Oh Look, Tulo Is Back At Cleanup…

A day after dropping Tulo to the fifth spot in the lineup, for the second time in the season, Jim Tracy is showing the impatience of one that is filled with indecision and straw grasping, as he moves Tulo back to cleanup.  Perhaps Tulo’s home run in the first inning is the reason he is back in the batting good graces?

Nevermind that he went 0-4 after that, hitting into two double plays, one to end the sixth and the other to kill the 9th inning rally before it even started.

Another hint that Tracy is just flailing with the lineup would be that Herrera is hitting lead-off and playing second.  While Herrera has been perfectly respectable on the field and at the plate, he isn’t the spark this team needs at the top of the order.

That spark is named Eric Young, Jr.

EYj has been nothing short of flint and steel with every at bat.  His fielding is still pretty rough, but at the plate he is electric, and when he gets on the base path – watch out.  He did take grounders at second today, so maybe the thought was there to start him, but alas he isn’t in the lineup.

Another missed chance to show that the team really does understand their players.

ROCKIES (15-26)
2B Johnny “Sparkplug” Herrera
3B Jordan Pacheco
LF Carlos Gonzalez
SS Troy Tulowitzki
1B Todd Helton
RF Michael Cuddyer
C Wilin Rosario
CF Dexter Fowler
P Juan Nicasio (4.37 ERA)


IN GAME CHAT

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trip
trip
8 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

Yeah, I read that and had to look to see who wrote the lead up. Thought it was Pooter, aka EYj

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
8 years ago

Another piece of good bit: Nicasio is much better on the road than at home.

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

Jared, you’re on fire today! At least you — and EYJ — continue to bring the energy. I know folks are losing interest in the Rockies, and I understand that. With better things to do over the weekend I couldn’t be bothered to go to Coors or even watch at home. But the “Anna Karenina Principle” comes to mind: “All happy families are alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in it’s own way.”. A club on a disastrous run like… Read more »

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
8 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Not wierd at all,Agbayani. Last night it was 4-0 and I just had a terrible feeling. As a matter of fact, Ed the Ump said in the game chat last night when I come back I bet the score will be 7-4. He nailed it! As long as Jimmer continues to stay with Moyer in the rotation who is good for two times through the lineup, I’m getting impatient and putting Jimmer in a pressure cooker. Anybody have Terry Francona’s… Read more »

GARY
GARY
8 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Both!I have no life so I watch.I also have a boys love and loyalty to the game I played night and day as a kid. However,if there is anything else on TV,even reruns of NCIS[currently],I change the channel.I too never believed last nights 4 run lead would hold up.More than anything I would just like to see some good pitching.At least as good as Hammel,Paulino,Millwood.or even Peavey,D.Lowe,et.al.

Jason in Alliance
Jason in Alliance
8 years ago

Jared,

The offensive numbers support your thesis:

2012 Stats

Johnny Herrera: On Base Percentage: .279
Slugging: .375

EY2: On Base Percentage: .412
Slugging: .414

The only stat they’re equal on is run’s scored: 11

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
8 years ago

The train wreck is too fascinating not to watch.

Tulo back at the 4 hole? Knew it the second he hit that HR yesterday.

1 AB and suddenly he reclaimed his stroke, huh? I predict 2 Ks and 2 POs. Throw in an error while we are at it.

Miketober
Miketober
8 years ago
Reply to  ProgMatinee

Prog, that was a pretty good prediction.

Pooter
Pooter
8 years ago

Unbelievable!!! I actually respected Tracy for taking Tulo out of the cleanup spot both times he did so. Just to have him hit in that spot a day later!! So dumb!!! I totally agree with your EYJ comments!!! So DUMB!!! I would rather have Herrera than Scutaro. I really don’t think Scutaro has been spectacular at second base and there would not be a drop off in defense switching to EYJ! How many highlight plays have been made by Scutaro… Read more »

Bob K.
Bob K.
8 years ago
Reply to  Pooter

Maybe it is just my impression but it seems to me that there have not been near as many double plays since Scutaro arrived. Of course that may also be due to all the fly ball pitchers but I seem to have noticed quite a few instances of Scutaro not even making a throw to first base after getting the out at second. I never noticed that EYJr was that bad a second baseman defensively but I do remember him… Read more »

sam
sam
8 years ago

http://www.denverpost.com/rockies/ci_20683236/rockies-owner-says-he-still-supports-jim-tracy check out this post from rockies owner dick monfort the O’Dowd bit is completely absurd

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
8 years ago
Reply to  sam

Is this the dreaded vote of confidence?

Alex Colfax
Alex Colfax
8 years ago
Reply to  Cisco Kid

We can only hope!!

If Monfort really believes this garbage, we’re in for an even longer season than we feared.

Sedin
Sedin
8 years ago
Reply to  Cisco Kid

On what rational basis can Monfort say O’Dowd is the best GM in baseball? His statements today are a slap in the face of every Rockies’ fan. How stupid does he think we are?

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
8 years ago
Reply to  sam

radio stations are having a field day here. Delusional!

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

Pooter, where did you see that EYJ is taking balls at 2b? I hope that’s correct. EY at 2B, Marco or Cuddy at 3B, Cuddy for Helton when he’s not at 3B, Colvin in RF. Arenado at 3B after Scutaro is traded. Rosario/Pacheco at C after Hernandez is traded. Trade Marco once he’s restored some value. That’s the future.

pooter
pooter
8 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Jardean saw it on twitter renmk

Bob K.
Bob K.
8 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

I sincerely hope that they do not bring Arenado up while Tracy is still here. I truly believe that JT would find some way to ruin the kid.

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

Thanks Pooter. By the way, I read Renck’s mailbag piece and Jared’s right: Renck is showing some frustration and isn’t completely toeing the Rockies’ line. In fact he mentions that over the years he’s had players and coaches who’ve been upset and refused to talk to him. The beat writer has a tough assignment — access is everything, but you can’t sell your soul to the club just to keep it. I think Renck has walked that tightrope pretty effectively… Read more »

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
8 years ago

Twice this game Cuddyer leads off an inning with a double, but what does Tracy do, he lets Rosario swing away instead of bunting Cuddyer over with less than 2 outs. Of course both times Cudddyer gets stranded on 2nd. The apologists on Root are going on and on about how Rosario’s responsibility is to get the runner over. How about if the manager takes it out of the rookie’s hands and orders the sac bunt to make sure the… Read more »

GARY
GARY
8 years ago
Reply to  Cisco Kid

I’m sure as a young player Rosario hasn’t even been taught to bunt.One of Harry Carey’s favorite question to Steve Stone back in the day was why doesn’t anybody know how to bunt anymore? With the current Rockies I think the better question is Casey Stengles lament to the 62 Mets-can’t anybody here play this game?

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
8 years ago

stubborn or stupid maybe both

GARY
GARY
8 years ago

Agbayani,related to Cisco’s question above,I actually believe that’s the third time in two nights that Cuddyer led of with a double without scoring,and there may even be a fourth case of this in just two games.My long winded question is-we know that a lead off walk comes back to haunt[score] more than 75% of the time,and I believe lead off hits is similar-what is MLB stat for how often a lead off double comes around to score? Knowing that there… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago
Reply to  GARY

Gary, here’s the run expectancies for various situations. (These old tables based on higher run scoring environments, but still a pretty good approximation) Runner on 2B, no outs: 1.192 runs (that’s right … with a runner on 2B and nobody out, on average you should expect to score more than one run in that inning. That’s because the run expectancy at the start of an inning — nobody on, nobody out — is 0.55 runs) Runner on 3B, 1 out:… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

And the dreaded leadoff walk?

Runner on 1B, no outs: run expectancy = 0.95 runs. Since nobody on, nobody out = 0.55 runs, that leadoff walk increases run expectancy by 0.40 runs. Do that 3 times in a ballgame and, on average, you’re giving the other team 1.2 extra runs.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
8 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

This works for Rockies opponents, but for the Rockies themselves it defies all mathematical calculations and baseball logic. They have become the first team in the history of baseball to figure out a way to score negative runs during an inning.

jeem
jeem
8 years ago
Reply to  GARY

Wo. I believe that is a gross overstatement on the walks. I believe it was on the broadcast the other night that around 38% of leadoff walks score + 37% of singles.

Miketober
Miketober
8 years ago
Reply to  jeem

…and apparently 0% of leadoff doubles score if you are the Rockies.

That’s interesting Ag. You are saying there is almost no benefit of bunting a leadoff double over to third. Of course if you are going to make an out anyway you might as well put the ball in play on the right side of the field.

pooter
pooter
8 years ago

and the hits just keep on a missing! good thing tulo was batting cleanup tonight huh

Sedin
Sedin
8 years ago
Reply to  pooter

Yeah, a real shocker that he popped out in clutch situation– tying run on third, one out in ninth. The way he’s struggling with RISP, not so sure he’s the best choice to hit fourth.

Batgirl
Batgirl
8 years ago

Another spot on article today by Kisla. What’s going on ? I usually skip his stuff but he calls out the Monforts on that laughable interview.

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
8 years ago

It’s done, over. Another disasterous May. The Rockies are in last place, 14.5 games out and with only 12 games remaining with the Dodgers cannot control their own destiny.

For me this is total disbelief. I really want to believe they are WAY better than this.

Miketober
Miketober
8 years ago

We are looking at a 100 loss season unless something changes. Suppose they pitch well every other day and hit well every other day. So we have 4 possible scenarios on any given day: 1. Hit well, pitch well –> win 2. Hit well, bad pitching –> lose 3. No hitting, pitch well –> lose 4. No hitting, bad pitching –> lose There are two paths to improvement: A. Simultaneously improve hitting and pitching performance (increasing occurances of #1) B.… Read more »

Bill
Bill
8 years ago

The Montfort interview, or whatever it was, was predictable. Of course he’s going to back DoD and Tracy until they are gone. But he was a little over the top. He’s obviously been smoking some medical marijuana when he said that O’Dowd was head and shoulders above other GM ‘s. Then he qualified it by saying he hasn’t met everybody. Perhaps the only GM he met was the GM of some little league team. If it’s the year of the… Read more »

GARY
GARY
8 years ago
Reply to  Bill

Not even sure medical marijuana could ease the pain of this season.However,it make the nightly comedy of errors alot funnier.

Mr. Peabody
Mr. Peabody
8 years ago

If the Monforts are truly as clueless as that Post interview indicates, then they have completely removed any accountability from the Rockies management. If Dan O’Dowd is the best GM in baseball (not just “a GM committed to winning” or “the GM who can build a perennial playoff quality team” etc.), then ownership is making a sick joke calling this the “Year of the Fan.” The only thing fans can do is keep making the organization feel our wrath. Boo… Read more »

DL
DL
8 years ago

Yeah, this sucks. We’re in the valley, and all we can do is make up drinking games- for every Tulo pop up or George Frazier bloody mary giggle, I’m bottoms up. I have no answers…so fire Tracy, O Dowd,etc and our pitching will still suck. And if it takes firing a manager to get the guys to be more consistent, I don’t want em…it says a lot. I guess it’ll make success that much sweeter when it happens…which it will.… Read more »

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