Meh Part Trois

The stats are probably there for those none-to-lazy to look them up, but the sense that the Rockies tend to “fizzle” come May usually coincides with an extended road trip.  This could be complete and utter bollocks, but for longtime fans the art of optimism is usually laced with a heavy dose of road-trip-skepticism.

The only good to come out of Wednesdays afternoon loss to the Royals with a final score of 2-3, is the fact that the team has a six game home-stand coming up, beginning with non-other than their own personal punching bag: the Padres.

For the third game in a row the Rockies played like they had never seen a pitch in their life.  Swings were lethargic, attitudes were defeated.  Not to discount the Rangers, Reds and Royals and their current teams makeup and standings, but the Rockies should be better than this, at least from the box next to the dish.

Pitching is another aspect all together.

But, this should be a team that isn’t reliant on a perfectly pitched game from our staff.  The fact that we didn’t get our first hit until the fourth and our second hit until the sixth puts a ton of pressure on your starter.  The you get to watch Tulo get tossed for arguing balls and strikes and you have a mini-meltdown in the making.

Chacin gave up three runs over seven innings, which an April Rockies would have easily capitalized on.  In this scenario it only made for a depressing L on his forehead.

CarGo did have two singles and Stubbs put the Rox on the board with a two-run shot in the seventh, but other than that the offense was nothing to write home about.  Runners at first and second in the ninth with one out would be cause for optimism, but the feeling that the boys were gonna lose this one overtook any and all hope of a key hit.  That and a low called third strike on Stubbs to end the game.

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Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago

Uh oh. The thing about things that can’t go on like this forever is that they don’t. The baseball version of that is this: all unsustainable levels of performance can’t be sustained. Exhibit A: Charlie Blackmon. A very ordinary .259 hitter in May. Now he also has 4 HRs in May, and if .259 is your bad month I think we can all agree you’re having a good year. In Charlie’s case, a great year. But things will return to… Read more »

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
6 years ago

And another thing….
Why did WW not PH Dickerson for Stubbs in the 9th with 2 outs and the tying run on 3rd and go ahead run on first? It didn’t do any good to have Dickie waiting in the on-deck circle as Stubbs struck out to end the game. When is WW going to learn that Stubbs can’t hit RH pitchers? We are already 1/4 of the way through, certain tends have already been established-Stubbs can’t hit RH pitching. Ag,… Read more »

gary
gary
6 years ago
Reply to  Cisco Kid

Totally agree on not giving Dickerson a chance in the ninth.Just like finishing a tight game in football or basketball and still having time outs left.Plus if Cory ties it up its a straight up switch of outfielders.WW still frustrates me,much as JT did several years ago.

sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago

Spell Caster, the site crash, and now articles with French titles! What’s the world coming to? Ag is correct…….the statistical average is simply the sum of highs, lows, and in-between divided by the total. I have a buddy back East that has Blackmon in his fantasy league. He asked me what I thought about 10 days ago (Blackmon was hitting 360 at the time). I said ” 270 hitter, 18 HRs, 18 SBs.” So to get to that level for… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago

Interesting thing to keep an eye on – the Mets released Kyle Farnsworth yesterday (they had a 45 day opt out – and Farnsworth started the season a little late, so they were still in that window). Odd decision to me…..his contract was “only” about 1 million, and his performance was OK, and should trend upward as he gains strength from past injury issues. Heck…..he was closing for them just a few days ago! He will be a 7th-8th inning… Read more »

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
6 years ago

Thanks a lot Mr. Site Crash – the pre game post and my comment went into cyberspace. I’ll repeat what I can remember…. I was following Purple Row’s chat room during yesterday’s KC finale. Boy everyone wanted to take HPU Dan Bellino’s head off his shoulders. Basically they felt it was the worse ball/strike calling they’ve ever seen all year. It didn’t help when Tulo after putting in his feedback after the strikeout walked back to the dugout and then… Read more »

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
6 years ago

Found a great research article about balls/strike calling; bottom line it evens out over the 162-game season after factoring in missed strike/ball calls that “benefited” or “hurt” the pitchers.

http://www.rockieszingers.com/2014/05/15/balls-strikes-one-mans-rage/

sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago

Another fascinating MASH report on FanGraphs:

http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/mash-report-51514/

Scan down to the “PAIN” index. Very, very interesting (at least to me).

sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago

This Padres series is IMPORTANT! Prior to the season, I predicted 86 wins, and said a key would be getting through April/May playing 500 baseball (based primarily on what appeared to be a brutal schedule). Of course, even with our current little hiccup, we’re ahead of pace. But – after this Padres series, the rest of May is tough (then we get a favorable home schedule in June and July). The Giants series sets up to be Bumgarner, Cain, and… Read more »

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