Dink Dink Dink

Pinch me.  There’s been a horrible mistake.

Jon Garland (1-0, 3.00) pitched 6 innings in his Colorado debut, and Michael Cuddyer delivered 4 RBI as the Rockies defeated the San Diego Padres 6-3 for their 4th consecutive victory after dropping the opener in Milwaukee.  Garland, who signed with Colorado late in Spring Training after exercising an opt-out clause in his deal with the Seattle Mariners, got ground-outs on 12 of the 18 batters he retired. He allowed 2 runs on 5 hits, walked 2 and struck-out 2, and handed a 4-2 lead to the bullpen after throwing 75 pitches, 49 for strikes, on a brisk Saturday evening at Coors Field in downtown Denver.

The Rockies got things going right out-of-the-box as lead-off man Dexter Fowler singled and was forced at 2nd on a ground-out by Josh Rutledge.  Rutledge stole 2nd with Carlos Gonzalez at bat, moved to 3rd on a Troy Tulowitzski fly-ball, and scored on the first of 3 Cuddyer hits for the night.  San Diego tied things-up in the 4th when Carlos Quentin led-off with a double (he had 2 and scored both times) and moved-up on a single by 1st-baseman Yonder Alonzo.  Jedd Gyorko walked to load the bases, then Quentin scored on an Alexi Amarista single, but Garland regrouped and got Cameron Maybin to ground into a 4-6-3 double play.

The Rockies used Chinese water torture to plate 3 runs in the 5th.  Fowler walked and then moved-up to 2nd when Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera, who’s having a tough series, booted Rutledge’s grounder at deep short.  Gonzalez then served a top-spin lob to center that dropped in front of Maybin to score Fowler.  Tulowitzski followed with a similar soft liner, a bit further to right, Rutledge coming around from 2nd.  Next was Cuddyer, again.  Another hump-backed liner, hit a little harder, but dropping in front of right-fielder Will Venable as Gonzalez came home with what would be the winning run.

San Diego picked-up a run in the 6th, then Matt Belisle picked-up Garland, turning-in a scoreless 7th, and with 1 out in the bottom of the inning Tulowitzski walked in front of the over-paid Cuddyer [ha ha JOKE! JOKE!], who blasted the first pitch he saw from Andrew Cashner into the right-field crowd.  Rex Brothers gave the Padres back a run in the eighth, but Rafael Betancourt delivered a scoreless 9th for his 3rd 2013 save.

Colorado will look to sweep San Diego in tomorrow afternoon’s 2:10 pm start.  The highly suspect Rockies rotation comes back around to Jhoulys Chacin (0-0, 1.35), who’ll face-off with Edinson Volquez (0-1, 18.00) of the Padres.  TV’s on ROOT, radio’s on KOA.  So far so good.

 

HERNANDEZ DEALT TO LA
Hard-luck catcher Ramon Hernandez, designated for assignment when Yorvit Torrealba beat him out for the Colorado back-up catching position, has been traded, along with his contract, to the Los Angeles Dodgers for right-handed pitcher Aaron Harang and $1,000,000.  Harang was immediately designated for assignment.  The $1,000,000 was not.

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Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago

Well-played game except for a couple baserunning blunders. Having Tulo back at SS is huge — the infield defense has looked very good so far this year, a major change from 2012. Garland showed a surprisingly effective curve, but overall, I didn’t see much to hang our hats on. 86-89 fastball, good control, but very hittable. I don’t have any studies to back this up, but my impression has always been that junkballers are more effective early in the season.… Read more »

GARY
GARY
7 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

So a six inning winning performance isn’t good enough for the jaded,first place Rockie faithful anymore? Last year a 6 inning LOSS was worthy of Cy Young comparisons! So what now Ag,keep Harang and trade/DFA Garland?

jaredean
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jaredean
7 years ago
Reply to  GARY

Ag is just pulling a “Tulo” – point out something that the team did well and he will show you how they could have done it better…don’t let it get you down Gary, we keep him around cause he’s so handsome and nobody can pronounce his name…

Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

Well said, Jared! Hey, I may be wrong and Garland may be at least a righty version of Jeff Francis. Just saying that off the top of my head I can’t think other than RA Dickey (who’s obviously not a comparable), I can’t think of a decent righty starter who maxes out at about 88 mph on his fastball. Maybe Garland will find a bit more of his old stuff as the season goes on. Maybe it’s because GMs are… Read more »

GARY
GARY
7 years ago

…and while I am in a testy mood[not a reference to my testicles],Jeem,Prog,Ag et.al.-I believe its obvious Cuddyer was a steal and VASTLY underpaid as evidenced by his recent performance!!!!!!!!!!!——-Yes Jeem,I am angling for the female vote[e-mails] as I am a very lonely old fart.I may have to sign up for ROOT Sports if the ROX keep this up.Lets see how the “dreaded”west coast swing goes.

jaredean
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jaredean
7 years ago
Reply to  GARY

Gary, my friend, you do realize now that they are just putting “overpaid Cuddyer” in posts and comments to get a rise out of you, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰

OrangeRocks
OrangeRocks
7 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

Alright I’ll bite – in my view until Cuddyer puts up a .290, 30 homer and 100 RBI season, he is not worth the $10.5m per season over three years – that DanO gave him.

I know that you guys are just joking around and Cuddy is off to a great start and all – however it is still a fact that DanO blew this free agent signing big time.

GARY
GARY
7 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

I thought I was pulling everyone else’s leg just to keep it going.Being on social security,and a former small business owner,I think anyone who gets 10.5 million is over paid.As I’ve said many times,I respect the wealth of knowledge on this site about all the business,roster,cybermetrics etc.I just like stirring things up every now and then.I know I’ll take Cuddyers contract over ARods,or Santana’s,or Hanley R.’s anyday.

Cameo
Cameo
7 years ago

I wouldn’t say he “blew this free agent signing big time”. Cuddyer is a very solid player, a guy that hustles everytime and if healthy will put up some pretty decent numbers. Won’t hit 45 bombs or anything, but will be a very productive player. I think we can all agree that the Rox overpaid for him, but if the guy stays healthy the next 2 seasons and hits .275 with 25 homers then I think it was a pretty… Read more »

OrangeRocks
OrangeRocks
7 years ago
Reply to  Cameo

Cameo, I guess you might have missed my earlier post where I stated that I LOVE Cuddyer at $7.0 to $8.0 per season, this is the same dollar range that the Twins gave Willingham at almost exactly the same time. It is not Cuddy’s fault that DanO gave him $10m too much money over three years – that’s all on DanO. If your you are the Yankees or even the Dodgers then obviously no one cares about the money, however… Read more »

Cameo
Cameo
7 years ago
Reply to  OrangeRocks

Yeah I get ur point on the overpaying thing, just don’t think he blew the signing big time. I mean if he is worth 8 million and you pay him 10.5 then you overpaid. If he is worth 1 million and you pay him 10.5 then you “blew it big time”. I also agree that every dollar is more important to the Rox than say the Yankees so you can’t afford to miss or overpay like those teams do, but… Read more »

OrangeRocks
OrangeRocks
7 years ago
Reply to  Cameo

Alright $10m may not be “big time” in MLB, but it still a bunch of money. If Cuddy puts up decent seasons in 2013 and 2014, then I will conseed yuor point that DanO may not have blown this free agent signing “big time” – how about “somewhat” then!

Doctor_Christopher
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Doctor_Christopher
7 years ago
Reply to  OrangeRocks

I have seen the comparison to Minn spending in Willingham before, but Cuddy is a better all around player. These days 10-11 mill is not huge dollars, but yes, if the team had gotten him for 7-8, maybe they add one more piece this off-season. But honestly, aside from Lohse, I cannot think of any other piece the past 2 off-seasons I would have added instead. I thought they might have traded Cuddy this offseason given Colvin’s 2012, but wise… Read more »

jaredean
jaredean
7 years ago

I think we can all agree: Cuddy sure beats Wiggy, hand’s down ๐Ÿ™‚

GARY
GARY
7 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

See Jared,I’ve really stirred the pot.Maybe next I’ll suggest we give Cuddy an extension at 15 million per year!

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
7 years ago

For those that were wishing for the Rox to trade for the Rays’ Jeff Niemann during the spring, word coming out of Tampa is that Niemann is headed for shoulder surgery that will put him on the shelf for the entire year. Glad we still have Friedrich and didn’t go through with those trade proposals.

So, with the trade of Harang, it now appears that the Rox are one of the teams with a surplus of pitching. Imagine that.

Cameo
Cameo
7 years ago

Rox seemed to have caught a break twice then, since they dealt White to Houston and didn’t make the move for Niemann, both guys being out for the year with injuries. Although I defended O’dowd in an earlier post, that one never made sense to me. Why deal Friedrich for Niemann? Unless Freidrich is big time soft in the head and the Rox realize that??? The guy seems to have the potential to be a solid big league starter.

OrangeRocks
OrangeRocks
7 years ago
Reply to  Cameo

Yes however my off season starting pitcher shopping list would have included among others Capuano, Niemann, Happ and W Davis. DanO didn’t spend as much, however the Rockies ended up with Francis, Lopez, Volstad, Garland and Harang. Other than Garland and Francis, I would not have pursued the other three, but that’s just me

Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago

Since I suggested that righty starters with below 89 mph fastballs rarely succeed these days, I thought I should do a little research to back up my comments. Among starters with 170 innings pitched last year, here’s the list of soft tosser (below 90 mph) righties and their avg fastball velocity. The first group — the 88 and below crowd — is tiny. In other words, only 2 righthanded pitchers in all of MLB put together 170 inning seasons while… Read more »

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
7 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Ag, all this discussion about Garland may very well be a moot point. I think we can all agree that Garland is just a stop-gap measure until DrewPo, Friedrich, or Chatwood are ready to contribute on the big league team. If Garland becomes serviceable, than that’s a bonus. He just adds to the depth.

Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago

Agreed, Cisco. I just see that the Rockies own PR machine is propping up the notion that getting Garland was a significant move that will (as they put it) “stabilize” the rotation, and I hope that those of us who are informed fans will see it the way you do: a stopgap move until one (or we can hope more than one) of the young pitchers in AAA takes a big step forward.ys As for concerns about the 40 man… Read more »

Doctor_Christopher
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Doctor_Christopher
7 years ago

Sorry I have not been able to comment during the games the last two days. Good game to watch. Okay, time for the resident optomist to chime in. What we saw this week was why I have been saying this team can win 78 games +/- 10. Yes, its early, but all those (and did anyone catch Keith Law’s sub 60 wins prediction for the Rox this week – cancelled my ESPN insider sub finally, dont need to read that… Read more »

Doctor_Christopher
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Doctor_Christopher
7 years ago

Interesting discussion about Garland and our pitchers. While I remain optomistic about this year (still thinking they can break into the 80s for wins), the bigger issue is the future. And that is where the names Pomeranz, Friedrich, Chatwood, Frazier, Matzek, and Anderson come in. There are other namesm you might include. We need to see all of these guys take a step forward, not just as starters but also to fill that potential 3rd time through the lineup arm.… Read more »

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