Weiss’ Bonehead Move in 8th Inning

After the Rockies rallied to take a 8-5 lead in the bottom of the seventh inning, Walt Weiss made the most boneheaded move in history of the franchise by using Rex Brothers in the eighth inning.  Of all the available bullpen arms, Rex was the least likely to appear in the game after throwing more than 25 pitches in the previous game.  Available fresh bullpen arms were aplenty:  Massett, Belisle, Kahnle, and Hawkins.  Boone Logan, Franklin Morales, and Zero were already used earlier in the game.  Brothers faced five hitters, mostly left handed batters, and gave up four hits and a walk allowing five earned runs without getting even one out.

Belisle could not finish off the ninth inning with two out allowing Arizona to score five more runs after two outs.  This game turned into the worst game of the decade despite a fiery rally started by Morales that enabled Colorado to grab a short-lived 8-5 lead after seven innings.  He worked out a walk after a long at-bat and hustled on the basepaths that got the Rockies’ dugout all fired up.  He also did his part on the mound with two shutout innings.

Enough said.  I’ve moved all the way down to last stool for as long as Weiss mismanages the bullpen.  Weiss is driving most fans up the wall.

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JMN
JMN
6 years ago

Just heard on KOA: broken bones in Jordan Lyles’ left hand/fingers. Tough guy to pitch 3 more innings after.

So…Morales back to rotation (shudder), or call up another not-yet from the farm?

Phil
Phil
6 years ago

I think Weiss has trouble making the right call to win a game because sometimes in his loyalty to individual players and maybe how they are feeling at that time and in showing support for them, he fails to simply put the best players out there to win. They need someone else at third. And Rex Brothers needs days off and a look in the mirror.

Gary
Gary
6 years ago

Depth and bullpen our strong suit-so much for March madness.Give Frankie credit,at least he’s not fine china like the rest of the rotation.That’s four out of the five starting “studs”to make the DL. I’ve advocated for a long time that owners should get pay back bonus in contracts when players go more than 15 days on the DL,or more than 3 times in a season.I apologize to all here for taking the cable package to watch ROOT for my b-day… Read more »

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
6 years ago
Reply to  Gary

Weiss has the shit finger. Everything he does or points to is dead wrong.

sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago

It seems appropriate here to channel the Bull Durham rainout scene:

what we need is a rain out – I can get us a rain out – Man, there ain’t been a cloud in weeks – hundred bucks says i can get us a rainout for tomorrow

Brandon Barnes is the Crash Davis of this team……there needs to be a sprinkler accident.

Julian
Julian
6 years ago

With Lyles to be on the DL, who is the next pitcher to be brought up: I vote for Winkler or Bergman, because their recent starts have been stronger than Gray’s and Matzek’s. So now we need to DFA someone else — I vote for Scahill. Brothers needs to go down. Promote Bettis or Martin. We’re not going anywhere this year. The early season success was just a huge tease. So now it’s about rebuilding (again). Trading guys whose contracts… Read more »

Doc
Doc
6 years ago

WW’s move ensured Brother’s trip to AAA which was long overdue. Weiss is too nice a guy and too close to the players to be a successful big league manager. Cargo should have been DL’d weeks ago and now he’d be back playing.

Pooter
Pooter
6 years ago

Brothers needs to go onto the DL with hurt feelings. Maybe the 60 day DL! Boy did Belisle come in and show his value to the club later in the game as well!

On a positive note Franklin came in and looked good out of the bullpen! Too bad he can’t stay in the bullpen!

sdcarp
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sdcarp
6 years ago
Reply to  Pooter

I’ve been saying since early April Brothers is injured. His velocity is too down for any other explanation to be valid.

roxnsox
roxnsox
6 years ago

I voted the game 2 stars as worst all time only because there had to be one worse…but I sure can’t think of it right now. I turned it off at 8-5 Rockies, figuring they’d hold it and I’d feel a smidgen of relief today. BWAAAHAHAAAHAAAAH! Bullpen gives up ELEVEN RUNS, and another injured pitcher? I like Julian’s post. That’s about the size of it. I’ll still watch, because I don’t know how to quit them; and will hope for… Read more »

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
6 years ago

Let’s see: Rockies give up 11 in last two innings to lose yet again, Lyles breaks a bone, Cargo goes on the DL, and Don Zimmer dies. A thread of optimism…surely this must be Rox bottom. I can’t conceive how it could get worse. Don’t worry though, the team will go on a great run shortly. We just are not hopelessly behind enough yet. Once we reach the point of no return the team will play well once again.

roxnsox
roxnsox
6 years ago

I think the runner’s knee rammed his hand

Bill
Bill
6 years ago

Worst game of the year by far although I admit I didn’t watch all of it. Enough of it to make me turn it off and pick up a book. I hadn’t realized that Brothers had thrown 25 pitches on Tuesday night. That made the move to Brothers even more perplexing. He has to down to the minors, be put on the DL or maybe traded. Not sure what we would get for him now. Perhaps two six-packs of high… Read more »

egossage
egossage
6 years ago

Man if I was Tulo I would asked to be traded out of this joke of an organization. He’s really just wasting his time here. Much like Todd did.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
6 years ago
Reply to  egossage

I know you’re being somewhat facetious, but his value has never been higher, his contract is a relative bargain, and there are a number of playoff contenders with SS black holes and deep farm systems. He still matches well with St. Louis – regardless of the Peralta acquisition. I think he matches well with Boston, regardless of the Drew acquisition.

egossage
egossage
6 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

I don’t want him to be traded but if I were him I would ask for a trade. This team will never win.

TJinPhoenix
TJinPhoenix
6 years ago

So I’m set to go on Vacation for a week and all I wanted to do was sit in the cool pines of northern Arizona on my own “Party deck” and watch baseball. I guess I’ll find another team to watch so I won’t ruin my vacation. Although as Roxnsox said…”i don’t know how to quit them”. Also want to watch Butler pitch on Friday….

Banjar
Banjar
6 years ago

I wonder if Rex’s ego, feelings, positive attitude, etc., were more bruised than anyone realized when Hawkins was named the closer. Rex was certainly the heir apparent at the end of last season. Then to lose the job before the new season began might have really been tough. I know all of the rhetoric about how these are professionals, and that they can look past disappointments. Yeah, that might be true on the surface and to what they say to… Read more »

JMN
JMN
6 years ago
Reply to  Banjar

Rafael Betancourt is throwing bullpen sessions and hopes are that he can rejoin the staff for the stretch run.” See:
http://www.sportsinjuryalert.com/2014/06/rockies-injury-update-rafael-betancourt.html

and Harding’s tweet from yesterday at
https://twitter.com/harding_at_mlb/statuses/474302443140812800

Raffy’s already throwing 40-pitch bullpen sessions. But…he’s got a LOT of work to do recovering from TJ. Unlikely he will be effective before 2015.

Trip
Trip
6 years ago

I’m not blaming Weiss. In fact I expected this from the Rox. Here is what I said in March about the rotation and the pen (see 2014 predictions): The Rotation Chacin – It’s been my observation when a player has inflamation problems in spring training, it has a tendency to be a problem all year. De La Rosa – May be the staff ace this year. But his best days may be behind him by now. Anderson – The SMiB… Read more »

Bill
Bill
6 years ago

By the way after 6 2/3 innings in the Bronx, Drew Po has held the Yankees to 2 runs (1 earned) striking out 7, walking 1. SMIB traded him for Brett Anderson who is injured this year as he has been his whole career but someday might win a game.

sdcarp
Admin
sdcarp
6 years ago
Reply to  Bill

Right now – if the A’s offered my a young Babe Ruth for Matt Belisle I’d have to be skeptical. They are such shrewd talent evaluators – I’d think Matt Belisle was about to win the Cy Young.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
6 years ago

If I’m making the decisions – I’d call up Matzak to replace Lyles in the rotation (keep Frankie on the BP plan) and sync Gray’s start days to match Matzak’s and place Matzak on a short leash. But I would give him a chance.

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