Flip Calendar to June

 

It sure feels like Colorado has been playing bad baseball over the first two months.  But the facts are: 1) Rockies are in first place in the NL West.  2) They are on pace for 87 wins.  3) The longest losing streak is three games and the longest win streak is six games.  That means the Rockies haven’t gone into a really long losing streak.  4) Arizona is playing very bad baseball over the last three weeks and Los Angeles is starting to heat up.  San Francisco looks like the Rockies of old; great offense but no pitching.  5)  Rockies are 4-2 on the current home stand and they aim to finish it at 6-3 Sunday night.

Today DJLM returns to the lineup leading off for the Rockies.  The bad news was that David Dahl who was heating up broke his foot and will likely be out 6-8 weeks.  BB has decided to run with CarGo batting cleanup believing he is starting to get into a groove.  After a disastrous start to the season, Trevor Story is looking dangerous now at the plate to go along with his Gold Glove caliber defense.  Ian Desmond will continue to play first base.  On the mound, it will be Tyler Anderson tonight (Friday) followed by German Marquez and Chettis in the next two games.

The Dodgers put Clayton Kershaw back on the DL.   Pick up the phone Mr. Bridich and have a killer instinct to finish off the Dodgers with a trade or two.  The ChiSox is going nowhere.  Get this Jose Abreu over here and he’ll be flashing his teeth with a wide grin.  After seeing a catchable line drive that went straight into Chuck_Nazty’s fielding zone that went for a triple, there have been rumblings about moving him to a corner OF and let a speedy centerfielder take over.  sdcarp talks about Billy Hamilton in which he would be like Willy Taveras in the 2007 WS run.

If the entire rotation can be more consistent, that would stabilize the bullpen.  It looks like Otto would only need a minimum 10-day stay on the DL.  So Gopherg has a ten-day window to show why he doesn’t need to go back to Albuquerque.  If Chris Rusin can’t find his groove soon, Antonio Senzatela and Jeff Hoffman are waiting in the wings.

The RWOers think the ball is in the front office to make a couple of moves to be the difference maker in an attempt to go dancing in the post season for the second straight year.  I do not think the wild card is coming out of the West so Colorado needs to win the division outright.  Front office, remember your trade for Rafael Bettancourt?  He was the difference maker.

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14 Comments

    • sdcarp

      June 2, 2018

      Jon Heyman’s 12 trades that should happen:

      “#7. Jose Abreu and Nate Jones to the Rockies for Ryan McMahon and Riley Pint.

      The Rockies may need a little more firepower to become a true threat, and Ian Desmond can play anywhere. McMahon is better than he showed early, and Pint’s slipped a bit on their prospect list.”

      I fully support this deal!

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    • rockymountainhigh

      June 2, 2018

      The bullpen except Otto and Wade Davis is way stinkier than sulfur wafting out of the chemistry lab. Rockies aren’t going anywhere as long as the BP are dumpster fire. Offense has to average ten runs a game to make it up.

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    • roxnsox

      June 3, 2018

      I was out of town for a week where they don’t show Rockies games (Boston, that is), then my satellite receiver got fried by lightning, so I’ve barely watched the last couple weeks (and won’t be able to until Tuesday’s game). But it seems Bryan Shaw is not close to his marquee billing? And boy howdy, did the Dodgers come in to show who’s really the boss. Grrrrrr. And all of this with their own parade of injured players and rookies (I think. I know I read in this morning’s paper that so-and-so got “his first-ever xxxxxx” – which rookies seem to do against the Rockies.)

      Needless to say, super bummed about David’s foot. I hope this not turning into a freak-injury, or unusual-injury, or too often injured, career before he even gets a chance. 🙁

      Welcome back, DJ?!? Time to trade him while he’s hot???

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    • rockymountainhigh

      June 3, 2018

      Ag’s whipping boy on in the 8th. I predict 4 runs allowed with 2 walks, a HR, and a couple of XBHs.

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    • Agbayani

      June 4, 2018

      Carp – interested in your take on the Rox 1st round pick (22 overall) and “competitive balance” pick. Without ever having watched him, the first guy is a lefty pitcher who seems a little like a Kyle Freeland. Second pick (in the 40s) a HS first baseman that I know literally nothing about ….I thought they might go all Casey Weathers again this year (college reliever who could potentially step in this summer) but I guess not.

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      • sdcarp

        June 5, 2018

        Many thanks to RMH for sending me text updates last night as I am entertaining guests from out of town (from out of the country!) that have no interest in the MLB draft (but if you want to talk Premier League Futbol…….they’re ready).

        Swaggerty went 12th to Pittsburgh, so that was a non-issue (he simply wasn’t available for the Rox). Seigler and Casas were available and we passed……taking a 1B (Lavigne) in the Compensation Round explains why we passed on Casas……so I’m OK with that one. There was clearly a strategy regarding 1B…..this makes me happy. I’ve always been intrigued by cold-weather (geography) based young players. If they’re good enough to get on the early round draft radar playing about half the number of games their southern counterparts play…..they may be pretty darn good. I also noted several teams went 1B in the first couple of rounds. Perhaps this ridiculous notion that 1B is somehow a non-important position is passing. From solely a Rockies perspective, I don’t believe we have a single player in the entire minor league system capable of playing 1B in the majors (sorry to the Mundell and Patterson fans…..they’ll never be contributing major leaguers). Lavigne at least gives us a chance at massive (plus plus) power.

        Regarding Rolison, I’ll say two things. 1. We’ll regret not taking Seigler. 2. I’m much happier with a college pitcher than a HS pitcher, especially one from the SEC or ACC. This means he is probably already Asheville level immediately (although it doesn’t necessarily mean the Rox will start his career there (AVL)). I know in some mock drafts prior to this year’s collegiate season beginning, he was a borderline top 10 pick. I’ve already heard/seen the Freeland comparison…..I’ll take another Freeland all day long!

        Day 1 – I’ll give us a B-. Had we taken Seigler, I would have given us an A-.

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        • rockymountainhigh

          June 6, 2018

          About Lavigne, he has great plate discipline. This past college season, he walked 24 times while striking out 3 times. That’s whom we need to reduce strikeouts with RISP.

          A lot of network pundits say Ryan Rolison will likely be fast to the majors. As carp says, it was good to get a lot of college pitchers so they can help the Rockies sooner than later.

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          • sdcarp

            June 6, 2018

            Lavigne is our only HS pick…..so it’s “HS season,”………………….but I know what you mean, and agree. In fact, I’m guessing the allure of Lavigne is threefold:
            1. Physical – huge power.
            2. The fact that he’s already so big and strong as an 18 YO……and will probably continue to grow.
            3. Plate discipline at a young age, for a “cold weather” player who likely has fewer ABs through HS and summer leagues than most of his counterparts.

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    • sdcarp

      June 5, 2018

      Draft update:

      Through 7 rounds (plus the compensation pick) = 8 picks total. 7 college players. I like this trend. In my opinion, even a draftnik like myself really doesn’t know much beyond the first 50-100 players taken. So I’m relying on Rockies scouting. I can’t say much about the players per se…….but big picture things:
      1. I’m a fan of the college strategy. Taking 21 YOs as opposed to 17/18 YOs should take some of the guesswork out of the process.
      2. As noted above, I’m “conceptually” a fan of the Lavigne pick. We desperately needed 1B and we picked a guy that BA gives a 70 power grade (albeit other scouting services are more in the 55-60). As a point of reference, 50 is really solid.
      3. 5 pitchers, 3 everyday players so far……that (for the Rockies) is probably a fair distribution.
      4. From Baseball Census regarding Niko Decolati (apparently Niko’s father played at the University of Northern Colorado):
      Good size; thick through core and lower half with good base of natural strength and durability. Not a ton of physical upside remaining, though; more or less at/near final physical form … Moves very well at shortstop, fundamentally sound at the position; circles the ball well and throws well on the run; showed arm strength and good accuracy in my look. Made a very nice play on the move in the top of the first against a good runner; displayed advanced sense of urgency. Quick release, soft hands. Good velocity across the diamond; throws stay on line and true to target. Finishes plays well … Tall stance with large leg kick to get back into load at the plate. Really didn’t look good at the plate in my look, though there’s more there than the show of one bad day. Struggled to get his balance and looked uncomfortable all night long against USC. Free swinger who is going to get his fair share of strikeouts; plate discipline is suspect and shows some tendency to lunge forward out to the ball off balance. Definitely some power potential here with good natural strength and strong hands and wrists, but he never got the timing down in my April look to get off an ‘A’ swing, remaining pretty ineffective in that brief window … Short-term offensive issues aside, Niko Decolati is the real deal in the infield with smooth, consistent actions, and the Loyola Marymount University junior should find himself on a few MLB Draft boards this summer. I think he’s defensively good enough to stick at shortstop for a little while on into pro ball, but his size and body type will probably point him to third base as a more likely future home; jury’s still out on whether he can hit enough to stick there in pro ball.

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    • sdcarp

      June 5, 2018

      Through 10 rounds….11 players (4 added since last report). Trend continues. All college. Two are really interesting:

      Willie MacIver – C turned 3B projected to go to 2B……looks like a LEGIT hitter, needs a position.
      Cade Harris – 3B. 62 freakin walks this collegiate season. 2nd in the nation. 5 in one game. Typically – from the leadoff slot.

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      • sdcarp

        June 6, 2018

        Through 25 rounds (26 picks) – 25 are college. This is definitely a deliberate departure from recent Rockies drafting strategy.

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    • Agbayani

      June 7, 2018

      Carp, thanks for keeping track of the draft! Interesting trend, the college players. Is this a general swing back to the Moneyball Era strategy (Beane drafting college players, looking for some record of actual success at a high level rather than focusing on tools)? Or is it just a Rockies thing?

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      • sdcarp

        June 9, 2018

        I love the MLB amateur draft…..way, way more that than the other pro sports drafts. But i’ll confess that my interest, to some extent, ebbs and flows with the success (or lack thereof) of my college alma mater, NC State. We’re typically a really solid program that has sent lots of players to the pros (Trea Turner and Carlos Rodon are current examples). When we have a nice year (like this past season), I’ll watch some games. The ACC is a great league……so by extension, I see some other top guys (Seth Beer for example).

        Regarding HS vs. College, if I were a GM, I think I’d lean college for two reasons:
        1. Players are a little older/more developed……so a little less risk.
        2. The international draft/Caribbean recruiting is almost always young (HS age) kids. So drafting college kids balances that to an extent.

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