Okay, cards on the table. I would have picked up Anderson’s option no matter what. It was $12 million. Note to Jeff Bridich, you know what you get for under $10 million? Kyle Kendrick! Look, stand-up guy, every few outing he goes okay. But he leads the league in homers! So here’s the thing, for $7 million more the Rox could have kept Anderson. Oh wait, in choosing to not take the option, they had to pay to say goodbye?
Look, the fact is that they blew it. Yes, he represented a risk. Guess what all players do. They could argue that the the threat didnt match the returns. But his injuries last year were freaky in nature. He’s already done the TJ surgury. Kyle Kendrick could have hurt his shoulder in Spring Training. Oh no, that was mid-season. So, why not Anderson.
And yes….that’s right….27 starts from Anderson.
Starts for the man who was going to eat innings….24!
And do i have to mention the $5.5 million they spent on Jhoulys Chacin
And do i have to mention the $5.5 million they spent on Drew Stubbs
And your going to tell me you were risking $5.5 million on Chacin didn’t fall into the risk category?
So your pitching choice was Anderson or Kendrick and Chacin. There you go!
I am going to say it right now. I have defended the Monforts for years and will do so in the future. I have defended the management becasue baseball is a lot easier for a fan to play and decide than those guys making the decisions. In other words, I get not taking Anderson’s option.
But i think they just need to say it. “We went cheap. We made money but we hoped a health Tulo and CarGo would provide enough offense and guys like Kendrick could lead the rotation with DLR (to the Monforts credit, the ponied up for DLR and should do so again next year) would be decent enough the team would be at 78 wins and close enough to the Wild Card to make September at least…interesting. Of course no one new the Cubs and Pirates would race out to win totals that will probably exceed the Dodgers and Mets.
But….they went on the cheap and they new it was at best 85% against their idea. And we fans are the ones who pay for it. The only reason we are watching now is to watch Gray and Adames, Parker and Diaz maybe? Of course, if they do anything exciting we can skip the game and just watch the highlight videos on mlb.com.
Look, when the Monforts and Bridich make the right moves, such as trading Tulo, I will give them the right praise. But this year…we were sold a bill of goods.
Wow…sorry for the rant friends. Guess the Rockies have done something I never thought could happen…I don’t really care about baseball. Now i am sick (my Lyme Disese is back…antibiotics doing well so far), so maybe that is the reason for the lack of interest. But I am in bed about 18 hours a day. With just a TV remote becuase my brain doesnt work well enough to read books! And so with hours to kill i would rather watch the American Hereos Chanel (formerly the Military Channel) than MLB on 213! I just don’t care. That is what they did to me!!! Okay, I still look at MLB.com and watch the videos and play-by-play. I guess i do care. But not about baseball itself. This year looks like a great playoff and….I don’t care.
So word to the wise Monforts and Bridich….you can lose a fan for good. I drink purple coolaid while looking through purple tinted lenes. And you lost me! Of course, I have the sneaking suspicion that come November 1 and the Hot Stove season begins, I will be scanning the web constantly for rumors and watching MLB network (if we decide to turn back on Direct TV – we are cancelling as of September 27, you know, after the My Little Pony movie (I am not kidding there, I have a PhD covering Psychology, Anthropology, and Theology and I have got hooked…its very philosophical – not kidding). See Monforts….I am cancelling Direct TV before the playoffs but keeping for My Little Pony! I now drink Pinky Pie coolaid now, and that from a Pinke Pie mug (serious there). Win me back Monforts. Show us something this offseason. And not another version of Kyle Kendrick! I mean yes, you got a great catcher, but that was so you didnt waste what you have in Gray, Butler (oops), Matzek (oops opps), and guys like Freeland (injury) and Anderson (injury). So yes, that was a strategic move but…spend some money to give us a realistic shot at the Wild Card. We are not sticking around to 2017 if we keep watching the dreggs of baseball society.
Okay…now I am done….wait, if i cancel Direct TV…how do i watch MLB during the offseason? Hmm…
Again, apologies to all of you for going off like that. Seriously, feel much better.
So tonight we get to see an interesting battle of lefties. As you all know i have blamed the Rox for really missing it on Colin McHugh (EYJR trade). Dan O’Dowd is on record as saying…ooops. Now the Rox have rarely gotten any luck wtih pitchers (DLR the last I can think of). But…they did. Look, Chris Rusin is not Colin McHugh (but he did K Stanton 3 times earlier this year). But…he has been really nice this year. He has the two complete games of the season. At home (and yes, i am wondering if he spent a lot of time with DLR because on the road laterly he stinks). But, he has been a real surprise and I can see him in 2016 (if I am still watching) as the number 4 in the rotation.
So, it might be an interesting game. As Rusin gets to pitch in a great pitchers park. If he can be sharp he might just out battle….(gulp) Brett Anderson. The Rox let Garneau catch him. He has been good as a receiver and the occasional jolt of power. So far Murphy looks a little lost up here. Will be an interesting Spring Training seeing who gets the backup spot.