Suspicious Sunday-Like Lineup for Memorial Day

While understandable that Cuddy would be out of the lineup, with his swollen (but unbroken) forearm keeping him from pretty much any and all baseball duties, at first glance the inclusion of two “non-starters” in the lineup (EYj and Herrera) brings to mind Sunday lineups of the past.

And then you start to analyze the data.

The unfamiliar acronym of “DH” in the lineup sheet, coupled with the opponent name of “Astros” would make any half-way decent fan of the game to do a double-take. But then you remember that the Astros are actually an AL team, and that DH means that the Rockies won’t have to rely on Chacin to move runners over.

And then you realize that the Rockies DH is actually EYj.

Gone are the days that the team had Giambi on the bench, suited perfectly for the inter-league roll of Big Man with Big Stick. Giambi, currently hitting .153 with the Indians, was the prototypical DH, one that brought fear to the opposing pitcher with every at bat.

EYj just brings fear to the fans. At least as of late. Sure, he has his speed, as well as his complete drive for greatness. But, when he is sitting at .250/.294/.383, you really wish you had someone you could plug in that wasn’t hitting like…well…a pitcher.

At least as a DH you take his glove out of the equation…

ROCKIES LINEUP
1. Eric Young (S) DH
2. Dexter Fowler (S) CF
3. Carlos Gonzalez (L) LF
4. Troy Tulowitzki (R) SS
5. Wilin Rosario (R) C
6. Jordan Pacheco (R) 1B
7. Nolan Arenado (R) 3B
8. Charlie Blackmon (L) RF
9. Jonathan Herrera (S) 2B


GAME TIME: 12:10 PM
TV/RADIO: ROOT / KOA
WEATHER: SUNNY, 87°, 0% chance of rain


IN GAME CHAT

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Jaredean
Jaredean
7 years ago

Hey all, it is good to be back…brutal trip, but productive! Hope everyone is over the depressing losses of the weekend and looking forward to some better baseball…i just want to be in the thick of it during the ASB, which will give me hope going forward…

Have you guys been seeing glitches with in-game chat?

roxnsox
roxnsox
7 years ago
Reply to  Jaredean

Welcome back, Jare. I’m looking for a sweep of the home-and-home with the Astros. Pleeeez.

Yes, problems with the chat – has not worked for me for quite a while, neither on my desktop nor my phone (where previously it did work on both). Happily, I notice that it’s up on the desktop screen right now!

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
7 years ago
Reply to  Jaredean

never had problem with in game chat on all platforms

Bill
Bill
7 years ago

At last EY’s not pinch-hitting where he’s zero for the season. And I guess Herrara has to play sometime. The strange thing is seeing Helton resting. Day game after a day game and he had Saturday off soon. Would Todd have the “onions’ to retire now. Or will he just keep playing and hurting the team. You keep hoping he’ll recover but as Ag suggested it might be over.

jeem
jeem
7 years ago
Reply to  Bill

Todd’s playing out the contract, GD it. And as a starter.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
7 years ago

Similar to DP’s article about Helton’s declining ability, there was another DP in Sunday’s edition that talked about Rockies needing to bunt less often. Basically it was saying that the Rockies lead the NL in number of ABs over the season, meaning they’ve been generating a lot of traffic on the base paths. The writer was saying bunts were hurting the Rockies in making automatic outs and shorten up the inning (and number of ABs). This is true in a… Read more »

jaredean
jaredean
7 years ago

With that theory (why bunt and give up an out) then why would anyone ever bunt? I don’t like that mentality because it is inherently ignoring the benifit of “small ball” playing…if, over the years, teams figured out that it didn’t work then the game would “rid itself” of the bunt-play…but, here we are, decades later and we are still seeing the bunt in play…

Miketober
Miketober
7 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

I think what RMH is saying is that with EY on 2B a base hit will score a run and you have 3 chances at that. If you bunt him to 3B you get the additional chance of a sac fly or wild pitch, but give up an out. And by not bunting you may still move the runner with a productive out to the right side. On the other hand, if the lead-off man singles the bunt is a… Read more »

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
7 years ago

I wasn’t vouching for it one way or another. If I manage, it would be on a case by case basis. Don’t want to bunt too much nor almost never bunt. Some reasons I would use the bunt: surprise element, batter up has terrible match up history (i.e. CarGo vs. Cain), staying out of DP against ground ball pitchers, etc. I would love to try the squeeze quite often against pitchers that has ERAs of less than 3 (i.e. Kershaw,… Read more »

TJinPhoenix
TJinPhoenix
7 years ago

welcome back JD. Hopefully we can pull this one out.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
7 years ago

prog, you may be right about Dex’ speed slowing down; I’m watching GameDay but Dex stopped at 3rd on Tulo’s single; then he stayed at third while Tulo moved up to 2nd on WP; get your legs spinning Dex

Bill
Bill
7 years ago

RMH.. Dex was held up by Cole on Tulo’s single. Not sure he had a chance to score or not but I would nave sent him because the Rox need to force the issue. On the wild pitch he would have been out by 10 feet. GameDay doesn’t show you enough.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
7 years ago

Can’t find the article on bunting, but I have a feeling its a Renck article based on a twitter convo I had with him. Frankly, I don’t know how you can watch this team for the past 4 or 5 years and say that the Rockies should be allowed to be more free swinging. Has this guy not seen players like Ian Stewart, Dexter Fowler, Clint Barmes, EYJ, etc look absolutely STUPID striking out A LOT with runners on base… Read more »

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
7 years ago
Reply to  ProgMatinee

My bad, Prog…. the article about to bunt or not was actually from Purple Row in Sunday’s Rockpile by Drew Cresman. Titled “Rox need to stop running, bunting”

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
7 years ago

So…there goes another one we should have won easily considering the amount of base runners. Question: is it a bad string of games or bad coaching/approach?

Cameo
Cameo
7 years ago
Reply to  ProgMatinee

That’s easy, BAD APPROACH and prolly bad coaching. Although I complain about the approach every year so I don’t think it is coaching.

Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago

Bunting a runner from 2B to 3B in the top of the first is almost always a bad idea. You trade an out for a slightly better chance of scoring a single run, and in doing so you lose a really good opportunity to have a big inning or at least to score 2 runs. Houston is a really, really weak team, but Bud Norris is a pretty decent starter. No need to panic — we get really weak starters… Read more »

Doc
Doc
7 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Sounds like the kiss of death, Ag.

Miketober
Miketober
7 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Weak starters?? just the kind of pitchers that feast on the Rockies.

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