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.