Sorry for the late post….traveling. Today I got to be in Dallas. My driver dropped me off a 20 minute walk to my check-in, they had 1 person working the “passport/Id control” and two people doing baggage and screening…so, I had a plan to get to the United Club and write this on time…instead…you get my apology. I really want to be home for a while…and watch some baseball!!!
Speaking of baseball…I am really glad that I missed those 4 in New York. Okay, I wanted to see Gray. Got to see some highlights on MLB.com but…not the same. Other than that…eeck!!!
As bad as the Rockies pitching has been this year (cough Butler…cough…Kendrick), and it has been bad, this year’s offense has really underperformed. I mean, they are going to have a losing record at home this year. AT HOME!!!
Their overall stats aren’t that bad. But the problem has been they can’t two guys hot at the same time. Start of the season it was Dickerson and Tulo the Doubles man. Then that stopped. And they lost 11 games in a row. Then Arenado got hot….but no one else. Now CarGo is hot and…there is no one else.
That is not to say that the supporting players haven’t been pretty good this year. DJ has become a player who offense isn’t off-set by his defense. He actually is hitting the ball well, all season pretty much. Hundley is also having a career year. Charlie B has been streaky but is probably going to finish about his career norm. But they are supporting players, not guys who can carry a team.
The team expected Tulo to be the Tulo of 2014. There were one or two game glimpes but..he just wasn’t the player he could explode. Yes, I know the 42 game on-base streak, but that is more about pitchers respecting him than him being great. Team didn’t know what to expect from CarGo. In April and May he was part of the problem. Since June 1 he has pretty much been the answer…the only answer.
But Morneau never really played and is likely done playing baseball.
They expected Rosario to be a force as a right-handed platoon…he wasn’t and his defense was scary.
They expected Dickerson to play healthy all season. 2015 is simply going to be a learning year for a kid who has…we hope…better years coming.
They expected Stubbs to be something close to 2014. He started the season essentially as you or I would hit. He stunk. He was better of late but…when you get DFAd, it means something…especially on this team that needed help.
So…the offense in 2016 has to be better. Hence…
Ben Paulsen is getting every chance to be the next Morneau (the team has essentially no “up and coming” 1B in the farm system). This could be a year where he shows against the best pitching his bat can rise to the occasion.
Kyle Parker has to show he can do it. Can he be a platoon or better in left or right field? If he can provide power and some overall offense.
Nolan Arenado has to make that next step…we thought he had in April-June…but since he has really struggled.
Someone gets to come up here and play SS because we know Reyes is likely the answer probably only until mid-2016.
And maybe some other players we see soon…like Matt McBride.
So, that is why we watch. Yes, we are interested in what Jon Gray does this last part of the season. Can Butler figure it out. Might Tyler Matzek pitch in AAA and get a chance to throw up here still. The team might be give Hoffman and Freeland, two of the top 9 players in the 2014 draft a chance.
We might see Tyler Chatwood as well.
But what we really need to see is if this offense can become a solid unit on the road and a powerhouse at home.
By the way, quietly, do you know who the Rox most impressive pitcher has been?
Yep…Yohan Flande…which as I said last year…tells us everything about 2016 (have to give him credit…the first two times through a line-up he is really good…really good.)
And just remember this. As bad as this team is…and it is bad…they have the 3rd ranked farm system in the major leagues as rated by MLB.com scouting experts. With 7…yes 7…prospects in the top 100, this team has a bright future.
The Padres…who many thought could compete for the NL West or at least the Wild Card…stinks. They dumped their farm system for 1 year run…and it ran off the road. So as we look at a bad as possible right now but…the future has a chance to be really bright for one team…and really dark for another!
Oh and that group of 7 doesn’t include Antonio Senzzatela who jumped his K/9 rate up to 8 this season pitching against older competition in High A…a hitting league. He has been fantastic…and is getting comps to one of the best pitchers in Rox history, Jhoulys Chacin. It also doesn’t include Jesus Tinoco, the 3rd pitcher in the Tulo draft who simply continues to impress scouts and who this time next year could be among the top 5 prospects in the organization.
You need to remember that when you watch Jose Reyes play SS tonight….
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