Self-Fulfilling Prophesy?

Christian Friedrich pitched four solid innings for Colorado against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night.  He entered the fifth inning having thrown 61 pitches, but immediately used 10 pitches to walk former Rockies Mike McKenry and Clint Barmes raising his total to 71.  Erik Bedard sacrificed the runners to second and third on two pitches, and Alex Presley grounded his second pitch to Marco Scutaro for a force, driving in McKenry and raising Friedrich’s pitch total to Colorado’s self-imposed 75 pitch limit. Drew Sutton singled, driving-in Barmes.  Andrew McCutchen singled.  Friedrich bounced a curveball to Casey McGehee off catcher Wilin Rosario’s shoulder, scoring Presley.  McGehee singled, driving-in McCutchen.  83 pitches, end of night for Friedrich.

As the hotly-debated 4-75 rotation approaches the one-month mark it’s worth noting that seemingly without exception, if a Rockies starter is going to lose it (Gopher-ball Guthrie excepted), it happens just as the 75 pitch limit is reached.  Is the limit a self-fulfilling prophesy?  Are the guys starting to pack it in as the limit looms?  Well, it’s difficult to say because when a guy is pitching well, he’s removed once the limit is eclipsed.

The 4 runs the Pirates plated in the fifth put them ahead 5-2, and Pittsburgh went on to defeat Colorado 6-2 on a pleasant night for the 42,574 who sat-in at Coors Field.  Bedard limited the Rockies to 2 runs (1 earned) in 6 2/3 innings of work.  Jared Hughes, Chris Resop, Juan Cruz and Joel Hanrahan held-off the Rockies, who loaded the bases three times, including in the ninth, failing to score each time.  Colorado put three on with two out in the bottom of the first, but Bedard got Jordan Pacheco to ground-out to Barmes.  In the seventh with two out and Scutaro, Dexter Fowler and Carlos Gonzalez aboard, Michael Cuddyer flew-out to center.  And in the ninth, again with two out, Fowler, Gonzalez and Cuddyer walked, but pinch hitter Tyler Colvin struck out to end the game.

The Rockies opened the scoring in the third when Scutaro and Fowler singled.  Scutaro moved-up to third on a double-play grounder off the bat of Gonzalez.  Cuddyer lifted a fly ball to left field that Pittsburgh’s Presley muffed, and Scutaro scored.  The Pirates came right back when McCutchen led-off the fourth with his 22nd home run.  McCutchen is hitting left-handers at an insane rate in 2012.  He is 50 for 104 against them.  Colorado took the lead back in the bottom of the inning when Rosario walked leading-off and scored on a triple by rookie Josh Rutledge.  Then came Friedrich’s big adventure in the fifth.

A rubber game is on tap tomorrow afternoon at 1:10 pm MDT.  Guthrie (3-9, 6.14) will oppose Pittsburgh’s James McDonald (9-3, 2.59) in a battle of right-handers.  Television is on both Root Sports and the MLB Network, with radio on KOA 850 am.

 

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OrangeRocks
OrangeRocks
8 years ago
Reply to  Jeem

If Renck said that playing the outfield at Coors Field wears players down and shortens their career, he is just an idiot. The altitude may indeed have some very small effect (however once acclimated then really small) and in addition the size of the outfield would make no difference other than a few extra strides getting to the baseball a few times per game. How does a few extra strides of running shorten a career – my thought is it… Read more »

Jeem
Jeem
8 years ago
Reply to  OrangeRocks

Right on.

OrangeRocks
OrangeRocks
8 years ago
Reply to  Jeem

So this baseball writer trash answers at least one question. When Dexter hits his free agency he will then have to insist that Boras get him a contract somewhere else, since continuing to play at “caverness” Coors Field would definitely (according to Renck) shorten his professional baseball career! What?

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
8 years ago

Jeem, there may even be a pic of the CADD hanging on the wall in the club level.

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
8 years ago

I am absolutely dumbfounded at the attendance at Coors the past two days. On Sunday I commented that the count for that day’s game of 25K plus was the beginning of an attendance decline for the rest of the year. Here was a beautiful sunny day with the very popular Phils in town and only 25K show up. Next come the lowly Pirates to town and on a rainy Monday 35K show up. Yesterday the attendance was 42K. What in… Read more »

Jeem
Jeem
8 years ago
Reply to  Cisco Kid

Ha! I forgot who commented on Sunday. You. When I heard the number I threw it in the post for your benefit.

Colorado Thistle
Colorado Thistle
8 years ago
Reply to  Cisco Kid

I was there last night and I was astonished at how many people were there. It was only full for about 4 innings in the middle frames, but it was impressive. We showed up because we had to trade in tickets for a Cincinnati game we can’t attend so went down on a whim on a beautiful summer night. I suspect that’s why the attendance stays high. Two baseball thoughts: Rosario just seems to get distracted and miss balls. I… Read more »

Jeem
Jeem
8 years ago

I vote concentration.

Ike
Ike
8 years ago
Reply to  Jeem

I vote concentration as well. This team is mentally soft, a reflection of their manager. I don’t for a second believe that the players are lazy or are trying to “zone out” but environment does make a difference. If it were one or two players, I’d blame those players, but when it is the every player on the roster its gotta be the boss.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
8 years ago

I’ve seen a few of his where he turns the glove the wrong way or doesn’t square up right. Or simply he missed it. In addition to concentration and technique it could also be that his reflexes and hand eye coordination just isn’t as good as other players. He might be more suited for another position. I know growing up for whatever reason I just couldn’t play OF. I couldn’t judge the height and distance of the ball well. But… Read more »

GARY
GARY
8 years ago
Reply to  ProgMatinee

My sentiment in several previous posts.I also postulated it could improve his offense and prolong his career due to reduced stress on his body.

Jeem
Jeem
8 years ago

Wow. I did not realize that was called a passed-ball. Looked like a WP to me. Hit the ground about 3 feet in front of the plate.

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
8 years ago
Reply to  Jeem

Exactly. That was all Friedrich and not Rosario. I know the broadcast crew was yammering about the spin on the ball. I kind of disagree and think I saw something different.

JulieG
JulieG
8 years ago

The broadcast crew seems to yammer a lot, especially Drew. When it looks like the Rockies are going to lose they increase the noise. It has been nice hearing about the Pacheco twins playing third base for us, though…..

Liz
Liz
8 years ago

I would just like to add since we are commenting of the broadcast crew. Jeff H. makes my teeth hurt! I swear he must be in the hall for all the things he knows about and has done and people he has played with. It was very nice this weekend to have George and the radio crew to listen to for a change.

Timo
Timo
8 years ago
Reply to  Liz

I loathe Huson’s voice. Drew is also grinding on my ear drums. I know a lot of posters don’t like George but I think he does a good job and I agree he was great w/ the radio guys.

jaredean
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jaredean
8 years ago

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