Free Pomeranz Please!

It has been well documented here that I did not like the Pomeranz demotion to AAA for a wide variety of reasons. So now after ten days or so, I thought it would be a good time to take an honest assessment of this brilliant front office move.

Your current five Rockies starters ERA:
1. Nicasio 4.37
2. Moyer 4.99
3. Friedrich 5.00
4. White 5.09
5. Guthrie 5.55

Conservatively Pomeranz is (by ERA anyway) the second best pitcher even though he is not currently in the Rockies starting rotation just based his MLB ERA of 4.70 and his AAA ERA of 0.00.

Add to that that he has been placed on an innings limit for 2012, and that he will need to get all the MLB experience that he can get to be truly effective when it matters again in 2013 (I hope it will matter by then).

Once again for some unknown reason the Rockies front office has decided against playing their best players at the MLB level?

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Pooter
Pooter
8 years ago

Nothing really makes sense this year for the Rockies. This is just another example. They are terrible way too early in the season, teams won’t start thinking about dealing for the Rockies garbage players until later in June. So right now they are not only stuck with their coaching staff, but they are stuck with their current rotation, lineup, bullpen, and bench players. I live in eastern Nebraska so times like this make me wonder why I waste time watching… Read more »

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
8 years ago
Reply to  Pooter

Pooter, I agree that when we look back on this season that the turning/tipping point may well have been that game last Thurs vs the Dbacks. They win that game and they have a 3 game streak heading into the weekend series vs Seattle and who knows how that goes? Now look at them. I seriously think that the best thing that can happen to this club is lose the 5 remaining games in this trip and come home on… Read more »

OrangeRocks
OrangeRocks
8 years ago
Reply to  Cisco Kid

When the news came out late last season that instead of firing the manager and some of the coaches, that the Rockies were actually (I thought there must have been some misprint) extending J Tracy indefinitely, I could hardly have believed what I was hearing and reading – it absolutely made no sense on any level. In short other than the miracle run in 2009, J Tracy has been a horrible manager based on the Rockies results, and his teams… Read more »

OrangeRocks
OrangeRocks
8 years ago

One more random thought about starting pitchers – does anyone else notice the lack of in depth information regarding injured starters like DLR, Chacin and Bettis? It is like these guys disappear onto the DL or rehab assignment, and we don’t hear about them for extended periods of time.

Bob K.
Bob K.
8 years ago
Reply to  OrangeRocks

The lack of injury information seems to be modus operandi for the rockies. Often when a player is struggling they continuously deny that there is anything wrong and then (Ubaldo Jimenez seems to be the latest example of this) a year or two later they might get around to admitting that the struggling player was actually fighting injuries during the time of poor play.

jaredean
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jaredean
8 years ago
Reply to  Bob K.

Actually the latest example is even more recent in that Chacin tried to pitch while injured…he admitted to pitching through pain in Spring Training:

http://www.denverpost.com/rockies/ci_20650261/rockies-jhoulys-chacin-regrets-pitching-through-pain-spring-training

Alex Colfax
Alex Colfax
8 years ago

Someone on Purple Row yesterday wrote that if Pomeranz stays in the minors six more days, he will not be eligible for free agency until 2018. If he comes up before then and stays all season, his FA date moves up to 2017. Under those circumstances, it certainly makes sense to give him another start or two with the Sky Sox…especially since he also has some mechanical issues that need work. Like everyone else, I’ve been disappointed and disgusted at… Read more »

OrangeRocks
OrangeRocks
8 years ago
Reply to  Alex Colfax

I’ll agree regarding the arbitration clock as that does make some sense, however the mechanical issues is a bunch Rockies BS – when he was already pitching better than most of the other starters. Also as far as the arbitration clock is concerned just be honest and come out say we are going to give him a few (x number) starts at AAA so we can delay the arbitration another year.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
8 years ago
Reply to  OrangeRocks

I don’t think the mechanical issues are BS at all. It just goes to show you how bad Apodaca is that he can’t fix something and a AAA pitcher can in the span a couple of sessions.

Deep Purple
Deep Purple
8 years ago

Pomeranz isn’t likely ready after such a short time in AAA, and his FA status may or may not be affected. But we all know that’s not the point. Right now, it’s the little picture that counts not the bigger one. Many teams go through a drought like this one with seemingly no end and the Rox will probably win a few here and there. But that’s even more depressing. I’m one that thinks not just Tracy and DOD need… Read more »

OrangeRocks
OrangeRocks
8 years ago
Reply to  Deep Purple

Pomeranz is not ready for what? He is not injured and he was facing MLB hitters just fine before he was sent down. My point is he needs MLB experience NOT AAA experience!

Deep Purple
Deep Purple
8 years ago
Reply to  OrangeRocks

Even when he was doing well, which wasn’t often and not consistently, Pomeranz’ velocity was down in the very low 90s. That’s not close to where he was supposed to be in the 93-95 range. If he’s not injured, and I don’t think he is, he’s go to get the FB going and locate it…at the same time. Not too much to ask for a top line starter.

GARY
GARY
8 years ago
Reply to  Deep Purple

Greg Maddox.Play to his ego/legacy about shaping a young staff to WIN at altitude by pitching not just throwing!

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