Let’s Close the First Half With a Bang

As you can see in the old photo above, this is what we need to pick up ourselves for the second half.  Jeff Bridich had a good conversation with the ROOT crew yesterday.  He spoke of the need to be symmetric; it has been hard to be consistent when the pitchers throw well, but the offense vanishes and vice versa.  JB is looking for the team chemistry that will enable them to be consistent.

The offense can be potent at times, but as JB says, they can’t rely on the long ball especially out on the road.  The hitters need to be able to understand when it’s time to give up yourself for the good of the team.  Tony Wolters stand out the most to me and the hitters need to have Wolters’ baseball IQ.

The pitchers, especially in the rotation, are starting to be more consistent churning out quality starts by Tyler Anderson, JDLR, Chatty, and Jon Gray.  Chad Bettis is a little bit inconsistent.  But the problem is when the ball gets turned over to the bullpen they have stunk it up.  Jake McGee, all by himself, has been the difference between a .500 club and seven under club.  He’s the new Gopherg.  It’s still a small sample, but it looks like Jordan Lyles can be counted upon as a long relief guy.  Otto needs a couple of months to get back to 100% and the “Wild Thing” can be a closer like Aroldis Chapman if he can learn to pitch more and fire away less.  When Zero is back to his normal self, that will allow Jason Motte to slide down into seventh inning.  Boone Logan is the only relief pitcher who has been consistent and reliable.

Today Chatty gets on the hill in the final game of the first half against them scrappy Phillies.  Let’s close the first half with a bang, not a thud.  They’re at home in Coors Field and they’ve stunk it up worse than a skunk.

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Agbayani
Agbayani
4 years ago

Inexcusable to use McGee in that situation today. Still a very winnable game. 4-2, bottom 7, at Coors, and Phils’ bullpen shoudn’t scare anyone. Day before the ASB. 3 days off for everyone on the pitching staff! McGee shouldn’t see the mound unless this goes 14 innings or something. Everyone can see he’s shot. I’m a stats guy – Spilly and Drew mentioned how his stats are bad. K rate cratered. Hits/9 way, way up. They also mentioned what we’ve… Read more »

roxnsox
roxnsox
4 years ago

Thud

sdcarp
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sdcarp
4 years ago

Heading into the break 40-48. On pace for 74 wins, significantly better than the 68 I projected. Ag/RMH – as you’ve both noted, if we had only half of the meltdowns allowed by the Three Stooges, we might be about 44-44 (all relievers meltdown, so you can’t subtract all their meltdowns). Really, when it comes down to it……we’re where we are in the loss column because of bad investments in 3 RPers, being one big bat light, and having a… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
4 years ago

Agreed, Carp. We really aren’t that far away, which is, of course, what makes things like Walt’s managing so infuriating. He continues to manage this team as if it is is full rebuild/let’s tank the season mode. That was last year. And the year before. This year? Well, we never realistically had a shot at the playoffs, but there was no reason not to try to stay in nominal wild card contention till August (or even later). Today: Walt said… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
4 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Was going to comment on the Futures Games. Now that Hoffman has pitched (well deserved appearance), there’s really no reason not to let him get some time in Denver prior to his 2016 innings limit kicking in.

Bill
Bill
4 years ago

Not sure if my comment will show up. The last time I tried everything disappeared (again). And real life intruded. Hopefully next week I’ll have more time and a few bucks to contribute. I keep waiting for the headline, “Rockies let Weiss go”. But so far he’s still there. My guess that Walt has dirty pictures of Dick Monfart and Jeff Bridich and Jake McGee has pictures of Weiss with Monfart and Bridich. No other reason why he wouldn’t let… Read more »

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