Rox withstand rally in 8th to hold on

There were quite a few uninformed fans who characterized today’s Rox 6-4 win in Cincinnati as “Kendrick blew up again.” That couldn’t be farther from the truth. Yep, 4 earned runs got charged to him – but a closer look shows he didn’t deserve that at all.

In fact, Kendrick cruised through the first seven innings. He was throwing strikes and getting ahead, and only racked up 75 pitches with 49 strikes. He had the luxury of a lead thanks to Nolan Arenado – the guy we said to watch out for in our pre-game, on a day game tear. He launched one with CarGo and Tulo on in the 1st. Charlie Blackmon followed with a HR in the 2nd with DJ LeMahieu on base. The Rox made it 6-1 in the 5th with singles from CarGo, Arenado, and Ben Paulsen.

Going into the 8th, Kendrick had yielded only a solo blast to Todd Frazier – the other guy we said to watch out for in our pre-game. Tucker Barnhart led off the 8th with another solo shot. A Billy Hamilton single and Skip Schumaker BB, and Weiss thought he’d go power lefty with Boone Logan for Joey Votto and Jay Bruce coming. That backfired, big time. Logan walked Votto and Frasier, then gave up a single to Bruce. Fortunately, Rafael Betancourt came in and shut the door with two weak pop ups.

It’s a fine line whether Weiss made the right call. There are three schools of thought. One says go with your best pitcher in the situation, so the decision was a left-on-left matchup for Votto and Bruce. Another said Kendrick was no where near pitch count distress, and even if he yielded a run or two it was OK, he should have stayed in. The other says to pull a guy with a lead and preserve it for the W, instead of letting him get tagged and take a loss, and you pay the guys in the pen to do that, so he was lifted.

Had Logan come in and not walked 2 guys right away, he might have shut that down with 0 or 1 run and looked great. Instead, he didn’t get an out. Betancourt and Axford were solid. I’m not as down on Logan as some folks, but it does seem again he has more issues coming in mid-inning and handling inherited runners. I hate the way ERA works, where Kendrick takes the damage and Logan is spotless. To me, the only run that should be counted against the exiting pitcher is the one in scoring position when the reliever comes in, not a guy who advances from first on two walks and a single.

Kendrick is trending in the right direction – if we could get 7 innings and 4 runs or less per start (and today probably should have been 3), we’d win more often than not. This was probably the best we can expect out of him, and 7.1 IP, 1 BB, 2 solo HRs, and a lot of strike-throwing is a solid effort. On a day when the ball was flying in Cincy, it was really a good outing. He isn’t an ace, and getting him out of that #1 role has done wonders.

The top of the batting order is finally starting to show up. Temper that with Mike Leake is like looking in a mirror for Rox fans, with similar struggles as our staff. This is also great for the Rox bench, getting battle-tested while Morneau and Dickerson are down.

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jaredean
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jaredean
5 years ago

Excellent post game, as always… I’m happy we won the series and very happy NoDo crushed that three run jack (although he’s about 12 hours too late with that one…would have been nice last night when he was up with the same number of runners on, but hitting one at 100+ miles an hour isn’t as easy as it sounds, and it doesn’t sound easy at all!)… So, i’m happy with all of that, but mostly i’m happy we didn’t… Read more »

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago

I saw in the Purple Row commentary that showed Boone Logan stats with the Yankees and with the Rockies. He’s actually doing better even in the BB ratio stat. He’s been in a long streak of being unlucky, specifically BABIP and off the charts % of fly balls that are HRs. That made me feel better except for the 2 BBs today.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago

Found the comment with stats: But Logan has been really, really unlucky as a Rockie (He was unlucky again today on the Bruce hit, but thats really tough to defend after the two brutal walks he allowed). Anyway, here’s the numbers: As a Yankee, Boone Logan struck out 26.9% of the batters he faced. As a Rockies, Boone Logan has struck out 27.9% of the batter’s he’s faced. As a Yankee, Boone Logan walked 9.8% of the batters he faced.… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

I think you guys are absolutely right about Logan. Same old Boone, different luck. By the way, we see the value of not being influenced by a small sample in sticking with Kendrick. Same old Kyle after all. But still, I’d say get your 6 or 7 max out of Kendrick and turn it over to the pen. Then realize that your lefty killer is Friedrich, not Logan, and use them accordingly — Logan is the better full inning guy,… Read more »

Gary
Gary
5 years ago
Reply to  DonnyDinger

Mid inning stat telling even for a non-stat guy like me.E-mail this to Walt and Rox brass.If we can see this they should be enlightened!

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago

From Twitter: Check out @TubbsKOA’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/TubbsKOA/status/603932212031954944?s=09

What it basically says that Bridich commented that no one is off the block, meaning he still has ears open to a Tulo trade.

sabrchip
sabrchip
5 years ago

Hey DD, I’m with you on the ERA workings. Howz ‘bot this: Starter should be on the hook for anybody in scoring position when he leaves but only at a charged rate of 1/2 Run for 2nd base, 3/4 Run for 3rd and if you really wanted to extend this, 1/4 R for 1st base. The reliever should have some responsibility. Maybe the bullpen guy shouldn’t be charged with any of these runs if they score on an out. Sure… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago

A person that knows nothing more about baseball other than the Yankees are the richest, winningest team can figure out the Boone Logan situation. They (Yankees) had a left handed reliever (Logan) with an expiring contract and didn’t make an aggressive offer to resign. The person working the McDonald’s Drive Thru can tell you that’s a red flag. Don’t waste the time and kill your brain cells with stat and injury history research. The Yankees did that. They let him… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

The corollary to this for the other 29 teams – knowing that the Rox are inept at developing pitching, pitching at Coors is indeed difficult, and the Rox are just plain idiots in general – if the Rockies release someone, especially a pitcher, it’s worth a look. You might get a fixable commodity for nothing.

Gary
Gary
5 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

Like C.McHugh,J.Grilli,J.Nacasio et.al.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago
Reply to  Gary

Pedro Strop, Sam Deduno (sp?)

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago

Yep……you guys get the picture!!!!

I bet it’s a running joke in GM offices around the League.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago

Video of the collision;

http://m.mlb.com/news/article/127213180/rockies-prospect-david-dahl-injured-in-outfield-collision

We’ve all seen this type collision before. Looks like the 2nd baseman’s knee gets in exactly the wrong position for Dahl – hence the bad result.

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago

Wow – just read a report that Dahl is out for season after surgery to repair tear in spleen. Freakishly unlucky. Get well David!

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago

Check out @JeffPassan’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/JeffPassan/status/604111013194027009?s=09

Dahl will have to wear protective gear for rest of career. Ugh.

Julian
Julian
5 years ago

More tough luck for the Rockies to lose Dahl for the year. I wouldn’t have been surprised to see him promoted to AAA for the second half of the season and to have a cup of coffee with the Rockies in September. Now that won’t happen. I read one description of the accident that said that Story was also running toward the ball and veered off. That’s all we needed was to lose Dahl and Story in the same collision.… Read more »

roxnsox
roxnsox
5 years ago

I feel terrible for that young man! What a drag. I hope he fully recovers his health and his baseball career.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
5 years ago

Someone was comparing Boone Logan as a Yankee vs a Rockie being about luck or something.

I don’t care what you call. One team makes their good “luck” and the wallows in the bad “luck”.

This is the Rockies and we will always be what we are.

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