Nicasio: BEST STORY IN BASEBALL

As a child I thought it would be cool to be able to hear other people’s thoughts.  As an adult, I’m pretty sure I don’t want that responsibility, but when Juan Nicasio takes the mound today it will be very easy to read the mind of the crowd and I really hope I’m not disappointed in what I see.

It is quite fitting that Nicasio should take the mound today, a day reserved for the celebration of Easter, because it is not only a miracle that Juan is pitching today, it is an even bigger miracle that he is still alive!

The comeback shot from Ian Desmond  that broke Juan Nicasio’s neck, and  fractured his skull, happened last August 5th, just a short 8 months and 3 days ago.  This is the biggest story in baseball, not Pujols or Prince.  Not even Moyer, whom I completely respect and admire.  THIS is the story everyone should be talking about.  You should hear reports about how he suffered the same exact break (a shattered C-1 vertebrae) that put superman in a wheelchair.  That he not only was able to walk again, but he came to Spring Training able to pitch and pitch well!  And the very first time someone hit a ball up the middle, did he drop to the fetal position and start to shake?  Nope, he watched it go by and later remarked at how he held his breath for a bit and then got back to it.

So, how will I be able to read the mind of the crowd today?  Very simple, actually.  I’ll be able to know what they are thinking as Juan takes the field.  If they are on their feet, shouting and whistling for this incredible person that defied death, then I’ll know they are thinking exactly what I am thinking – that he truly is the biggest story in baseball.


 

Today’s Line-up:

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

 

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rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh

Here we go with the Sunday lineup, the first of 20 consecutive Sunday losses.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh

Let’s make Jackson’s our unofficial gathering place for the early birds (before 12:30pm Monday) and move over to Ed the Ump’s minibus by the Arch of Balls after 12:30. See u all Tomorrow my fellow RWOers.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh

!What a beauty Rosario! Strike out and throw out!

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh

Impressive outing so far. I can see why he has potential to be the best starter this year. Impeccable command with good velocity.

Alex Colfax
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Alex Colfax

Jason Hammel has a no-hitter through seven innings for Orioles against Minnesota.

Bob in WV
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Bob in WV

Listening to game in Sao Paulo. Hotel internet not fast enough for video. 🙁 I’ll be traveling across Brazil tomorrow. Hope all of you enjoy the home opener as much as I did the game in Houston Friday night.

Rockymountainhigh, I still owe you that beer! I went to get you one and the beer lines were rediculous. I would have missed at least an inning. We shall meet again one day.

Alex Colfax
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Alex Colfax

No-hit bid ends for Hammel as Morneau hits leadoff double in eighth.

Batgirl
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Batgirl

I really think Nicasio is the real deal. The personal story aside (which is amazing), he has the skill to be the ace we are looking for (I have my doubts about Chacin, although I hope I’m wrong). I think the two standout pitchers for us this year will be Nicasio and Pomeranz. Throw a little DeLaRosa in the mix in June and we might just have ourselves more than a bridge year. My only quibble with today’s lineup is… Read more »

Sedin
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Sedin

I’m afraid Rosario may not see another fastball all season. He can be a huge factor as a hitter, but really needs to lay off breaking balls well off the plate.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh

Rosario is a very quick learner. Not worried now.

Neil
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Neil

3rd base is going to be more of a problem than I thought…Brothers looked pretty rough today…

Sedin
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Sedin

Pacheco made last out in top of 8th and is not a good defensive player at third. Is there any possible reason for Tracy not replacing him with Nelson, a far better defender? And it looks like it may cost the Rockies, and Nicasio, a win.

Trip
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Trip

Sedin, Giambi made the last out in the 8th and was replaced by Brothers. Defenders moved around from that, with Dex coming in to play center, etc.

GARY
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GARY

NONE!

Alex Colfax
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Alex Colfax

Tracy makes defensive substitutions at first and right but keeps Pacheco at third base and he makes fatal error on horrible throw. There was a slow runner (Carlos Lee) lumbering to first and any kind of decent throw gets him easily.

Pacheco has almost no experience at third base (eight MLBB starts) and had made final out of eighth inning. Why was he still in the game?

Bob K.
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Bob K.

To me the better question is why is JT still the manager?

Miketober
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Miketober

And we have Jimbo at the helm for the foreseeable future. 🙁

Mike Raysfan
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Mike Raysfan

Because JT alleged last season he was only a half catcher (source:DP/Jim Armstrong) and was moved to 3rd. It’s crap. He is getting OJT for 3rd. Yes he does have a fair amount of experience at 2nd but not at the big league level.

Alex Colfax
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Alex Colfax

My mistake…Pacheco made an earlier out in the eighth, not the last one.

Alex Colfax
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Alex Colfax

After all the talk Friday of how Rox took advantage of Houston errors, these last two games were just the opposite.

Great job by Nicasio, but what a disappointing loss!

Cisco Kid
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Cisco Kid

OK, let’s get the bunt counter started JD. With Cuddyer on 2nd and no outs, why not have Rosario bunt Cuddyer over to third? I just don’t get it.

jeem
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jeem

Hi Cisco. Off subject, just caught 1st glimpse of Pacheco (ref “visa” piece back in Feb). How embarassing! Looks like name should be “O’Brien!”

jeem
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jeem

Jaredean: really, really old news. Never mind.

Neil
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Neil

While some of the names have changed, the end result is the same…wonder why…

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh

Its easy to put one or two plays under the microscope and blame them. The real problem is that the Rox offense has been anemic. All three games really. How many earned runs have we produced in the entire series that were not the result of HRs? Think it’s only one or two grand total over three game series.

sdcarp
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sdcarp

To me, this is the most accurate analysis of the situation. Why don’t we have 5-6 runs? If we do Pacheco’s error isn’t being talked about.

Rocky
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Rocky

The Pacheco error aside, with brothers pitching did anyone here doubt he would blow another late game lead. Same brothers as last year, YIKES!

milehimarc
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milehimarc

Same Brothers as last year…we can only hope:
Brothers allowed only a single run in his final 19 appearances out of the bullpen in 2011.
Striking out 24 in 16 and a third innings.

3 of the 5 outs he recorded in Houston were via the K;
and a 2 out error victimized Rex and the entire team today.

TJinPhoenix
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TJinPhoenix

At least I had a big chocolate bunny to eat to improve my mood after the game. Go get ’em tomorrow boys!

Bill
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Bill

I didn’t see or listen to either of the last two games so can only go on what I read and heard about it. But if I’m not mistaken yesterday’s 3rd baseman (Nelson) made an error as did today’s 3rd baseman (Pacheco). Obviously that hurt but there were already two men on and the next guy got a hit also. Can’t blame it all on the error. Rockies haven’t hit the ball well. That will change I’m sure. Pitching has… Read more »

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh

i think it is over managing again. Nicasio was still going strong and dominant. I thought he should have continued another inning.

sdcarp
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I agreed with you earlier, but I disagree with this. I think Nicasio was beginning to lose command, most likely due to fatigue. Brothers’ is young, obviously still learning his way. Given this, he doesn’t need to be penciled in as the 8th inning guy. I was mildly surprised we didn’t see Belisle today, but I guess Shafer (lh) lead off the inning??? One subtle thing that I did notice today at least twice, the Astros #8 hitter was able… Read more »

Mike Raysfan
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Mike Raysfan

Agreed Bill. Just to recap. Stewart may have had severe struggles at the plate but he could play 3rd base.

egossage
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egossage

Wow! We lost the opening series to probably the worst team in baseball! Not a good start to the season

OrangeRocks
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OrangeRocks

Really if the Rockies miss the playoffs by two games then the “infinite” JT managerial contract should be terminated at season’s end. Pom starts instead of Moyer (he is one of your 3 best starters) – Rox win yesterday, while the logical move was to replace Pacheco at third in that situation – JT screws up that one too. Should easily be 3-0 amd the Rox now have a losing record – I just don’t get J Tracy at all!!!… Read more »

Agbayani
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Jim Tracy’s Sunday Lineup (non-regulars Colvin, Pacheco, Giambi, Rosario, Herrera): 17 AB, 3 H, 3 BB (all Giambi), 5 K, 8 LOB, 1 Error (a big one). What a way to squander the start of the season against the worst team (really, nobody’s close) in baseball. I give Jim Tracy 1.5 losses all by himself with the inexplicable Jamey Moyer start yesterday and the even more inexplicable Sunday lineup (“resting” players who’ve played all of 2 games so far, with… Read more »

Cisco Kid
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Cisco Kid

Ag, I’ll take that bet. One clarification, BA and RBI aren’t acceptable modern statical measures? Than what is? Another thing is when making comparisons, you also have to include Rosario.

ProgMatinee
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ProgMatinee

First off, the egregious mistake today was not only letting Pacheco play 3rd late in a tight game, but moving Cuddyer over to 1st instead of Todd. Tracy’s stubbornness and failure to recognize when he is over thinking kills us. Just play the best players as often as possible. When someone needs a day off, work it into an otherwise “on” day for the other 7 players. The idea that when 1 player needs a day off you might as… Read more »

Agbayani
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Agbayani

Well said, Prog. As for Helton: I think history (the last 5 years) suggests that you can’t really “save” Helton’s back by giving him the occasional day off. His back will be fine until one day it isn’t, no rhyme, no reason. Bottom line is it just can’t hold up to a 7-month (one month of spring training, 6 months of real baseball) season. If we’re lucky it lasts until the All Star Break or something, then he needs a… Read more »

pooter
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pooter

It should be an absolute buzzsaw for a pitcher to go through cargo and tulo! Has not seemed that way yet. disappointing start to the season

pooter
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pooter

the rockies made the houston pitching look like cy young caliber rotation its gonna be tough going to the west this year they keep hitting like this

DrRockies
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DrRockies

back off the ledges everybody….we’re 3 games into 2012. Nobody ever won or lost the league in the first week…keep the faith even if we have blown an opportunity today…although I have a lot of sunday games this year and wonder if I am going to see bench baseball every getaway game…but I am not losing faith

Go ROX!

ProgMatinee
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ProgMatinee

My issue here inst a solitary loss. We lose 70-80 no matter what. The issue is that today’s game is the first of many rubber games for the season. What in the past 3 years has shown that Tracy learns from his mistakes? I see this as a recurring theme for the year.

Mike Raysfan
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Mike Raysfan

Steve, you know this is a button with me. I know the saying is “You Can’t Win the Division in April but You Can Lose It”. Why isn’t possible to lose it in the 1st week?

ProgMatinee
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ProgMatinee

The idea that Todd can’t come in and play 2 innings of defense because he “needs a day off” is laughable. Hopefully they follow him to the hotel roll and make sure he doesn’t have too solid a bowel movement. Otherwise he might, u know, strain himself.

Agbayani
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Fielding-wise at 3B, I can’t really blame Nelson and Pacheco. Neither one has been given an opportunity to play the position at any level for any reasonable period of time. And that’s a mystery to me since the club was hell-bent on getting rid of Stewart since about May of last year, yet Pacheco continued to catch and Nelson continued to play SS for the Sky Sox. DJ LeMahieu is hitting the ball well in AAA now, but he’s also… Read more »

Mike Raysfan
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Mike Raysfan

I opted to just bite my tongue yesterday but today I was a little frustrated. I was shocked to see Cuddyer moved to 1st in the 3rd game of the season. I think Pacheco/Cuddyer at the corners may need a little more work. I readily admit though that so far Cuddyer has exceeded my expectations. I’m not sure I understand why the frustration over the Pomeranz/Moyer order. I will withhold judgment and just say we will know at lot after… Read more »

Cesar Carvajal
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Cesar Carvajal

Hi everyone! I’m very sad about the two last games. And sadly, neither did I watch them, especially this one about the huge comeback of Nicasio, his development from his broken neck to this start was so magnificent, that it should be honored with some award creation, because it’s truly inspiring (I don’t know if he qualifies as a comeback of the year in case his performance is good this season). I tried to purchase the MLB.TV package but had… Read more »

Agbayani
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Agbayani

Cisco, I left out Rosario because he’s not like the others — the decision was basically to replace Iannetta as the starting catcher with Hernandez, to replace Smith with Cuddyer, and to replace Stewart with, well, whoever they could find. So those are apples to apples comparisons. Stewart/Smith/Iannetta (unlike, say, Mark Ellis) were all guys under team control at reasonable salaries who could’ve been brought back. So those were pure O’Dowd preference (not money) decisions. So that’s why I limit… Read more »

Cisco Kid
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Cisco Kid

Ag, what annoys me is that even by your sabermetric standards you have to agree that 3 games is not much of a sample rate. It’s way to early for knee-jerk reaction. Why don’t we agree to reconvene this topic, say June 1st, and see how the aforementioned players are doing.

Cesar Carvajal
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Cesar Carvajal

I agree with your reviews of Scutaro. However, Agbayani points out three specific hitters: Hernandez, Cuddyer and “that guy on 3rd base that will play most part of the season”. I don’t know, if I say clutchiness, three games is nothing to talk about clutch. About working the count, I don’t know how the “trio” in discussion performed on Saturday and Sunday, but during the carreer at least I know Hernandez works the count well, but not as good as… Read more »

EdtheUmp
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Very good early series/early season discussion. I’m going to evaluate this early season after this nine game homestand. The Sunday lineup fubar is disconserting to say the least. I’m watching very closely the “young guys” at bats. Example…Rosario “raked” in ST but is swinging at pitches w-a-y out of the strike zone. Way too many K’s at this early date. I will read with anticipation and appreciation the posters now and during this homestand. It IS early and no “pattern”… Read more »

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