Dex Knows

Most of the RWO fans tuned out the game after the Padres scored two runs in the 8th inning to extend the lead to 7-4. The majority of us, including myself, went out to do some yard work. We successfully restored the grass to shining purple after the Rocky grass started to turn brown Sunday. The result was a 8-7 improbable victory for the Rockies to keep our season in the “win now” mode. With the Giants’ victory over the Dbacks today, the Rockies gained a game in the NL West. The Rox and Giants are both 1 1/2 back of the Dbacks with the Giants in second place percentage points ahead of the Rox.

Dexter Fowler did most of the work to jump start the Rockies offense. He singled to lead off the game and came home on Troy Tulowitzki’s homer. In the third inning, Fowler doubled off the right field scoreboard, moved to third on EYJ’s sacrifice bunt, and cruised home on CarGo’s grounder. Nolan Arenado tripled in Tulo for a 4-0 lead. After the Padres rallied to take a 7-4 lead on a bullpen meltdown, Dex kept the 9th inning alive delivering yet another hit and scoring a run in which the Rockies rallied to knot the score at seven on a two-run double by CarGo with two outs and two strikes off Luke Gregorson. In the tenth inning Dex delivered a walk off single to score DJ LeMahieu who pinch ran for Todd Helton.

With the Rockies still in a NL West brawl, there may be a need to readjust the roster with the best 25 men for the rest of the season. They have a day off tomorrow which helps the bullpen get reset. Roy Oswalt pitched seven innings today giving up just one run on 84 (?) pitches. EYJ went 0-3 with two strike outs including one in a crucial AB in the 9th inning before CarGo’s double. Maybe for once we can let Bill Geivett and DOD overrule Walt Weiss and do the wise thing to let go EYJ. Tyler Chatwood is aiming for a Friday start. That means that there’s a good chance that Jhoulys Chacin pitches on Tuesday in the opening game of the series vs. Washington. Obviously it will be either Chacin or Drew Pomeranz on Tuesday. Edgmer Escalona looked like he blew out his elbow when he left the game after blowing the save vs. the Padres in the seventh inning. Josh Outman may return by Tuesday (I believe per the rules, the optioned player can be recalled sooner than the minimum time in cases of injury.) There’s a myriad of possibilities this week regarding roster moves.

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Bill
Bill
7 years ago

For some reason I stayed and watched. Perhaps because it was too hot out to cut the lawn until late in the day. You would think that by now EY would have run out of chances. But RMH are you sure that Weiss is the one calling the shots? I think its rare when the manager gets to make roster decision, even more so a rookie manager like Walt. But if you have evidence to the contrary then perhaps I’m… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago

William Dexter Fowler is now hitting .304/.397/.498.

We’re now almost 40% into the season. He’s on pace for:

25 HRs
28 SB against 5 caught stealing
65 RBIs despite batting leadoff most of the time

Sorry, ego, but he’s having a really good season, and the Rockies would be in sad, sad shape without him

egossage
egossage
7 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Yeah right now he’s hitting .304. Wait till he goes on his month long slump starting the 17th. He’ll be back down to .260-.265. Then what will his season projections be? I like when he’s hot because the Rockies win a lot of games when he’s hot. It’s just that when he cools down he REALLY cools down. There is no in between for William. That’s what I can’t stand. He either hits .450 for a few weeks or .150… Read more »

egossage
egossage
7 years ago

No yeah he does go into slumps that long RMH. I watch every game. You guys crack me up with the low ratings on all my comments like I’m talking crap about the best player in baseball. This is the only group of knowledgeable baseball fans that actually love William. At least we all agree on EY though.

egossage
egossage
7 years ago
Reply to  egossage

I’ll give myself one star too since it’s the cool thing to do

jaredean
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jaredean
7 years ago
Reply to  egossage

To have your back a bit here my friend, because i have been messing with you each time Dex does something well because of our friendly wager, i do believe you speak the truth about how you feel. And we’ve all seen Dex go through huge slumps. It is frustrating and if you did hate him (which i don’t believe you do) then you would be screaming for someone else to come up during those slumps. Instead, you are just… Read more »

GARY
GARY
7 years ago

Sure glad we didn’t use Dex in a trade this winter as some here proposed.Also glad the Nelson/Brignac experiment ended with old reliable Jonny”Sparkplug” coming out on top.I think we here all underestimate his worth sometimes.He has been NAILS in the late innings getting on base whether wins or losses.Also “props”to the old first baseman who worked his magic and worked a walk to lead off the tenth.His run[LeMathieu] was the game winner.Big worry is the slumping pitching-starters and pen.Phillies… Read more »

Pooter
Pooter
7 years ago

Wow Rockymountainhigh! I think you hate Junior more than Ego hates Fowler. I think your last 10 posts mention EYJ as the worst thing ever. Personally I like having him hit second in the lineup. Having someone that can move runners over and be a threat on base for the big boys. I believe he is a .300 hitter and will snap out of his slump if given the chance. Then to have someone like Colvin spell him on D… Read more »

egossage
egossage
7 years ago
Reply to  Pooter

I don’t hate William. I do however hate EY.

sabrchip
sabrchip
7 years ago
Reply to  egossage

I don’t hate EYj either but I’d rather he was somewhere else and we were using productive players instead. Colvin knocked a short hop single down and kept it in front of him yesterday. EYj’s defensive “struggles” would probably have turned that hit into a triple. And despite putting down a sac bunt yesterday, he was 0-fer with 2 Ks. I think a #2 hitter needs to make better contact. His “offensive” (read that however you like) and defesnive production… Read more »

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
7 years ago

Ag, I have to back you up here and agree that Dex is having a very, very good season. I must add that you didn’t mention his defense. The outfield is far better when he is in the game. Just look at all the miscues when he has been out. He has somewhat quietly and slowly grown into being a solid player and certainly he has proven how clutch he can be with the timeliness of many of his key… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago

Correct. EYJ is out of options. Should O’Dowd care? No. He held onto Chris Nelson for the same reason, fear of losing him to another team on waivers. Which more or less happened – the Yankees “trade” was essentially the same as losing him to waivers since we got nothing useful in return (except maybe some cash!). Then the Yanks dumped him and the Angels picked him up. And yesterday the Angels dumped him. Guess what? He won’t be claimed.… Read more »

Miketober
Miketober
7 years ago
Reply to  Bob in Indy

” EYJ … is a far better player than he has been performing for the last couple of months.” I have to disagree with you there Bob. Take a look at EY’s OPS+, BA, and OBP over his career. 2009: 54 .246 .295 2010: 54 .244 .312 2011: 66 .247 .342 2012: 110 .316 .377 2013: 63 .238 .286 EY is having an average year. Last year he had a career year, but what we are seeing this year is… Read more »

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
7 years ago

Well, I made my first appearance at Coors yesterday for the first time in over a year. Initially and up until the 9th & 10th innings it felt like I had entered a time warp and had transported back to 2012. I’ve never seen a crowd so lifeless, and I’m sure it just wasn’t because of the heat. The between innings “entertainment” was just as lame as it ever was (I can’t believe they still have the lamest of all-the… Read more »

sabrchip
sabrchip
7 years ago
Reply to  Cisco Kid

It’s kinda like watching the Root broadcast. There’s times I’ll turn down the sound, put on some tunes and try to follow along. Then, they have tell what some dunderhead from Sterling wants to know that’s very obvious to a real seamhead. They’ll show Julie see pointing to her monitor while skipping over the game events. Whoever the director is doesn’t appear to care about whose on base or what’s happening on a throw to the base. Many times the… Read more »

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
7 years ago
Reply to  sabrchip

It boils down to the fact that we as a baseball community in Denver have not graduated to the point of “baseball sophistication” such as Boston, Philly, or St. Louis. I’m afraid it’s going to take more than 20 years of having an MLB team to get to thet level of sophistication. As such, the organization and the shills that cover the team treats the consumers as though they are watching, listening, or reading about an MLB team for the… Read more »

roxnsox
roxnsox
7 years ago
Reply to  Cisco Kid

Yup, and at Fenway if there were the same things going on in the bottom of the 9th as here yesterday, the crowd would be beyond into it BEFORE the thrilling hit. They would be standing and yelling, urging their team on. I’ve seen it countless times. Same happens other places, I’m sure, can’t remember exactly where, but in Boston those fans are INTO IT.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
7 years ago
Reply to  Cisco Kid

I personally wonder whether the lack of baseball education is due to Denver not caring or the Denver media not caring. The Denver media does everything thing the can to avoid baseball talk. They will talk about the same Bronco’s topic, such as whether to get rid of the safety for MONTHS. The second string Broncos players get more radio play than Tulo or Cargo. I’ve heard Brandon Stokely’s name mentioned more in 2 years than any Rockie’s player! He’s… Read more »

Miketober
Miketober
7 years ago

Here is an interesting bit that i just read on the NYT sports page: “A few hours before the game, [Clayton] Richard, [Nick] Hundley and pitching coach Darren Balsley had a closed-door meeting in the clubhouse manager’s office to go over the game plan for the afternoon. When they were done, the door was jammed and couldn’t be opened. After clubhouse personnel tried unsuccessfully to unlock the door with several sets of keys, Richard, Hundley and Balsley removed the pins… Read more »

Bill
Bill
7 years ago

Gotta take a little issue with some of the comments above. Coors Field is not totally fan unfriendly. Most ballparks (and arenas for football, basketball and hockey as well) do not allow fans to bring in outside food. Rockies allow that. You can tailgate at Mile-High but I don’t think you can bring food in. I’ve been stopped bring food into the Pepsi Center. I think all stadiums have some type of policy of when fans can move into others… Read more »

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
7 years ago

Bill, No where above has anyone mentioned that Coors is fan unfriendly. On the contrary, I think they try to cater to the fans, unfortunately they try too hard to cater the non basebal fans and totally ignore the few “seemheads” that occasionally show up. I’m sure that there are a few fans that totally enjoy the lame Comfort Dental Race, the “guess what cap the baseball is under” or the always intriguing Harley motorcycle race,etc,etc… I just don’t wish… Read more »

Bill
Bill
7 years ago
Reply to  Cisco Kid

Cisco. I must have mis-read you. I totally agree with you. I hate all that other stuff but that’s when an old guy like me heads to the men’s room. Years ago some comic had a whole bit about a radio or TV broadcast which had every little thing, “walk, pitching change, throw to first, home-run, etc., etc” brought to you by some company. Of course now that is exactly what happens. Both Root and KOA do it as do… Read more »

roxnsox
roxnsox
7 years ago
Reply to  Bill

And how about leaving out the blasting music between half innings so you can talk with your companions and other fans? (Ooops, I’m too old – gotta court that youth demographic)

Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago

Take the quiz — is it Dex, Cuddy, or Colvin? I ran a few numbers just for fun. No googling allowed! Is Dex too streaky? If so, you ought to be able to tell just from the numbers. Ego, where’s Streaky Dex? Or Streaky Will if you prefer? Monthly OPS for each player, highest-to-lowest, for the latest 13 months.* Player A: 1.101 1.004 963 946 884 815 808 746 741 722 692 653 642 Player B: 1.152 1.032 1.000 901… Read more »

jaredean
Admin
jaredean
7 years ago

Dex, Cuddy and Colvin in that order…

Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago

RMH, thanks for taking a shot at this. I’ll hold off on the answer for a bit. One other factoid: I ran some quick stats on the numbers above. Players A and B show, from a mathematical perspective, exactly the same degree of month-to-month variance — the standard deviation of my month-to-month OPS measures is the same right down to the third digit. In other words, they are equally “streaky.” Player C is somewhat more streaky than A and B,… Read more »

Colorado Thistle
Colorado Thistle
7 years ago

As Mark Twain said, “Don’t let the facts get in the way of a good story.” We all have players that we think are more or less streaky or more or less clutch. Baseball is such a long season that we can take small sample sizes and use them to bolster our prejudice in support of our argument for or against a particular player. The fact remains that baseball is a game (at the plate) of failure. It takes an… Read more »

Miketober
Miketober
7 years ago

Dex was the hero Sunday, but he also struck out to end Saturday’s game with the tieing runs on base. Like Colorado Thistle says, you remember the occasions that back up your personal like or dislike of a player.

jaredean
Admin
jaredean
7 years ago

For those talking about the “Coors Experience”, her is an interesting article on ballpark rankings that puts Coors 4th among the 30:

http://www.grantland.com/blog/the-triangle/post/_/id/65134/ranking-the-best-ballpark-experiences-part-2

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
7 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

JD,

In the article you mention above, the author states: “it doesn’t quite have a best-in-the-game reputation”. That’s exactly what I’ve been stressing in my previous posts. There’s no denying the things Coors has to offer, they just need to make some slight changes on the “in-the-game” entertainment.

jaredean
Admin
jaredean
7 years ago
Reply to  Cisco Kid

Yeah, i completely agree…i think first and foremost – get RID of the dentist run!!! It is the lamest entertainment ever…

egossage
egossage
7 years ago

Is anybody else disappointed that we split the series with the Padres and had to win each game with a walk off?

On a positive note, we are 6-4 on Sundays so far this year! Dat a boy Walt!

jaredean
Admin
jaredean
7 years ago
Reply to  egossage

I’m really bummed about splitting the series because i thought the Padres would be a for sure series win…and it is fun beating my wife’s team!

Bill
Bill
7 years ago

You can’t do anything about the past but rehash it. So after losing 2 out of the 1st 3 against the Padres winning the last game is big. Lots of shoulda, coulda, woulda. In my way of thinking Rockies are better than last year pitching and defense are certainly way better than last year and of course they are interlinked and the hitting, even the clutch hitting, seems to be better. I think that Weiss and his coaches have given… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago

Answer to my quiz: RMH nailed it. Cuddyer is Player A, Dex is B, Colvin is C. Again, Cuddyer and Fowler are equally streaky. Colvin is streakier than both.

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