Rockies Fall Flat on Mother’s Day, 4-1

Colorado once again played like it is Sunday and they were at church instead of the baseball diamond.  Cincinnati Reds scored once in four different innings to win by a 4-1 final.  Two runs were unearned.  One of them was on a leadoff bunt by Billy Hamilton that was thrown up the line to put him on third base with no outs.  The other unearned run scored when NoDo uncharacteristically threw the ball off line with plenty of time which would have been the third out.  Colorado’s only run came on Nazty’s home run.  Their best scoring chance came in the fifth inning when Morneau had a four-pitch walk and Mike McKenry followed with a ground rule double with nobody out.  Then Homer Bailey who had his best game of the season struck out D.J. LeMahieu and Juan Nicasio before inducing a foul pop out to Nazty.   Aroldis Chapman came in the 9th and fired heaters of at least 100 MPH to get his first save of the season.

The Rockies drop to 1-5 in Sunday games while dropping three of the last four due to the offense being handcufffed.  The game today marked the end of the long 40 games in 42 days stretch to open the season.  Happy Mother’s Day to all RWOers.  Take a breather and enjoy a quiet week this week.

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sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago

Rox have run into 2 good pitchers in the last 3 days……and will get another one (James Shields) Tuesday. I thought Bailey was excellent today. Lots of controversy over his 100M contract, but he’s an elite “talent” guy. He looks so easy throwing 94-96, is still young, and has been fairly durable. He was in a position this last off-season similar to what Greinke was 3 years ago. Rox need to take one of the games in KC and then… Read more »

EdtheUmp
EdtheUmp
6 years ago

Fellas and gals… the Rox are right on my proposed schedule to get to 90 wins. That is, win 5 out of every 9 games played. After the 5th “set” we need to be 25-20…at 23-17 with 5 games to go to complete set 5, we need to go 2-3 to reach that goal. Totally doable. This has always been my mantra for any team at the start of the season. Before moving to Colorado in 1999 I used that… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago

A few random thoughts: (1) sdcarp, correct. 3 out of 4 games with Shields coming up against top-shelf pitchers, and suddenly a dominant offense looks … anemic. That’ll happen. (2) Dr. C. posted on Rockies splits so far. I’ve been quiet lately since I don’t want to sound like some kind of prophet of doom, but one thing Dr. C. points out should be concerning: we actually show a reverse platoon split, that is, our lefties are hitting better against… Read more »

Bill
Bill
6 years ago

I’ve been busy with a time and energy consuming project for the past six weeks so haven’t watched as much baseball as I would like and certainly haven’t posted here as much either. Caught a few “full” games but mostly an inning here and there. I wasn’t aware of the Sunday jinx being back. I believe last year they were pretty decent on Sunday and Weiss has not played every Sunday with the bench like Tracy did. Yesterday I was… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago

Wow………..Jose Fernandez to DL. The pitcher injury epidemic is out-of-control.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
6 years ago

bump bump bump another one bites the dussst.

sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago

Interesting discussion on Baseball Tonight about some GM’s are becoming wary of young power pitchers that throw 90mph sliders.

Doctor_Christopher
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Doctor_Christopher
6 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

I was live-blogging Gray from Tulsa the other night, and he went 5 innings without a K as he continues to learn to pitch rather than just throw. The same is true of the whole group right now. The sinker and the changeup don’t put the same stress on the arm…and they get outs at Coors just like big-time sliders and 99mph fastballs. The argument is that kids throw too much before they get to age 18 already, and too… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago

The argument Is trending towards “bring them up as quickly as reasonably possible and get as much out of them as you can on their initial contract.”

I’ve long argued the Rox SP prospects should go straight from Tulsa to Denver to skip the even higher altitude of CS. The recent spate of elbow injuries to power pitchers is making me double-down on this belief.

egossage
egossage
6 years ago

I would argue that pitchers aren’t throwing enough in high school and that’s why we are seeing all these injuries to really young pitchers lately.

My uncle would have me throw long toss EVERYDAY for about an hour and then throw bullpen after that. I never once had an arm injury.

Doctor_Christopher
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Doctor_Christopher
6 years ago
Reply to  egossage

I agree actually. Nolan Ryan pushed that in Texas and they didnt see any more arm injuries but longer outings. I think it is being smart in throwing. Long-toss and arm bulding is smart. But I have seen pre-high and high-school games where kids are snapping off hard sliders and curves trying to get noticed. And they do. But the wear and tear on that nerve is an hour-glass, and sooner or later its going to snap. Even Ryan had… Read more »

Doctor_Christopher
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Doctor_Christopher
6 years ago
Reply to  egossage

Oh, and I should add there are idiots out there advising kids dont worry about tJ because its going to happen, the earlier the better and you ALWAYS come back (actually 90%) and many stronger and better (DLR has been hitting 95 and 96 which he hadnt seen since 2006 or 2007 but no control I would add). Now we are getting the spate of 2nd TJs with Wilson in SF/LA and the Medlan in Atlanta – lets hope that… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago
Reply to  egossage

Most Japanese pitchers throw a ridiculous amount. I “think” the current thought process is trending back away from pitch counts and protecting young pitchers and trending towards the realization that today’s bigger, stronger, fitter young pitchers throw harder as a whole (I know – Bob Gibson and Nolan Ryan – but as a “whole”), thus placing more torque on the elbow. Sort a parallel philosophy to the concussion syndrome in FB. As a whole, players are bigger and stronger, so… Read more »

Doctor_Christopher
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Doctor_Christopher
6 years ago

I have to chalk up the Sunday game to a few things. Bailey started off the season rough but has been pitching great for a month now (he kind of followed DLR’s path that way). Great pitchers don’t have to be great every pitch, but when they need to bear down, they do. He just blew away DJ and Nicasio (I was surprised with the off day that WW didnt go to a pinch-hitter there, but he had no left… Read more »

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