Rox at A’s, Game 2 (5 of 10 on Road Trip)

Well, on what might arguably be the hardest road trip of the season for the Rox, things havent begun well. The Friday night win taxed the bullpen (aka, Tommy Kahnle). Whether or not that meant they ran out Chris Russin to start the 7th, an opening walk opened the floodgates due to missed pitches from Rafael Betencourt, and the Rox lost 7-5. It was a game they could have and should have won, especially when they got to Giants pen early thanks to a line shot off Timmy L.

 

The Sunday went bad despite a great opening with Nolan (Am I an All-Star or what) Arenado, but Kyle Kendrick’s gopher balls arrived just in time for the Giants to hit everything possible out the park. Facing a not-great but still very good Madison Baugarner (one of the 5 or 6 pitchers you would choose to start an organization with these days, right), the Rox left town 1-2 instead of potentially 2-1 or even 3-0.

 

Monday night…sucked. Just be straight. David Hale struggled again (he is a better pitcher than he has looked the last 3 games…maybe a tune-up in AAA will get things fixed). To Hale’s credit he didn’t burn the pen, going 7 innings and allowing the 9 hits and 5 ER (4 in the first). Christian Friedrich had a bumpy game, but (yes, I am defending him) its hard for a pitcher to come in with any focus or killer instinct in a game where it is a blow-out. And that game may have only been 5-1 but felt like 15-1.

 

So the road trip continues. The key, as always, is less about hitting than it is about pitching. If Jorge De La Rosa can give them 6-7 innings of 3 run ball they have a chance to win this game. Sonny Gray is a scratch tonight, so they get a young kid, Chris Bassitt. He will likely only go 3 or 4 innings (total this year in 5 games is 10 innings). They just need to get men on base and get a few hits with RISP. As for Jorge? His 4-3 record and 5.15 still speak to the early season issues. His consistency hasn’t been there this season but one argument for this has been his stuff has been amped up, hitting 96 at times, over-throwing, getting higher velocity instead of more spin. Add that to his cut finger issues and he has not been the best DLR.

 

By the way, I don’t think he is a candidate for trade, because this Rox think 2016 may be their Wild Card run year 1 (sort of like 2016) as we are going to see a lot of talent start to flow into Coors. They need a vet to lead the staff…and lets be clear, Kyle Kendrick…not it.

 

Game goes at 8:10 tonight.

 

Batting # Rockies Position As Position
1 Blackmon CF Burns CF
2 Tulo SS Vogt 1B
3 Arenado 3B Zobrist 2B
4 CarGo RF Butler DH
5 Rosario DH Phegley C
6 Paulsen 1B Lawrie 3B
7 McKenry C Canha LF
8 Barnes LF Semien SS
9 DJ 2B Fuld RF
P De LaRosa Bassitt P

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rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago

Trevor Story promoted to AAA and being asked to play 2B, SS, and 3B. Prayers for John Axford, placed on family emergency leave, Bergman to DL, Miller and Flande called up.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago

Based on some of the scouting reports that I’ve read, Story’s best chance to be a major league player is as a utility player, so this is hood to see (and it’s good that the Rockies realize this as well). Good infield super utility guys are hard to find……my comment isn’t meant to minimize Story.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

Maybe in September he gets called up to replace Ynoa.

Gary
Gary
5 years ago

Or Adames now!I’ve soured on Ynoa.

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

Idiot baserunning again. Runners on 1st and 3rd, 2 outs, and you’re gonna try to have the trailing runner steal? With Tulo at the plate? Rally killer Walt needs to reign in the stupid stat-padding steal attempts. Charlie just needs to be told to stand with a foot on the bag in that situation.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago

It’s about time we had nice, easy 1-2-3 inning in 9th inning save situation.

RocketMan
RocketMan
5 years ago

Can’t handle the West Coast late night finishes. Up 1-0 I went to bed, saw they prevailed 2-1 and Hawk was pressed into the closer role and did fine. Agree with Ag on the dumb steal attempt by Blackmon, especially with two outs–WTF? Big P did very well despite the tender finger, at least he’s not the HR machine like KK.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago

I heard that DLR wanted to put super glue on his finger between innings the previous start, but wasn’t allowed to do so. So I bet he put a liberal amount of superglue on his middle finger which possibly explains how he went seven innings on 105 pitches without too much effort.

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago

RMH – good call on the Mike Scioscia/Jerry DiPoto battle Royale’.

Sounds to me as though this isn’t going to end well for one of them.

Gary
Gary
5 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

Think I’d take either one of them to reprise his role here.

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
5 years ago

Read an interesting stat recently concerning DLR, or Big P, as some on this site affectionately refer to him. During DLRs tenure with team, the Rox have a record of 98-64 during his starts. That’s a very neat number because it represents 162 games, or a full complete season. That means that if the Rox employed a rotation of strictly “Big Ps”, they would be assured if making the post season every year. I’ll take that.

Bob K.
Bob K.
5 years ago
Reply to  Cisco Kid

That is not an affectionate nickname. It is a derogatory nickname assigned to Mr. De La Rosa by a person who hates him. It is not a fitting appellation for the winningest pitcher in Rockies history.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago
Reply to  Cisco Kid

I love DLR, but no time is better than now to trade him. Next year or even late this year he may have a second TJ or gets too old to be the same DLR as we know him. Trade him while he still has value to a contender that needs a #3 or #4 starter.

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

Hey, maybe that term of affection is assigned to the wrong player. Tulo: 14th scheduled day off so far this year. Has started 64 games. That’s out of 78 games played. I know, I know … this is probably considered successful Tulo health management. But still: on a pace to start 133 games, or in other words, to NOT start 18 % of the time. Oh, yeah, he shows up as having “played” in 70 games, which sounds pretty good,… Read more »

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

It’s either WW making no sense benching Tulo as much as he had or they want to keep him healthy so they can get the max trade value for him.

If I’m Bridich – note that the NYM need a bat badly and their weakest position is SS; offer Tulo for Syndergaard and wait wait wait and see if the NYM puch the panic button.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago

No way, I mean NO WAY, can Tulo bring Syndergaard in return. May 2014 yes……….now, not even close. I continue to maintain that not trading Tulo in 2013 offseason or early 2014 is the biggest mistake in franchise history and we’ll pay the price for years for making that mistake.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

Best (realistic) deal for Tulo now is to the Yankees for Aaron Judge and maybe an “A” level pitching prospect. This would also represent the best scenario for Tulo. Being able to DH twice a week maximizes his value.

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

I think the Yankees are burned out on aging injury prone players. I don’t think the Yankees would give much if anything in return for Tulo, certainly not Aaron Judge.

Bill
Bill
5 years ago

I’ve been a less than passionate fan this year. I listened to part of the game this afternoon. Still don’t get the Rockies (Weiss or whatever the GM’s name is) strategy. Keep the players fresh? Shouldn’t it be winning games? Ynoa is not an outfielder. Having both him and Daniel D. start in the same game is like giving up. I get it that Dickerson is hurt but you have to have another quality outfield reserve. I’m a Tulo fan… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  Bill

Cargo was a prospect in the Matt Holiday (albeit a major league ready one)
LeMahieu was a prospect in the Ian Stewart deal (and not an elite prospect)

We’ve had miserable (lack of) success trading for true pitching prospects.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

Between my fat fingers and Apple’s spell correct I routinely look as though I’m a grammar misfit. “Holliday” – sorry Apple!

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

Troymar Garciawitzki? That’s the fear in the back of my mind. Nomar: last above average season for a SS was 2003. He was 29. Put up a 5.8 WAR year for the Red Sox. Theo Epstein knew or saw something though. Halfway through 2004, he dealt Nomar to the Cubs for what looked like a bunch of crap. The Red Sox won the World Series with Orlando Cabrera at SS. Garciaparra went on to post a 1.5 WAR season (2.0… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Absolutely agree with everything here…..very well said. Not trading Tulo last year has the real potential to haunt this Club for (many) years to come. As you suggest – steal a chapter from Jon Hart and the Braves from the last off-season and be creative with taking (less) bad contracts to make sure a deal gets done. This is Business 101……and we’re failing miserably.

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

Ag – maybe we should add a footnote to Mr. Rickey’s comment to address for bad GM’s (to help them not be REALLY bad GM’s):

“it’s better to trade a player one year too late than two years too late.”

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

Not to flog a dead horse, but I’m fascinated by player aging patters before, during, and after the PED era. Take a look at this: final > 4.0 (roughly true All Star level) seasons for various great shortstops who derived a major part of their value from hitting (in other words, no Ozzie Smiths here … great shortstops who aren’t really Tulo comparables): Ernie Banks: Age 30 Nomar: Age 29 (see above for proof of a truly frightening fall) A-Rod:… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

I’ll go out on a limb and say Tejada was chemically enhanced as well.

You know this – I share this fascination and have been preaching this very thing for a while now.

This (and Scott Boras and the length of time before we can contend) makes trading NoDo a no-brainer (sorry – I know most don’t want to hear that). But it’s the truth.

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