Brendan Rodgers Era Begins

A new era begins tonight.  Excuse the photo, technical problems trying to upload the Brendan Rodgers picture into this post.  Brendan Rodgers was called up today and will start at second base batting seventh.  The Rockies have been alternating wins and losses.  All I ask is to have him play regularly and he perform at Dansby Swanson or Alex Bregman level.  The Rockies season will definitely turn around if he plays like Tulo 2007.

I will be updating the post after the game tonight or tomorrow morning.

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Noticed our old friend, go on contact play, was as successful as ever and cost us the game.

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Yep, they have killed a number of rallies this year with the go on contact play. I do not believe it has been successful once for them this year.

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I will never understand this play. The announcers explained it as “manager’s decision – go on contact no matter what.” Whaaat? Shouldn’t it be kinda a judgment/situational call by the runner himself?

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Rockies got lucky last night when another “go on contact” should have ended in an out but Murphy scored when the Pirates’ catcher threw the ball away during the rundown.

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Even luckier: the throw glanced off Daniel’s helmet and richocheted away.

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On Rodgers: I generally criticize the Rockies for being too slow in graduating (and playing!) their top prospects. But … I disagree on this one. When it became obvious that Story wasn’t going on the IL, it was time to pull the plug on the Rodgers May Graduation. Why? 1. Because he was just starting to show the hitting/power skills at the high minors level – the skills we were promised when we drafted him. He needs to keep playing… Read more »

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Since Rodgers has been up, he has already had quite a few critical at bats. His very first at bat was the only one where he had a run scoring out. He failed in all of the other critical at bats. He did not look MLB ready in spring training and I have not seen any indication that, that has changed.

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Bridich free agent signee quarter pole report: -Murphy: -.0.4 WAR -Desmond: -0.2 -Iannetta: 0.0 -Dunn: + 0.3 -Shaw: 0.0 -Davis: +0.4 -Oh: -0.2 -McGee: +0.1 TOTAL: 0.0 WAR. Replacement level. Think “Drew Butera” or “Harrison Musgrave” TOTAL 2019 SPENDING FOR REPLACEMENT LEVEL PERFORMANCE: $73.5 million Baseball commenters will have a dozen reasons for the Rox mediocre performance so far this year, but the overwhelming big picture reason is this: the GM wasted a tremendous amount of money on underperforming free… Read more »

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Question for all you guys and girls: Since when does every fielder have a little laminated card in his pocket to let him know about positioning for the batter? How did old-school players figure this out? Just look at the bench coach’s gestures? Lordy, I’m getting old. (This is an actual question – when did this customized pocket card thing start? It seems pretty recent.)

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Its been going on for at least the past two years and probably 3 years. It started about the same time that the catchers started wearing a cheat sheet on their arm. The one the catchers wear looks just like the ones football quarterbacks wear.

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So…(4 innings into Friday’s game, Orioles up 5-2), is it now safe to say that the Rockies got less than nothing for Tulo?

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Well, excuse me, perhaps the hitters are going to save Hoffman’s bacon this time…5 to 3 now. I stand by my comment above re: the team got 3 nothing pitchers and a loss of millions on Jose Reyes. True, they dumped a bunch of millions owed Tulo, I guess(?), so is it still a net win? A wash? A disappointment, at the least.

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The trade was still a major win for the Rockies by making the position available for Story plus the $30 or $40 million on Tulo’s contract that the Blue Jays absorbed above and beyond what the Rockies took on with Reyes.

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True, true! I need to live in the present, where we have a SS every bit as good at the plate and perhaps in the field. Especially on display last night with his heroics! Blow me down! I was so bummed to see them losing to a terrible team on the opening game of a homestand. Very enjoyable last couple of innings on the DVR this AM:) I wonder if Bridich “knew” how good Trevor was going to be when… Read more »

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Wade Davis placed on 10 day IL due to oblique strain. Tyler Anderson recalled and placed on 60 day IL to open 40 man roster spot for Jairo Diaz who was also called up. Oberg has been named closer while Davis is on the IL.

https://www.mlb.com/rockies/news/wade-davis-on-injured-list-for-rockies

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Very interesting article on the rise of pitch velocity. It reads, in part: “Baseball’s timeless appeal is predicated upon an equilibrium between pitching and hitting, and in the past, when that equilibrium has been thrown off, the game has always managed, either organically or through small tweaks, to return to an acceptable balance. But there is growing evidence that essential equilibrium has been distorted by the increasing number of pitchers able to throw the ball harder and faster. Rising pitch… Read more »

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I think most of us get a little rush out of hearing “99!” or “Gray’s average fastball tonight is 97!” but this made me think about it beyond the thrill.