Series Split? (Or better?)

RMH and Jared have asked for volunteer pre/postgames, so I’ll say a little something.  I’m not even sure it will show up on the site, but the directions were to go to Sound Off.

So.  A VERY sweet beatdown of the Giants last night! Once in awhile, the hits just keep falling, and ain’t it some good fun.  It’s a little baffling how Rusin lost his focus and gave back several runs, but in the end, you can’t really blow a 14-run(?) lead.  Let’s see if the pitching staff can hold together tonight.  The hitters are doing just fine this season overall, and it’s my impression that the Rockies are not as terrible as we feared.  (This incisive analysis is for my pals who dig the stats.)

(And a random question: I think I’ve asked it before: are baseball players getting hurt more often/more seriously than a decade or so ago?  I don’t recall hearing so many go down back then.  There were a few major injuries noted today, for the Angels and the Reds.  Maybe our Rockies will escape.)

PS/BTW.  This is roxnsox writing.  Not conversant enough with the website to know how to post a bio, or even whether/how these show up:)

 

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jaredean
4 years ago

Thanks RoxNSox…i’ve been in airports all day (4 airports and over 22 hours of flying and layovers) — you rock for picking up the slack!!!

Agbayani
Agbayani
4 years ago

I agree — roxnsox, thanks for getting it started. Now for the game: Trevor Story, nice job working a walk, but you negated it trying to steal on a lefty and getting picked off. I can see aggressiveness on the basepaths in many situations. Top of the 1st, one out, heart of the order up — that’s not one of them. Walt, wake up!

Agbayani
Agbayani
4 years ago

Where are they hiding my Rockies? What is this? Situational hittng? (Garneau, lifts one to the opposite field for a sac fly). Squeeze bunting? (Bettis) And actually sound, smart-aggressive baserunning? (moving up on the basepaths, Parra with a nice slide to score). I think I could get used to this small ball thing!

sdcarp
sdcarp
4 years ago

Rox n Sox – regarding your injury question, I have a couple of theories that I believe contribute to the phenomenon:

1. Players are making more $$$$ than ever before, so teams are treating their prize possessions with kid gloves.
2. In the (mostly) post-PED era, it’s not as easy to chemically combat injuries/fatigue.

I certainly don’t believe these are the only two reasons. But I do think they’re contributors to the puzzle.

sdcxc
sdcxc
4 years ago
Reply to  roxnsox

You need to find a eager, smart, energetic, young PhD student and make this their Project. Lots and lots and lots of theories. My gut feeling is that all contribute a bit. Bottom line – grossly over-simplified – professional sports (all professional sports) are hyper competitive and the athletes continue to push physical boundaries to achieve the performance required to compete at the highest level. Athletic “science” is more available than at any time in history to help the athletes.… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
4 years ago

WARNING – it’s too early and SSS:

Mark Reynolds has been the best offseason FA signing in baseball on a per $$$$ vs. performance basis.

sdcarp
sdcarp
4 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

BTW – Ryan Raburn is a contender.

sdcarp
sdcarp
4 years ago

Rough night for all things Rockies.

Asheville, Modesto, Hartford, ABQ, and Denver all lost.

sdcarp
sdcarp
4 years ago

I’ve been very pleasantly surprised at how well Mark Reynolds picks balls out of the dirt.

Story has been “tight” at times on defense, especially when attempting DPs. But you can really see the range. The potential is there.

sdcarp
sdcarp
4 years ago

Watching Jon Gray intently. He’s mixing a 94-96 MPH FB with a generally very good slider. But…….shhhhhhh…….please don’t tell anyone, im almost sure I’ve seen a handful of change ups AND two slow curves. If he can hang with that curve and make it good enough to be a “show me” pitch just keep in the back of batters minds….then the equation changes.

sdcarp
sdcarp
4 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

I think I just saw the 3rd curve….first pitch (strike) to Posey.

sdcarp
sdcarp
4 years ago

What a game, win or lose!

Brandon Belt is emerging as one of the very best hitters in the NL. He’s a tough out. Extremely good sign McGee was hitting 96 MPH on the gun. He’s still got work to do, but he needs that FB velocity.

Wolters is a freak behind the plate.

sdcarp
sdcarp
4 years ago

Miller went a bit too long there, but I have a hard time blaming Walt for that one. He’s got to feel like (correctly, I believe) he has to hold Bergman back because Butler is pitching tomorrow. So that leaves you Miller for inning 2 vs. Oberg. So I get the Miller decision.

Agbayani
Agbayani
4 years ago

I guess I’d only blame Walt for using up Qualls for just one out. Seems that Logan should’ve just worked the full 8th (even though in retrospect he didn’t look very good). And yes, it is good to see McGee finally cranking up the velocity, but that too didn’t help him. Where’s Ottovino in his comeback? His return would make a huge difference. Castro too. Motte, not so much.

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