Moyer Falters, Errors Abound in Loss

Long balls and errant throws stopped any chance of Jamie Moyer making history today as the Rockies fell to the Astros 7-3.  Colorado had three errors in the game, all coming in the painful fourth as Nelson sent a throw into right field trying to get Brian Bixler out…Bixler headed to second where Scutaro, who had ran after the errant throw, proceeded to hit Bixler on the hip, sending the ball into left and allowing Bixler to third.  The next batter, Martinez, hit a two run home run into the left field seats.  Scutaro then committed another error after the home run, bringing the total number of errors in the inning to the same number of runs scored against them to that point: 3.

One of the few bright spots was Michael Cuddyer, who hit a massive home run (his first of the season) to left center.  As it left the bat it seemed like a towering pop up to the outfield, but everyone just watched as  it hit the top of the wall.

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Jamie Moyer takes the mound tonight against the Houston Astros, and you can bet every MLB writer worth their salt is keenly aware of it.  While it is a toss-up between those talking about how old he is v.s. those talking about how old he is and that he can still pitch, everyone likes to point out that his next win will put him in the records books as the oldest pitcher to ever win an MLB game.  While watching the Moyer coverage throughout Spring Training, it was obvious that he is a person of infinite patience, because any normal person would have snapped after the 51st reporter brought up his age and the potential record.  Each time he was asked about it, his standard answer was, “it used to bother me people talking about it, but now I guess I’m over it”, or words to that effect.  But, you can tell by the way he delivers the answer that he IS tired of hearing about it and he ISN’T over it.  All he wants to do is go out and compete.

We can only hope he wins today so he can put the, “how will you feel if you win” questions to rest.  You really can’t blame people for being excited and generally pulling for him.  Everyone, friend or foe of the Rockies, has got to like this guy.  He has so many amazing stats he carries around on his 49-year-old back that it would make a 25-year-old player weary, and yet he put on the best performance of the Rockies Spring against the Giants, going 4 perfect innings.

So, today with Moyer on the mound, the world may be watching to see if he will make history, while we will watch to see if he will make us proud.  Proud that the nation is tuned in to our team for such an historic event.  Because, while many a Rockies fan were unsure when we picked him up, his hard work and obvious talent won us over.  And, if he does win today the very next question on everyone’s minds and lips?  Can he go the distance…

 

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34 Comments

    • Jaredean

      April 7, 2012

      I can only assume it will be the same line-up tonight. I know Wilin will get the start on Sunday and possibly Jordan.

      I need to get a few hours of sleep. I’ll add chat when I wake up.

      Zzzzzzzzzzzz

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      • jaredean

        April 7, 2012

        Sorry i was late getting it activated, slept through my alarm – i guess my body doesn’t like me only sleeping 4 hours a day 🙂

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    • Ghoste

      April 7, 2012

      Moyer is definitely a feel good story, but it also feels like a sacrificed game. Definitely would rather have Pomeranz in there. And I’m ready to see some changes: Colvin in for Dex, Pacheco in for Nelson, and Rosario in for Hernandez.

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      • ProgMatinee

        April 7, 2012

        I’m extremely disappointed but its the second game. Do we make wholesale changes already? And despite the bad pitching from Moyer, look how bad our offense and fielding was.

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        • SteveinAurora

          April 7, 2012

          Like watching the Avs get beat by the Blue Jackets (twice!), or lose a game to a team playing the backup goalie. These are the losses that absolutely destroy momentum and kill a season.

          Okay…I know it’s only the second game.

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    • Agbayani

      April 7, 2012

      For what it’s worth: Ubaldo 7 IP, 1 H, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 ER in an Indians loss.

      Only caught the last couple innings of this one. Seems like Moyer was o.k.? Just not enough offense against a pretty mediocre pitcher. Let’s see them bust out tomorrow against Houston’s #3.

      Happy Easter folks!

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      • Miketober

        April 7, 2012

        “Not enough offense against a mediocre pitcher.”
        Too reminescent of 2011. What is it about these types of pitchers that they always have the best games of their career against the Rockies?
        But you gotta give the guy credit – his strike to ball ratio was impressive.

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    • jaredean

      April 7, 2012

      The strange thing about anything being the “same this season as it was last” is that four of our eight starters (removing the pitcher from the equation) weren’t starters last year (except Nelson briefly) with three of them not even on the team…so, it isn’t like it is the same guys doing the same things – the new guys had a hard time as well – except for Cuddy…nice job from him…

      Colvin about had a home run on that first pitch and it was good seeing him hit the other way after getting so close to going out…

      I was encouraged by the hit to start the 9th from Dex…i know he is hated by some here, but I will forever like the kid – just want him to do well and not cost us games…

      I know it is a long season – just need to learn from this and move forward…i can’t get upset at anything yet, my heart and mind wont last 162…i have to bench my emotions until after the All Star Break 🙂

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    • Doc

      April 7, 2012

      Unfortunately, the Rox faced Cy Young again tonight which undoubtedly contributed to their “trying to do too much” and the resultant base running blunders and fielding errors. But take heart, fans, tomorrow is Sunday and JT will show off his unique managing skills once again.

      1. Pooter, I mean E.Y. will lead off and play CF
      2. Colvin in RF
      3. Cargo in LF
      4. Tulo at SS
      5. Giambi at 1B
      6. Pacheco at 3B
      7. Rosario will catch
      8. Herrera at 2B

      The Rox win 7-2 as Nicasio pitches 7 strong innings. Giambi, Colvin (2), and Rosario all hit homers.

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      • jaredean

        April 7, 2012

        Doc, if this comes true i’m gonna put a “donation” button next to YOUR name!!!

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      • Miketober

        April 8, 2012

        Doc I was thinking the exact same thing. It’s game 3 of the season already so JT will need to rest his regular starters. Two ball games will really tire a guy out.

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      • pooter

        April 8, 2012

        after two game I am definitely ready to see someone other than Fowler, scutaro, and Nelson all these guys backups might be better than the starters and it’s always fun to see big g come up to bat

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    • IggyRox

      April 7, 2012

      Fear not, Rockies fans… as Clint Hurdle used to say, you just need to shower this one off and come back tomorrow. The defense was horrible, no real timely hitting, not a great night from the bullpen, but it was about what I expect from a Moyer start. The Rox will not go 162-0. Or 161-1, for that matter.

      For those fretting about Moyer, think about the starts we’ve seen over the years from dozens of other Rox hurlers, including some of our favorites. If it wasn’t for such horrible defense, it probably would have been a 4-3 or 5-3 loss (or a different 8th and 9th inning during the Rox half). Moyer was not bad. Not great, not bad. About what I expect to see every time he takes the hill. Definitely ok for a number 5 starter, even if he is pitching in the 2nd spot to sandwich him between 2 hard throwers. I am not discouraged.

      A couple of notes/questions on this one, though… why was Nelson (and not Pacheco) batting in the 8th? The talk is that Nelson is the glove man (though you wouldn’t have known it tonight), Jordan is the bat. Why do you not put Pacheco in to start the inning in the 8th? (or maybe there was an out, I have to refer back to the box score). Was the white flag waving once the Astros scored 7? (are there cheap tacos in Houston on Sunday?)

      What is Cargo swinging at? 0-2 count and he goes fishing on a slider at the ankles? Has he ever heard of the concept that a pitcher will waste one on an 0-2 count? He looked bad on a sucker pitch. He actually hasn’t really looked too good yet… but I know that will change. Hopefully soon.

      Dex has looked decent at the plate so far, no need to worry (it’s only game 2, Post posters). What was up on the base paths, though? First Cargo gets thrown out at the plate on a fielders choice, followed by a caught stealing. The Rox gave away 2 outs. Being aggressive on the base paths is one thing, being stupid is quite another. I put that on coaching. No, I am not one of the ‘Fire Tracy’ folks, but c’mon people, quit giving away outs. And for crying out loud, quit giving a lousy team extra outs with crummy defense.

      I’m looking forward to the day that the conversation evolves from “changing the culture in the clubhouse” to “good fundamentals”. That being said, I think the Rockies come home 2-1. Nothing wrong with that.

      Finally, why was Tulo on the top step looking in a funk after the loss? Yeah, I know, he wants to win them all, but this is major league baseball. You’re going to lose close to half the time… let’s not act like it’s the end of the world. It’s the second game of a 162 game season. Unless of course he was watching Ubaldo’s line on the scoreboard! lol

      Happy Easter, Passover etc. Enjoy your holiday.

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      • Ghoste

        April 8, 2012

        Yeah, that stupid contact play is back from last season. This isn’t Shetland baseball.

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    • GARY

      April 8, 2012

      Jaredean,since you aren’t busy enough to keep from posting from across the Int.Dateline,how about a petition drive here to the effect that the ROX never use the go on contact play ever,EVER again!I cannot think of a time it’s worked in the past three years.The number of outs and runs we have given away on this stupid play is incomprehensible.The fact the Astros outfoxed the ROX with a last minute shift is beside the point.At least put one of your “votes” to get other posters feelings on this might help vent the anger I sense other posters also have about this continuing failed strategy.

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      • jaredean

        April 8, 2012

        There you go my friend, poll has been added and awaiting the voice of the masses! It is on the front of the site as well as above…great poll idea!

        If anyone else has anything they’d like to “poll the group ’bout” just let me know…

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        • Cisco Kid

          April 8, 2012

          JD, I gave an idea for not a poll, but a season counter as to how many times JT fails to employ the obvious sac bunt. At the end if each game we can let the masses decide where in the game situation the bunt should have been used. We almost had our first one in game 1 with Nelson, but that’s when the catcher threw the into CF.

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        • jaredean

          April 8, 2012

          that’s right – for some reason i couldn’t find that in my notes of things to do (strange, it is only 3 pages long – single spaced!) I do remember you bring that up…i’ll work on it…

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    • Wyorox

      April 8, 2012

      Moyer was not great, but good enough with some run support. I like Dex too, but he is not getting on base, particularly early in games. It’s never too soon to start winning. Dex is not a true 2 hole hitter (like Clint Barmes was.) The only reason he’s in that spot is because he can’t do the things required of a leadoff hitter.

      I really hope we don’t see another “Sunday line-up” year. What was our record on Sunday last year?

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      • Miketober

        April 8, 2012

        What amazed me about last year was that the Rox had about a 99 game Sunday losing streak, and everyone seemed to be scratching their heads wondering why … that is everyone except the ITR/RWO faithful.

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    • jaredean

      April 8, 2012

      get ready to complain 🙂 I’m about ready to post the game day article with the line-up, but thought i’d give you guys a sneak peak:

      1. Colvin
      2. Pacheco
      3. Gonzalez
      4. Tulo
      5. Giambi
      6. Cuddyer
      7. Rosario
      8. Herrera
      9. Nicasio

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    • Agbayani

      April 8, 2012

      You’re kidding, Jaredean, right? I mean, that’s not really the lineup. The Sunday lineup already?? Tuesday is a day off, right?

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    • Cisco Kid

      April 8, 2012

      JD, my previous post should have read ” I have an idea…” not “I gave an idea” which explains why you couldn’t find it In your notes. Sorry for the confusion, I fat fingered my IPhone.

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      • jaredean

        April 8, 2012

        then i for sure need to get some sleep if i thought you’d already brought it up 🙂

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