“I’m Tired of Losing”

“I’m Tired of Losing”

Colorado went on a brief California trip to AT&T Park and Dodger Stadium looking for inspiration.  That was when Nolan Arenado announced to the world that he’s tired of coming to the ball park after so many heart-breaking losses.  The antennas shot up worried that he was insinuating that he’s moving on to a perennial post season team.  Jeff Bridich still hasn’t done a thing since Arenado’s statement, but his teammates rolled up their sleeves and won 10 of the last 13 games.

After a promising start to the home stand versus the Mets and Marlines, the Rockies sputtered to lose the final two games after a 4-1 start to end at only 4-3.  They lost the first two games at AT&T Park to extend the losing streak to four.  That was when #NolanBeingNolan complained about losing.  Then Colorado went on a 10 of 13 momentum.  DJLM got it started with a go-ahead two-run blast in the top of the ninth to win the game 9-8.  They went on to the Chavez Ravine to take two out of three games.

They came back to Coors for a quick three-game series against the Giants.  The Giants were swept away and the momentum carried over to Seattle where they won two of three games in Seattle.  They are halfway through the current six-game home stand.  After feeling so down losing to Arizona at Coors (D-Bags’ 9th straight win at Coors) on Tuesday, they came out blasting away winning 19-2.  They won the rubber game Thursday afternoon 5-1 to take the series.  They are now three games out of first place trailing the Dodgers and D-Bags.

The Rockies just announced that Antonio Senzatela is going on the DL and Jeff Hoffman will pitch tonight in his place.  Seattle also had to scramble to find a replacement for tonight.  You can guess who – Christian Bergman.  We know how the story goes; the ex-Rockies pitcher comes back to Coors to haunt us with a no hitter through five innings.  Chettis is still on the DL as his own blister acted up again.  So Jon Gray is likely to come back for his start on Saturday as he is on the regular pitch schedule for Saturday.

As most RWOers noticed, the starting pitchers all of a sudden started pitching deep and giving up very few runs after Gray and Chettis were removed.  Tyler Anderson, German Marquez, and Kyle Freeland are pitching like top of the rotation starters.  The defense has been airtight as always while the bottom half of the batting order and bench players have heated up contributing to a lot of victories lately.

Note:  the last time Colorado won a Sunday game was way back on Memorial Day weekend.  They can use more Sunday victories to complete sweeps or win the series.  Tonight I am going to turn in my ballot for the mid-season Purp30 on Purple Row.

Rockies win 10 of last 13 games

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sdcarp
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Not trying to influence your ballot (well…..really I guess I am), but place Grant Lavigne very high.

roxnsox
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Watching on DVR, 3rd inning, 4-2 and thank you Mr. Story. What I wanted to call out, before I forgot, was this stat they highlighted: Rox pitching in June, 6.20 ERA, last in baseball. July so far: 2.45, first. Whaaaat?! You gotta love this crazy game sometimes.

Doc
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Anyone have any stats concerning the batting order switch of DJ and Charlie? See where Dahl is getting ready for rehab assignment just after All Star game–wondering if he’ll be playing more center field? After seeing Billy Hamilton’s terrific catch yesterday I’m getting on board for more speed in CF.

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Rockies PR: With four RBI tonight Trevor Story now has 67 RBI on the season, the third-most by a shortstop before the All-Star break in National League history. Ernie Banks had 76 RBI in both 1959 and 1960. To be fair (from Keith Olbermann of all people – can you believe that guy dated Katy Tur????): Season started early, break is late, Rockies have completed 58% of their schedule. Story only projects to 109 RBI Ernie Banks had 143 at SS for the Cubs in 1959. My take: Ive said several times recently that I am/was expecting a Story explosion.… Read more »

jimboelrod
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Nice send-off for the All-Star break!

roxnsox
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roxnsox

Who’s an All-Star! Fantastic. (How about one of you guys throw a towel out to Taylor as well… )

sdcarp
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sdcarp

Story – big 2nd half (well….last 40%). It’s already well underway.

This team needs one relatively simple, relatively painless (in cost) move. Trade for Justin Smoak. But will the Blue Jays even pick up the phone? The Rox dumped 50M of salary responsibility on them in the Tulo deal. Since that deal…..Tulo +/- 5 WAR, Story +/- 8.5 WAR. The Rox ditched 50M and have picked up 3.5 wins (so far).

Bob in WV
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So,Carp, is the difference in WAR related to performance or is it a direct inverse relationship with time spent on the DL? Glad to see Trevor get back to what we were witnessing at the start of his career. That strikeout total last year was tough to stomach.

sdcarp
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WAR only accounts for major league stats. So Tulo is accruing exactly “0” during all of his DL stints (at least he’s not able to accrue negative WAR numbers during those stints).

Bob in WV
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Sorry, Carp, I was just trying to be funny with my WAR comment. Both Story and Tulo have missed time, Story with the last half of his rookie year and Tulo over and over again. All other things being equal (performance while playing), wouldn’t Trevor have accumulated a higher WAR simply because of more playing time?

sdcarp
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I havent looked at production on a per AB basis.

But……I firmly believe the Rox were aware of Tulo’s fragility. I don’t the the Blue Jays were unlucky on this one.

However, keep in mind the Blue Jays did a sorta/kinda similar trade 2 years earlier for Josh Donaldson………that trade worked out wildly in their favor. That was trade that ended Moneyball V1.0.

Agbayani
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Well, I went on vacation for two and a half weeks, and guess what? I left town about one more bad week from saying we should throw in the towel, and I returned to find a competitor! After these last few weeks, the Rockies are definitely right in the thick of things again. I still think the Dodgers will find (acquire?) a way to separate from the pack, but it’s no sure thing. And the wild card teams ahead of us are mostly dependent on young guys (Phillies and/or Braves) or have ridden some likely unsustainable performances (Brewers) in the… Read more »

Bob in WV
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What an enjoyable weekend, check that, enjoyable two weeks. I’m trying not to get overly excited as two things come to mind. Last year after our last HR walkoff, the Rox won the next game and then went into a downward spiral. Also, we often come out of the All-Star break rather sluggish. It’s great to see the team back in contention and certainly not sellers at this point. The games in AZ right after the break will tell us a lot as to whether this team is indeed contenders or just pretenders.

Agbayani
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We’ll probably have a 2nd Half discussion soon, but let me get the ball rolling — we should be both buyers and sellers at the deadline this year. Think “Red Sox 2004” – they saw some needs they needed to address in infield defense, and they did the then-unthinkable and traded Nomar to address those needs. The result? A World Series Championship. – Dahl is due back on the field in about a week. If healthy, they need to make room for him. Parra has some trade value. Cargo too. Parra is probably the best suited to move. Do it.… Read more »

Bob K.
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At the Futures game, Harold Reynolds was proposing that the Rockies trade Brendan Rodgers for Jaob
deGrom.

Tinoco pitched a nice 2/3 of an inning at the Futures game starting out by getting Rodgers on a swinging bunt that Tinoco fielded.

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FWIW – in my opinion, SPing is our strength. I think Freeland, Anderson, and Marquez are developing into guys that can be #2 level starters for most major league teams. I never had these guys pegged higher than #3’s. Perhaps their maturation will take some pressure off Gray and allow him to have success in the de facto #4 slot. Bettis/Senzatela are fine #5’s. I’m not opposed to trading anyone. I think it’s a huge mistake to make anyone untouchable. But I just don’t see the need for DeGrom. I think a clutch, power 1B bat that can play 2/3rds… Read more »

Bob K.
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The problem with the Rockies trading for starting pitching is you can’t predict how they will stand up long term to pitching in Colorado. The constant back and forth from sea level to elevation really is hard on a person’s body.

Nice to see that Brooks Pounders is no longer on the 40 man roster. He was outrighted to AAA to make room for Estevez coming off of the 60 day DL.

sdcarp
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sdcarp

Great to have Ag’s voice back: Disagree regarding Arenado calling out teammates. You say it’s our job to do that. Hell………..I’ve been doing that for a half-dozen years on this site (and others). I’m pretty sure they don’t read. I’m 100% certain it hasn’t worked. Nolan is EXACTLY the guy to call them out. It’s called leadership. It’s called old-school. Agree regarding buy AND sell. I am totally willing to deal Pint (However, I’m not as high as you on his value). He’s pitched a whopping 7 innings so far in 2018. I think DJ is the guy with value… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp

Regarding trades………….I’ve already commented on Justin Smoak.

Another guy that could really help the Rox specifically is Reds RPer Michael Lorenzen. He’s a big talent. Still young. Still prone to an occasional blowup. Can pitch multiple innings. He’s cost controlled…..so he’d be expensive. Here’s my intrigue………he’s also a legitimately good power hitter.

Agbayani
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Agbayani

“Pitching Summit” – maybe it worked, maybe it was coincidence? “Throw more strikes and don’t be so predictable” isn’t really advanced analytics, but maybe there was something more to it than what’s reported. Whatever, it’s a good result.

Agbayani
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Agbayani

Carp – on that wild card thing, I’m guilty too of underestimating our chances. It appears that we’re not the only club that can have a bullpen meltdown: https://www.jsonline.com/story/sports/mlb/brewers/2018/07/15/pirates-7-brewers-6-pittsburgh-comes-back-twice-win-10th/786319002/

sdcarp
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sdcarp

A solid 2/3rd’s of Major League franchises are dealing with some sort of BP meltdown.

Looks as though the long awaited Machado trade is complete to team et to be disclosed. But with the Orioles…..it isn’t over until it’s over. Even then, it might not be over.

Agbayani
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Agbayani

I actually watched a fair amount of the All Star Game, and it was … kinda fun! Charlie Blackmon mic’d up in CF, perfectly playing the wacky lefty role he’s perfected (it’s usually a lefty pitcher, but he’s got it down). Fox is treating it as entertainment, not as competition, and surprisingly it works since the time long ago passed when we expected a meaningful baseball game. Some good insight into personalities and aspects of the game we don’t usually see. A couple unrelated points: Ken Rosenthal says Manny Machado to the Dodgers is a done deal. Bad news for… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp

I’m paying attention. Chatwood has been AWFUL!

My fear with Machado/LA is that he resigns and the Dodgers have an infield of Turner/Seager/Machado and a Dellinger/Muncy 1B. Someone has to play 2nd. Perhaps the Dodgers can convince Machado of this…..I hope not.