What the Heck Happened? Role Reversal

Walt Weiss must have looked himself in the mirror and made the right pitching changes today in Colorado’s rout of the Giants.  Christian Bergman was the starting pitcher for Colorado and got pounded for nine hits over six innings, yet he used his Colorado Springs experience to limit the damage to just two runs.  The key to damage control was zero walks and pitching efficiently (80 pitches) while using his defense to his advantage (2 GIDPs).  Weiss wised up, pulling Bergman after six innings with the top of the San Francisco batting order coming up for the fourth time.  There were no bullpens sirens going off giving the ball to Christian Friedrich and Juan Nicasio, both of them whom have been much more effective out of the bullpen than as starters since their recalls.  There were no nail biting drama as they (Friedrich – 1 IP and Nicasio – 2 IP) plowed through the Giants to put them away in a 9-2 rout.

The hitters were the Sultan of Swats today.  Corey Dickerson launched two solo shots, one that nearly reached the third deck and the other went to left field.  Nolan Arenado hit a three-run shot with two outs to wipe out the Giants’ lead of 2-1 and made the score 4-2.  Fort McKenry hit a long ball to centerfield after a nine-pitch battle to send Ryan Vogelsong reeling.  Josh Rutledge later in the same inning hit a 2-run triple with one out off Juan Gutierrez and scored on Justin Morneau’s sacrifice fly to expand the lead to 9-2.

Today’s game was one of the better played games of the season, a total U-turn from last night.  Pull the pitcher before it’s too late and put in effective relievers to salt the game away.  The Giants’ haters (go ahead and dance in the streets jaredean) can rejoice in the fact that the Rockies won the season series 9-8.  Buh bye Giants, no post season dancing for  you this year courtesy of the Rockies.

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roxnsox
roxnsox
6 years ago

Season series, thanks. Giants-haters, rejoice with me for a teeny bit of something for the season. Teeny-tiny 😉

What’s next, I asked after last night’s absolute shame on the bullpen? Nice fight-back, guys!

Friedrich and Nicasio in the pen? Kinda likin’ it. Hope the tweak to Christian I thought I heard about on KOA is nothing much. Always liked him for some reason and want the kid(?) to stick somehow.

sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago
Reply to  roxnsox

Nicasio has always been a serviceable relief pitcher waiting to happen, but Frick and Frack aren’t the sharpest knifes in the drawer, so it’s taken awhile to get to this point.

Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago

DLR: good move, good price. I was afraid he was going to hold out for 3 years, which at his age would be pushing it. We know that solid/non-star starters have been getting about $12 million a year, so this is right in line with market rates. Nice to have DLR back in the fold before free agent season even begins. While I’m usually skeptical of claims like “he pitches well at Coors,” there is something to be said for… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago

I’m on record as opposing resigning JDLR. But……I assumed it would take a 3-4 year deal @ 40M-50M. 2 years @ 25M is a steal. In theory, if all goes well, this will take to about 750-800IP post TJ surgery. That’s about all you can count on, so the Rox have done well here.

Julian
Julian
6 years ago

I’m really pleased that the Rockies just had to commit to two years and 25 mil for DLR. That seems reasonable. So, we have our #1 guy. I assume that the money saved from not resigning Chacin and Anderson will go toward a #2. I think that we can cobble together our #3, #4, and #5 to start the season (Matzek, Lyles, and Bergman) until all of the Tulsa guys show up later in the season. (Can we expect Chatwood… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago

I think it’s safe to assume Chatwood is done for next year. In fact, I think he’s arbitration eligible so I don’t see why they’d even tender him a contract. Chacin and Anderson are good as gone, although I guess Anderson could sign a much smaller deal to try to reestablish any value. So that leaves a rotation of: DLR Lyles New Guy 1 New Guy 2 New Guy 3 Not exactly what they were hoping for … I imagine… Read more »

Bob K.
Bob K.
6 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

So you are saying that the Rockies will not offer Chacin a contract even though he has one year of arbitration eligibility left?

Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago

oops, forgot Matzek, who’s earned himself a presumptive spot in the rotation next year. So only 2 spots to fill, although you’d really like to fill those spots with pitchers who are better than Lyles/Matzek, not worse …

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