Colorado Treading Water Ahead of ASB

Colorado went through the month of June without a swoon.  The attendance reflected the fans’ confidence in the team as they are ranked sixth in the majors.  Their actions on the field had mixed results, but they avoided their annual June Swoon.  They are 44-42 and one game out of WC1 spot.  That’s a pretty good spot to be in considering that they played seven vs. the Dodgers (2-5) and two vs. the Astros (0-2) in the last couple of weeks.  Before that, Colorado split the season series (3-3) vs. the Cubs.

The Rockies hasn’t quite measured up to the top tier teams as hoped for due to inconsistent rotation and faltering bullpen.  The offense has been hitting well, but they have often been on the short end of the slugfest.  Teams with strong bullpens often stopped the Rockies dead in their tracks late in the game.

Tonight, they open a three-game series at Coors vs. the D-backs.  Antonio Senzatela will open the series to be followed by Jon Gray and German Marquez.  K-Free’s replacement Chi Chi Gonzalez was thrown into the fire against top tier teams  and had shown some flashes.  But he can’t hold them down over five or six innings.  Peter Lambert had to grow up fast pitching against the best teams twice each.  He had no trouble with teams that were aggressive hitting the ball, but seemed to have problems with teams that have great plate discipline and made him throw over the middle of the plate.

The offense has been slugging like the Blake Street Bombers, but only at Coors.  The biggest problem is that they probably lead the major leagues in chase rate (meaning swinging at balls out of the zone) when away from LoDo.  If the Rockies are to perform well after the ASB, they need to get everything together at the same time.  K-Free last start was 7 innings of one-run ball, but that was after a string of games when he pitched like a Little Leaguer.  Mark Reynolds and Pat Valaika have been cutout cardboard in the batter’s box.  EdTheUmp and I have been waiting for two-months to DFA those two bench players.  Raimel Tapia needs to stop being a wildly unpredictable player day-to-day.  One day he would have great plate discipline, and then the next day he swings at anything from head to toe as well as far off the plate.

The offense is starting to gel with the four All-Stars (Blackmon, Story, Arenado, and Dahl) in the top  four of the line up.  Dan Murphy is now swinging the bat well that we paid him to do.  Ian Desmond has had a great month of June and he needs to keep that going the rest of the year.  RyMac is still learning as a rookie; he is deadly if you throw knee or belt level, but he cannot hit the ball at the top of the strike zone.  Tony Wolters need to play everyday so he can graduate from the Growing Pains University before the post season starts.

We need help from Antonio Senzatela, K-Free, and Peter Lambert to stabilize the back of the rotation.  The bullpen with the exception of Scott Oberg has been a pile of cow manure.  Some of the high-powered arms are showing flashes of potential but hasn’t proven to be lock down pitchers.  Buddy Black must move Wade Davis out of the closer role because he has a 6 BB/9 walk rate.  That’s not even close to major league quality.

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“Tonight, they open a three-game series at Coors vs. the D-backs.”

Tonight the Rockies are playing at the Diamondbacks in Arizona.

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Treading water is right. .500 going into the last game before the ASB. Random thoughts: 1. Tapia 2018 consensus: bust. RC+ of 87 (13% below the average player). Tapia 2019 consensus: finally fulfilling his promise. But … RC+ of 87. Nice start, same old Tapia. We need someone better. 2. Desmond: sure, his numbers are kind of o.k. this year, and I don’t hate him in CF. But … sat if CF on July 3 (fireworks game) and saw his… Read more »

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Tomorrow, Friday, July 12, is the last day to sign any players taken in the 2019 draft. As of today, all players taken by the Rockies in rounds 1 through 30 have been signed. No players taken from round 31 through round 40 have been signed.

https://www.purplerow.com/2019/6/10/18660141/mlb-draft-2019-results-colorado-rockies-signings-tracker

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You get completely hammered in a laugher? It happens to every team once in awhile. You lose 2-1? Could happen anytime to any team. Your bullpen gives up 4 runs, including your closer walking two men, after you tie the game in the bottom of the ninth? Now that’s the definition of a disheartening loss. Turn out the lights.

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Aaaand swept at home by the Giants, who were supposedly out of the conversation but have now passed the Rox. Sinking like a stone after treading water?

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The FOX announcers a week ago said Davis HAD been removed as closer, and Oberg inserted. Yes? No? I haven’t been paying that much attention to who has come in.

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After Black announced Oberg as the closer, Davis was used as the closer on June 29 because Oberg was not available. Davis got the save in that game. The closest game to actually having a save situation since then was July 2 when McGee blew the lead in the 8th inning and lost the game 9-8 to the Astros. Oberg did close that game. There were two off days mixed in and no other save opportunities have been available. There… Read more »

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Tonight was the first save opportunity since Davis got the save on June 29. Davis got the save tonight which would indicate that he is back to being the closer. But…Diaz worked the 8th inning and not Oberg. Perhaps something was wrong with Oberg or he was being held back in case Davis did not perform well. I don’t know.

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Bob K., it does look like Wade is back in the closer role. They didn’t have a lead going into the 8th, so I assume that’s what it was Diaz and not Oberg.
On Yonder Alonso …. well, September pinch hitter call-up at best? They did this a couple years ago with Ryan Howard. Sadly, the 2009 Jason Giambi thing rarely works …

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Unless you wear the golden thong.

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Kyle Freeland expected to be recalled on Saturday. Hope he fixed whatever his problem was.

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2019/07/rockies-expected-to-recall-kyle-freeland-this-weekend.html

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Rockies sign Yonder Alonso to a minor league deal.

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2019/07/rockies-sign-yonder-alonso.html

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Games in delay due to thunder in area. Every time in at the game in person and there’s a delay, the Rockies come out flat and fall behind by five or more runs. Now I have bad vibes and that’s in addition to Freeland returning too early. It’s going to be 13-1 by end of third inning. Mark that down, RWOers.

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It is starting to look like Freeland was a one season wonder. No point in starting him again until he shows he can do it it the minors which so far he hasn’t done.

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They’re not going to send him down again. He’s going to struggle through and find it, or bring the team down with him. Wouldn’t it be a beautiful thing if Bridich broke character and made a splashy deal? The window is now, with Charlie and Nolan aging. Not that they’re showing it yet, but the time is now. Then again, one good pitcher isn’t going to propel them as far as they want.

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What’s up Gang, Long time no chat. Lots of travel. Lots of work. Alas, I’ve been watching from afar (even from Europe for a couple of weeks). I’ll be the first to admit I’ve had a hard time getting behind the 2K19 version of the Rox. It all began with the lethargic offseason by the FO. But………..I have to say the offense has been OK (I predicted otherwise). Dahl has stayed generally healthy. Desmond is sort of, kind of, maybe… Read more »

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Welcome back, Carp! That was quite the lethargic doubleheader. 3 runs scored in 18 innings at Coors. It’s just about time to start thinking 2020.
I’m still not sold on the offense. Going into the weekend, park-adjusted (and it’s a huge adjustment) we have the 23rd best offense in baseball. Couple that with the 23rd best pitching and we really ought to be worse record-wise than this.

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My “offense has been OK” comment was made in context of a typical year. You make a really good point – I’m sort of negligent in not being hip with the 2019 season and the fact that offense is up, way up, across baseball in general.

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The Coors runs scored park factor is now 1.661. I haven’t had time to look it up, but that strikes me as far and away the highest IN MLB HISTORY. Coors is playing in such an extreme offense-friendly manner that I really don’t think any team could survive it. This doesn’t excuse Bridich’s horrid roster/salary base management, but it’s worth keeping in mind. We’re in a situation here like the late 1990s when we can say with a straight face… Read more »

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It’s no secret I’m a big fan of Park adjusted factors. It seems like 1.26-1.29 has been a more typical Coors PF for runs. In fact, the last couple of years, Coors wasn’t at the “top” of the list in some of the factors (the new Yankee stadium and Riverfront in Cincinnati also tend to be high…..I typically look at PFers for R and HR…..and I know Coors wasn’t at the very top of one of these last year). I… Read more »

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Agreed. Shake it up! Lose the expensive older guys (even if much of the expense remains). Refresh! Or Nolan’s definitely going to walk in 2.5 years. I also was surprised and appreciative of the GM’s candor.

The Rockies are going to come off this road trip hopelessly out of it.

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Trade value? – Murphy: I can see a market for him. The acquiring team would get about 1.3 years of Murphy for about $16 million. A contender could use that bat, particularly against righties in a part-time/DH/pinch hitting role. But you wouldn’t get much of anything beyond salary relief. – Wade Davis: that would be pure salary dump. – McGee: same. There’s always a market for relievers. – Iannetta: even more so, there’s always a market for catchers! Again, nothing… Read more »

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Rockies DFA Mark Reynolds. Senzatela optioned to AAA. Hoffman called up along with Sam Howard.

https://www.mlb.com/rockies/news/rockies-dfa-mark-reynolds-option-antonio-senzatela

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Everyone keeps bad mouthing the hitters for playing their home games at Coors Field. Only rarely do you ever hear anything similar said about any other field. Neither Blackmon’s or LeMahieu’s first inning home runs today would have been home runs at Coors Field. DJ already has 13 home runs with Yankee Stadium for his home games. He had 15 home runs all last year when he was still playing for the Rockies.