Sunday Squad Make it Five Straight

While nobody can argue the 5-1 Rockies have played stellar teams to open the season, with both the Brewers and Padres sporting the antithesis of the Rox record, it can’t be denied that they are playing stellar baseball top to bottom so far in 2013 (Brignac’s defense notwithstanding).

Picked the most likely to make a second run at 100 losses by most in the press, Colorado has stunned even their most faithful purple glasses wearing fans with excellent defense, timely hitting and, most of all, pitching that almost looks like it could compete all season.

Everything started off on the wrong foot as the lineup was posted sporting a true “Sunday Lineup” that has been the bane of the past three years.  Tracy and his “losing Sunday ways” has been well documented on this site (see one of my “better” post-game articles that covered the matter as Tracy decided to put in a Sunday lineup to “rest” the boys on the third game of the season), as well as a source of many an angry tweet.

Weiss explained the lineup to the press, and the sitting of his starters, by saying that they not only need rest but the other guys need to play.  While it is the same logic that Tracy tried to use, it still baffles that it all culminates on a Sunday and so many are sat at the same time.

What a drag for those paying to see the team sans starters.

Thankfully, the lineup was just as potent, or at least they were advantage-takers when it came to weak Padres pitching, as we’ve come to expect from this team.

The true all-stars of the day were as follows:

JHOULYS CHACIN: Chacin pitched masterfully, showing that when he can command his pitches he can be a threat well into the game.  While the Padres aren’t the best hitting team in the bigs, they really showed a lack of being able to figure out the Chacin riddle.  It also looked like the Spring Training String Theory was in full effect as Chacin induced 14 ground-ball outs.  Compare that to only 2 fly-ball outs and we have ourselves a very capable Coors pitcher ladies and gentlemen. His final line: 6 2/3, 6H, 1R, 0W, 2K’s on 99 pitches (62 thrown for strikes).

DEXTER FOWLER: While Tulo may think Fowler is showing too much power and not enough gap hitting, the truth is the guy is hot.  He hit another HR Sunday, a two-run shot in the first, making it four on the season.  Add to that his stolen-base in the second, double in the seventh and his .414 OBP and you have yourself a guy that is in a really good place right now.

WILIN ROSARIO: Three run shot in the seventh. Amen.

JOHNNY “SPARKPLUG” HERRERA: While it is no secret that Herrera has the heart of a champion, his game isn’t starter worthy.  But, when he comes in and plays his scrappy ball like today, it makes any lineup with his name scratched in just as good as without, and sometimes even better.  Today was one of those days.  His first at bat was almost a bloop-single to left, but was caught with great effort by Denorfia.  Not to be deterred, Herrera went to the well in the fourth and the sixth, hitting to the exact same location – bloop shot to left – but with better results each time.  Then he “unleashed” his full power, ripping an RBI triple down the line to score Nelson. He finished the day 3-4 with 2-RBI’s.

With the true test(s) yet to come, it sure has been fun so far watching this team play well above expectations thus far.

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sdcarp
sdcarp
7 years ago

I’m interested to see how this Aaron Harang situation plays out over the next week. Seems like there’s a market developing for he guy. If he gets flipped for a mid- level prospect, and the club saves 4.5M on Hernandez’s contract (that part is already done), DoD deserves a pat on the back.

Lets go 3-3 on this road trip and get back home for a long, fun homestand!

Cameo
Cameo
7 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

My understanding is that the Rox only saved 1 million of the 3.5 remaining on Hernadnez’s contract. That’s what Tracy Ringolsby was saying on the Root telecast the day of the trade anyways. I’m not 100% sure however. But given the situation, anything the Rox save is good. To save 1 million and then possibly turn him into any kind of prospect is a good deal for the Rox.

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
7 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

I believe it was from the LA Times site that I posted some numbers from during chat the other night. They were saying that the real Rockies number is probably closer to $450k. If the Rockies get stuck with his buyout then they will be on the hook for some $$$ and no savings. I can’t remember the exact numbers or all of them but after the Dodgers contribute $4.25m to the total money owed to Harang and the Rockies… Read more »

DRH
DRH
7 years ago

The Post says that all three of the Giant’s starters have a 0.00 ERA after their first start, Baumgartner, Lincecum and Zito. If so, lets hope that it won’t be true after their second. Looking forward to this big test. Given their troubles in years past at AT&T Park, the series with the Giants is in some ways a better test of the Rockies hitting in away parks than is the Dodgers series. GO ROCKIES.

Cameo
Cameo
7 years ago

Boy if the Rox can go 3-3 on this trip I will be happy. Anything better than that is gravy. SD the Rox have played pretty good, but SF has been horrible for the Rox. Losing 2 of 3 to them and winning 2 of 3 at SD would make me happy. But hopefully the Rox can keep surprising and do even better. Could you imagine what winning 2 of 3 from SF would do to the Rox confidence at… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago

Jared, a game wrap at 1:52 a.m. … that’s our dedicated leader! Nice write-up too, although I have to disagree on Brignac’s defense. He’s muffed a couple already, but he’s new to this utility man thing, moving from position to position, and he’s still a very talented fielder. Now whether I think he’ll keep hitting is another story …

Jaredean
Jaredean
7 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

ha, yeah that is when i finally finished with the hell weekend i had and was able to sit down and watch the game…I feel bad because Sunday’s have been difficult for me to do the post-game stuff because i usually don’t get to the game until later at night, so if you look back in history you will see many a post late… I also have an insane week this week with quarterly management meetings, so I’m looking to… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago

Off topic, but worth pointing out: David Kandilas update. Off to a red-hot start, hitting .474 with a 1.105 OPS for Modesto, including a triple yesterday. Way to go, David!

Jaredean
Jaredean
7 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Thanks for the update Ag…i got this email from his dad yesterday i was going to share: “David is off to a good start to the Cal League season – 9 for 19 in 4 games., avg .474 4-6 0-4 (..back to earth) 2-4 3-5 today including stand up triple and his first RBI. 3 games at CF one at LF Of course very early days but he’s leading the League and seems to be seeing the ball well. David… Read more »

Roxnsox
Roxnsox
7 years ago

Dang it, these guys have got my dang hopes up! And I remember what the many letdowns felt like. Must. Enjoy. The Present. :0)

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
7 years ago
Reply to  Roxnsox

LOL. Good post. Exactly how I feel. I’m worried if I celebrate it too much it will come crashing down. But I am enjoying it while it lasts.

lwesche
lwesche
7 years ago
Reply to  Roxnsox

Exactly how I feel. Not ready to believe they possible could continue this. So, I too will enjoy the moment.

Roxnsox
Roxnsox
7 years ago

Been wondering something forever. Agbayani, are you Northsider’s alter ego?

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
7 years ago
Reply to  Roxnsox

LMAO

Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago
Reply to  Roxnsox

Sorry, no Northsider-Ag multiple personality issues. Why do you ask?

Roxnsox
Roxnsox
7 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

You’re both so articulate and thoughtful. Felt your language/writing styles were really similar too. 🙂

sabrchip
sabrchip
7 years ago

I like to be optimistic, too. Being reserved about this start has to be tempered with their competition, tho. All that being said, until we start hearing the “magic number” talk, then I’ll just have to be content with them playing good ball and hope that whatever bumps in the road appear, don’t throw them off the road.

Cameo
Cameo
7 years ago

This road trip will be important. Then the following 10 games at home. After these next 16 games I feel we will have a decent feel for what to expect from the team the rest of the season. Obviously no gurantees either way, but should be a good test. They rarely have ever done anything on the road, so these next 6 will be a good test, then the next 10 playing NYM, AZ, and ATL will be a good… Read more »

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