The Rockies had to get Johnny Cueto out of the game tonight before they did anything on Jumbo Diaz in the 9th. Cueto was really, really good in eight innings of shutout baseball in Rox 5-2 loss. His trade value is going to be right up there in the next week.
As predicted in the pre-game, the usual run support that Chris Rusin enjoys was nonexistent, and his margin for error went to zero. A big mistake to the #ToddRobber in the 3rd did most of the damage. When the offense puts up zeroes, even the best pitchers in the world are at a major disadvantage. Game after game, the offense is stifled, the starter gets beat up, or the bullpen explodes – sometimes all in the same night.
This is going to be an interesting week for Jeff Bridich. His flexibility to make any actual move is very limited. Absolutely nothing he can do other than call up Jon Gray will change anything about the Rox record this season. Even if a big move like CarGo happens, all it will do is unblock a spot for someone like Kyle Parker to come up and occupy an outfield spot for two months. A minor move, like Rosario, will likely get very little in return since everyone knows we want to move him.
If one stacks up this current roster against two from Rockies past:
1995: better at EVERY position except SS (ironic, ain’t it?), better bench, much better bullpen
2007: better at 1B, LF, C, push in RF, better bench, much better rotation
In other words, we are not one or two players away – we are like 15 or 18 players away. The system needs to create a 12-player wave: Helton, Holliday, Atkins, Hawpe, Barmes, Spilborghs, Smith, Francis, Cook, Jimenez, Morales, Fuentes. Not all superstars, but productive and harmonious players that allowed a few veterans to be plugged in the right spots.
Frankly, this organization needs to get over “liking” players. Helton, Tulo, Arenado, OK, but the rest of the roster is always competing for a job – the replacement player argument. In MBA school, “do nothing” is always an option, but for a GM it’s really bad behavior. We’ll see if he can make something out of nothing here.