Just trying to fit in here

Managers get measured by every word they speak into a mic, and sometimes you have to give a guy the benefit of the doubt when he’s thinking out loud. When Walt said “I’m still trying to figure out what to do with him”, I don’t think he meant with Jose Reyes – he meant with everyone else in the lineup.

I’m a big advocate of a regular batting order. Yeah, there’s that Sunday lineup thing, but over time if the ‘A’ lineup is jostled around too much it hurts everyone. While I get that a Blackmon platoon might help against left handers like Lester, the problem with that is there hasn’t been another leadoffish hitter on this roster. So, they play Blackmon every day to minimize the disruption to the rest of the batting order. (Does anyone really, seriously, want Drew Stubbs leading off?)

Until now. Reyes is a proven leadoff hitter.

If Walt jams Reyes in the leadoff spot, the risk is that Blackmon regresses from any progress he has made. Putting Reyes #2 sends DJ way down the order, but that we’re going to have to live with – and today, DJ is protecting CarGo while Dickerson sits.

I just realized that I won’t be writing “Tulowitzki” in a Rockies lineup ever again.

On a happier note, looking at that Eddie Butler name leads to the biggest positive factor from this trade. Now, I’d rather have Nolan Ryan walk in a room and say if you can’t pitch at least 7 innings, we’ll help you find another city to pitch in. (Rangers staff surges. Ryan leaves. Rangers staff regresses. Ryan shows up in Houston. Astros staff surges.)

The next best thing to issuing an edict is acquiring minor league arms, meaning Eddie Butler and Jon Gray have guys breathing up their tailpipes.

I really think folks are seriously underestimating how good Jeff Hoffman could be. Maybe it’s the TJ. Maybe it’s trepidation over the last time we missed with two can’t miss guys in a trade (who were overrated and overdrafted, but that’s another story). Maybe it’s we almost always miss in acquiring pitching via trades or free agency, most of the limited success has been via the draft or Latin signings. Hoffman is not Alex White, not by a longshot.

But let’s go back to the purpose of the minor leagues: development. I’ve watched more than a few Pioneer League games in recent years and I can tell you firsthand what happens. Kid who was big man on campus gets drafted. Kid thinks he can cruise. Kid gets knocked around. Some other kid who didn’t get the big bonus starts to pitch well and takes innings away. Kid either gets the idea and starts to compete, or doesn’t and gets left behind.

The strength of a great pitching staff – maybe the best example being Maddux/Glavine/Smoltz – is they compete on EVERYTHING. Wins. Strikeouts. ERA. Shutouts. CGs. Even how many longballs they hit at the plate. Every day is a competition.

More and better arms in the minors means more motivation to pitch well and be promoted.

The idea is not to just develop a guy, it’s to develop a four-tier wave with two or three guys in each one. That’s how the Mets completely reload a rotation in relatively short order. The way to do that is to instill more competition at lower levels.

There has been way too much chuck-and-duck in the Rockies system. You can see it right now at Albuquerque. There is one guy – Gray – and two journeyman who aren’t really pushing him or trying to crack the big club, and then there are a pile of desperation spot starters. WHIPs are criminal. Insanely bad. Not only can’t they help the big club, they can’t help themselves by giving Gray a compelling reason to pitch better.

The guys at New Britain suddenly have a big reason to pitch better, because Hoffman could easily blow all their doors off and get to Albuquerque before any of them.

When we have two or three guys in ABQ pounding the door trying to get to Denver, and two or three more guys somewhere in Connecticut looking to move up, we’ll have something.

Look for Blackmon and Reyes to run on Lester early.

Chicago Cubs
CF Dexter Fowler (S)
LF Kyle Schwarber (L)
3B Kris Bryant (R)
1B Anthony Rizzo (L)
RF Chris Coghlan (L)
SS Addison Russell (R)
C David Ross (R)
P Jon Lester (L)
2B Jonathan Herrera (S)

Rockies
CF Charlie Blackmon (L)
SS Jose Reyes (S)
3B Nolan Arenado (R)
RF Carlos Gonzalez (L)
2B DJ LeMahieu (R)
LF Drew Stubbs (R)
1B Ben Paulsen (L)
C Nick Hundley (R)
P Eddie Butler (R)

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Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

Reyes with a hit in his first Rox plate appearance. As far as Reyes being the classic lead off man – sure, as a Met he was. OBPs in the .350 to .380 range. Lately it’s more like .320s, which would bump up a bit at Coors, but still not what you’d like leading off anymore. (The much-hated Dexter Fowler had OBPs here from .347 to .389). Hoffman: yes, certainly upside there, but read his scouting reports alongside Eddie Butler’s.… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

I dunno Ag – Butler was picked 46th overall (by a team not terribly shrewd at picking pitchers) in the amateur draft. Passed over 45 times. Hoffman was picked 9th overall in the amateur draft. Passed over 8 times AFTER having TJ surgery. That’s the scouting report I need. DD – I agree with the need for pitching depth (at least three (minimum) solid, young, aspiring upward guys at each level). ABQ/NB/Modesto/AVL/GJ/Boise. We need 18-24. We’re woefully short of that… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  DonnyDinger

Tell Carol not to put a slider behind curtain #2. Too much stress for an elbow that already has a piece of hamstring in it.

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago

What in the world……4SB (so far). Is WW reading RWO?

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago

Screaming and blaring headline across the RWO newspaper….Rox Ks 16 times!

Against a pitcher who sits at less than 90 MPH. And on less than 110 pitches to add insult.

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  DonnyDinger

I was so happy to see the Rox finally do something – get rid of a chunk of Tulo’s contract and bring back three solid, much needed, pitching prospects – that I didn’t spend much time considering the deal from Toronto’s end. But when I finally did – it doesn’t make much sense (to me). They were offensive heavy, pitching light before the deal. Their BP in particular is awful (I guess that’s why they wanted Hawk). There best SP… Read more »

jaredean
jaredean
5 years ago
Reply to  DonnyDinger

he hits a double in his next at bat…kid is looking good. excellent spin throw to second for a force as well…loved seeing the BJ’s give him a standing O in his first at bat…Go get ’em Troy!

Bill
Bill
5 years ago

Rockies struck out 16 times! Yikes!. And DJ LeMaihu batting 5th! At the ago of 70, I’m off to my first ever soccer game tonight. Will they outscore the Rockies?

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

Way to cherry pick the Butler vs. Hoffman comments, Donny D. No cheating here — all of the clips below are reports from age 21-22 seasons. Try guessing the prospect in these, all from reputable prospect watchers: 1. “Fastball sits in the 93-96 range and can get up to 98. Command is improving … It (fastball) tends to be fairly straight but has good armside run when down in the zone … Slider is a little flat on occasion but… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago
Reply to  DonnyDinger

Donny, you got it — 1 thru 3 are about Hoffman, 4-6 about Butler. And I didn’t make anything up. The one assigning Hoffman a grade B was Sickels at minorleagueball.com. As for that nasty Butler changeup — lots and lots of people commented on it. Rick Sutcliffe watched called the futures game and said “This was just an absolute filthy explosion on a 90-MPH changeup. It looked like a left-handed breaking ball it had so much late life to… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  DonnyDinger

DD – the burning question is, does a Volkswagon Van need a passport to cross the border, and will Norris be safe camping in Detroit?

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
5 years ago

OK, now Tulo hits another double after the HR. Go Jays!

Great sign in the stands: “Welcome to Tulonto!” Gotta love it.

jaredean
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jaredean
5 years ago

OK either I’m going crazy or I just got a notification from my MLB at bat app that said cargo was traded to the Mets. I went to research the deal and couldn’t find it because it wasn’t cargo it was Gomez, and then went back to my notifications and it’s not there anymore. I think either somebody at the MLB at bat app screwed up I’m seeing things. I swear it was a notification about a trade to the… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  DonnyDinger

The Braves have been brought into that deal and I’m fascinated to see what that end up getting out of it. They’ve been fleecing people lately.

One other deal that’s weird to me. The Nats bringing in highly paid Jonathan Papelbon even though Drew Storen is having a career year and during the process Papelbon saying that he had to Close. Sounds like a recipe for disaster to me.

Bill
Bill
5 years ago

Drew Storen had a career year last year too. Until the playoffs. Paplebon is a jerk but he’s succeeded in the playoffs.

My first and last trip to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. Took over an hour to get from I-70 and Quebec to the parking lot. Virtually no signage, no one directing traffic. Saw two Commerce City Cop cars but they were just sitting. And drunk soccer fans are just as obnoxious as drunk (fill in your sport here)…fans.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  Bill

But you got to see the Hot Spurs for your efforts. Did the Cane kid play?

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