Rockies Have a Story

Rockies up and down season continues.  After that yucky eight-game losing streak in April, Colorado has been playing between one and five games under .500.  When they have a chance to get back to even, the pitching often blows up.  The rotation basically has 1.5 good pitchers on a 1-5 scale.  German Marquez is a solid number one and Jon Gray is up and down earning him a half point.  The other three spots are struggling mightily.  Their main culprit are the free passes and home runs allowed.  The bullpen have not been exactly a lockdown unit which contributed to the frustrations.

The Rockies, after a split of two games in Boston, got swept in Philadelphia.  They followed up with two wins out of three in Pittsburgh looking for some traction in consistency.  Last night they began a 10-game home stand.  Colorado fell behind Baltimore 5-1 before unleashing power ending in the two-run walk off home run by Trevor Story.  The media seems to agree with Bud Black that Story has come into his own and ready to dominate the shortstop position.  He has all five tools which is rare for his position.  Now the Rockies have the best left side of the infield in baseball.

They are working on the right side of the infield with the call up of Brendon Rodgers and moving Ryan McMahon to part-time at both first and second bases.  Rodgers has not been splashy but he is performing like he should considering that he is a rookie.  He is batting over .300 and already has a bunch of RBI.  McMahon seems to start to come into his own once he was removed from the spotlight on him playing full time at second base.  Dan Murphy is starting to find his swing and hopefully that will continue the rest of the year.  Tony Wolters has made Chris Ianetta a backup catcher.  He is showing swagger at the plate even against lefties and throwing out an impressive number of base thieves.  Every time Ianetta starts, the opponents are averaging over seven runs a game.

The outfield is starting to crystallize into a dangerous group.  David Dahl is swinging the bat well, but only if he makes contact (strikes out way too often).  Raimel Tapia is starting to feel comfortable as an everyday player.  Chuck Nazty is always who he is.  That allowed the Rockies to move Ian Desmond to bench role against right handed pitchers.

Now only if the pitchers can get their act together.  Gray needs to find consistency and Kyle Freeland needs to find his 2018 form.  Antonio Senzatela and Jeff Hoffman would help tremendously if they can cut down on big innings.  The bullpen is slightly above average, but can use a little help elsewhere.  They started by calling up Jairo Diaz.  Seunghwan Oh hasn’t been sighted for a while because of his propensity for the long balls.  Carlos Estevez has shown flashes, but still too consistent.  Bryan Shaw seemed to have found himself which is great news for the bullpen with Wade Davis on the IL.

Nine games to go on the current home stand.  1-0 so far and they need to be 8-2 or better to get themselves back into the NL West conversation.

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Another ugly Freeland outing. 3 starts ago I said “nothing wrong with him” other than just a rough patch that happened to come at the start of the season. But … even I’m starting to get worried now. Roxnsox, you’re right about the Tulo trade — Hoffman, Castro (on the mound for the O’s as I write this), Tinoco (still in the minors, showing some minor promise) are all looking like busts. Of course, Bob K. is right too –… Read more »

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Yeah, I was thinking about you last night, Ag, on the “Freeland will be OK” view. Very sorry to be quite worried now. Even the announcers were discussing it and citing how lost he looks.

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Tonight Ianetta behind the dish, 9 runs scored by the opponent. That’s double the run allowance with Wolters behind the dish.

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So, I’m curious. It’s what…pitch calling? I can’t think of anything else a catcher does (other than pass balls with men on base) to have that much effect on runs scored. I’m not disputing that Tony has outplayed Chris.

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It is looking more and more like the Rockies should have allowed Seunghwan Oh to go back to Korea like he wanted to. ERA 10.57, WHIP 2.09.

roxnsox
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He fell off a cliff along with our 2018 Cy Young contender. Ugh.

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Random musings from afar: 1. As several have noted, Trevor Story is sort of freaky (good)! 2. Nolan is getting hot (duh). 3. Tilapia has A+ talent, D- baseball IQ. 4. I think Rodgers will be a solid player, but not a star. I don’t think he has elite athleticism. 5. Ditto….David Dahl. 6. Right now we have two SPers….Marquez and Gray, and even these two guys have blemishes. Freeland needs to hit the reset button. I suggest faking an… Read more »

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“7. This Wolters guy catching…..where was he last year?” Percentage wise, Wolters was the Rockies winningest catcher last year. He made a change late last year and finished up the last two months of the year with a greatly improved batting average. I believe that he hit in the high .260s the last two months of the year. Of course he dug such a big hole in the first part of the season that his season batting average never did… Read more »

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Duly noted on Wolters. I believe I’ve commented numerous times over the years that I play high level Fantasy Baseball (some years “try” to play is a better descriptor). I think I began this habit in 1996 (or maybe 95). That being said, the C position is as weak as I’ve ever seen it, and I’m tempted to say it’s weaker than ANY position I’ve seen since playing Fantasy (note – I’m talking offense). So, when you combine Wolter’s very… Read more »

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Unfortunately should be and reality don’t amount to the same thing. As long as fan voting is the most important part, name recognition will always do better than performance in choosing the all stars.

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For sure……it will need to be a Coach’s selection. The NL has Realmuto and Grandal both playing well. Willson Contreras has also rebounded nicely.

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9a) I think Dan Murphy is starting to come around and is no longer a black hole. I don’t think first base is a black hole anymore if you also count McMahon as starting to feel he belongs rather than feeling it out.

9b) Why do we need to draft a first first baseman? We got Grant Lavigne and Tyler Nevin in the system. We should be focused on finding another Peter Lambert in the draft.

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As of today’s game, Rockies rank 30th in 1B WAR (-1.2 WAR) and 2B (-1.6 WAR). Dead last. More last than the Miami Marlins. DFL. The right side of the Rockies infield is a black hole (I don’t mean that in a defensive, good way). The worst in major league baseball. Here’s the kicker……..we’re also DFL in PH WAR (-1.3), well behind the 29th team (-0.8). Keep in mind, we’re also past the small sample size. Josh Donaldson……already at +1.5.… Read more »

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Do you all think that McMahon got a fair shot to establish himself? It FEELS like he was pretty quickly shoved to the bench when they decided to call up Rodgers (and that’s after being constrained by being platooned).

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Good points about 1B black hole question. We got hit hard, very I mean very hard, when Murphy went out with a broken finger. McMahon was still feeling out playing full time. Reynolds is not a regular. I say start with the recent road trip and the first base position is much better now that Murphy is over the effects of finger injury.

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I can remember the black hole that was 3rd base before Arenado came along. Nevin and Lavigne are good looking prospects for 1st base but don’t forget about Colton Welker who is blocked at 3rd base. Welker has hit very well at every level and did very well in his first spring training. It would not surprise me if he shows at at the MLB level sooner than expected. The Rockies management needs to get over their fixation on over… Read more »

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RMH….has the site been hacked by the Russians? I’m impressed.

RMH….have you noticed Brian Mundell has been playing OF exclusively lately in ABQ? I’ve always thought Mundell’s lack of power made him a bad fit at 1B. But, if he can handle the OF defensively, that opens some doors for him. It’s worth watching.

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FanGraphs Mock Draft 3.0:

https://blogs.fangraphs.com/mock-draft-3-0-two-rounds/

This is good stuff. Draft is only a week away.

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Cargo was recently DFAed and released by the Indians. Th Cubs are now going to sign him to a minor league contract.

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2019/05/cubs-to-sign-carlos-gonzalez.html

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More pre-draft info:

https://blogs.fangraphs.com/pre-draft-farm-system-rankings/

I find these rankings, as they relate to the Rockies, spot on. We’ve “graduated” a number of good players recently. It’s time to restock.

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Let’s hope the Rockies are doing due diligence. The Blue Jays are said to be ready to deal starting pitchers. In my opinion a good experienced starting pitcher would greatly benefit the Rockies.

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2019/05/blue-jays-trade-rumors-marcus-stroman-aaron-sanchez.html

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New post up and running.