The Bad, the Worse and the Ugly

During the Rockies magical run of ’07 it was stated many times, by fan and reporter alike, that it seemed like a different player would step up each and every night and come through in the clutch.

’07, meet your antithesis, ’12.

Tonight’s “un-clutch” player could be Christian Friedrich, but he doesn’t entirely deserve the blame.  His final line of 4 1/3 innings with six earned on five hits and three walks does sound ugly, but he had some help to the five earned thanks to Chatwood giving up a two-run double and a very odd choice at the plate.

Which brings us to our “un-clutch” player of the night.  Mr. Wilin Rosario.  Rosario has shown his inexperience in the majors with many a passed ball and errant throw to second.  Tonight he ran the bases like someone who doesn’t understand how to pick up your third-base coach.  Sure, you can cut him a bit of slack because it was Johnny Sparkplug Herrera launching the ball to right, so it was entirely conceivable that it could be caught.  But it wasn’t, and for a runner to be in motion from first and not cross the plate is sad.

And that wasn’t even the worst of it.

The play in the fifth, the one that gave Friedrich his fifth earned run, was very strange indeed.  Herrera fields a hit up the middle and throws a perfect strike to Rosario in plenty of time to get Matty at the plate.  But, instead of tagging Holiday, Rosario backed up and by the time he made a lurching effort to tag the runner it was too late, Holiday was safe.

Odd.

It wasn’t all bad though…

Carlos Torres needed only 9 pitches to retire the side in the bottom of the eighth via one strikeout and two ground-outs.

Also, Tyler Colvin showed his clutch power, once again, by launching a two run shot (the only runs for the Rockies in the 6-2 loss) over the right field wall in the bottom of the 8th.

Make no mistake, the kid can hit.

The Rockies only produced nine runs during the four game series and seven of those nine runs came from three Colvin home runs…

That is amazing and horrible all at the same time.

The fact that Tyler Colvin is responsible for almost 80% of the Rockies runs in St. Louis is more than embarrassing, it is downright sad.

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Bob in WV
Bob in WV
8 years ago

“Sad” is the correct word, as in “what a sad state of affairs we have in Rockies land”. Perhaps 62 wins at this point is on the upside. So I have blown off going to see the Rox in Detroit and Cincy, and will do so in Washington and Philly. I’ll be like the Monforts and save my money for next year…or maybe not. That said, I will be in Denver for a wedding over Labor Day weekend and am… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

Rosario tore up his knee on a play at the plate a couple years ago. So he flinched and did the matador act, stepping back from any contact to allow Holliday in unobstructed. It bothers me that Drew Goodman, Jeff Huson, Renck, even The Cowboy fail to mention this. As soon A’s I saw it and had a moment to recall the knee injury it was obvious what happened. Rosario’s teammates know it too. I’m not blaming him; my reaction… Read more »

Bill
Bill
8 years ago

If that’s why Rosario backed off, then let’s find another position for him to play. At catcher you need to be able to block the plate, simple as that.

DrRockies
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DrRockies
8 years ago

good Friday Rox followers! At least tonight we get to face a pitcher we beat a few weeks back. ; ) After reading all the articles and rumors regarding the Rox being sellers in the next few weeks, I thought it would be interesting to hear what the rest of you would do if sitting in the GM role. (considering you would still have a job). Who would you keep, who would be “sold” and who might be reassigned/released? If… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago
Reply to  DrRockies

Sounds like Giambi isnt ready to retire based on today’s Post article. So he’ll be traded and we won’t get anything of value for him. Same with Guthrie. If they play the Scutaro card right we could actually get a mid grade prospect for him. Lots of clubs need a shortstop, but the fact that Tracy is playing Herrera at SS makes me wonder. The Cowboy speculated that Scutaro’s throwing issues could be related to a sore arm and I… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

I should correct one thing: Rosario tore his ACL in a rundown, not a play at the plate. But I do think he had a last second instinct to avoid contact given the knee injury. I’ve never seen a catcher back off from a play as clearly as Rosario did last night. He’s got to work on these issues if he wants the respect of the fans since Holliday should’ve been out easily.

Bob K.
Bob K.
8 years ago

Ryne Sandberg for manager. I have no idea who should be GM but O’Dowd definitely needs to go.

Until there are wholesale management changes bringing in real quality individuals who actually know what they are doing, there will be no improvement.

There currently are players on the team who have a lot of potential that just needs the right management team to bring it out.

GARY
GARY
8 years ago
Reply to  Bob K.

I’ve been touting Sandberg since last year.That said,he has had a number of interviews for the top job and never been selected,not even by the Cubs.Makes one wonder if his nice guy demeanor,or sudden retirement[quitting] makes teams gun shy.

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