LOOKING LIKE LOSERS

ROX BREAKING BAD IN 2019

Chris Iannetta launched a solo shot high and deep into the left-field stands of a packed Tropicana Field in the top of the 11th last Wednesday, putting the finishing touch on a Colorado Rockies’ 1-0 drubbing of the Tampa Bay Rays.  Save for that tepid bit of heroism, Colorado went otherwise winless over the first full week of the 2019 MLB campaign.  The Rockies busted out of Florida sitting on 3 wins over 4 losses and headed back to Denver for the traditional Opening Day lovefest at Coors Field, only to find the NL Champion Los Angeles Dodgers eager to provide the competition, and the Dodgers obliged, sweeping out of Lodo with a 5 game NL West cushion over Colorado, which had figured to be their fiercest competition.  “Fierce” is not an adjective currently being used to reference the Rockies.

A Glass Half-Full guy such as myself will tell you this is no reason at all for concern, it is an odd anomaly that will work itself out later in the spring, when Colorado wins rather than loses 15 out of the first 18 games in June.  A Glass Half-Empty guy might remind you of sd carp’s often expressed fear prior to the 2018 campaign:  the Rockies have been uncommonly fortunate and injury free in consecutive Wild Card bid seasons.  The jig may be up.

Daniel Murphy went down with a broken finger in game 2.  Ryan McMahon joined him on what is apparently now known as the “IL,” which back in Toledo we used to think meant “International League,” after the Tampa series with a bad elbow.  Shaky Jake McGee is also taking a breather, suffering a “sore left knee,” which many will tell you is less embarrassing than getting released.  Tyler Anderson was terrible for a 2nd straight start in Friday’s opener, and those of you who foolishly pay attention to what I think know that whenever Anderson is bad you need to suspect injury.  Anderson’s name also now appears on the IL.  And no sooner had you recovered from watching Charlie Blackmon chasing a ground ball the wrong direction in right-field, the sight of David Dahl wincing after a swing and a miss set your heart a-flutter.  Rockies’ team doctor Harry Ralston Black described it as “an abdominal thing somewhere below the oblique,” just in case you’re seeking a little more wishfully optimistic thinking.

Otherwise circumstances have developed quite nicely for the Colorado squad, until you consider they’re only scoring at a pace of 3.1 runs per game, and have been shut-out twice, along with that rousing 1-0 romp over the Rays on April 3.  The gimpy Dahl is setting the offensive pace at 12 out of 35, Chuck N is a decent 12 out of 40, and the other-worldly Nolan Arenado is 11 for 39.  Then you drop down to Trevor Story at 8 for 36.  The heirs of DJ LeMahieu are 8 for 57, and the catchers are a combined 8 for 34.  Hitting coach hate has broken-out anew on the RWO, accompanied by a man-crush on some dude named Von Scoyok, who no one realized was even walking the face of the Earth prior to last night’s ESPN telecast.

Everybody saw, and wants to forget, but Friday it was Anderson getting shelled in a sorry home opener that ended 10-6 LA.  Jon Gray had a fairly decent outing Saturday night, but the 7 runs the Dodgers managed were 5 better than the 2 the Rockies tallied-up there.  Sunday’s Chad Bettis game plan was nothing Los Angeles hadn’t had a chance to feast-on before, and by the time Colorado came to the plate in the bottom of the 6th it was 11-3 Dodgers on the way to a 12-6 loss.

3 games remain on this opening home stand, and my one-time boys the Atlanta Braves are visiting down at the old ball park for 3 ahead of a first Colorado left coast journey starting in San Francisco on Thursday.  Right-hander Julio Tehran (0-1, 3.60) gets it for Atlanta versus Rockies ace and left-hander Kyle Freeland (1-1, 2.31) in a 6:40 MT start at Coors Field.  Tomorrow it’s my birthday and the Braves are afraid to reveal who they’ll roll out to face German Marquez, again at 6:40, and Wednesday afternoon it’s the Rockies who are keeping it mum about who will take Anderson’s slot and face up to Kevin Gausman in a 1:10 pm tilt.

It could get rockier, but hang tight for those first 3 weeks of June.

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I do not agree with the concept that the hitting coach is not very important to the individual hitters. The Dodgers new hitting coach is doing a great job with their hitters. When Blake Doyle was the Rockies hitting coach, the Rockies did really well. He was replaced with Espy under the “Buddy” system. One huge difference was that under Doyle, the hitters immediately went to Doyle after each at bat. There was always a hitter talking to him all… Read more »

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In 2018, the Dodgers had more runs, rbi’s, and HRs than the Rockies…….and that’s not park adjusted. That’s also without Corey Seager. Please note that I’m not dismissing Robert Van Scoyoc (and I’m hoping I’m spelling his name correctly). I really like that hire. You can see the Tampa Bay/Oakland lineage in the Dodgers FO thinking. But, the Dodgers were solid in 2018 and have their best all around hitter (Seager) back for 19.

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RMH, enjoy the trip … you do get around, don’t you? I hope you come back to some better baseball. I watched last night’s marathon till the 13th inning. And I saw: – new guy Yonathan Daza’s inability to get a bunt down in the 13th when they really, really needed it (runner on 2nd, no outs). Spilly – in his “player’s friend” mode as usual, pointed this out: in the big leagues, the difference between winning and losing is… Read more »

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Look who started at Catcher and hit a HR last night for the team with the best record in baseball … none other than Tom Murphy! Meanwhile, our combo of Wolters and Iannetta is the worst in baseball … [No, Murphy is no great prospect, but you gotta at least TRY to get better, Mr. Bridich]

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Nolan had bags under his eyes on Friday night…they’re all pretty sleepless and worn down by now, I’m guessing (I write after Saturday’s loss). This is beyond belief and certainly far outside ANYONE’S expectations.

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And it continues … that old line about how “You can’t win a pennant in April, but you sure can lose one” comes to mind ….

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Anyone notice a HUGE difference between the Dodgers/Braves and Rockies??? It’s all in the art of hitting: high walk rate and low K rate. Plus hitting at only balls in the zone, not out of the zone. That’s called situational hitting, which is a foreign concept to the Rockies except Grant Lavigne.

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Peter Lambert is on same schedule as Tyler Anderson.

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Dahl put on IL and OF Yonathan Daza has been called up.

https://www.mlb.com/rockies/news/david-dahl-placed-on-injured-list

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Much better than Cuevas.

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See where Cuevas just hit for the cycle with 2 homeruns.

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Other than Arenado and Story, the Rockies put a AAA (AA?) lineup out there yesterday so it’s not surprising they scored one run: – Daza – Tapia – Arenado – Story – Desmond (batting 5th!) – Fuentes – Hampson – Wolters Injuries? Of course. But that’s a really ugly spring training Split Squad B game type lineup. It’s hard to imagine a worse start (other than a season-ending injury to a key player) … it’s almost time to give up… Read more »

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2019-2020 International Bonus Pools announced:

Rockies: $6,481,200

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2019/04/mlb-releases-2019-20-international-bonus-pools.html

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I’m leaving Sunday for my three-week vacation. So I won’t be posting for a while. Jeem will continue to write his weekly posts. I’m taking my trusty laptop to watch the Rockies on MLB.TV while cruising in the South Pacific. Please warm up offense and average 7 runs a game. Thank you.

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Rockies add Drew Butera to 40 man roster and call him up. Iannetta to 10 day IL. Senzatela and Cuevas called up while Almonte and Daza optioned to AAA. Bettis moved to the bullpen.

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2019/04/rockies-select-drew-butera-place-chris-iannetta-on-10-day-il.html

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Cuevas put on IL and Daza recalled after Cuevas suffered injury.