Fishing Weekend

Colorado came back down to earth last night with a 4-2 loss to Los Angeles.  It was the third time Kenta Maeda faced the Rockies and they still could not solve him.  The only good hit was David Dahl’s two-run shot in the fourth inning.  Chatty, on the other hand, could not solve Coors Field issues.  It was one of his better games, but it was the three-run fifth inning that doomed him.  He gave up a game-tying solo blast to Corey Seager and then got hit for a two-run triple by Yasmany Grandal with two outs.  Dahl is now in second place in hitting streak to start his career in club history.

Looking at the lineup last night, I left after the eighth inning because there was nobody (Ynoa, Adames, Wolters) that would start a rally against closer Kenley Jansen.  The Rockies better start finding bench help fast.  Start with activating Gerardo Parra off the DL and get rid of Ynoa in favor of Ben Paulsen.  Bring in Jordan Patterson to replace Ryan Raburn.  They have options, do something about the bottom half of the lineup.

Despite the loss, Colorado remains three games out of the second wild card spot behind both Miami and St. Louis.  It is the Rockies’ chance to tighten up the post season picture.  St. Louis is expected to sweep Atlanta this weekend which makes it important that Colorado continue to play well at home.  We should be scoreboard watching this weekend of the top three teams in the West division.  San Francisco has to play at Washington and Los Angeles host Boston.

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Bill
Bill
4 years ago

Are the Rockies trying to win a playoff spot or getting for next year. Adam Ottovino should be the closer. No ifs, ands or buts about it. WW kept saying he’s trying to ease him back into his role. His ERA is zip. Esteviz is 4.50+ or more. And despite what Patrick Saunders wrote in today’s DP Jake McGee hasn’t had a clean outing in a long time. It was evident from his first pitch that Carlos didn’t have it… Read more »

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sdcarp
4 years ago

Gents (and Ladies) – I get the BP frustration. I get the WW frustration.

But when it come to Otto……don’t lose sight of this – he’s pitched just over 10 innings in the Majors since his TJ surgery. IMO – you can’t name him the everyday Closer. He’s literally day-to-day. His elbow decides how much he pitches. Next Spring…..these “rules” will likely change. He’ll be stronger and ready to go. But his health is paramount now.

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sdcarp
4 years ago

This chase for 500 may have an interesting side benefit that I haven’t considered until recently:

This team is suddenly becoming much more attractive to perspective future Managers. Having NoDo/Story/Dahl/DJ/Gray/Hoffman/Estevez/etc. has got to be attractive to someone considering the position.

Agbayani
Agbayani
4 years ago

Walt is in a bind with the closer situation. Estevez was obviously rushed into the high leverage roles, including closer after about half a dozen appearances. He’s now 9 for 13 in saves — 69%. The save is a stupid stat, but take it for what it is and consider this: perhaps the worst “closer” I have ever seen in my life over the course of a season was Shawn Chacon. He went 35 for 44. 79%. All while putting… Read more »

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sdcarp
4 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

You know what’s funny – every year there’s several Mangers that swear they’ll go “Closer by Committee.” Almost never ever comes to fruition. Given all the reasons you list – we’re a perfect candidate for the dreaded “CBC.” Unfortunately, I’m not sure WW is capable of deploying it.

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