Logan ASG Snub Wracks Rox

The 2015 MLB All Star game lineups and rosters were released Sunday and yesterday.  The Colorado Rockies, who did a lot of losing during the week of June 29, didn’t manage to get any players elected to the starting lineup.  Nolan Arenado and DJ LeMahieu, the Poor Hitter whose recent BABIP numbers have been gleefully exposed by RWO commenter Agbayani, were named All Stars as reserves, so I guess Bruce Bochy thinks DJ may be OK, but the real scandal was expressed by commenter Bill, who wondered aloud how in hell could Bochy leave left-hand reliever Boone Logan, who retired David Peralta with 2 on and 2 out in the 8th on Sunday, off of a squad that could clearly use some bullpen juice?  What Bill declined to add was that not only can Logan set-down those tough lefties in a pinch, he can do it as many a 3 times in 10, provided you give him an even chance.

Nevertheless, the Rockies blew through the 2015 season’s halfway point on a pace for 94 losses, dropping 5 of their 7 outings during the week of June 29, and 7 of 10 on the road trip that started June 26 in San Francisco.  94 failures looks remarkable similar to the 96 disappointments Colorado had us suffer through in 2014, and it’s clear the current formula does not function.  Donny D, RMH, and the rest of the RWO capably enumerated the team’s shortcomings earlier in the week, leaving me little to write about, really.  The July 31 trade deadline fast approaches, and that is the real excitement that lies ahead, Dick Monfort notwithstanding.

The present hand-wringing among the RWO centers on a perceived lack of assets from which to deal, which seems a little harsh considering the individuals Colorado runs-out in its starting lineup night after night.  There is considerable value in each of the Rockies’ regulars, tempered by the circumstances of their contracts and prospects.  It is perhaps unreasonable to expect a Herschel Walker-style haul out of dealing Troy Tulowitzki or Carlos Gonzalez, but suggestions they are valueless also lack reason.  It’s easy to forget both stars are coming-off recent 2014 surgeries, and are more than likely still rounding into 100% healthy form.  Tulo has been on a tear for over a month and can undoubtedly be a difference maker for any number of contenders.  Gonzalez continues to be up and down, but it doesn’t take a whole lot of imagination to envision Cargo driving-in big runs and playing a tight right-field for a succession of contenders as his career progresses into his 3o’s in the manner of a Carlos Beltran.  Uncle Dickie may have to take-back an unhealthy bite of salary to get the value back in talent desired, but Dick’s got plenty of cash and he owes it to the fans, especially the RWO— just throw-in the proceeds from a couple Friday nights on the Rooftop.  And if you need the Walker-like splash, there’s Arenado sitting there looking like a clone of Brooks Robinson and Mike Schmidt.

The Rockies had a strong draft, and there’s pitching on the way.  It’s not what we wanted, but the hope’s in tomorrow, certainly not today.  Look no further than Donny and RMH’s rants to learn about that.

There is one bright spot among all of the gloom and he is taking the ball in the opener of the 2-game set that starts with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim tonight at 6:40 MDT at Coors Field.  Right-hander Chad Bettis (4-3, 3.67) ascended from Albuquerque back in May, and turned-out to be a major-leaguer despite the contrary indications in his previous iterations in The Show.  Bettis has been a winner in 2 of his last 3, and despite losing to the A’s last Wednesday he delivered 5-2/3 competent innings, allowing 3 runs on 7 hits.  Bettis will be opposed tonight by Andrew Heaney (1-0, 1.38) of the Angels, a left-hander who’s been up for only a couple of weeks.  Heaney beat the New York Yankees in his last start June 30, lasting 7 and surrendering only a single run on 2 hits over 7 innings.  He struck-out 7.

Rox manager Walt Weiss has the usual suspects in the Colorado order tonight.  Wilin Rosario gets the start at 1st against the lefty, hitting 6th, and Drew Stubbs will be in left-field for Brandon Barnes, hitting 8th.  Mike Scioscia of the Angels has Johnny Giavotella leading off at 2nd-base ahead of strong-looking Kole Calhoun, the right-fielder who hits ahead of All Star Mike Trout.

El Niño has made a return appearance in Denver, arriving with the Rockies, and thunder showers are predicted early on an evening that will see temperatures in the 60°s and a brisk wind blowing-out toward right-center at 11 MPH.  Drew Goodman’s back and he’ll be handling the play-by-play on ROOT Sports.  KOA’s got radio:  850 on the am dial.

LAAo’A (44-38)
Johnny Giavotella (R) 2B
Kole Calhoun (L) RF
Mike Trout (R) CF
Albert Pujols (R) 1B
Erick Aybar (S) SS
David Freese (R) 3B
Matt Joyce (L) LF
Chris Iannetta (R) C
Andrew Heaney (L) P
COLORADO (35-47)
Charlie Blackmon (L) CF
DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B
Troy Tulowitzki (R) SS
Nolan Arenado (R) 3B
Carlos Gonzalez (L) RF
Wilin Rosario (R) 1B
Nick Hundley (R) C
Drew Stubbs (R) LF
Chad Bettis (R) P

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Roxnsox
Roxnsox
5 years ago

I don’t get how Tulo is left off by Bochy after finishing 2nd. Now, whether he is actually worthy is another question, but isn’t that a bit odd? Maybe not. Manager doesn’t have to listen to the fans.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  Roxnsox

Facts to consider – Bochy is a great Manager. Arguably the best Manager in the game – certainly a top 5 Manager. Bochy see’s Tulo more than any other Manager not named Weiss. Bochy has a personal interest in having home field advantage for the World Series. Bochy has a SS on his team that currently has a WAR of 4.0 compared to Tulo’s 1.7.

This is not a snub. Not even close. Bochy made the correct decision.

roxnsox
roxnsox
5 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

So rational, carp. And so true. I just thought because he placed high, he would get chosen, but I wasn’t thinking it through:)

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  roxnsox

Sorry roxnsox…….didn’t mean all rational on you there. Here’s the thing – post PED era – things change quickly. Player’s peak “zone” is coming earlier and lasting a shorter amount of time. Two years ago Tulo was the best SS in the game by a wide margin. Now he’s borderline top 6-8, and I can maybe see him playing himself up a couple more notches for a brief period. But next year, he’ll be in the 6-10 range. Two years… Read more »

roxnsox
roxnsox
5 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

I RELY on you for rationality, carp! 😉

JulieG
JulieG
5 years ago

Maybe they are trying to pick up the interest in the second voting?

Bill
Bill
5 years ago

If I’m not mistaken, and I’m not because I just double-checked, both DJ the backup 2B and Crawford the backup SS were picked by the players not Bruce Bochy. Bochy picked the backups to the backups and did pick Joe Panik and that’s a smart move because he’s probably better than LeMaihieu. Personally I think Tulo should be on the team but if he’s not, and he almost certainly won’t be voted in, he can get his required rest so… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  Bill

Nice – I had forgotten the players pick the backups. They do a better job than the fans, that’s for sure.

roxnsox
roxnsox
5 years ago
Reply to  Bill

Thanks for the clarification, Bill. Soooo… is Crawford better than Tulo, objectively, that their peers would select him?

DonnyDinger
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DonnyDinger
5 years ago
Reply to  Bill

Yes, I’m voting for Tulo – to get 4 days off.

Whether he stays or goes at the deadline, he’s more valuable healthy. There is no sense in risking an injury (and as Bob points out, he went down on July 20th last year, shortly after the ASG). The rest does nothing but help.

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

Sure, we traded away Drew Pomeranz. I get it, you’d like to have him here since he still has talent. But where would we be without the guy we got for him? I speak, of course, of Brett Anderson, the iron man of the Dodgers who hasn’t missed a start and has 8 wins and a 3.12 ERA. The Rockies never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity. Oh, second worst record in baseball. We won’t catch the Phils, but… Read more »

Gary
Gary
5 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

And DrewPo is still a bit of a head case as well as not really throwing significant innings for the Halos.Anderson wasn’t worth the money/risk factor despite my liking his stuff when he was healthy.There is no hope when we as an organization seems to be unable to learn from our mistakes from trades to simple pitch selection.Ed the umps favorite-the 3 run home run on an 0-2 pitch.HOPELESS!

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

The A’s are my other favorite team. So I’ve continued to follow Pomeranz. I now call him the Little P. Trained of course by the Big P.

Bob K.
Bob K.
5 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

In 2011 Drew Pomeranz showed some promise. In 2012 under the tutelage of Jamie Moyer is when Pomeranz went backwards.

EdtheUmp
EdtheUmp
5 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

sd…good one!

Gary
Gary
5 years ago
Reply to  EdtheUmp

Sorry,I meant the A’s.As far as original trade if we had thought of him as a reliever it would have been a stupid trade so still think he’s a bust.Do like the little P moniker though.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  EdtheUmp

Have you noticed that JDLR’s Mom doesn’t like it when we call him Big P. We get 1 star.

Gary
Gary
5 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

I think that might be me since I think the big P is our only professional pitcher and I love his antics on an other wise boring pitching staff.

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