Rox Work Hard For #1 Draft Pick

Colorado Rockies have played enough games that we can pretty much project what happens during the game.  First and foremost, if the bullpen has to pick up four or more innings they are virtually guaranteed to give up multiple runs.  DonnyDinger wrote an excellent article breaking down the bullpen stats.  In a nutshell, the article states that the starting pitchers need to go deeper into the games to decrease the odds of bullpen giving up multiple runs.  It helps if at least two relief arms can keep the games that they allow a run(s) in 15% or less of their appearances.  In a simple scenario, let’s say four relief arms give up at least a run in 25% of their appearances and they are asked to pick up four innings, the odds are it’s virtually a guarantee to give up runs.

The Rockies bullpen has eight blown saves since the ASB, most in the majors.  To add to the pain, the starting pitchers are dead last by 30 innings in number of innings pitched over the next worse team.  This is why I am obsessed with the BB/9 ratio as too many free passes decrease the amount of innings pitched.

Rockies roll with the same lineup in Sunday’s finale except that Matt Mcbride takes his turn in left field hitting in the eight hole.  Fort McKenry gives Nick Hundley a rest today on a hot day.  Down on the farm, Alex Balog had a no-hitter through 7.2 innings last night.

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Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

well this one is setting up as a bullpen game again … interesting on Balog, a guy I’d forgotten about but who’s suddenly showing some promise again. As carp says, you don’t need 5 pitching prospects for a future 5 man rotation, you need about 15 …

RocketMan
RocketMan
5 years ago

Full game shutout! Late inning runs! A favorable ruling on a review play! Something for everyone!

roxnsox
roxnsox
5 years ago

Since I usually only post when complaining or being sarcastic, just got to come on and say Atta boy, Rusin!

Julian
Julian
5 years ago

That was fun. Rusin looks like a keeper, as does Gray. Along with DLR and Bettis, we appear to be 4/5 of the way to a starting rotation. Is anyone going to step up and snag the 5th spot? We’ll see what Hale can do this week. It’s great to not have to go to the bullpen. That’s been a disaster, and I don’t see an easy solution to that problem. Brdich will have to get busy in the offseason.

Julian
Julian
5 years ago

RMH, yes, next year Jordan Lyles should be in the rotation, as might Chatwood. And by the end of next year, there should be some other candidates. I was just wondering about how we get through this pathetic season.

Gary
Gary
5 years ago
Reply to  Julian

Chatwood might be a Clippard type bullpen arm if Rox wanted to go in that direction.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago

Listened to the game (2 hours 31 minutes) while coming down I-70 at glacial speed. After the eighth inning, Jack and Jerry actually had a debate (I think they were being serious) regarding should Rusin pitch the 9th. Even my wife said WTF (OK – she said WTHeck). Great job by that kid. As RoxnSox noted – from someone who finds himself complaining too much recently – congrats Mr. Rusin. And congrats to Mr. Cargo as well. Keep hitting. Keep… Read more »

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