Offense Comes Alive

It is just a four game streak, but everything came together on Sunday.  First, I arrived home from my vacation in the Austrian Alps on Sunday.  Second, Bob in WV opened the door to offensive offense discussion on Sunday in which the softball was served to Bob K.  Third, Ian Desmond came off the DL Sunday to ignite the attack.

Sunday was when the Rockies unleashed their fury from the built up frustration.  Only four games, but they are trying to prove that changing the hitting coach has no effect on their performance.  @Chuck_Nazty and DJLM have some helium in their batting averages and #NolanBeingNolan finally has some friends to drive home to increase his major-leading RBI total to 80.  With Gerardo Parra and Ian Desmond finally healthy behind Mark Reynolds, he can relax and get back to his normal self and swing with no pressure.  Since the ASB, Trevor Story has fixed his mechanics to shorten up his swing and is starting to come around.  This allows BB to finally relegate CarGo to the bench or bottom half of the order.

Now sdcarp and Agbayani are playing armchair GMs trying to improve the club, specifically the bullpen and catching position.  RMH chiming in….I don’t want to give up the farm for a rental to play in just one game (WC game).  Find a trade similar to 2009 that brought Rafael Betancourt here without giving up a big piece.  The Dodgers have won 30 of the last 34 games and they are a foregone conclusion to win the NL West.  Colorado will have to settle for a WC play-in game and hope to win.  Then the real playoffs can be experienced.  Currently, Colorado sits in the #1 WC slot half game ahead of Arizona.  Arizona beefed up their offense getting J.D. Martinez, but he got plunked on his hand in his first game with the new team.

Sunday, New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz could not even pitch two innings as the Rockies won 13-4.  Then San Diego Padres came to town who has been a thorn in our sides in head to head matchups.  The Rockies have had it with the Friars in their earlier games and they took it out on them sweeping them 9-6, 9-7, and 18-4.  The bullpen was a bit shaky in the first two games of the series, but they got the ball to Greg Holland for his 29th and 80th save.  Wednesday afternoon they decided to give the back end of the pen a rest by scoring in every inning except the 8th.  This allowed BB to give Jairo Diaz a little work as he went two innings without a run allowed.  Otto then closed out the 9th despite issuing yet another walk (wiped out by GIDP).

Colorado seeks to continue taking out their frustrations on the next victim.  Pittsburgh is coming to town for a three-game set.  Jeff Hoffman, German Marquez, and Kyle Freeland will go against Trevor Williams, Chad Kuhl, and Ivan Nova.  Let’s reclaim our prowess and extend the win streak to seven before an important visit to St. Louis.  St. Louis is trying to climb back into the WC race.

Let’s take a quick look at the past month; from June 21st until the ASB the Rockies got into an offensive slump, rookie SPs had their hiccups during their learning curves, and they were victims of the hottest teams in baseball.  At least nine games were against Los Angeles and Arizona both of whom have been on ridiculous roll similar to Washington when they came through Coors Field.  Yet, look at the Rockies’ record:  56-41 which is still an impressive 15 games above .500.  Percentage points separate the Rockies and D-Bax for the two WC slots.  Chicago is presumed to start making their move to reclaim the Central division.  That will leave us to watch the Brewers (52-46), Pittsburgh (48-48), St. Louis (46-49) and maybe New York (43-50).  The next six games are important as it will enable the Rockies to build their WC lead or let it slip away.

I’m staying in the USA and the RWOers have to continue serving softballs to Bob K to keep our superstitions alive.  Between now and September, it will be determined if the Rockies are really making a push for the post season or fade away.  Every game in September will be all divisional games except for a three-game home series against Miami.

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sdcarp
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sdcarp
3 years ago

Intensity level of last night’s game was outstanding.

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

I may be wrong but from what I have seen the Pirates are probably the number 1 team when it comes to intentionally throwing at the opposing batters. The Rockies seem to get away with hitting opposing batters the most with the claim it was not intentional. The Pirates will retaliate whenever one of their batters gets hit and in some cases will try to get the first hit batter in before the other team does especially if they are… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
3 years ago

Assuming the Rox hold on and win this one (I should know better, right?), it means we’ll have won 6 of the last 7, and 10 of last 16. This Pirates series was significant. They came in red hot – and are a very capable team. We’ve got a tough road trip coming up, but then the schedule really turns in our favor for the bulk of August. Where I’m headed with this……I think we have to be buyers, and… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
3 years ago

My finger no longer hovering over the panic button. Now that was the homestand we needed. And the Brew Crew is looking awfully vulnerable now with the Cubs breathing down their necks. They’re my main concern since I think the Cubs will take the division in the end. But the Pirates were my second biggest concern, so the sweep is a big help, and it may just push them into “sell” mode after all. Bullpen: Otto is still a mess.… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
3 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Agree with your Cubs analysis here. They’re about to go on a Dodger- esque streak and win 30 of their next 35, meaning the Brewers will be in the WC race with us, the DBacks, and yes…..the Pirates are likely the next best candidates. David Dahl already has a HR tonight in the Topes game (although he’s still rusty). Tom Murphy slowly warming up – he’s batting something like 350 over the last 5 games (he’s not in the lineup… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
3 years ago

And now it’s Offense Goes Missing in Action. A warm welcome, please, to our old friend, the Coors Hangover Effect.

roxnsox
roxnsox
3 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

…and to his pal, Looking Bad on a National Broadcast and Further Cementing the Rockies as Pretenders in the View of Most People, Always

sdcarp
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sdcarp
3 years ago

Indeed. Seems like time for a recap of “things we know:” * As you note, Almonte promoted. * Jairo Diaz and Carlos Estevez swap places. * David Dahl showing some progress – but hasn’t hit the afterburners yet. * Ditto for Tom Murphy. Playing better, but hasn’t hit the afterburners yet. * On the other hand, Brendan Rodgers has been going warp speed and is now almost universally regarded as a top 10 Prospect. * Ryan McMahon continues to rake,… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
3 years ago

RMH – I’m personally a longtime Lucroy fan. But he’s fallen off a cliff this year (offensively and defensively). He’s “only” 31. He’d be a rental I suppose (although he’s the type guy that might be a solid FA target for us this offseason anyway). The Rangers are in a tough spot. They’re not good this year, but the AL WC race is a bunch of mediocre teams…..so they’re still within shouting distance.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
3 years ago

I tell you guys (and girls), after Desmond’s calf re-injury last night (I’m assuming he’ll need DL time), I’m calling up McMahon to platoon with Reynolds at 1B.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
3 years ago

DO-NOT-PUSH-THE-PANIC-BUTTON-AG! I have to say, one of my pet peeves is occurring. Teams (not just the Rockies – but in this case, the Rockies!) that wait right up to the deadline to make their trades. All 162 games count the same. The games in August/September do not count any more than the games in April-July. Last night………..the Rox could have used a another good relief pitcher (or two). Perhaps we could have extended that game…..or even won it. Take a… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
3 years ago

Wonder what the Oakland A’s want for Yonder Alonso? Extreme fly-ball hitter. 1B. Left-handed batter. Solid defense, above average at minimum. He’d be a rental, so the price shouldn’t be too high. I’ve said (several times) that I’m in favor of pursuing controllable players. I probably should amend that statement to something like “I’m in favor of pursuing controllable players unless the price of a rental is very reasonable and/or there’s a decent chance the rental might be a future… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
3 years ago

Welcome Pat Neshek. Can we go back a few hours in a magic time machine and redo tonight?

On the surface, didn’t give up too much. Given that we didn’t give up too much, we don’t need to stop here. Let’s get another RPer and a bat.

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

Rockies get Pat Neshek and cash for Jose Garcia IF, J. D. Hammer RHP and Alejandro Requena RHP. Tyler Anderson moved to 60 day DL to create opening for Neshek who has been superb this year. He has a 1.12 ERA but only a 37% ground ball rate to go along with 10Ks per 9 innings and 1.1 walks per 9 innings.

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2017/07/phillies-trade-pat-neshek-rockies.html

Bob K.
Bob K.
3 years ago
Reply to  Bob K.

Too bad they couldn’t get the Phillies to take Jordan Lyles in return.

Bill
Bill
3 years ago

So far this road trip is looking very similar to other road trips to hot muggy places in the middle of the summer. Tonight was a total bummer. Hitting was ok but let some chances slip away. Pitching was terrible. Maybe with Neshek coming we’ve seen the last of Jordan Lyles. Fielding was not good tonight. DJ didn’t get to a couple of balls he usually gets, A ball got by Cargo, Charlie hit one cut-off man and missed another.… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
3 years ago

As someone who has long believed that relief pitchers with quirky deliveries succeed at Coors (Brian Fuentes, Mike Myers, Steve Reed), I really like the Neshek trade. Jose Gomez is the only one of the three we sent packing that I’d ever heard of. He’s a nice prospect, but the talk seems to be that he’s unlikely to stick at SS, and that makes him a much less valuable commodity. So 3 low minors middling prospects really isn’t bad at… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
3 years ago

Keep this in mind Rox fans – MLB teams have Farm Systems for two primary reasons – to groom players to ultimately make the parent Major League Club, or to trade players for other players that ultimately make the Major League Club. IMO – fans frequently forget that reason #2 is just as important as reason #2. With that in mind – here’s why I Iike the Neshek deal, even as a rental: 1. We desperately need him. 2. All… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
3 years ago

I have to say…..given that the price for Neshek was “low,” – I’m warming to the idea of Lucroy.

roxnsox
roxnsox
3 years ago

I like the trade. But the Rockies do not look like anything more than an average (sometimes a little above, sometimes a little below) team – certainly not a playoff team. It’s only that too-good-to-be-true stretch the first couple of months that even has them hanging in there record-wise. Obviously. Sigh.

What’s wrong with Tyler Anderson? 60-day. Ugh.

Bob K.
Bob K.
3 years ago
Reply to  roxnsox

Tyler Anderson had knee surgery.

roxnsox
roxnsox
3 years ago
Reply to  Bob K.

Thanks, Bob K. I did know that but thought it was of the arthroscopic/shorter DL type…did it become more serious somewhere along the line, or did I misunderstand the nature of things before?

Bob K.
Bob K.
3 years ago
Reply to  roxnsox

According to this article, the knee surgery was of the arthroscopic kind and was successful but it was not the only issue he was dealing with. Apparently the knee problem was also causing hamstring problems because he was not able to work out properly. I did not see any updates on how his recovery is progressing.

http://m.rockies.mlb.com/news/article/240815360/tyler-anderson-back-with-rockies-after-surgery/

Bill
Bill
3 years ago

I think that the Tyler Anderson move was strictly a bookkeeping move. The 60 day DL started when he was put on the DL which was> I can’t remember but I think more than a month ago, maybe 6 weeks ago. Once he reaches 60 days he can come back if he’s healthy and someone can be let go. Hopefully Lyles although maybe he’ll be gone tomorrow. By the way don’t be discouraged by the Nats winning 15-2 today. They… Read more »

Bob K.
Bob K.
3 years ago
Reply to  Bill

To the best of my knowledge, the Rockies did not need to move Anderson to the 60 day DL to create an opening for Neshek. They have had an open 40 man spot ever since they DFAed Cardullo. That opening was briefly filled when Dahl was activated but was very quickly opened back up when Qualls was DFAed. My impression is that they are holding that spot for Bettis who while on a rehab assignment at AAA Albuquerque is still… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
3 years ago

Actually, they can probably roll Anderson’s DL stint back to the day after his last appearance which was June 25 … so August 25? That’s still more than the “6 weeks” we heard about, so still not good news. Good news on the Nats win: it was the Brewers’ loss. They are fading, and faster than us ….

sdcarp
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sdcarp
3 years ago

IMO – even typically minor knee issues are a big deal to pitcher (witness Jake McGee in 2016).

Tapia pulled from starting lineup prior to first pitch tonight. Likely headed to Washington. Desmond to DL is my guess.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
3 years ago

Paying attention to the ABQ game tonight because Almonte is making his debut (and doing a solid job through 6), but the story is McMahon, Geez. 4 for 4, a double shy of the cycle, through 6 innings. His BA is just shy of 390. The sample size is now large. Bring that young man up and platoon him with Reynolds at 1B. Trade for Lucroy. Fix the offense. Giddy up.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
3 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

To be fair, David Dahl is 3 for 4 with a HR.

roxnsox
roxnsox
3 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

Giddy-YUPPPP!

sdcarp
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sdcarp
3 years ago
Reply to  roxnsox

RoxnSox – I’ll be @ Fenway tonight for the Royals @ RS. I’ll put in a cheer for you.

roxnsox
roxnsox
3 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

Excellent, carp! Thanks! 🙂

sdcarp
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sdcarp
3 years ago

sdcarp’s suggested roadmap to the WC (at Coors mind you): 1. DFA Cargo – bring up Dahl. 2. DL Desmond – bring up Tapia (this is probably already in the works). 3. Replace Amarista with McMahon (figure out a way to get Amarista to AAA). 4. Trade for Lucroy (I’m thinking Dom Nunez or less can get this done). 5. Figure out a way to get Hanigan back to AAA, essentially as a player Coach. I’d like to hang on… Read more »

Bill
Bill
3 years ago

The Rockies did this today- Colorado Rockies designated RHP Jordan Lyles for assignment. Colorado Rockies activated RHP Greg Holland from the paternity list. Colorado Rockies recalled CF Raimel Tapia from Albuquerque Isotopes. Colorado Rockies optioned RHP Carlos Estevez to Albuquerque Isotopes. I can’t see them DFA Cargo. From what I hear he is still one of the most, if not the most, popular player with his teammates. I think it would be bad Karma It might happen when Desmond comes… Read more »

Bob K.
Bob K.
3 years ago
Reply to  Bill

Due to these moves the Rockies now have two openings on the 40 man roster. There are two spots available due to Tyler Anderson and Chad Bettis being on the 60 day DL. The Jordan Lyles DFA was not necessary to create an opening on the 40 man roster but was necessary to create an opening on the 25 man roster for the return of Greg Holland to active duty. and the recall of Raimel Tapia. Jordan Lyles had no… Read more »

Bob K.
Bob K.
3 years ago
Reply to  Bob K.

Oops, I missed Desmond on the 10 day DL so there is only one opening on the 40 man roster and not two.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
3 years ago
Reply to  Bob K.

Things that make you “hmmmm” – right Bob K. I’m hoping that 40th spot is for Lucroy.

Ryan McMahon is wreaking absolute havoc in ABQ. BA up to 394.

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

And the newest of the Rockies is Jonathan Lucroy obtained for the famous PTBNL.

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2017/07/rockies-to-acquire-jonathan-lucroy.html

sdcarp
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sdcarp
3 years ago

I’m a fan of the Lucroy deal for several reasons; 1. It appears as though the cost will be next to nothing. 2. This time last year (2016 trade deadline), Lucroy was thought of as one of the best Catchers in baseball. Certainly a top 5 Catcher. His decline has been so fast…….it’s fishy. It’s not like Cargo’s decline…..where it’s been trackable for about 3 years. This trade is a gamble, but I think a good gamble. I like the… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
3 years ago

Always fun to do some initial post-mortem analysis @ the trade deadline, and then revisit later: A’s – think they did well in Sonny Gray trade. Three interesting, upside guys in return. Nice injection of talent into their Farm System when you add these three to the players returned in the Madison/Doolittle trade as well. Dodgers – honestly, a little weird. I’m not sure Watson and Cingrani improve the Dodgers. Yes, they’re both LHed. But that’s about it. Yu Darvish… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
3 years ago

Lucroy: I like it since I’m guessing the PTBNL is a pretty low level prospect even if Lucroy hits some performance targets. If it becomes even a Castellani type I’m not as happy. My main issue: I would go with Tom Murphy instead. But Lucroy can’t really be this bad, can he? Let’s compare some horrific first halfs (halves?). Look at this guy: .211/.255/.334 – 589 OPS, or another way of looking at it, 58 RC+ And this guy: .221/.299/.338… Read more »

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