Sayonara 2012

The Colorado Rockies will roll out the barrel for one last barrel of fun this afternoon at 5:10 versus the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field in Phoenix.  The Dbacks are playing for a winning record.  The Rockies are playing for— well, the Rockies are playing.  They’ll send left-hander Jeff Francis (5-7, 5.75) to the mound to match-up against Arizona righty Ian Kennedy (15-11, 4.16).  Kennedy, a finalist for 2011’s NL Cy Young Award, started rocky in 2012, but six months later seeks his 16th victory.  He beat the Cubs on Friday, going 5 2/3 innings, holding Chicago to 3 runs on 4 hits despite walking 6.  It fits for Francis to start the finale for Colorado.  He’s been the rotation’s rudder, its sole consistent performer since arriving as a free-agent in June.  He’ll hit the market again this winter, and hopes to re-sign with the Rockies.

The MFL, prepping for his big meeting with Senior Vice President Bill Geivett on Saturday, sends out the same group as Tuesday, shuffled a bit.  Charlie Blackmon hits 2nd, Tyler Colvin 5th.  Josh Rutledge is again at 2nd-base with Jonny Herreara at short.  The Dbacks have AJ Pollack back in center-field leadiing-off.  Gerardo Parra moves over to left with Jason Kubel grabbing some bench.

It’s smokin’ again in Phoenix.  Game-time temperature will be 100° with a stronger cross-wind than yesterday, blowing from 3rd out toward the right-field corner at 9 to 10 mph.  Skies are clear and humidity is 10%.  George Frazier’s heading back to Tulsa after his ROOT Sports TV gig tonight.  Jerry and Jack are over on radio KOA 850 am.

COLORADO (63-98)
Josh Rutledge (R) 2B
Charlie Blackmon (L) LF
Jordan Pacheco (R) 1B
Wilin Rosario (R) C
Tyler Colvin (L) CF
Andrew Brown (R) RF
DJ LeMahieu (R) 3B
Jonathan Herrera (S) SS
Jeff Francis (L) P
ARIZONA (81-80)
A.J. Pollock (R) CF
Aaron Hill (R) 2B
Justin Upton (R) RF
Paul Goldschmidt (R) 1B
Miguel Montero (L) C
Chris Johnson (R) 3B
Gerardo Parra (L) LF
John McDonald (R) SS
Ian Kennedy (R) P

 


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egossage
egossage
8 years ago

Thank God this season is over!!!!

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

Holy crap, the A’s just won the AL West. Going into the season the Rangers looked like the best team in baseball. Now they’re an elimination/play-in game away from going home before the real postseason begins. And if the Orioles beat the Rangers in the play-in game, we’ll have the A’s and O’s as 2 of the 4 AL playoff teams. Amazing.

Colorado Thistle
Colorado Thistle
8 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

The A’s and O’s should give the Rockies hope. I just hope they come up with a coherent plan in the off season.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
8 years ago

I see that the umps are being consistent ROX haters from game 1 to 162.

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

I’m watching the debate, but I just checked the box score: Chatwood pinch hitting again? And striking out? All to preserve Chris Nelson’s meaningless .300 batting average? Tell me I’m wrong …

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

By the way, I did the math: Chris could pinch hit, go 0-1, and still keep his precious .300 average — he’d actually be at .30057. He could actually go 0-2 and still round up to .300 (.2997). There’s a famous story that on the last day of the season Ted Williams was hitting .39951 or something like that. He said I’m playing. If I’m going to hit .400 it’s going to be an honest .400, not a rounded up… Read more »

Doc
Doc
8 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Not sure how much of this is Nelson’s doing so I’m not going to get down on him. I’m more inclined to think our MFL is resting him for next year. LOL!

Colorado Thistle
Colorado Thistle
8 years ago
Reply to  Doc

Could be the BiB O’Dowd telling Tracy to keep up Nelson’s trade value since he is unlikely to be here next year.

DrRockies
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DrRockies
8 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Actually, Ted Williams played a double header on the last day and went 6 for 8 moving to .406

they were just trying to sacrifice runner to 2nd and Chatwood fouled first pitch. Then they had him pull the bat back and hit and run which he missed and runner out by 5 feet.
Waved at last pitch.

sdcarp
sdcarp
8 years ago

Please, please, please, please fire Jim Tracy.

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

Firing JT is not enough. They need to clean house and start all over from top management on down.

sdcarp
sdcarp
8 years ago
Reply to  Bob K.

Agree.

I also want to point out the Oakland Freakin’ A’s won the AL West. If they can do it, there’s no reason (with correct front office and management) we can’t do it.

I also want to point out I’m sick of the altitude excuse. Yes, the ball flies (the same for both teams). But all this recovery stuff is horse s**t.

There……….I feel better.

Bill
Bill
8 years ago

Ag. I did the math on Nelson’s BA this morning and saw the very same thing. Nelson could have pinch-hit in both games and gone 0-2 and still have been listed as a .300 hitter. If we had an actual bench I see no problem with resting him but we didn’t and both games we had pitchers either batting for themselves or pinch-hitting because there was nobody else to pinch hit. And then Andrew Brown gets tossed from the game.… Read more »

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
8 years ago
Reply to  Bill

Bill, I was the one that brought up the name Stu Cole as a potential manager in the event MFL gets whacked. I wouldn’t exactly call Cole a “yes” man, but he would indeed come cheap since he would be a first time manager. I for one would not be opposed to this hire and I think it would be well received by the players. Most of the players on the team have played for Cole at one time or… Read more »

SkySoxFan
SkySoxFan
8 years ago
Reply to  Cisco Kid

Stu is a good guy, but I don’t think he is MLB manager material, I would say the best pick for manager would be Brett Butler from the Reno Aces. This guys knows baseball and how to win. I spent the entire season at Colorado Springs and I know minor league managers have their hands tied quite a bit, but Stu has made quite a few decisions that make you go hhhhhmmmmmmm.

OrangeRocks
OrangeRocks
8 years ago

Does anyone else see the irony in Valentine getting the axe in Beantown after one bad season, while our very own MFL has stunk the place up for three years running now – sorry I just can not come to grips with this? Go O’s!!!

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
8 years ago

If we are looking for something good out of this year, I read somewhere in the Denver Post that Dexter Fowler switched agents firing Scott BorASS. He wants to stay in Denver for at least in the near term. So that’s good news that we won’t have to deal with BorASS’ unaffordable demands.

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
8 years ago

Sorry guys but I totally disagree the Rockies purposely put an inferior product on the field. I do think the Rockies purposely put guys out there for exposure. Tracy Ringolsby was on with Krieger a few weeks back and all but said it was coming. He talked about the “auditions” that would be taking place. Auditions not necessarily for the Rockies. I think a lot of that happened. Once you’ve lost 80+ games why not throw everyone out that may… Read more »

DrRockies
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DrRockies
8 years ago
Reply to  Mike Raysfan

agree with you Raysfan There wasn’t any attempt to put an inferior team on the field, just time to find out who belongs and who doesn’t. It did give us some idea on who may be trade bait. Any coach who is available and cheap is waiting for a reason…you are because no one thinks you are that good of a coach to hire you. I am somewhat encouraged that Geivett is more involved with the Rox. I think he… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

Dr. Rockies, thanks for the explanation of Chatwood’s pinch hitting appearance. Given that it was a bunt situation I’m not as bothered by it. But I am still bothered by the idea that Jim Tracy would worry more about preserving a .300 average than about putting his best available pinch hitter out there the last couple days. Raysfan, I respectfully disagree. It was an inferior product. Getting a good look at young players is what September is all about for… Read more »

GARY
GARY
8 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

I think you are both partially right.We wanted JT gone last year,but with the roster and injuries he had in the second half I don’t think its fair to use that body of work for any useful purpose.The previous two years should have him going bye,bye,but with only one year left on a reasonable contract I doubt he’ll be canned.

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
8 years ago

I’m feeling a bit depressed this morning after reading that there is a good possibility that the MFL will probably be retained as manager. All these media guys seem to think that MFL doesn’t deserve to be let go because he’s such a wonderful in-game strategist. What exactly is it that MFL does during games that makes him such a great in-game strategist?

Colorado Thistle
Colorado Thistle
8 years ago
Reply to  Cisco Kid

Hitting relief pitchers in obvious pinch hit situations was a novel approach to the game. Really small ball, like a reverse DH.

konaman
konaman
8 years ago

Somebody please call Mr. Valentine, I spoke to him before WS games 6&7 last year on St. Louis, just happen to be in the hotel lobby, and he said he loves Colorado!!! Please call, please call please call…somebody.

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

I think Bobby V’s days as a MLB manager are likely over. And certainly nobody will bring him in next year. I do agree that he’d likely be a good fit for a young team, in the same way he was a terrible fit for a veteran-heavy Red Sox team. I’m still guessing Tracy is gone, simply because management needs a fall guy. I’m also guessing O’Dowd quietly moves on this winter. He’s effectively Dead GM Walking right now. Geivett… Read more »

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
8 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Ag, I agree with your assessment of BIB DOD, that he’s effectively out of the decision making process. Why would the assistant GM be meeting with the manager to decide if the manager is keeping his job? Shouldn’t that be the job of the GM? The thing that worries me about Geivett deciding MFL’s fate is that the two go back a number of years to when they were both with the Expos. It’s the “good old boys” network strongly… Read more »

Bill
Bill
8 years ago

Culberson and Tommy Field were called up yesterday, the day after the season ended. Just in case one of the playoff teams don’t show up? This September the Rockies did not call up enough players to fill the roster because so many were hurt. Yes, management purposely did not call players up. Why? I don’t know. My guess it has do with money and accrued time in the majors making some people eligible for arbitration. Which means money. Yes lots… Read more »

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
8 years ago

Well it’s 5:24 p.m. and no one knows the story yet. Oh well. Again today, some pretty good points on 850.

Right now they are talking about the Rays yet again winning 90 games and no draw. It is sad. I’m proud to say my family is not part of that problem.

Ag, I do get your point but I guess we will agree to disagree.

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