After another Deadie Butler pummeling last night, the Marlins and the tarp are back for more today. Chris Rusin will be attempting to keep the ball within county lines. We’ve put two opposing players on top of the HR distance board THIS WEEK. Giancarlo Stanton blasted a ball 484’last night, taking the lead from Joc Pederson who drilled one 480′ on Tuesday. Stanton now has 5 of the top 10 HR distances this season. (Our lead image is from the New York Daily News, April 18, 1953.)
Announcers have been purring about Arenado’s home/away splits and him hitting better on the road, but I think the real split is day/night. He seems to see the ball better, and square the ball up better. Arenado during daylight hours:
.378 BA, ,784 SLG, 1.189 OPS, 8 HR, 24 RBI, BABip .323 (almost 100 pts higher)
We’re sitting Tulo again. Personally, I’ll take a full season with programmed rest days at this point. Descalso will be shifting around at SS today. Wilin Rosario gets a start a 1B, he’s the only guy on the roster with a hit against Phelps.
Interesting comments from CarGo last night on the rain (from Thomas Harding article):
“It’s almost like every time we play at home, it’s a disaster,” Gonzalez said. “It’s raining. We have to sit here for an hour every time. You lose your momentum. The fans leave. You feel like you’re playing on your own.
“It’s been hard. You either play two games or you play ’til 1 in the morning. It’s hard on everybody. I hate looking for excuses. I don’t expect anybody to say, ‘Poor CarGo.’ But it’s been hard.
“I thought it was going to be different this homestand. I thought the rain was going to go away and the cold weather, whatever. But it’s been the case the whole season. Hopefully it gets better.”
We complained about CarGo firing a lot, but the numbers show he’s best in early counts. Not that great on first pitch, but batting .375 on 1-0, and .500 on 0-1. He’s been horrific with 2 strikes, .128.
Rusin needs to put in innings. Both Bergman and Friedrich went an inning last night. Rockies starters are dead last in IP, albeit we are a couple starts short with the rainouts.
David Phelps, formerly of the Yankees, hasn’t won a game in nearly a month, and he’s only lasted more than 6 IP twice this season. Don’t get too excited, he’s been fairly solid despite not getting wins. After a dip in velocity last year, he’s back up to 90.8 mph. His first pitch strike percentage is at 66..4%, and he keeps the ball on the ground at 41.6%. He’s only got one career start at Coors, not much to go on.
Yes, that’s the real Jeff Baker at 1B hitting cleanup. He’s gonna kill us today just to prove a point. The other development is Jeff Mathis behind the plate, back after a broken finger sustained on April 12.
2B: Dee Gordon
3B: Martin Prado
RF: Giancarlo Stanton
1B: Jeff Baker
CF: Marcell Ozuna
LF: Christian Yelich
C: Jeff Mathis
SS: Adeiny Hechavarria
SP: David Phelps
CF: Charlie Blackmon
2B: DJ LeMahieu
3B: Nolan Arenado
RF: Carlos Gonzalez
1B: Wilin Rosario
C: Michael McKenry
SS: Daniel Descalso
LF: Brandon Barnes
SP: Chris Rusin