Matzek Sent Down With Four Others

Apparently the front office wasn’t listening to Walt’s speech about Tyler Matzek on Wednesday.  After Matzek walked the only four batters he faced, before being pulled to make way for McClendon, Weiss told the press that:

They weren’t big misses, but he was missing. He’s come a long way, Tyler. I don’t want this outing today to tarnish everything he’s done. He’s really worked hard and has worked through some things, and has thrown the ball really well in this camp. I want to make sure he leaves here with a good feeling. He may get out there one more time. We’ll make sure he ends up on a positive note.

It would seem the only “positive note” Matzek will be getting is a note to report to the minors, since he was optioned today along with Rosell Herrera, Jayson Aquino, Kraig Sitton and Raul Fernandez.

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Doc
Doc
6 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

Not until we trade him–sorry let him go–then look out.

Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago

What we learned this spring: it really all is in Matzek’s head. Hard to say which way this goes for him. Meanwhile, realizing I haven’t been grumpy enough lately – I listened to a bit of Mike Rosen at spring training this afternoon (850 AM). Rosen asked a pretty bland question to Geivett: will DJ be the backup at 3B in addition to playing 2B? Geivett said DJ would likely start at 2B, and he didn’t really see him being… Read more »

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
6 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

At my count, we have four (not 3) “crappy options” as you say: Barnes, Dickerson, Blackmon, and Stubbs. But I don’t think they are that bad. They either have the glove or the bat but not both. Don’t know if you heard from the observers at the spring training games; Stubbs is the best defensive CF. Early in the ST, a tweet bellowed, “Stubbs just made a Willie Mays catch!” Barnes come close defensively as well. Blackmon and Dickerson are… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

The degree of “crappy-ness” of the CF group will depend largely on where they’re put in the batting order. If they leadoff – we’re talking big crappy! Those guys aren’t leadoff hitters. If they hit down in the 8 slot, and are platooned correctly, it’s a serviceable group.

So the proverbial ball is in management’s court – generally not a good sign when we’re talking Rox.

Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago

Thanks for the report on Stubbs. He appears to be as advertised: very good defensive outfielder, strikes out a lot, can hit lefties o.k. (not “well”). So it does all depend on how we use him. My problem remains this: Dickerson’s made the best showing this spring and last year too. I would see him being a solid outfielder with a bit more oomph at the plate, which may come. But he’s played almost no CF this spring, so it’s… Read more »

Julian
Julian
6 years ago

I think that there should be multiple platoons:

1B: Morneau starts against rights, Cuddyer starts against lefties

CF: Stubbs starts against lefties, Blackmon starts against righties. Barnes probably starts in CS unless one of the outfielders is traded.

RF: Cuddyer starts against lefties, Dickerson starts against righties.

I think that Janish and R. Wheeler become the utility infielders.

Trip
Trip
6 years ago
Reply to  Julian

So Cuddy plays first and RF against lefties?

sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago

Oakland A’s / Tampa Bay Rays 101 B-A-B-Y (that’s my Dick Vitale imitation in honor of CBB). We have the platoon pieces. They now have to be used correctly. I have no doubt that Weiss and Runnels can figure this out – no problem. But…..how much meddling comes from above? I also agree with Julian – there should/can be more platooning than just CF. I would add some 2B to your list Julian……and I also agree Janish and Wheeler will… Read more »

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

That’s all fine and dandy, but who are you going to bump off of the 40 man roster to make a spot for Janish? No problem with Wheeler as he is already on the 40 man roster.

I know Janish is having a fine spring but his career statistics aren’t very impressive.

http://rockiesroster.com/rockies/40-man/

Julian
Julian
6 years ago

Bob K., that’s a great question. I don’t have a good answer for that (which is why I’m practicing law and not the GM of the Rockies).

Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago

Bob K. is right. Janish is the answer to the question, “how awful a hitter can you be and still manage to get major league playing time every year?” I haven’t searched the stats, but I’m pretty certain that if he makes the Rockies he will be the guy with the worst career offensive numbers (over, say 300 plate appearances) for a position player in all of MLB. He’s so bad that we’d almost certainly be better using Chatwood as… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Janish: 562 nonpitcher players have accumulated a total of at least 300 plate appearances over the last 4 years. Janish’s offensive performance: 542 out of 562. Of the 19 guys worse them him, a bunch didn’t play at the MLB level last year. He has only 4 real competitors for “worst hitter in baseball to make a MLB team in 2014” — – Koyie Hill, catcher who’s in spring training with the Nats – Michael Martinez (who somehow escaped my… Read more »

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
6 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

I hope the Rox hear you. I don’t think Janish has a shot of making the team. The club isn’t going to carry a fielder on the bench. Your bench has to be constructed with good hitters regardless of how good you are with the glove (see Giambi). Correct me if I’m wrong – I think Janish is on a minor league contract which means he can be stashed in the minors as a replacement for Tulo in an emergency.… Read more »

Julian
Julian
6 years ago

As usual, Agbayani makes a good case as to why I’m wrong about Janish. Maybe he gets traded to a team who needs a shortstop. Who makes the team as the backup catcher? Pacheco is out of options so he has to make the team or get cut or traded. My guess for the pitchers for the start of the season (with Chacin on the DL) is as follows: DLR Chatwood Anderson Nicasio Morales and the bullpen: Hawkins Logan Brothers… Read more »

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
6 years ago
Reply to  Julian

Chad Bettis will be with the Rox to start the season if we go with an eight-man bullpen. (40 games in the first 42 days).

Scahill and Corpas will be part of Springs pen.

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