Kyle Kendrick fashion with the Miami Marlins scoring two runs on four singles.  That inning perfectly illustrated that the Rockies are not good enough to overcome little tiny mental mistakes.  Tulo dropped a great throw from Vacuum that would have nailed Prado attempting to move up to 2B on the throw to 3B from CarGo.  Kendrick almost got out of the inning unscathed, but for the umpteenth time on the home stand, a 2-out ground ball went straight to the spot that Tulo vacated playing a little shift up the middle.

Kendrick went seven innings on just 80 pitches giving up five hits (four in the first inning) and a walk.  The Rockies scratched out a run off Cy Young Urema on a sac fly in six innings.  CarGo managed to hit a HR against the Fish’s first bullpen guy, Carter Capps.  The bullpen matchups the rest of the game illustrated why the Rockies need to makeover their own bullpen.  They may have good pitchers but they are vulnerable to the long balls due to the fact they can’t hit 95 with the exception of John Axford.  Miami sent out arm after arm firing in the upper 90s and nobody could barrel up.

Now the St. Louis Cardinals come to town for a three-game set starting tomorrow.  Guess what? All three starters for the bad guys are high helium fastball pitchers with ERAs below three.  And we know all arms in their bullpen throw in the high 90s.  That makes it imperative that the Rockies use CarGo and Tulo to start collecting fireballers who can throw strikes.  CarGo can be replaced by our surplus of outfielders down on the farm.  Tulo might also bring in a shortstop of a lesser standard with a good enough bat like Everth Cabrerra or similar.  If not, Descalso might be better than advertised with everyday playing time.

 

 

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sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago

Welcome to the Bandwagon RMH. You’re late. But you’re in luck – I’ve been saving a first row seat for you since I fired the thing up late last May.

jaredean
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jaredean
5 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

HA! that is pretty funny SD…

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

Yep, 25-30 at the 1/3 point of the season (actually, one game beyond 1/3), the traditional time for GMs to assess where they stand. I repeat this every year, so here it is again — Billy Beane: “The first 1/3 is to find out what you have, the second 1/3 is to get the pieces you’re missing [that is, assuming you’re not a seller], the final 1/3 is to win with them.” Rockies on a 75 win pace, which is… Read more »

JulieG
JulieG
5 years ago

I guess I am not on the bandwagon mainly because, as much as you all seem to want to sell I haven’t seen the seller emerge. Cargo as you said could probably be moved if someone wants to move him. The general public might lynch someone if happens though:-) I don’t think it makes sense to move on Tulo unless someone really wants him and then see the Cargo argument. Morneau may never make it back and it would take… Read more »

DonnyDinger
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DonnyDinger
5 years ago

I’m with sdcarp here – let’s see our draft (and everyone else’s). With 4 of the first 44 picks, this may be why Jeff Bridich got the job this year. We’ll understand our pipeline a lot better shortly, and may find better prospects at trading partners with fits. Gray is the big question mark. As someone else pointed out, SO/9 way down, WHIP around 1.5, neither is a good sign – but Bettis wasn’t tearing up AAA either. Butler may… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  DonnyDinger

DD – what if I told you there was a team that had this player (and coincidently desparately needs a SS and coincidently has deep pockets): Scouting grades: Fastball: 70 | Slider: 50 | Changeup: 60 | Control: 60 | Overall: 60 The XXX are as aggressive as any team on the international market, regularly lavishing seven-figure bonuses on prospects, including eight times last year alone. Their best prospect is a product of those efforts, though YYY cost them only… Read more »

EdtheUmp
EdtheUmp
5 years ago

Tulo and Pussy-for-Syndegaard(sp) and Gee, straight up…period. Let’s see what a young pitching staff will do. Because they are young and eager they will relish the chance to become a top-of-the-line starter at such an early age no matter who they are with. With those two cogs firmly in the machinery we will be able to “throw” our prospects into the mix…give them 5 starts at various times during this season and see who emerges. Groom the leftovers for bullpen… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  EdtheUmp

Ed – that trade would have worked last summer (and we could have added Plawecki) – but that’s not enough to get Syndergaard now. You’re sending the Mets two players in decline that cost +/- 30M per year for a young stud that makes the league minimum for the next couple of years. Honestly – I doubt the Mets do that deal if the Rox eat half the salary. The hypothetical trade I listed in response to DD (above) is… Read more »

jaredean
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jaredean
5 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

I wonder if someone like the Mets (or another team) would take into consideration the “Coors Effect” on a players health. RMH had a great article last season i believe about the wear and tear on a body at altitude, so if they buy into that (real or not) then they might think they can get someone like Tulo that has injury issues at altitude and at sea level he might stabilize and become the Tulo they know he could… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

They consider EVERYTHING. The fact that Tulo has used a Miley Cyrus walkup song will cost us a prospect.

EdtheUmp
EdtheUmp
5 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

BRILLIANT, absolutely BRILLIANT!!
(all caps intended)

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago

Ed – serious question. Do you think maybe JDLR lives with his Mom?

EdtheUmp
EdtheUmp
5 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

I know that Pussy is married. I’m sure, however, that his wife wears the “pants in the family” as it were.

Basically as an ex-umpire, i can’t stand his antics on the mound. I know the ethics of MLB umpires and they don’t “hold his antics against him” but i know that he wouldn’t get ANY close pitches if I were back there.

I can’t stand his mannerisms. I admit I am VERY biased, but nevertheless it’s how I feel.

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago
sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago

Very, very latest from Baseball America (Mock 5.1): 3. Rockies Colorado loves Illinois lefty Tyler Jay, but it cannot pass on the draft’s top talent here. Brendan Rodgers becomes the heir to Troy Tulowitzki’s shortstop spot the day he signs. Selection: Brendan Rodgers, ss, Lake Mary (Fla.) HS” Compensation Round 27. Rockies: Bickford may have issues, but he has bowling-ball sink to his fastball that would play at Coors field. His medical issues and drug test may open the door… Read more »

Bob K.
Bob K.
5 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

The problem is that no one thinks like the Monforts and the people they hire. All you have to do is listen to the many different analysts and hear their comments that they don’t understand what the Rockies are doing. Do not expect any brilliant draft picks by the Rockies, do expect a pick that no one understands. On a different note the Pirates proved the predictors wrong with their number one pick of Gerrit Cole who has turned out… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  Bob K.

Bob K – I’ve been in smart ass mode for most of the day – but you bring up a great point in your comment. Player development is as important (if not moreso) than scouting. A Club can have great scouts, make the “correct” decision, and then not develop the player. So it looks like a bad pick…….but maybe that wasn’t the case. I feel certain the Rox fall short in pitcher development.

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago

RMH – by development I mean taking the pitcher in the amateur draft and coaching him “up” to the major leagues for a significant contribution. The only pitcher on your list that fits that profile is Ubaldo. Fortunately Ubaldo slipped through the system before the groundball memo went out! To be fair – the Rox do have some nice RP reclamation/rejuvenation projects in their resume. SPer the Rox developed that made significant contributions at the major league level (off the… Read more »

Bob K.
Bob K.
5 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

In my opinion they also fall short in catcher development. How many times have they had this young up and coming catching prospect that never met the expectations?

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  Bob K.

That’s an especially tough one Bob just because Catchers take a long time to develop anyway. It’s hurts even more when you miss.

That’s why I’m not totally opposed to “reaching” for Tyler Stephenson in this Draft.

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago

RMH – the Stephenson physical comparisons are Joe Mauer and Wil Myers. Not bad company.

Problem with Catchers is that “physical” is only part of the job. Lots of other things to process. I call it baseball IQ. I have no idea where Stephenson stands in the baseball IQ department – but the teams thinking about selecting him should.

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