Rockies in Offensive Slump

Rockies in Offensive Slump

After winning the first two games of the season with some slugging, Colorado has scored one, two, two, four, six, three, three, and zero runs over the next eight games.  That’s only 21 runs in eight games.  Pitching has bailed out the Rockies in four games where the offense ain’t.  In the franchise’s history that would have spelled a 2-8 start.  Instead they are 6-4 despite losing three of the last four games to our archrivals San Diego Padres and Dodgers.  The last four games were especially embarrassing because all opposing pitchers were essentially spot starters not expected to go deep.

Colorado has a tall task tonight going against MadBum.  Jon Gray will have to step up and outpitch him if the Rockies are to snap out of their funk.  Part of the problem is CarGo and utility players that started are essentially automatic outs.  That kills any offensive rhythm the Rockies are seeking.  They are also waiting for Trevor Story to make some clutch hits.  The rest of the series will have Tyler Anderson, Chatty, and Antonio Senzatela toeing the rubber.  Senza has been the best starter of the rotation in the young season.  Everyone else is having problems with command walking too many guys that come around to score.  The silver lining is that the pitching staff leads the league in strikeouts which is unheard of.

rockymountainhigh

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52 Comments

    • egossage

      April 13, 2017

      Why is Cardullo on this team??? There has to be a better option than this guy. I haven’t seen one good swing from him all year long.

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      • rockymountainhigh

        April 13, 2017

        Welcome back ego! Injuries are the only reasons Cardullo and Adames/ Amarista are on the team.

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        • egossage

          April 13, 2017

          Yes sir! I’ve been following you guys, just haven’t been commenting. Watching Cardullo has been driving me crazy. I get it’s a good story but he has no business being on a big league field. He’s an automatic out.

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    • rockymountainhigh

      April 13, 2017

      Now Jon Gray is falling apart hurting his big toe fielding the Baltimore chopper?

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      • egossage

        April 13, 2017

        That’s what I don’t get about these athletes nowadays. Do you think Nolan Ryan or Randy Johnson or Roger Clemens would come out of the game because of a hurt toe? Hell no!!!

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    • JulieG

      April 13, 2017

      Rockies win! Wonder who is going to end up with most time at 1st.

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    • rockymountainhigh

      April 13, 2017

      The Rockies have a nice break regarding Gray. We finally have the off day Monday. Freeland can go Tuesday then we skip Gray. Continue with Anderson until Gray goes 2nd time around. We won’t need to put him on DL unless he needs more time in which case we can make DL retroactive to tonight.

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      • sdcarp

        April 14, 2017

        Key point – DL is now only 10 days. With the off day and some minor rescheduling, we SHOULD put Gray on the DL to have another arm on the roster. Yet, Gray conceivably will only miss one start. From the moment I heard “10 day DL,” I loved it.

        I believe Jairo Diaz has made 3 rehab appearances.

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    • Agbayani

      April 14, 2017

      Hey, ego’s back! Speaking the uncomfortable truth again … Cardullo’s a great story and all that, but c’mon, he’s not a big leaguer. And someone needed to call Gray a wuss. By the way, what was that crap about Gray cutting off his hair? I thought he was going full military on us, and he cut off what … an inch or two? RMH, Carp – here comes Chad Qualls!
      I am glad to see that this version of the Rockies continues the tradition of beating the top flight pitchers (wins over Kershaw and Bumgarner already this season) while losing to the waiver wire scrubs the Padres sent out there.

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      • roxnsox

        April 14, 2017

        Ag, sorry but I have to ask you not to slam the haircutting without knowing the full story. He grew it out to the required length for donation to Locks of Love, which makes wigs for cancer patients.

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        • roxnsox

          April 14, 2017

          …and clearly he prefers to keep some “long” hair over full military 😉

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    • sdcarp

      April 14, 2017

      I’m going on the record as disagreeing (to an extent) regarding Cardullo. I think he’s potentially a very nice Major League utility player. Note – I’m not saying Hall of Famer or All Star…………I’m saying useful, cost-controlled reserve.

      Ag – you’re probably correct regarding Qualls. Diaz’s re-hab appearances really need to be controlled. You can’t do that at the Major League level. The move(s) are simple – DL Gray, Rusin makes Gray’s next start, call up Qualls. Re-examine in 10 days. I’m also guessing within 10 days we’re going to be very close to getting Desmond and Murphy back. I think Dahl will lag a bit longer.

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      • rockymountainhigh

        April 14, 2017

        Nope we are better off skipping over Gray taking advantage of free days. Better than a spot starter. If Rusin is a starter, that’s bad news. He can only go two times through lineup placing undue burden on bullpen.

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    • rockymountainhigh

      April 14, 2017

      I was thinking along the lines of… should we have 9 bullpen arms if we put Gray on DL? Not too crazy to ask Marquez to come over and sit on the bench for five days missing his starts in AAA.

      I hope we don’t wait for someone to come off the DL to send Cardullo to AAA. Cardullo had a long enough leash. Let’s try Denorfia if not Patterson.

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    • Bob K.

      April 14, 2017

      The Rockies have 7 wins and 7 saves. I cannot remember any time in the past when the Rockies had 7 wins and 7 saves to start a season. Normally by now they would have scored enough runs in a game that there would not have been a save opportunity.

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      • sdcarp

        April 14, 2017

        This will be Carle’s MLB debut, he has 3 options remaining.

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        • Bob K.

          April 14, 2017

          My mistake, you are correct. I was going off the Roskies Roster site showing him with no options earlier this spring.

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          • sdcarp

            April 15, 2017

            No worries Bob. The fact that he has 3 options is key to him being first chosen. We’ll see a parade of pitchers in the next 6-8 weeks.

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        • sdcarp

          April 15, 2017

          Metatarsal stress fractures in big guys remind me of Sam Bowie. Gray will be handled with extreme care. This will be longer than 4 weeks.

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    • rockymountainhigh

      April 14, 2017

      It’s the alcohol talking but u can’t walk guys that come around to score. Anderson is an ultra specialist in giving up XBHs after walks.

      Game over with Cueto on the hill and Rockies swinging at first pitches into outs . I can see Cueto throwing complete game shutout tonight.

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      • sdcarp

        April 15, 2017

        Trivia question for you RMH – who was Cueto (and Edinson Volquez) once traded for? (an all-time great trade for both sides).

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    • sdcarp

      April 15, 2017

      I was sort of excited to see Bud Black ejected last night. Here’s some trivia for you:

      Walt Weiss wasn’t ejected a single time in 2013 (his first season as Manager)

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      • sdcarp

        April 15, 2017

        Bobby Cox on the other hand was ejected 161 times in his career, 3.6% of the games he Managed!

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    • Agbayani

      April 15, 2017

      I’ve been careful not to overreact to the injuries so far (Desmond? Reynolds is a perfectly decent fill in for 4-6 weeks. Dahl? Doesn’t appear to be anything serious). But losing Bettis had me very concerned. And now losing Gray? I think Carp is right that a stress fracture is going to mean more than 4 weeks, plus then a rehab period. Being down your new ace and probably your second best starter is pretty devastating and will have a ripple effect on the rest of the rotation and the bullpen. Now it’s not just a nice bonus that Senzatela has looked ready in the early going and that Freeland was likewise in his first start — for this team to stay in competition, those guys (and or Marquez/Hoffman) need to keep it going or this season will fall apart fast.

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    • Agbayani

      April 15, 2017

      I guess what I’m saying is this: time to hit the panic button! Rotation (for the next 6 weeks minimum) will be: Anderson-Chatwood-Senzatela-Freeland-Rusin/Lyles/Marquez/Hoffman.
      And right now that bench is pretty horrid. It happened yesterday: “pinch hitting for the Rockies, Christhian Adames.” (Strikeout). Not quite my Amarista nightmare, but the next best thing. Cardullo has no hits in 17 plate appearances. I’d say “small sample” except the larger sample – his minor league career – gives little encouragement. Denorfia will likely replace him very soon since he’s (1) not good; (2) better than Cardullo; (3) a little more versatile. And when Murphy and Dahl and Desmond get back it starts looking a whole lot better. Meanwhile: Parra (and Roxnsox, you won’t like this!) – work on trying to time those babies to arrive in the offseason, which for the Rox typically effectively begins in July … (Roxnsox, I did see that about Gray donating his sheared locks, which does put a little different spin on it … thanks for pointing that out)

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      • sdcarp

        April 15, 2017

        Big reason I went 81-81 on my 2017 prediction (made after Bettis’s cancer treatment diagnosis) was that we had 4 very young pitchers in the starting rotation. Two flat-out rookies (Senzatela and Freeland) and two more (Gray and Anderson) barely a year removed from that status. Of as you note – it’s now worse.

        Semi-recent history for the Rox and “innings eaters” pitchers has been HORRID. Guthrie. Kendricks. Moyer. Hale. With that in mind, I’m super reluctant to even bring this name up. But desperate times call for desperate measures. Doug Fister. There…..I said it!

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        • sdcarp

          April 15, 2017

          We don’t want to panic and make a bad trade for a SPer….because a realistic expectation for 17 is a 500 Club. But….we don’t want to burn all the Options of the AAA guys we have either. Fister would be a simple FA sign. He’s probably been throwing.

          Sorry – that’s the best I have.

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      • roxnsox

        April 15, 2017

        Why don’t I like it? 🙂 Expound, please…

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        • roxnsox

          April 15, 2017

          That was addressed to Agbayani, above…

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        • Agbayani

          April 15, 2017

          Just kidding Roxnsox … I thought you might give me a hard time for suggesting that husbands can put their careers ahead of their families (and as you know, my comment wasn’t that but was about, umm, there’s a best time for everything ….)

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          • roxnsox

            April 17, 2017

            Ha! That never occurred to me. (And I’d think you would be GLAD Parra had to go on leave :-))

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    • rockymountainhigh

      April 15, 2017

      That’s 13 games including today. I don’t think we’ve scored in the first inning in any game.

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      • sdcarp

        April 15, 2017

        Agree Bob – just what the Doctor ordered!

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      • roxnsox

        April 15, 2017

        There are more than a few Rockies fans breathing just a tad easier after that masterpiece! The Chatwood we always knew was in there (and have seen from time to time)! I hope he can continue in the role of dominant leader while we so greatly need him to do it. (I almost thought my no-no prediction was correct, but with the wrong pitcher:)

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      • Bob in WV

        April 15, 2017

        If I’m looking at the schedule right, barring another injury or helped by a strategically placed rainout, we will get out of the month with just two spot starts on the 25th and 30th for Gray.

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      • sdcarp

        April 16, 2017

        Bob K – check me please;

        Hoffman – 3 options
        Marquez – 2 options
        Musgrave – 3 options

        IMO – this will enter into the call-up equation during the next 6-8 weeks.

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        • Bob K.

          April 16, 2017

          You are correct. one more thing that may enter into it is that Musgrave is not on the 40 man roster.

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          • sdcarp

            April 16, 2017

            Yeah Bob – agree regarding Musgrave. I was mildly surprised his name was thrown out to begin with.

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            • Bob K.

              April 16, 2017

              I think the only reason that Marquez got the first call up over Musgrave is because of the 40 man roster situation. As I recall, Musgrave pitched very well in spring training. he was still pitching on the MLB team long after Hoffman had been sent down.

    • Agbayani

      April 16, 2017

      Some optimism on a beautiful Easter Sunday in Colorado: I’ll admit it – Chatwood has always been one of my favorite Rockies. Two TJ surgeries and he battled all the way back from the 2nd. Not a big guy (neither am I) succeeding with a big fastball in world of giants. And I’ve always had a fascination with sinkerballers too – how do they consistently manage to make the best hitters in the world harmlessly put the bat on the top of the ball like that? This spring, just by happenstance I caught 2 of Chatty’s starts as spring training was winding down. And I sensed something … different. He’s had one full (and healthy) season after being down for almost 2 full seasons after the 2nd TJ. And it’s his contract year. He was throwing harder again – hitting 95 consistently. Almost a little too strong in spring and maybe in his first 2 regular season starts. Almost as if he felt free to finally cut loose again. His comments reflect that: he said he had the first TJ when he was 15, so if this one lasts another 10 years he’s good with that. 2nd to last spring start: he cruised through 5 and I thought, “nice work.” But wait a minute: there he was on the dugout steps ready to come back out for the 6th, which he did with the same intensity. And I have a feeling he refused to come out yesterday after 8 innings, 90+ pitches. He wanted that complete game. When Aaron Cook was in his prime as a worm killer I always said, “if only he could develop something to put away hitters – that swing and miss pitch.” That would’ve made him Brandon Webb, one of the best pitchers around for a 3-4 year span. And Chatwood has that kind of stuff. He has the velocity, and that big curve. And I remember him doing something in spring I’d rarely seen from him: set up a hitter with the curve, and then blow him away with a high 95 mph fastball. Yes, learning to work up in the zone too. I’m going out on a limb here I know, but here it is: Chatwood won’t always be the guy we saw yesterday, but I expect a big year, a big step forward on a staff that now needs somebody to grab that leadership role. The stuff is back, and the confidence/lack of fear is obvious. Just a fun thing to watch for us die-hard Rockies fans.

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      • sdcarp

        April 16, 2017

        “IF” Chatwood has a season like you describe, his Free Agency this next offseason will be fascinating. He could be one of the top SPers available and is still relatively young. But of course has had the two TJ surgeries. This will keep GMs tossing and turning at night. I’m guessing he’ll see some crazy, incentive laiden contract offers as well.

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        • sdcarp

          April 16, 2017

          Or even incentive “laden.” The internal grammar police versus iphone autocorrect!

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    • rockymountainhigh

      April 16, 2017

      Our season long inability to put away pinch hitters continue. This time it may bite us today.

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    • rockymountainhigh

      April 16, 2017

      That is very impressive to win three out of four games in a 4-game series. Not only that they have done it twice but both on the road.

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    • sdcarp

      April 16, 2017

      Bud Black said extremely early in Spring Training (like before the first ST game early…..that’s early!) that Senzatela was in the mix for a spot in the rotation. He said Senzatela had a mental toughness that he (BB) liked. Now….how the hell did BB know this? He was very prophetic….but seriously, how did he know this?

      Day off. Fresh Pen headed into a weird 2 game set in LA. The offense (minus Story) is beginning to look better. We’re getting close to seeing the return of Desmond and Murphy. Exciting stuff my friends.

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    • Bob in WV

      April 16, 2017

      I DID say I would be more optimistic this spring, but I still want to see some longevity before I really get excited. Not to be a downer, but it was just two years ago when we went into SF and came out with a sweep, putting our record at something like 8-1 if I recall. We then were swept in LA and then lost a couple more and we were suddenly back down to earth.

      I really thought we’d let this one get away today when we had the 4-3 lead and then proceeded to leave runners in scoring position with 1 out in consecutive innings. Of course, the Giants immediately did the same thing. In the past this one would surely have slipped away. Great weekend, on to LA! (I hate days off when the team is rolling.)

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    • rockymountainhigh

      April 16, 2017

      I heard announcers on any network talking about teams in driver’s seats for post season for several years. It was always those teams which had something like a 75-1 record when leading after the 7th or 8th inning.

      Very small sample size so far this year but I’m feeling like we are one of those teams long at last. I’ve had enough punches in the gut watching grannies in the 9th flipping the tables on us.

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    • Agbayani

      April 17, 2017

      Senzatela: I started saying “all he does is win” back when he was in Asheville. And John Sickels, one of the more stats-oriented so-called prospect gurus, always liked him better than the scout-heavy types did. Sickels had him as the #91 prospect overall in baseball last year before he went on the DL. So he keeps … winning at every level, even the big leagues now, even though everyone wonders how he can get by throwing 85% fastballs. That’s the combination of a live arm and excellent fastball command. Will teams catch up with him? The skeptic in me still thinks so, but I gotta admit, this is a more promising start than I imagined since I thought he’d be a guy who’d have big problems the 3rd (and even 2nd) time through the order without a plus secondary pitch …

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