It’s the pitching, stupid

Here we are again, another night, another awful pitching matchup for the Rockies.

I’m afraid I’m with Ed the Ump on this one, mostly. Realistically speaking the Rox won’t jettison every pitcher on the staff, especially a few guys making league minimum, but it’s hard to design something this bad on paper. Young guys that can’t find the strike zone with both hands. Old guys that should know better. Nary an outing over 6 innings for a starter. Nobody that can stop inherited runners or provide shutdown innings consistently. Can’t get a K when needed. Can’t not give up a BB when not.

Oh, every once in a while Chris Rusin goes toe-to-toe with Matt Harvey. You know it won’t last as soon as the bullpen phone rings.

Rockies baseball is like watching a NASCAR race with Danica Patrick. Looks good in a fire-retardant suit. Creates excitement for a lap or two. At the end of the day, the best you can hope for is she gets out, throws a few f-bombs, and punches somebody after a wreck. Entertainment for your dollar.

With deGrom pitching, I’m guessing there will be mostly Lauren Shehadi highlights in the Rockies feed today after that studio visit to MLB Network this morning. That’s a plus.

But, we still watch on the off chance something good happens. Stat of the day: the Mets haven’t walked anyone in 3 games. 3 GAMES. We can barely go 3 batters.

New York Metropolitans
CF Juan Lagares (R)
RF Curtis Granderson (L)
LF Yoenis Cespedes (R)
3B Juan Uribe (R)
1B Michael Cuddyer (R)
2B Wilmer Flores (R)
C Travis d’Arnaud (R)
SS Ruben Tejada (R)
P Jacob deGrom (L)

Rockies
CF Charlie Blackmon (L)
S Jose Reyes (S)
RF Carlos Gonzalez (L)
3B Nolan Arenado (R)
1B Ben Paulsen (L)
2B DJ LeMahieu (R)
C Michael McKenry (R)
LF Brandon Barnes (R)
P Jorge de la Rosa (L)

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sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago

It’s amazing how quickly JDLR comes unraveled. He’s super-weak mentally.

DD – like the Danica Patrick analogy, but we don’t look that good (we do drive that poorly though).

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

I don’t think JDLR gets unraveled that bad. Say he goes 6 givng up 2 runs, that’s a quality start.

The real problem is the Rox is on pace to set MLB record by far for giving up most two-out runs. I think all of the NYM scores have come with two outs this series. BBs don’t help matters at all.

Gary
Gary
5 years ago

Often aided by lack of focus two out walks.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago

Game over. Must give up one or less runs to have chance to win. Rally killer batters coming up for Ks. Better just bunt to avoid K.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago

The Mets very shrewdly drafted Harvey and Matz while (nearly) simultaneously trading for very high draft picks Syndergaard and Wheeler. But they got a little bit lucky with deGrom. We need to get lucky with someone.

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

Radio guys point out that Brandon Barnes has seen 6 deGrom pitches tonight, has swung and missed 6 times … nice “energy guy” but I really don’t ever need to see him in a Rockies uniform again. DFA’d Drew Stubbs? Must be a deal in the works since he’s been hitting well since his last recall …

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Ag – I can “almost” see Stubbs being worthwhile as a pinch runner / defensive replacement to a contender once rosters expand. I can see one of those “cash considerations” type deals being possible.

roxnsox
roxnsox
5 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Yup, Barnes seems to bring “energy” each time he is called up, which is nice for a while, but he is always exposed. Too bad.

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

And Matt McBride called up. Which I’m fine with, except that he duplicates Kyle Parker’s skills (or lack thereof), so I don’t need to see him taking at bats away from Parker. Which means Wilin is now officially 4th (or lower?) on the organization 1B depth chart. Hell, I’d actually rather see Wilin play every day in the hope that he gets hot and somebody gives us something more than the proverbial bag of balls for him in the offseason.… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

Yep, carp, actually Stubbs may have some value for a contending team – runs well, still a plus defensive outfielder, can occasionally hit one out against a lefty. He’s a useful player (unlike, umm, Barnes) on a good team at the right price. He just found himself on a bad team at a horribly inflated price. Could Boone Logan be next? Please???

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

How low can low go, Example 32: I am now relieved to see Christian Bergman coming in from the bullpen, considering the alternatives.

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

Are Harvey-deGrom-Syndergaard the best 1-2-3 young starters since Hudson-Mulder-Zito? Smoltz-Glavine-Avery? Rockies haven’t even come close to scoring the last couple nights. Completely overmatched. I’m actually rooting for the perpetually sorry Mets to win it this year.

roxnsox
roxnsox
5 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Mets win, OK, yawn. I get the great young pitching and the team as a potentially good story, but as always, give me some emotion over stats 🙂 My NL faves are the Cubbies (dad’s team) and Pirates (so close… perennial underdog but lately so close…) I always like the underdogs who rise.

Somebody just please stomp out the Giants.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  roxnsox

Roxnsox – take a look at the standings. Your Cubbies have the Giants on the ropes. Matt Cain and little Timmy are running on fumes.

roxnsox
roxnsox
5 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

Believe me, I notice! 10 stars. Can they sustain? Eeeek

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  roxnsox

I’m a talent guy. Talent wins. The Cubs are loaded. They’re letting Schwarber play because he can rake. They’ve benched Castro and moved Russell to SS. Rizzo is ridiculous. Jake Arrieta……remember that name. Star in the making.

Their Achilles heel will be the BP. But they’ve got too much talent for the aging Giants.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Ag – as usual, you’re very timely. Read this;

http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/the-white-sox-starting-trio-might-be-better-than-the-mets/

The White sox will seek Cargo this offseason. This is why (article linked). They have young pitching with upside. They have some offensive pieces. They have a great MI prospect (Tim Anderson) ripping up AA. They not far from contending.

And……they have pitching depth in the minors. They’ll keep Carson Fullmer.

We should seek Francelis Montas and Spencer Adams in return.

roxnsox
roxnsox
5 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

And Ag and I are united in Jays put Yanks down as far as possible:)

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  roxnsox

Both of these teams are flawed. The Yankees have over-achieved to get to where they are now. They desparately need a frontline starter. Toronto’s BP has had several implosion periods already this season. After Price, their SP is weak. I say this one is 50/50.

Gary
Gary
5 years ago
Reply to  roxnsox

Add me as a lifetime Yanks hater starting in the mid 1950’s.

roxnsox
roxnsox
5 years ago
Reply to  Gary

I didn’t start hating them until much later, Gary! They were the only team that was ever (it seemed) on The Game of the Week on Saturdays when I was a small girl, so I loved The Mick, who inspired my lifelong and never-to-be-realized dream of being a home run hitter. I still fantasize about hitting just one bomb to know the feeling 🙂

Quaint now – “Game of the Week.” LOL

Gary
Gary
5 years ago
Reply to  roxnsox

Wouldn’t miss it and other two teams were Cardinals and Dodgers[Brooklyn version] Curt Gowdy and Dizzy Dean of “he slud in there safe” and “The Wabash Canonball” fame.

Julian
Julian
5 years ago

Barnes is what he is. He’s a minimum salary backup outfielder who can hit lefties OK and field OK. With Stubbs gone, is he now the backup CF? I suspect he has a job for another year or two until guys like Dahl, Patterson, and Tapia start showing up. As to Wilin, he might as well stay in Albuquerque until its season ends and work on his defense at 1B and then come up. I don’t think that many other… Read more »

roxnsox
roxnsox
5 years ago
Reply to  Julian

I saw Tapia like, twice, in spring training TV. He wowed me. (Also the announcers said “five tools” which will get me every time…

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  Julian

Slow down Cheetahs. Tapia is a Modesto Nut. He has to graduate from the Yard Goats and at least make a cameo as an Isotope before playing in the Coors OF.

roxnsox
roxnsox
5 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

I know. But as much as I don’t watch the minors, this guy has me hanging my hat on him.

roxnsox
roxnsox
5 years ago
Reply to  roxnsox

Eventually.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  roxnsox

Cubs win, Cubs win, Cubs win.

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

I saw Tapia too, and I liked what I saw. But he’s really skinny and hard to imagine him developing much power without filling out a lot. Like I used to say about Dexter Fowler: if he had arrived a decade earlier, somebody probably would have gotten him to bulk up on PEDs and he would have been a real force to reckon with …

roxnsox
roxnsox
5 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

How old is he? Time to grow some muscle?

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago

Amazing to me – after last night’s game – with +/- 50 games to play, the Nats and Giants are in real danger of missing the playoffs……period.

In my opinion, the Giants have somewhat overachieved to get to where they are now, so I’m not totally surprised by that one. But the Nats…….there’s really no excuse. They’ve dealt with injuries, but even with Strasburgh missing time, they still have Scherzer and Zimmerman going every 5th day.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago

Something to keep an eye on the next couple of days. NL Central race is ridiculous. Cubs/Pirates may take both WC slots behind Cards. Pirates very versatile OFer Sterling Marte has been battling a sore/bruised hand for several weeks. Removed from last nights’ game in StL. He really needs a 15 DL stint. Pirates could make use of Drew Stubbs. Don’t get too excited. Stubbs isn’t worth much. But, he only has 6 weeks on contract remaining – so that’s… Read more »

Julian
Julian
5 years ago

Another good outing by Hoffman in AA. Five innings, and only 1 run let up. He’s looking good so far. Could he be in the Rockies’ rotation by the end of 2016?

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

Julian, that’s great news on Hoffman. I see no reason why he couldn’t be pitching at the big league level by June if he continues to pitch like this. The main limitations would be (1) innings limits (2) not wanting to start his arbitration/free agency clock going during a season in which the Rockies don’t realistically expect to compete. Lots of fine young pitchers lately have been advanced just as aggressively. Now as for Eddie Butler … I’m not sure… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

Kyle Freeland – 7 shutout innings, 5 H, 0 BB, 4 K. Very promising starts by two very important prospects, Hoffman and Freeland (guys who were picked back to back in the draft by the way)

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