DEX WALK OFF CAPS DH SWEEP

If there was one player that had the biggest of hopes laid on him coming into the season, and answered it with the biggest of disappointments, it would be Dexter Fowler. Struggling at the plate would be putting it mildly for someone who seemed to have it figured out at the end of last season. The lack of hitting wasn’t the worst of it, as he struggled with his glove, something he never had issues with in the past, and then he had his tussle with the Marlins dugout steps that knocked him out of the game for several days.

Perhaps he should have tried spraining his ankle in Spring Training.

Post Sprain we’ve seen a whole new Dexter Fowler.  It started on his second plate appearance after slowly working back into play.  He had a pinch hit Home Run in Cincinnati, went 7-9 today and became the ultimate hero with a walk-off triple in the bottom of the 10th.

Oh, and his average went from .230 to .276 in 3 short days.

While there are those that will say he still isn’t worthy of the black glove he carries, or the looping swing he flaunts, today he showed he has LoDo magic in his bat and he can produce excitement like few can, when he is on a roll.

Some highlights from the combined games included going 7-9, with a key walk to load the bases for a Scutaro clearing double, crossing home plate five times, a lead-off home run.  The lead-off home run was the first for the team this season and his seventh home run so far in 2012, matching his career high and putting him third on the team HR total.  It was also his third home run in seven games. Shoot, he even bunted his way to a triple, with the help of a wild throw to first, showing speed everyone wants to see from him every time he is up.

His current line?  .276/.373/.553 which is an OPS of 926.

The only issue he had today was with the rest of the team deciding that dumping the Gatorade on him BEFORE the pie in the face was the proper order of things, when everyone watching knew the other way around would have made much more sense.

Dexter wasn’t the only person that played well today.

Jordan Pacheco keeps earning his spot at third – with his bat.  He was 2-5 in game one, and the second hit was a two run go ahead single that ended up bringing in the winning run.  Take away Saturday nights oh-fer and he would have a 14 game hitting streak on his hands.

Both starting pitchers struggled, Nicasio giving up five earned in six innings of work and White was even worse, yielding six runs (four with two outs) and three home runs and 10 hits in five innings.

But, the bullpen was brilliant, going three innings with only one earned run in game one (earned being debatable), and five innings without giving up a single run in game two.  This was the bullpen we hoped to have coming into the season, and the very bullpen we need if we are ever to have any hope of digging out of the hole we are in.

So while many Rockies fans are still too close to the pain of so many failed chances, and the cries for heads to roll are still echoing throughout the rocky mountains, it is nice to actually have the feeling of two very hard fought, and earned, wins to go along with the Memorial day festivities.

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GARY
GARY
8 years ago

As I mistakenly posted on game one thread,Dexter was the best player on the field today! Still,starters -11 total innings=12 runs.Bullpen,8 total innings=one run.It seems hard to believe that we have to start accepting 5 innings, and under a half dozen runs a quality start.I mean that may be worse than pre-humidor.And for all the damn Taco promotions we have to sit thru[today x2],we should get Tacos x2 when we score 7+in a double header,or if we score 14+ in… Read more »

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
8 years ago

Not sure how you can rule the final hit a triple. I know Dex is much faster than Cuddy, but Cuddy would have had a huge head start and was running for his life. I’ve watched the replay and nothing is there to show whether or not Dex touched third base before Cuddy touched home, which of course must happen for him to get the triple. Right?

edtheump
edtheump
8 years ago
Reply to  Bob in Indy

BiWV…the total bases needed by the runner determine how the winning hit is officially recorded(except a single with a runner on second and two outs).

Thus, a runner on third and a ball off the wall is only a single as far as official base hits are concerned.

A homerun is another exception.

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
8 years ago
Reply to  edtheump

Thanks. Good info. I watched the replay again and because Cuddyer was frozen until the ball passed Lee, Dex actually had the head start and was past second when Cuddy reached third. However, he strolled into third watching the play at the plate. All a moot point based on your information.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
8 years ago
Reply to  edtheump

That’s interesting. So same applies if the batter comes up lame out of the batter’s box and barely makes it to 1st base let alone to 2nd or 3rd?

Alex Colfax
Alex Colfax
8 years ago
Reply to  Bob in Indy

Like Bob, I wondered how that could be scored a triple if Fowler never reached third base. Rule 10.06 (f) is exactly what Ed stated, with an additional clause: “The official scorer shall credit the batter with as many bases on his hit as are advanced by the runner who scores the winning run…and then only if the batter runs out his hit for as many bases as are advanced by the runner who scores the winning run.” I would… Read more »

edtheump
edtheump
8 years ago
Reply to  Alex Colfax

prog…never let it be said that you don’t try to make me work…IF the runner came up lame and only touched first, I am not sure what the official scorer would do…I still think he would have to follow the rule and award a triple(that is not etched in stone however). The reason the scorer must award the triple is a box score(official)must account for the game as if nobody was watching. How can anyone score from first on a… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

Ed, thanks for the info … I never knew that about scoring the walk-off situation. In the “Ask the Ump” category: how tough are those bang-bang plays at 1B? We saw the ump apparently miss a couple calls in game 2 yesterday. I know I asked you before and you said, basically, you trust your ears at least as much as your eyes. Do our eyes deceive us (the TV watchers) on those plays? Or is the ump making a… Read more »

edtheump
edtheump
8 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Agb…very good observation and inquiry. Yes, the TV watchers are deceived somewhat on the super slo-mo. Plus we are listening to commentary from “George the Idiot,” who, IMO is totally clueless when trying to tell us about the rules(and anything else, for that matter)and what umpires look for in certain instances. Granted, it looks like the ump missed those calls but I will tell you the catch by the first baseman happens when he has POSSESSION of the the ball,… Read more »

TJinPhoenix
TJinPhoenix
8 years ago
Reply to  edtheump

Ed…tell us how you really feel buddy! 🙂

Seriously though, great stuff. Can I add fuel to the fire??? Where do you stand on instant replay??

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago
Reply to  edtheump

Ed, I love it: GtI. Right up there with FOPO.

Thanks for the spirited reply!

edtheump
edtheump
8 years ago
Reply to  edtheump

TJ…thanks for the props. On instant replay…I’ll try to make it short(yah, like that will happen). I’m for it IF they use my solution, which, egotistically(sic)speaking, is clearly the best. A replay umpire is in the booth with the same utensils available as ROOT TV(hell, he could even be in the TV booth). A set of red, green and yellow lights is positioned in front of him, horizontally, so that the onfield umps can see the lights. The replay ump,… Read more »

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
8 years ago
Reply to  edtheump

I like it.

My addition I would make for a fan perspective is challenges should be shown on jumbotron for fans at the game to not be resentful if a call is overturned or not in favor of away team.

Miketober
Miketober
8 years ago
Reply to  edtheump

Ed, good system. All calls would be “pre-reviewed” by the replay official so if a manager throws one of his red flags there would be minimal delay. I’m a little confused about the red/green/yellow lights. If the on-field umps can see the yellow light and call time out, then wouldn’t the managers be able to see the red lights and know they have a guaranteed win if the challenge? I don’t have a problem with that, but it differs a… Read more »

edtheump
edtheump
8 years ago
Reply to  Miketober

Miketober…the lights would be used only AFTER a flag is thrown. If no flag is thrown by any of the three entities(home or visitor manager or umpires) then the game continues. The yellow light comes on ONLY after the replay ump has been “flagged” and he cannot make an “instant” decision. Almost all of the time he would be very quick with a red or green light as ROOT has the replay in about 5 seconds after the play is… Read more »

Mr. Peabody
Mr. Peabody
8 years ago
Reply to  edtheump

Ed – this sounds like a seriously good idea. The only minor issue I see is arranging for a qualified umpire to be in the booth or some other convenient spot for a whole game. Will MLB want to pay the extra money?

Umps generally do such a good job (I did say GENERALLY ) that the booth guy/booth babe might get bored out of his/her mind, don’t you think?

Cesar Carvajal
Cesar Carvajal
8 years ago

Hello everyone!!! Sorry for my lack of comments! I came on vacations to USA two weeks ago, today I am returning to Venezuela and finally have some time to check the internet. I went to my first MLB game, it was in Miami, the Rockies-Marlins on May 22… Unfortunately, Rockies lost the game, but it was good. Also, I watched the second game of yesterday’s double header. Frustrating at times, Rockies found in Fowler was an absolute beast, he was… Read more »

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
8 years ago
Reply to  Cesar Carvajal

Congrats, Cesar on your first game. What a great experience that must have been for you. You will never, ever forget it. Somehow I still remember some details of my first game at age 9 between the Phillies and Cardinals in ’63.

jeem
jeem
8 years ago
Reply to  Cesar Carvajal

Yay Cesar! Welcome back (home). Missed your calm, rational comments during these “dark days.”

jeem
jeem
8 years ago
Reply to  jeem

Wow. Just read my own comment. I think I could get on Toyota talk.

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
8 years ago

Interesting quote from Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports in his column yesterday: “Speaking of trades, what does it say about the Rockies that right-hander Jeremy Guthrie has gone backwards since joining them while righties Jason Hammel and Matt Lindstrom have played critical roles for the Orioles?” What it says is that we have a pitching coach that has no clue. If Apodaca can screw up a veteran like Guthrie, we already know what he’s done with the young pitchers that… Read more »

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
8 years ago
Reply to  Cisco Kid

I don’t get too excited when Rosenthal says anything. Besides with the Orioles, where have either Guthrie or Hammel done well?

OrangeRocks
OrangeRocks
8 years ago
Reply to  Mike Raysfan

This trade was a lopsided based on “historical” performances, and it is even more awful based the 2012 performances – oops DanO will just have to file this one under the “misses” and not the “hits” on his ledger card. But my Orioles are lovin’ it!

Bill
Bill
8 years ago

Guthrie wasn’t great with the O’s but he was OK. He has stunk with the Rockies. Hammel (and Lindstrom) are pitching well with the O’s. For the most part Hammel didn’t do well here and I was underwhelmed by Lindstrom.

The fact of the matter is Apodoca has been here for about 10 years and you know the rest.

GARY
GARY
8 years ago
Reply to  Bill

You all know “DAC” has to go.Stressing accountability to the players must also include the coaches who have resposibility for who plays,how they play the game,etc.To have the worst ERA in baseball and not make a change flys in the face of the new culture of responsibility!

Julian
Julian
8 years ago

There used to be examples of pitchers who had been failures elsewhere who did well as Rockies, such as DLR, Belisle, and Jason Grilli. But what’s the most recent example of that? And we are aware of recent examples of pitchers who failed here and did well elsewhere, such as Paulino. Hammel wasn’t a failure here, but he wasn’t great, and he’s certainly doing better at Baltimore. So, whatever touch Dac had, he may have lost it.

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
8 years ago

I still maintain that Hammel’s improvement may be linked to his becoming a dad last fall. It did coincide with his improvement at the end of the season. Sometimes the life-changing event like that introduces an increased maturity with the realization of the new parental responsibilities. I’ll always wonder if he would have pitched well this year for the Rox. We’ll never know, but I was disappointed to see him go as I knew nothing of Guthrie and had a… Read more »

Miketober
Miketober
8 years ago
Reply to  Bob in Indy

Hammel also has high cholesterol which requires him to take medication. A couple of years ago he attributed his “extreme dead arm” to the medication. Maybe he is now on better meds or handling it better through diet. I don’t know, I’m just speculating.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
8 years ago
Reply to  Miketober

This is my speculation: It could be that he grew out of acting like p#### at the end of 2010, essentially giving up on his teammates.

I know I’ve learned a lot about work ethic over my career. Just normal maturity and learning from past mistakes.

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

Hold onto your hats — I’m going to defend Apodaca. I think he’s had some notable successes: helping to groom a very raw Ubaldo into an excellent major league starter; helping to turn around talented guys who’d been given up on by other teams (Affeldt, De La Rosa); turning failed starters into effective relievers (Belisle, and I think Ottavino may be one in the making; Affeldt qualifies here too, and I hope Outman is one in the making). Frankie Morales… Read more »

GARY
GARY
8 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Et tu,Agbay.Say it ain’t so!

Pooter
Pooter
8 years ago

Random Thought:

I wonder how close the Rockies were to landing Kipinis in the Ubaldo deal? That guy is going to be the best second basemen in baseball very soon! I remember his name being mentioned with the rumors. I hope they didn’t choose White over him!

OrangeRocks
OrangeRocks
8 years ago
Reply to  Pooter

Pooter, if I recall correctly the rumors were that the Rockies initially wanted to receive Pomeranz and Kipnis in exchange for Ubaldo. There was also some mention of 3B Chisenhall, but ultimately the Indians refused to include either of the highly rated infielders in the deal. Long term this trade should still be a great deal for the Rockies, because as it stands right now Pomeranz should have more wins left in his MLB career than Ubaldo, White likely goes… Read more »

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