Goin’ Cold in the Desert

Remember when CarGo had Arizona’s number?  Back when it seemed he took the trade they made of him personally with each and every swing?  Can’t remember that far back?  Ok, how about when we had the potential to not go 1-11 with runners in scoring position?  Or have to rely on Cuddyer to manufacture runs?

Not that it’s a bad thing, Cuddyer putting the pedal to the metal like he did in the top of the fourth to squeeze a single into a double, barely steal third and come home on a slow roller that was mishandled.

But to leave 10 on base, that is the difficult part.

It wasn’t like those 10 were stretched over all nine innings, runners stranded at first.  The top of the fifth was especially difficult.  Fowler single, CarGo walk, Tulo walk and Cuddy up to the plate with only one out.  You can hand it to Cahill, who lived on the outside corner to get Cuddyer to chase on a 3-2 pitch, but you can also point out the eagerness of Wheeler as the reason the boys jogged in without a run.  Cahill was obviously struggling, having walked two and almost walked Cuddyer, and instead of waiting a pitch Wheeler gifted an out at first and grabbed his glove for the next inning.

This being Wheeler’s first game as a Rockie, after being picked up in the Reynolds trade, it was understood that he would have some nerves.  He didn’t look like it in his first at-bat, knocking a double down the line.  But he sure looked uncomfortable in his first action with the glove.  He took a grounder from Goldschmidt in the top of the 2nd and made an error on the throw to Cuddyer at first.  The ball didn’t make it, even though Wheeler was close to the bag.  He just weak-armed it.
Then Wheeler made another lapse in judgment call after a Cody Ross single brought Goldschmidt to second.  Nieves hit a shot over his head to Carlos “gun for hire” Gonzales and, as he is want to do, CarGo came up firing at home.  But, instead of moving aside and letting the ball go through, Wheeler put his hands up to stop the throw and then when it came flying at him, instead of moving he cut it off.

The body language of Torrealba said it all – Wheeler cut off a potential play at the plate.  Yorvit threw his arms in the air at Wheeler, miming a “what’s the deal bro” and then went back to catching.

It was a shame that the only other run came on a Tulowitzki double with EYj on second after hitting a double of his own, because the Rockies arms, for the most part, were really good.

De La Rosa: 6IP, 7H, 2ER and the only (earned) runs he allowed were on a monster 2-run shot by Goldschmidt in the 5th that Goldschmidt just turned on and pulled down the line, hitting the foul pole.

Escalona pitched a perfect seventh and even Lopez pitched a great eigth, only giving up a Parra single before getting two pop-ups and a strike-out.

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Cameo
Cameo
7 years ago

This felt like a typical Rockies road game. Get runners on but then leave them stranded inning after inning. Cargo’s swinging at almost every pitch(save for the 6th inning I believe where he actually worked a walk) is getting really annoying. Can we get just a little pitch recognition Cargo, your greatest strength imo is plate coverage. That however is becoming your greatest weakness right now with your swinging habits. This seems like a game where the Rockies really let… Read more »

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
7 years ago

Close games like this you need to learn how to eek out runs. I am not understanding the erection WW apparently has for EYJ (staring 9 of the last 11 games) if he’s not willing to utilize his speed. How many steal attempts in those 9 games has he had? 4? Bunt attempts? How many bunt attempts has the team had of late? I really thought this year we would be willing to play small ball when it demanded. Last… Read more »

DrRockies
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DrRockies
7 years ago
Reply to  ProgMatinee

you are spot on ProgM…..while I confess I have never seen what qualities EY2 brings to being a starter, I cannot figure what is the attraction is. There are 4 teammates with more steals (he is tied with Cuddyer which proves your point) and I am willing to bet he has flied out more than he has hit the ball on the ground. Let’s not talk strikeouts/ picked off stats. Just to be fair, he is better defensively at tracking… Read more »

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
7 years ago

LOL Prog. I’m pretty sure Dr. Rockies will add to your comments. I was going to go down the road of how many games have the Rockies won since moving Fowler to #2 and EY starting but I think they are 6-4 for the last 10 so I will get shot down fast by the others that have a similar erection as WW.

Pooter
Pooter
7 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

Good comment Jaredean!!

Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago

Yep, EY II muscled up last year and now it’s gone to his head. Whether it’s the slap the ball around and steal bases guy or the new 300 ft power guy, Prog is right: he’s being overused. I said before the season that I’d like to see Walt get him 400 plate appearances or so and see what happens (why not?), but playing every day is just too much. Weird that they called up Wheeler and not Colvin. Their… Read more »

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
7 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Ag, I foresee a righty/lefty platoon of Pacheco/Wheeler next season. I’m a bit intrigued by Wheeler’s bat. Not sure why they put him on third last night, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see him in the lineup again tonight but playing 1st base. Also adding to your minor league pitching report, Eddie Butler carried a no hitter into the 8th inn at Ashville. Kid is dominating in low A, would like to see him move over to Modesto some… Read more »

Pooter
Pooter
7 years ago

Did we forget about EY Jr’s double and he was left stranded…. I do wish he would try a few more bunts for base hits but as Jaredean stated he has close to a .300 average. If Walt Weiss keeps playing him consistently he will be rewarded with a .350 plus average, GOOD DEFENSE, and a top base stealer and runs in the league. JUST LIKE LAST YEAR, consistent playing time will help EY Jr.

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
7 years ago
Reply to  Pooter

Defensively sure he can get to the ball. He is even catching them this season. His ability to throw in a ball in play is nonexistent. I think his base stealing has been stated above. He is tied with Cuddyer. Would you rate Cuddyer a top base stealer? A good base stealer is more than barely 3 steps off 3rd when trying to work a scoring play. Considering how fast he is, and he is very fast, you would think… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago

Pooter, you came in right on cue. Are we imaging a change in EY’s approach or is it real? I checked the stats, which say real. And while he is driving the ball better with obviously increased strength, I think he’s overdoing it a bit. 2010 – 2013: BB %, K %, GB % FB% 2010: 9.0, 16.9, 54.1, 29.3 2011: 11.4, 16.6, 58.4, 22.8 2012: 6.6, 15.8, 48.5, 32.4 2013: 4.5, 13.4, 51.9, 31.5 What’s most obvious is the… Read more »

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
7 years ago

My initial comment wasn’t intended to blast EYJ, Pooter. Its to point out that he’s being misused. Lets recap last night. 1st inning leadoff single. Will he attempt a steal or will Dex bunt him over? Neither. Groundball double play. 3rd inning. 1 out, man on 1st base. EYJ, batting lefty, 2 feet closer to bag, fastest man on field not asked to attempt bunt hit. Instead strikes out. 7th inning. Down by 2 runs. No outs EYJ doubles. Fowler… Read more »

egossage
egossage
7 years ago
Reply to  ProgMatinee

Dexter bunt???? What are you talking about Prog!? He’s a power hitter now!

Pooter
Pooter
7 years ago

Ag and Prog, Great info and insight! I agree with both of your posts and hope to see with consistent playing time more walks and bunts for base hits from Jr. On the issue of taking walks, I don’t think he has a good eye at the plate and I’m hoping that improves with consistent PT. I think he guesses on pitches and has it in his mind whether he is swinging or not before the pitch and then looks… Read more »

Pooter
Pooter
7 years ago

I gotta say fellas, my favorite Rockies player right now is probably Baby Bull. Yes, I said it, I like him better than Jr. It is close though.

Go Rox

Doctor_Christopher
Doctor_Christopher
7 years ago

Great comments everyone. Feels like everyone needs to work on their approach at the plate right now. They have lost 3 one run games this week and in each case they had chances, and yes facing good starters and great pens, but not seeing the approach we saw first three weeks. Agree that they have all gotten homer happy. So step back, plan, execute and stop swinging at really off the plage pitches. Good thing is that slumps can end… Read more »

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