Is it Carlton and Pray for Rain – Tyler Matzek and Rox take on Padres

For those unfamiliar with the above allusion (okay, everyone here knows), it is a reference to many different pitchers over time, where a team has one, maybe two decent starters, and then you simply hope for a lot of off-days and rainouts so the rest of the rotation stays safely off the mound where they can do damage. Actually, the Rox had their own version in 2013 when DLR, Chacin, and Chatwood were the most formidable 1,2,3 they ever had. And they were surronded with a cast of character, fakers, and wannabees. Two words – Jeff Manship!!! I mean, come on, that is worse than Yohan Flande!

 

It is still way to early to tell if the Rockies can develop and run out a rotation that everyday at least gives them a chance to win. In the past 4 days we saw Kendrick blown out, Lyles walk himself to death, Butler fight…for 5 innings, and whatever we want to say about Jorge last night. Folks, this is not a good sign. Grey got bombed in Reno last night (I see a theme starting) and now sports a 9 ERA over 14 innings, Tyler Anderson still hasn’t thrown a pitch while healing from a stress fractured elbow and Kyle Freeland is in Extended Spring Training working on as shoulder issue. So unless we turn our lonely eyes to John Lannen or Jair Jurrjens, this is probably the crew we get.

 

So now the mantle of “Stopper” falls onto Tyler Matzek. Tyler is a great young man (news linked of what he did for a former Rox draftee fighting cancer recently). He has battled a lot. And now, he is most important man on the 25 man roster. With the bullpen starting to get dead arm syndrome already, the team would love 7 strong of 3 ER or less pitching tonight (he cannot use 43 pitches to get through 2 innings as we saw in San Fran). Expect a lot of righties, who hit over over .300 vs Matzek last year. He has been far better this year, but in a small sample size.

 

The pitching is only part of tonight’s puzzle. Right now Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez are simply not on right now. Tulo is 2 for his last 10, but his misses have been big. And CarGo? In his last ten games he is 7 for 41, or .171! Yikes! Really since that absolute bomb in Milwaukee he has been out of sync. The team needs these two to be their normal selves.

 

Tonight they face RHP Brandon Morrow, who was picked #5 in the 2006 draft (Grey Reynolds draft) and was in the running for the guys the Rox considered. Injuries derailed a promising career, with just 16 starts the past 2 seasons and now seeking a second phase of his career for the pitching friendly Padres (he has always been prone to the long-ball). He has gone 7 each of his first 2 starts (both in San Diego) and sports a 1.29 ERA. The big issue for the Rox tonight – grind out ABs. In his first two starts he went 7 with 88 and 99 pitches. It has been a while since he visited Coors (good success) but isn’t the same pitcher he was with the Blue Jays.

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rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago

We should not forgot Chad Bettis who’s working out as a SP in ABQ.

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

OK, since I’m kind of prone to against the grain comments, here’s my pitch for why the pitching picture it isn’t THAT bad: 1. Butler reminds me of a young Aaron Cook. We forget, but Cook threw a heavy sinker and regularly was at 94-5 mph. He also had control issues that he resolved, and the lack of a swing-and-miss pitch that he didn’t. Cook started to turn the corner at 24, then became a really good starter (in between… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

420 day was yesterday.

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

carp, maybe I do need a cold reality shower …

Gary
Gary
5 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

or find some high end weed.[Other end of the cold shower spectrum and less painful].

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Ag – sorry for poking fun, couldn’t resist the proximity to 420. I also appreciate the attempt at positivity. I think (for this season) other teams could use Lyles as a 4-5 type, Matzek as a 5 and JDLR as a solid 4 once he gets his head screwed on straight. So by the standards set by the other 29 teams, our SPers consist of a 4, 4 1/2, 5, a minor leaguer, and a DFA. Unfortunately (at least many… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

Ag – please correct me if I’m wrong – in terms of WAR and our 5 SP slots (and my above analysis), we have 2 replacement level slots, Matzek is maybe a 2, Lyles maybe 2.5, JDLR maybe 3. So that only profiles to about 58-60 wins.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

How can we profile Gray as a closer if he can’t pitch in the first inning? All his stat hits have come in the first inning. We don’t have room for a closer with Zero in the fold for probably the next 3-4 years unless the Rockies shockingly let him walk as a free agent. VERY SSS to judge that Gray can’t be a SP.

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago

Two words for you – “Trevor Rosenthal”

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

So? Still doesn’t solve coming into game (or starting) and have a clean inning. First innings (or only innings) is where he gets knocked around a little bit. Trevor Rosenthal? He didn’t have a long career. I’d rather him start career as SP and if not work out too well, then we can try him out as RP. Four words for you – Dennis Eckersley and Matt Belisle. And is Luke Appel going to be closer? Not yet. Again VERY… Read more »

EdtheUmp
EdtheUmp
5 years ago

1st pitches to the 43 hitters for the Padres… 24 BALLS 19 STRIKES That is the “tale of the tape” for Tuesday night’s game. 43 at bats…19 first pitch strikes, 24 first pitch balls…unless that stat changes dramatically, we are gonna get drilled on a regular basis. That will NEVER get it done at the major league level. We all know that our pitchers are not trying to do this, but for goodness sake, this is NOT acceptable at this… Read more »

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