The Nightmare Continues…

Another night, another loss and almost another lost pitcher. A comebacker that deflected off the foot of Alex White could have shut down another starter before he got going. Alex shook it off and went on to have a very nice outing, something that Drew Pomeranz couldn’t do after getting hit by a combacker last night.

White only made a couple of bad pitches, one after walking the struggling Jason Bartlett only to see Will Venable hit his missed location pitch for a double. Overall it was his best showing as a Rockie, going 6 ⅓ while giving up only 2 runs and striking out five. He was handed the ball to start the 7th, but after walking Baker and then giving up a one out single to put runners on the corner, Tracy turned to Matt Reynolds to shut the inning down.

Reynolds struck out Venable, but then Tracy decided that instead of letting him face Maybin he would bring in Esmil Rogers. Rogers walked Maybin and, after a visit from Bob “Frequent Mount Visit” Apodaca, he was able to get Chase Headley to swing over the 7th pitch.

Rogers wasn’t so lucky in the Bottom of the 8th, walking Alonso who was brought home on a Orlando Hudson triple. Ottavino replaced Rogers and was extremely effective, getting both Bartlet and Denorfia to strike out.

The final score, 1-3, could have been very different had Marco Scutaro attempted to jump a little more. He did get on base after Colvin singled and Giambi struck out. But, a Jordan Pacheco hit to the right side looked to be either un-catchable, or at the very least a tough play.  But Hudson didn’t have a chance to show which it was because the ball hit off of Scutaro’s foot, causing him to be out.  Instead of runners at 2nd and 3rd, and possibly bases loaded with one out, it was runners on the corners.

But it was all a moot point after Cargo struck out swinging to end the game.  Another tough loss.

And if that wasn’t bad enough, after the game Ottavino was optioned to make room for Christian Friedrich.  Ottavino has been one of the few bright spots during the losing streak, going 2 2/3 with four strikeouts and no hits.

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GARY
GARY
8 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

Plus he has positive big league experience with the Cards and others[?]Stupid move because I think Esmil will always be a frustrating tease a la Frankie Morales.This team is crazy frustrating.I’ve said all along we’re a .500 club,but of course I want more.Yet I’m not sure after the past two years how much of this I can take.I guess White’s start is a positive even if another loss.

OrangeRocks
OrangeRocks
8 years ago
Reply to  GARY

Just like Fankie Mo the raw pitch stuff is there, however not enough strikes to make that stuff consistently effective. Instances like these are examples of how the option limit rules suck, because what these “players” really need is some regular and extended playing time in the minors to work on their control issues. Me thinks that a trade similar to the Stewart/Colvin trade may be in the works: “…you take my under performing player with no remaining options and… Read more »

Thom H.
Thom H.
8 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

In two appearances Ottavino has a WHIP of 0.00 and almost two Ks per inning. I would like to have seen the Rox ride this out for a while. And we really do have an option for Rogers–the designated-for-assignment “option”?

OrangeRocks
OrangeRocks
8 years ago
Reply to  Thom H.

Yes, but MLB teams can’t find pitchers that throw 96 mph heat just anywhere. If the rest of the staff was solid then you could “hide” him in the last pitcher roster spot – but that is not the case right now for the Rockies.

As it is you can’t pitch him in critical situations without extreme risk and you can’t DFA him because another MLB team will gladly take that gamble. A trade is about the only option?

Miketober
Miketober
8 years ago

SWEEP!

I’m sure the Rockies will have a 19 run outburst one of these days before starting another losing streak.

Bob in WV
Bob in WV
8 years ago

Hard to be even the least bit optomistic at this point. However I will try:

Rockies 5/9/12: 12-17 6.5 GB

Rockies 5/9/09: 11-18 9.5 GB

Rockies 5/9/07: 14-20 6.0 GB

“We got ’em right where we want ’em!”

Pooter
Pooter
8 years ago
Reply to  Bob in WV

Awesome post Bob!!! This team has WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY more talented then both of those teams that made the playoffs!!! Rockies will be ok…….. I really thought they would win this series though despite fill in pitching. I can’t be all positive though, here is my negative thought for the day: Pomeranz has no guts. Unless Jimmer is making him appear this way, he seems way too comfortable with the idea of leaving the game early, I would like to see some… Read more »

Bob in WV
Bob in WV
8 years ago

Dang, “optimistic” not “optomistic”. Jaredean, can you add a spell checker for us?

Bob K.
Bob K.
8 years ago

Bob in WV, depending on which browser you use there are already spell checkers available. I use ie spell which works fine with IE Explorer. Firefox has its own spell checker and I am sure the other browsers have available their own spell checkers, either internally or as add ons.

OrangeRocks
OrangeRocks
8 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

BTW Jaredeen the site seem to be getting hit with some extra spam the last couple of days. Is there something that us RWO users should be doing differently to avoid?

Miketober
Miketober
8 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

Jared, I hate trying to decipher those illegible letters/numbers too, but it would only be for creating new accounts and/or Whaddya think’s, right? That’s not so bad. Most of us just post comments, and it seems like you have that under control.

OrangeRocks
OrangeRocks
8 years ago

Nope I really am optimistic about the Rockies 2012 season, because I have always viewed this season as just the setup for the 2013 season. We have some decent starting pitching that will start to get very valuable experience as the Rockies slip further away from the leaders. DLR, White and Friedrich in the long term should be better than Moyer, Guthrie and maybe even Chacin. What really concerns me however is the play and leadership of the Rockies two… Read more »

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
8 years ago
Reply to  OrangeRocks

I am close to throwing the “bridge year” stuff into the garbage. There are major managerial, coaching, chemical, leadership, inspirational, teamwork, focus, etc deficiencies on this team that won’t be fixed by 1 or 2 pitchers. I was never a big supporter of the long term committments to Tulo and Cargo. They were already under contract for “medium term”. We should have milked that for all its worth, gone out and signed/traded for big time players like Dan Uggla or… Read more »

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
8 years ago

Friedrich better than Moyer? I would call that real optimism. I hope you are right. I’m sure I have plenty of hate mail on another site now that he has finally getting his chance in the bigs. Of course these people were telling me he was ready 2 or 3 seasons ago. DLR has been my favorite pitcher since he came to the Rockies. (well documented on another site … and the beat down I took because of it) I… Read more »

OrangeRocks
OrangeRocks
8 years ago
Reply to  Mike Raysfan

It just makes more sense in the long term to have Friedrich give up four runs in six innings than it does for for Moyer to do the same. And yes I do like Moyer too, however as the Rockies slip further out of contending for 2012, it makes more sense to use those innings to develop the younger starting pitchers.

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
8 years ago

On the minor league front, Edward Cabrera won last night in Tulsa, his record is now 4-2. His pitching line: 6 IP, 4H , 3 ER, 4 BB, 3 K

On the other hand, Tyler Matzek:
4 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 7 BB (ouch), 2 K

OrangeRocks
OrangeRocks
8 years ago
Reply to  Cisco Kid

Cabrera is still really intriguing and should be a September callup, while Matzek is at least two years away yet and that is fine because he is still extremely young. As we saw with Rogers last night, you HAVE to throw strikes in the MLB, because those hitters for the most part are not gonna chase junk outside the strike zone.

Batgirl
Batgirl
8 years ago

My approach to this season was always a bridge year but it’s getting hard to watch. The bats are the only bright spot (and they are sporadic, or even manic) which is a shock considering our defense was always the one thing I took for granted. We all knew the pitching would be a gamble and I’m trying to look at it calmly (may the best arms win). What’s been really tough is looking at the lifeless performances overall….and to… Read more »

EdtheUmp
EdtheUmp
8 years ago
Reply to  Batgirl

Nice post Batgirl…hope you are doing well. I am really, really(is that sufficient?)concerned about Tulo and Cargo. Cargo’s last two at bats are just not the kinds of at bats that a superstar(not quite there yet, but getting closer)should have…he admits his problem but needs to implement his brain(read: game situation) engaging with his swing. Tulo on the other hand is a different story. I am really losing respect for him as a very visible citizen as well as “star”… Read more »

Bob K.
Bob K.
8 years ago
Reply to  EdtheUmp

Tulo has his own problems that he needs to address but what is an even worse problem is that in an interview earlier this year he stated that “Dex is my personal project.”

He needs to leave Fowler alone and concentrate on fixing his own problems.

Pooter
Pooter
8 years ago
Reply to  EdtheUmp

I have always had a problem with Tulo. From his walk up music to his ability in the clutch, he just seems like someone I would not get along with. Now reading the post above is making it REALLY hard to cheer for the guy. One of my freinds was in a LODO bar a few weeks after the season had ended last year and was wearing a Rockies hat. He said that Dexter Fowler approached him and was an… Read more »

Miketober
Miketober
8 years ago
Reply to  EdtheUmp

I’ve heard similar stories about Tulo’s ego, but never witnessed it firsthand. In one a very famous ballplayer (may have been Ripken) was signing autographs before a game when Tulo came over and had a conversation with this player for 10 minutes or more, monopolizing his time. So at least a few dozen fans did not get their autographs because of Tulo’s selfish need to chat with this player. It would have been cool if Tulo had joined him and… Read more »

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
8 years ago
Reply to  EdtheUmp

Not even a ROOT Sports promo can make Tulo sound good.

“I’m gonna out work everyone else in the locker room.”

“I can’t win a world series by myself, but no one will be better.”

Lora Wesche
Lora Wesche
8 years ago
Reply to  Batgirl

All spring training (season tickets for past 7 years) we have watched Tulo leave the field, walking right by us, fans cheering and he will not even acknowledge anyone. No tip of the hat, no wave, nothing! I have NEVER seen him sign an autograph, and our seats are front row in right field right next to the bullpen. I will not cheer for Tulo. We fans pay him his money. I can understand if he was with family and… Read more »

Bill
Bill
8 years ago

Gotta disagree with a couple of posters. I think that Pomeranz should have been taken out as soon as he started limping which was evident in his home run trot. The last thing we need is for him to get stalled because of his injury. I’ve been disappointed in the speed of his fastball but how can you be disappointed in his stuff. His ball really moves. As for Tulo he’s having a frustrating year but he busted his chops… Read more »

Miketober
Miketober
8 years ago

I wish we could afford Curtis Granderson.
8.25M last year and the Yanks would outbid us.

Batgirl
Batgirl
8 years ago

When Tulo does a rehab stint in Colorado Springs, I always go. I have a Tulo jersey AND I named my cat Tulo. All that said, I have witnessed first-hand (at the Sky Sox game) the way he ignores all the little kids waiting to get his autograph and how he doesn’t even make eye contact with any of the fans. It’s a very hometown feel there – and it’s not uncommon to chat a little with the players near… Read more »

Lora Wesche
Lora Wesche
8 years ago
Reply to  Batgirl

See my post above…..exactly what we have seen in spring training.

konaman
konaman
8 years ago

Are you kidding me, Tulo is the greatest pop up hitter in mlb when in a critical situation! And Cargo, don’t get me started…he is the greatest swing for the home run when the ball is way out of the srike zone player in mlb when in a critical situation.
Go Rockies!!

Lora Wesche
Lora Wesche
8 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

I don’t have to personally like the guy to realize he can be a great player. I just think he arrogant, and needs to remember he would be nothing if fans did not show up. I agree, he is one heck of a player. I gave you a thumbs up!

Miketober
Miketober
8 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

I noticed that Chipper Jones made eye contact and tipped his cap to the Braves fans at Coors after their game 2 win the other night. I’m not a Chipper fan, but I thought that small gesture showed a lot of class. Tulo has a lot to learn.

jaredean
jaredean
8 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

I’m not defending him as a person who is rude to fans – that, I believe and said already, is completely wrong and not acceptable in any way…when you put him up against someone like Cuddy, Moyer, etc. he looks like a class A punk…now, put him up against someone like Ty Cobb and the guy is an angel! If this discussion is about him as a person, then yes, I agree (and said as much in my “epistle” above),… Read more »

Miketober
Miketober
8 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

We are nicer to CarGo because he has a better average. He is hitting .312, slugging .578, leading the team in HR and probably RBI’s too. CarGo is doing what a 3-hole hitter should do. Sure he strikes out a lot on that back foot slider or that sweeping breaking ball, but that’s not out of trying to do too much or selfishness; he is fooled by the pitch. It is a weakness in his pitch recognition that he is… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

Ed, just got around to reading your comment and the discussion. Thanks for sharing the anecdote. It is disappointing. I don’t blame players for refusing autographs. They get bombarded, and most of the weird adults approaching them are looking to sell stuff. But I always blame players for not at least acknowledging the fans. I’d heard all my life about PGA players who are “fan favorites” with galleries that follow them. I never really got it until I started going… Read more »

rockymountainhigh
Admin
rockymountainhigh
8 years ago

I never understand the bashing of Tulo as a baseball player. It is the equivalent of the bashing of Albert Pujols now, but no one is bashing Pujols. He probably continues to get the bashing only because of the poor late-close stats LAST year. This year he has been doing a lot better but it has been under the radar because nearly none of them has been go ahead or walk offs. But he has been getting on base and… Read more »

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