Spring training about to end; my bits of thoughts

I heard a great comment on ROOT Monday night – your odds of winning are much greater when a team scratch out runs over multiple innings than relying on one big inning.  We have seen quite a few times when we score 3, 4, or 5 runs early in the game only to put the bats away and watch our lead slip through our fingers.

Colvin has looked awful this spring.  I suggest option him and keep an extra IF for the final roster spot either it be Hererra or LeMahieu.  I think Pacheco and Brignac are the two bench infielders.  Adding Hererra or LeMahieu is far better than suffering through Colvin’s automatic outs when the games count.  If we need another OF, Blackman is at the Springs bus stop.

Garland is the best off season acquisition since Mark Wiley was hired.  Garland had something like 11 ground ball outs over six innings including two GIDPs.  Took way fewer pitches than 90 to get through six innings.

I hope Torrealba ends up with the Rockies and Hernandez sent packing somewhere else.

Arenado did prove he was about ready, but due to numbers and money game Chris Nelson will be the starting third baseman at least to start the season.  I hope they assign NoDo to AA instead of AAA because it’s more difficult to hit in Tulsa than Springs with humidity in Tulsa.

I love Walt Weiss’ preaching of being aggressive AND smart at the same time.  Being aggressive going first to third but out at third by ten feet doesn’t do us any favors.  Also love WW’s preaching ground balls to pitchers.  And RWO will be sending WW a huge Xmas gift as a thank you for canning the run on contact tactic.  Francis and Garland are perfect examples for the young pitchers to learn how to  pitch to contact and keep the ball on the ground.

Patrick Saunders of DP has been hearing that Corpas was the slight favorite over Volstad.  I was thinking no way!  Tonight IMHO Volstad knocked out Corpas for the final bullpen spots assuming Ottavino and Escalona has two of the long relief spots.  Other than the first batter Volstad faced, he induced all ground balls.  Corpas looked bad tonight and that was against hitters wearing the 80s and 90s on their uniform.

Five more days until I see the first pitch at Miller Park.  Plaaaay baaall!!!!!

 

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Doc
Doc
7 years ago

Great summary, RMH. Anyone know if Colvin has any options left? Still amazes me how players can go in and out of the tank so quickly.

Bob K.
Bob K.
7 years ago
Reply to  Doc

Colvin has 2 options remaining.

http://rockiesroster.com/rockies/40-man/

Looks to me like this is following the same pattern he had as a Cub. Good first year and horrible second year. They should have traded him last year when he still had value.

Doctor_Christopher
Doctor_Christopher
7 years ago

Agree-great summary RMH. Colvin is a streaky guy and the question is can this team with one of the worst opening 45 games can wait for him to get hot. I think the team would like to move him but not enough highlights this spring to create a market. Though lots of moves will be happening next few days. Volstad needs to be starting in COS. they need extra starting arms. But they seem to think he can be swing… Read more »

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
7 years ago

Nice analysis, rmh.

Colvin really has looked awful. Everytime I see him he’s striking out. Sure wish we could package a bunch of extra scrap like Brignac, Herrera, Colvin and Hernandez for a pitcher.

Julian
Julian
7 years ago

Given the need to get ABs for EY and how cold Colvin has been, maybe he needs to start in CS for a month on get back on track and get regular ABs.

roxnsox
roxnsox
7 years ago

Send Colvin to the Sky Sox and bring back Charlie!

DRH
DRH
7 years ago

I agree completely.

Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago

Really nice summary, RMH. Thanks – I didn’t make it to ST in person this year, and I’ve only seen about 6 innings total on TV. So your impressions help. Quick stat on Colvin (and no, I don’t pay attention to ST stats, but this one fits the observations you and Prog make): 14 strikeouts in 48 plate appearances. That’s a pace of 175 strikeouts for a full-time player. That’s not good unless you’re Adam Dunn or something. I’m certain… Read more »

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