Rockies Muscle Past Dodgers, 10-9

It was a typical spring training game where the Rockies had beaten up the Dodgers’ regulars 8-2 over the first seven innings.  Then the Rox pitching staff let the scrubs of the Dodgers rally to make the game close with Colorado prevailing 10-9.  The good news was Chatty, Brent Musgrave, Otto, and Gopherg only allowed two runs over the first seven innings.  The bad news? Miguel Castro couldn’t find the strike zone and Shane Carle didn’t help bail Castro out.

Colorado’s beefed up muscles were just enough to hold off Los Angeles.  Mark Reynolds started the home run derby with a triple in the second.  I thought the ball was out hitting the batters eye above the padding (?) and even BB came out for a little chat questioning the non-HR call.  But Reynolds ended up with a triple nonetheless.  Gerardo Parra followed him with a two run shot.  Pat Valaika says, “I’m gonna one up you Parra.”  Valaika hit it way out so far that it hit the side of the batter’s eye for a 3-1 lead.

Charlie Blackmon and DJLM teamed up for back-to-back doubles in the third to extend Colorado’s lead to 5-1.  Valaika and Dustin Garneau homered in the fourth inning to make the score 7-1.  As sdcarp said last week, Valaika is a Trevor Story clone; he has massive forearms and shoulders.  I guess he wanted to prepare to be a clutch hitter as back up third baseman in case Nolan Arenado goes down with an injury.  Valaika would have been on the 25-man roster easy if it wasn’t for Alexei Amarista’s signing and Cristhian Adames being out of options.

Harrison Musgrave got nicked for a run in the fifth before the Rockies responded in the bottom of fifth with a RBI double by Ian Desmond.  Miguel Castro and Shane Carle combined for a disastrous eighth and ninth inning to let the Dodgers creep back to within one, 8-7.  Anthony Bemboom hit a two-run shot for insurance runs to give the home guys a 10-7 lead. Los Angeles scored two in the final frame to make the score close, but Colorado prevailed 10-9.

Musgrave, Yency Almonte, Antonio Senzatela and Sam Howard are the top three starting pitchers in my opinion behind Kyle Freeland, Jeff Hoffman, and German Marquez.  Not Ryan Castellani and company.  Castro has shown no command whatsoever today.  Carle is going nowhere; he may need to go back to Hartford.

Today was CarGo’s last game before he left to meet his Venezuelan teammates for the World Baseball Classic.  I’m not feeling any good vibes regarding CarGo.  His swing looks out of sync and he is slowing down with his long swing.  I’m putting the over/under for CarGo at .270 BA, 20 HRs, 75 RBI each.

Ryan McMahon needs another year in Hartford; Rafael Ynoa nailed the runner at home on an attempted sac fly my goodness; Mike Tauchman looks like all defense and no offense.

rockymountainhigh

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12 Comments

    • sdcarp

      March 7, 2017

      Regarding Pat Valaika:

      He began in the Rox system as a SS. Then played some 2B. Then, very recently, 3B. So he’s already more versatile than Adames. Adames is an OK looking player, but really isn’t position flexible at all (based on past history). So I think Valaika is more viable than Adames based on that.

      Valaika vs. Amarista is much more subjective. Amarista IS position flexible. He has even played the OF occasionally. He has no power, but decent speed (making him diametrically opposite of Valaika (good power, little speed)). Amarista obviously brings good experience.

      The “easy” thing to do here is to start Valaika @ ABQ. To me – this is uncharted waters. Valaika profiles as a Utility player (and maybe quite a good one) already – as a minor leaguer. Normally, the route to Utility is reaching a rather low ceiling at a position in the majors, and then branching out to play other positions. I don’t see Valaika as a future star 3B, or 2B, or SS. I not sure I even see him as a major league regular at any of those positions. So I don’t necessarily see any value in delaying his major league “clock.” Of course, the Rox didn’t delay Story’s clock last Spring, and the decision paid big dividends. What I do see in Valaika is a guy that has already played (pretty well) 3 infield positions and has some really legitimate thunder in that bat.

      Don’t write him off. He should definitely rank higher than Adames. Perhaps higher than Amarista.

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    • sdcarp

      March 7, 2017

      RMH – I’m “seeing” Senzatela pushing past Jordan Lyles for a long spot in the Pen. Agree or disagree.

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    • rockymountainhigh

      March 8, 2017

      Agree. Only issue is Lyles has one year contract. Will the Rockies eat the sunk cost?

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      • Bob K.

        March 8, 2017

        Lyles has a one year contract but is it a gully guaranteed contract? Jhoulys Chacín’s contract turned out to not be fully guaranteed when they let him go. Perhaps they have the same type of contract with Lyles.

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    • Agbayani

      March 8, 2017

      And Senzatela – when I saw him last spring, he struck me as a possible good fit for bullpen work. The live arm and ability to stay ahead of batters looks like it could play reasonably well one time through the order; the lack of complementary pitches still makes me skeptical that he’ll ever make it as a starter or as a late-innings reliever.

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      • sdcarp

        March 9, 2017

        In today’s game, he can become a rich, famous man making it one time through the order. I agree totally here, move him to the Pen.

        Two posts above Bob K speculates Jordan Lyles’ contract isn’t guaranteed until he makes the Club. There was much speculation on Purple Row on this very topic about a week ago. I think the consensus was Bob K might be correct.

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      • sdcarp

        March 9, 2017

        I’m going to do my best little girl at Christmas impersonation:

        “OMG OMG OMG please let it be true.”

        If we could get someone to take half of their salaries for a kid or two from the Dominican Summer League….do it everyday of the week and twice on Sunday.

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        • Bob K.

          March 9, 2017

          I have no idea why anyone would even take them but I wish the Rockies all the best in getting it done. At least the Houston Texans found someone willing to take Brock Osweiler off their hands so miracles can happen.

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