Bullpen and bor struggling

The Rockies once again swept Arizona and climbed to six games above .500 (40-34) for the first time this year.  This was also the eighth straight win in the head-to-head match up against the Snakes.  Despite starting 0-5 vs. the NL West divisional rivals (Dodgers and D-backs), they are 16-12 (16-7 since 0-5 start).  The problem is that all the major holes in the team will be magnified when they face the Dodgers in seven of the next ten games.  The Rockies will be lucky to win even two of those games.

Problem 1:  Rotation – The Gray Wolf has been the most consistent starter.  German Marquez started out well and he appears to be sliding back towards average.  After the those two, it’s a crap shoot when it comes to quality start and consistency.  Antonio Senzatela has only one pitch and lacks swing and miss pitch.  He really should be in the bullpen.  Jeff Hoffman, who replaced K-Free has shown some flashes but always find major hiccups in one of the innings.  Peter Lambert has made three starts in which the first two looked good before finding a lot of trouble against the Padres.

Problem 2:  Bullpen – Too many arms that are not trust worthy.  They finally got rid of Mike Dunn who has been a dumpster fire.  Wade Davis is having his annual middle of summer closing issues.  He blew a 6-run lead in the 9th against the Padres (actually the last two) and a three-run lead on Sunday.  Scott Oberg is the only slam-the-door type of reliever.  Jairo Diaz is growing into high leverage situations nicely.  Chettis is fine for two innings, but if asked to go three innings the wheels tend to come off like he did today giving up a two-run homer to a pinch hitter before hitting the showers.  Carlos Estevez is a little too inconsistent.  B-Shaw is having a good year, but always seem to hit bumps at the worst possible times during critical games.  Chris Rusin was a good riddance as he throws batting practice.  Jake McGee is not trustworthy as he has basically one pitch which is fastball straight as an arrow.  Jesus Tinoco is looking very good but BB is scared to use him.

Problem 3:  Pitching staff – way too many freaking walks and/or HBPs.

Problem 4:  Lack of depth on the bench.  Pat Valaika is batting .063, barely above his mom’s age.  Colorado continues to hang on to Mark Reynolds despite the fact that all he does is strike out or be an automatic out rarely finding the barrel.  Raimel Tapia is maddening at times.  Some days he shows patience and getting hits and walks.  Other days he swings at everything from head to dirt balls.  All that while Sam Hilliard is waiting for his phone to ring.

Problem 5:  Schedule – Colorado has not really experienced June swoon yet, but the typhoons is about to whack Colorado when they face the Dodgers twice in the next ten days.  Their bats will go silent facing Kershaw, Buehler, Ryu, and Maeda while we answer with Hoffman, Senzatela, and Lambert.  Growing pains.

Problem 6: Injuries – The injury bug has hit Colorado as of late.  Trevor Story has a sprained thumb and landed on the IL.  He will be out multiple weeks.  I’m hoping he’ll be back after the all star break.  Nado will probably sit out a couple of games against the Dodgers after beating up his big left toe with foul balls.

Hopefully the RWOers can flip to July while still in touch with the wild card front runners.  Actually they are sitting in the WC #1 slot as of tonight, but they will be in the back of the pack after seeing the Dodgers  seven times over the next ten days.

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Why are the Rockies so damn traditional? You need a spot start; you call up the definition of the “replacement level veteran” in Chi Chi Gonzalez, who gives you exactly what you’d expect: 5 innings max, 3 runs (maybe more) allowed against a really struggling lineup. Other clubs would think outside the box: maybe an “opener” for an inning or two, then other arms one time through the lineup, etc. And Desmond: right now you actually want him in the… Read more »

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Desmond has been held out of the line up due to injuries.

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Nice to see DJ get the first MLB AB, hit, and run in Europe. He was also 4-5 with 5 rbi’s and 2 runs scored…in the first 5 innings. I hate the Yanks but it would be great to see him win the batting title and be the first to do that in both leagues. Surely that would add “legitimacy” to his one in Denver.

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The Yankees are really happy that the Rockies let DJ go. They are also laughing at all the people who questioned the wisdom of them signing DJ. It is really nice to see that he will be the starting 2B for the AL in the All Star game.

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DJ leads the AL in numerous categories. Even for we who know him well, it’s a little mind-blowing. I’m happy for DJ, but sick at heart for the Rockies and their fans. They couldn’t have kept him for the same contract as they gave Murphy and let McMahon blossom at first base? Also jealous that he’s not “our secret” anymore.

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Now that was just some kind of WEIRD symphony of buzzard’s luck. Three tiebreaking walkoff home runs, each by a rookie? Bah! No fair!

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Guess what? It’s the halfway point. 81 games. On pace to win 84. Which is fine, except the Dodgers are on pace to win 111. The division race is over. We’re still in the thick of the wild card. But I can’t get past the idea that the division was there for us to take LAST year — a Dodgers down year — and we let it slip away. Last season: starting pitching was amazing; the hitters let us down.… Read more »

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Rockies have agreed to sign SS Adael Amador to a $1.5MM deal. MLB Pipeline has him ranked #12 on their Top 30 International Prospects List.

https://www.mlb.com/rockies/news/rockies-sign-adael-amador

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“After fouling a ball off his left foot today, Nolan Arenado left the game with what the Rockies described as a contusion on his big toe. The injury occurred in the top of the eighth inning, and the third baseman took his position in the bottom half of the inning before being subbed out in the bottom of the ninth. The Rockies’ announcement specified that the move was made “for precautionary reasons,” noting that Arenado suffered a similar injury against… Read more »

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LHP Ben Bowden, RHP Rico Garcia and IF Nelson Molina have all been promoted to AAA, Albuquerque.

http://rockiesroster.com/minors/isotopes/

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The bullpen is currently busy giving away games. Tinoco has pitched well but Black keeps trotting out the guys that are giving up runs. Did he forget that he has Tinoco in the bullpen?

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Gonzalez was called up and Brendan Rodgers was put on the IL to make room on the 25 man roster.

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Rockies considering dropping Wade Davis from the closer role. Oberg, Estevez and Bettis are supposedly the closer candidates. My question is, why have Tinoco on the 25 man roster if you aren’t going to use him in any games?

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2019/06/rockies-could-pull-wade-davis-from-closers-role.html

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Oberg, please! The other guys are too shaky.

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I vote for Tinoco. Oberg still knows how to give up the gopher ball.

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Tinoco is far from having proven himself yet (very small sample), although I agree he has great stuff. (And I voted for Scott out of the three above.) Interesting how Wade came in last night and nailed it after his demotion.

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Agreed that Tinoco has not proven himself other than his 3 shut out innings against the Padres when all the other pitchers were being bombed. He has only had a chance to pitch in one game since then and he gave up one run in 1/3 inning to the Dodgers in LA to take the loss. He has not been in any games since then (6/22) and is not being given the chance to prove himself. The Rockies obviously need… Read more »

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I think the better option is for the Rockies to trade for the Pirates closer, Felipe Vazquez. This would serve a twofold purpose. It would gain the Rockies a legitimate closer and prevent the Dodgers from getting him. The Dodgers have been repeatedly mentioned as being in on Vazquez and being the favorite to acquire him..

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LHP Ben Bowden is the lone Rockies player in the 2019 Futures Game.

https://www.mlb.com/rockies/news/2019-futures-game-rosters

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Blackmon, Story and Dahl selected to join Arenado at the All Star game.

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