Rox Find New and Old Way to Lose Game

Franklin Morales didn’t have a good day, but he battled for four innings before he gave the ball to Chad Bettis after issuing free passes to the first two batters of the fifth inning.  Bettis promptly gave up a line drive to right field, but it was too hard to allow Pittsburgh to score.  Instead the bases were loaded.  Line drive right at Arenado enabled him to double up Andrew McCutchen.  The next batter smashed a line drive but right at D.J. LeMahieu for a third out.  There were red flags all over Bettis, yet Walt Weiss continued his old habit of staying with the pitcher for another inning.  The next inning saw another line drive and a home run to pinch hitter Travis Snider that tied the game at 4-4.

Bettis kept his bad habits going by giving up a single to Josh Harrison.  Tommy Kahnle came in to clean up the mess.  On an attempted steal, Harrison overslid the bag by lot and the entire infield stopped playing ball waiting for the umpire’s call.  Harrison ended up on third base without incident.  He eventually scored the go-ahead run to make the score 5-4.

After Nolan Arenado homered to even up the game at 5-5, Weiss again went to another struggling pitcher in the eighth inning instead of going with the best relievers in a late and close game.  Rex Brothers was overthinking and pitched some batting practice.  The result was back-to-back homers that gave the Pirates a 7-5 victory.  Pittsburgh should send Weiss a sled full of Christmas gift and drop it off at Weiss office as a way to thank him for putting batting practice pitchers out there in late game.

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Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
6 years ago
Bob K.
Bob K.
6 years ago

#1 I can’t understand why Chad Bettis is even on the 25 man roster,
#2 Whoever actually made the decision to put Chad Bettis in a winnable game should have been fired long before today’s fiasco.

Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago

Just amazes me that they keep on going back to the same guys — Bettis, Brothers, Belisle — who’ve failed so often. Most clubs will sign some waiver wire guy (or hell, even bring back Wilton Lopez, who actually can’t be any worse!) to get through the season, but that would require actually caring about winning and losing games. Meanwhile, no help on the farm: Jon Gray, another 4 or 5 run 1st inning (2nd in a row) before he… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago

NY Daily News on Tulo at Yankee Stadium today and Jeter’s reaction: “DL or not, it is highly unusual to see an active player at a game when his team isn’t playing. Asked if he’s ever gone to see another MLB team play during a season, the Yankee captain replied, “What do you think?”

And there you have it, the difference between Jeter and Tulo, and the difference between the Yankees and the Rockies.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/yankees/troy-tulowitzki-watches-derek-jeter-yankee-stadium-trade-rumors-follow-article-1.1882072#ixzz38jVSRxAL

sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Total goober move by Tulo…….but he plays for an organization that spelled his name wrong on 15,000 t-shirts and still chose to hand them out. As you essentially note – par for the course.

Gary
Gary
6 years ago

The killer B’s killed us again.Couldn’t WW set up the bullpen so we only had to use one killer a night except in lost causes.Johnson[who has been terrible] being DFAed by Angels.Why did we dump Capuano-he is supposed to start for the Yanks.

Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago

Gary, I can only think of 2 reasons why we dumped Capuano after signing him: (1) money. I”m guessing he signed one of those split major league/minor league deals where he’d earn well above the minimum if promoted to the majors. That explains the “cash considerations.” (2) we’re not exactly tanking the season like they do in the NFL for the first draft pick — baseball drafts are too much of a crapshoot for that — but it’s getting close.… Read more »

DRH
DRH
6 years ago

This game is the summary of the season. Five runs at home is plenty for most teams to win. Its the runs scored against that have killed the Rockies all year. Yes, the injuries have caused some of that – Lyles and Anderson seem like good pickups and DLR has been very good. Other than that, NADA. The reason Bettis is on the club is the obvious one, there is no one better on the farm. Hopefully they can trade… Read more »

Pooter
Pooter
6 years ago
Reply to  DRH

Corpas must have been a dumpster fire at AAA to not get promoted this year… I know he asked for a release earlier this year, probably because he was frustrated about not being promoted despite the worst bullpen in the world!!

Julie G
Julie G
6 years ago
Reply to  DRH

I don’t think is so obvious that Bettis is better than any or for that matter most of our pitchers in the minors. We haven’t tried as much with them as I would. I would move Flande just as soon as we stop using him as a starter.

Pooter
Pooter
6 years ago

What is the status of R. Betancourt? blogs.denverpost.com/…/rafael-betancourt

sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago

Reports from various New York media outlets are that the Mets are offering Noah Syndergaard in a Tulo deal. That’s a damn good start. If they kick in one of their catchers (Plawecki or d’Arnaud) then I take this in a New York minute (please pardon the awful pun).

Pooter
Pooter
6 years ago

I am now firmly on the “Trade Tulo” bandwagon. If the Rockies want an ace or even two, this is probably the only way to do it. I would like only up and coming pitchers in that deal, I have not given up on the Baby Bull.

sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago
Reply to  Pooter

Pooter – Mets also have highly regarded OFer Brandon Nimmo from Cheyenne, WY. He’s tracking towards the majors mid-2015.

sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago

Wow…..what timing. FanGraphs just named Plawecki the #2 minor league catching Prospect as of today. Syndergaard, Plawecki, Mets take Tulo’s salaray = no brainer. #2 Kevin Plawecki | Mets | ETA: 2015 (C) ——————————————————————————– Age PA H 2B HR BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG wOBA 23 302 84 20 8 21 34 0 .310 .368 .472 .373 July 28 Notes: Plawecki is knocking on the door of a big league promotion after less than three seasons in professional baseball.… Read more »

Gary
Gary
6 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

I want more.If Tulo goes do it in the off season and put him out there like one of those Japanese pitchers and start a bidding war.Then trade Cargo to Cubs for one of their dozen ML ready SS’s that bullpen kid[Ramirez?] and Arrieta or Wada.I love these two guys and after Tulo’s defense in the first half and Cargo’s highlight reel since coming back we give up a lot more than the obvious offensive numbers.

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