Rockies Sweep Arizona

Colorado climbed above .500 for the first time since the season opener with a victory in a 11-10 slugfest.  Kyle Freeland continued to struggle badly giving up five runs in just three innings before being removed by Bud Black.  He gave up two more home runs, including one to the opposing pitcher.  The Chettis and Jairo Diaz combination threw a combined four shutout innings.  With a 8-5 lead, Mike Dunn and B-Shaw imploded giving up five runs in the eighth to give the lead back to Arizona 10-8.  Then Scott Oberg and Seunghwan Oh threw up zeroes over the last two innings before Colorado walked off Arizona to complete the four-game sweep.

The Rockies responded to every Arizona tally with their own tallies.  Dan Murphy singled in two runs and Tony Wolters hit a sac fly in the first to tie the game at three each after the first.  David Dahl hit a two-run shot in the bottom of second to counter opposing pitcher’s solo shot to enable Colorado to take a 5-4 lead.  RyMac launched a two-run homer after Arizona scored one run in the top of the third to give the Rockies a 7-5 lead.  Wolters had a single to drive in RyMac in the fifth for a 8-5 lead.  After Arizona exploded for five runs in the top of the eighth to take a 10-8 lead, Ian Desmond hit a solo shot to narrow the deficit to 10-9.  MVP candidate Nado had the game tying single in the same inning to draw them even 10-10.  Colorado had their fourth walk-off of the current home stand when Murphy made the D-backs pay for intentionally walking Nado with two outs and Story standing on third base.

The offense is pretty much humming along when they need it most to turn the season around.  It was the Pittsburgh series when they finally realized that they had to stop swinging at bad pitches and start taking more walks.  They are seeing the benefits when the balls are put into play in critical situations.  It helped that Murphy was starting to find barrels much more frequently after hearing sdcarp’s comment that first base position is a black hole.  The catcher position has miraculously been in the top 10 in the majors in productivity.  Chuck Nazty is eligible to come off the IL June 4th.  That will boost the Rockies offense tremendously lengthening the lineup with Yonathon Daza taking up a spot on the 25-man roster.  That will allow Desmond and Tapia to split time in the OF along with Chuck Nazty and David Dahl.  Since Brendan Rodgers arrived last week, the second base position suddenly looked much better.

The biggest issue is in the pitching staff, both rotation and bullpen.  The bullpen picture has gotten clear in the last couple of weeks.  McGee, Oh,  and Dunn (why did he pitch 8th today?) are to pitch in low leverage situations.  Estevez and Shaw are showing flashes but remain too inconsistent.  Chettis has been a revelation lately and surely will move towards the back end when Chris Rusin is activated off the IL.  Oberg and Wade Davis are the 8th and 9th inning guys. But the rotation needs a lot of work, but a lot of work has been done to solidify the SPs.  K-Free is surely headed to Albuquerque as BB has waited long enough to no avail.  Marquez and Gray are set as the top two.  Jeff Hoffman and Antonio Senzatela showed in their recent start that they are still a work in progress but keeping the Rockies in games.  BB needs to find a replacement for K-Free.  If they don’t want to call up Peter Lambert just yet, then pick up the phone and pay Dallas Kuechel to come here.  Show Colorado that we are serious about the postseason by offering the most attractive deal to Kuechel.

But for now the four SPs need to keep the Rockies in the games and let the offense do their thing on a nightly basis.  Today’s walk-off set the franchise record (4) for most walk offs on a single home stand.  After a 0-5 start at Coors Field, they are now 15-12 in LoDo. (15-7 last 22 home games).  They have a +1 run differential now.  It might look ugly but that includes the dry spell when Colorado lost 12 of 13 games in the first two weeks of the season getting flogged by every opponent..  Their 28-27 record moved them up into third place just a half game behind San Diego.  The focus is on the wild card race if we believe the Dodgers are a runaway division winner.  Colorado is just 1.5 games out of WC2 and 2.5 games out of WC1.  In April, they were dead last in RISP situations, but in May they are in the top five or so in RISP situations.

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2011 Amateur Baseball Draft: Gerrit Cole, Trevor Bauer, Anthony Rendon, Archie Bradley, George Springer, Francisco Lindor, Javier Baez, Jose Fernandez (RIP), Sonny Gray, Trevor Story @ #45, Blake Snell @ #52. Keep 2011 in mind. Early word on the street is that the 2020 draft may be 2011-esque. Also keep in mind this year’s draft is considered weak, especially on the pitching side. Team’s always look at the big picture. Given the depth and quality coming in 2020, some teams… Read more »

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Kudos to Peter Lambert, 9 K and just 1 BB. 7 IP one run allowed, under 100 pitches. And base hit in first career AB breaking up Quintana’s perfect game in 3rd inning is a bonus.

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RMH – you might here me laughing all the way down in Denver, as I sit here in Fort Collins. Busy day, but I wanted to stop and acknowledge that you’ve been saying for two years (minimum) watch out for Lambert, he’s legit.

You nailed it Brotha!

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At the top of the 9th, Hoffman stood in silence in the dugout.. “Go ahead and smile Jeff; you’re finally going to win one,” I told the image on my television. He continued to stare blankly as if he knew what was about to happen. Unbelievable.

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Was that the worst loss they’ve ever suffered? In the top three, anyway. It’s the kind you remember immediately if you miss the playoffs by one game!

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Rockies fans on RWO! Where are you? Wondering about the lack of comment on the craziest, most heart-pounding series ever. Good grief, was there ever a worse “good closer” than Wade Davis? Another one of what would be called a Bad Loss. I can’t even remember how many huge leads the Rockies lost this series. An absolutely awful waste of offensive fireworks. And the dissection and discussion could go on and on and on…ugh. I’m exhausted, and looking for some… Read more »

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Roxnsox, this was a weekend where I was glad to be out of town … until just in time for the 9th inning today. The bad old days are back at Coors! Is it the synergistic effect of a juiced baseball + elevation?? Whatever it is, check this out: park factors are a quick measure of how much run scoring is increased or suppressed by a home park. 1.00 is neutral. 1.25 or so generally leads the league for “best… Read more »

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Interesting stuff, and why do you say the baseball is juiced?

Apparently the Padres ARE as dangerous as advertised. And/or the pitching just happened to fall down a hole.

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Juiced baseball: no solid proof yet, but HR rates, fly ball distance, all that stuff is up more than random fluctuation would typically explain. Here’s a really early season highly technical take on it (that left me a little confused): https://www.baseballprospectus.com/news/article/48260/moonshot-the-baseball-is-juiced-again/
And one I understood I lot better: https://www.si.com/mlb/2019/06/12/home-run-rate-stats-fly-balls

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Walking a cardboard cutout and forcing in the winning run is the perfect send off for this important road trip out west. Buddy says he put Grey in because of his ability to throw strikes. Evidently he overlooked how the young man responds to pressure situations. It’ll be interesting to see his next start with memories of today sprinkled on top of those of his playoff disaster weighing him down.

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More pre-draft info. From this month’s Klaw Newsletter: “it’s the worst pitching draft in which I’ve been involved either on the team side or now on the writing side. (This is my 18th draft between the two, which is hard for me to fathom; I think the only first-rounders from my first draft, 2002, still active this year are Zack Greinke and Cole Hamels.)” I’ve heard this from various other sources, for over a year. More: “Making this year a… Read more »

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I strongly recommend to keep your tv’s and radios turned off tonight. I’m the Saturday Black Cat. The Rockies have won a Saturday game just once all year. Just my luck my season mini plan tickets are for all Saturday games. I’ve already exchanged three Saturday games for mid week games due to vacation. But unfortunately I’m at Coors tonight.

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Lets hope that the Rockies can ignore your jinx tonight. This is an opportunity to get a good look at one of the Blue Jays starting pitcher that is expected to be available for trade very soon.

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Well, RMH, at least do everything the opposite of what you’ve been doing at Saturday games! Ha! 🙂

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Weird story – Hartford (Rox AA team) has a no-hitter broken up in the 9th … by a bunt single! Not a close game either, so we almost had a fight break out: https://www.mlb.com/news/bunt-ends-no-hitter-in-minors-causes-controversy Who is starter Rico Garcia? He came out of nowhere … wasn’t going to be a complete game no hitter, so really, who cares. But Garcia this year: “Garcia, a 30th-round pick by the Rockies in the 2016 MLB Draft, is now 7-1 with a 1.92… Read more »

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My failing memory says that the few times he got in games in spring training this year, he pitched very well.

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Some usual randomness from sdcarp: 1. Jairo Diaz is really looking legit. 2. I’m excited to see Phillip Diehl. 3. You’re going to begin seeing all the draft picks begin to sign. I’ve looked through the entire list, with an eye more toward some of the lower picks. I’ve watched some video. Looked at some stats. I’ll throw my 2019 Rockies sleeper draft pick out now – for the record. 9th round – Isaac Collins, Creighton. 2nd base. Really good… Read more »

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Interesting stuff, Carp. Thanks for doing the armchair scouting that I was too lazy to do myself! I’ll keep on eye on Collins. Diaz: I gotta hand it to this fangraphs writer, Eric Longerhagen. He called the Diaz resurgence back in spring training: https://blogs.fangraphs.com/instagraphs/spring-scouting-notes-kevin-maitan-a-rockies-breakout-reliever-and-more/ — I gotta admit I didn’t see this one coming: “He’s not technically a prospect, but Rockies righty Jairo Diaz looks poised to make an impact in the bullpen this year. Diaz missed all of 2016… Read more »

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This was the first year I missed Spring Training in quite a while, so I missed Diaz’s Spring exploits. Ironically, it’s showing in my Fantasy League that I missed Spring Training! I blew it on a few guys in our Auction and have been trying to patch holes ever since. Next Spring I think I’m camping on the Padres backfields – they’re a freaky Farm at the moment.

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I rarely watch the postgame show, but today I wanted an update on Nolan’s beaning from Bud. Wow, every question received a snappish angry answer and it’s clear the manager was really hacked off. I’ll take his responses as a Yes that Nolan was hit intentionally. He’s supposedly ok; we’ll see. Holding my breath a bit as the Rockies fight pretty well to hold their ground.

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I really like Mark Reynolds and the Rockies have him cheap enough. He is still an excellent defensive first baseman but it seems that he can no longer hit MLB pitching. My opinion is that it is time to let him go and give his place to one of the young guys. The current platooniing done by the Rockies seems to ignore the stats. Murphy can and does hit left handed pitchers. Reynolds does not hit either right or left… Read more »

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Freeland and Daza optioned to AAA. Rusin activated from IL and Tinoco called up.

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2019/05/rockies-option-kyle-freeland.html

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I’m excited to see Tinoco.

The Rox should use an opener with Bettis as the main pitcher (inning 2 thru hopefully 5 or 6) the next time its Freeland’s turn. Almonte/Tinoco/Diaz/Estevez are all good candidates to be the opener. In fact, we should do that for Senza’s next start also.

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Bob K., Carp — good ideas: the “opener” (Freeland-Bettis had already become a piggyback starter thing, not by choice but by necessity) as a short term fix and acquiring a good starter as a longer term one. Big picture: I say this every year. Billy Beane: the first third of the season is to assess what you’ve got, the second third is to acquire what you need to win, the final third is to win with it. This season has… Read more »

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Still too early to get the full picture, but in thinking Diaz and Tinoco possibly could solve our bullpen issues replacing over the hill veterans.

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Hampson called up and Tinoco optioned to AAA.

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Some last minute draft info:

1. I continue to maintain Michael Busch is the safest pick for the Rox.
2. Greg Jones – the UNC Wilmington SS with 80 grade speed – is really intriguing to me “if” the Rox feel he can be converted to CF.

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Heard about Jones, sounded like he is ranked about #15, but if he falls to Rockies then Jones over Busch?

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Michael Toglia – 1B, UCLA, switch hitter.

Like the fact they went offense. Like the fact they went 1B. It’s such a gaping hole in the organization, even with Lavigne. Toglia was probably chosen over Busch due to defense.

The Rays took Greg Jones in the 22nd spot, so we didn’t have to make that decision.

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Rockies drafted Toglia out of high school in the 35th round. Thought is they may convert the switch hitter to the outfield.

https://www.mlb.com/rockies/news/2019-mlb-draft-day-1-complete-coverage

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Michael Busch went to the Dodgers at #31, and they announced him as a 2nd baseman! That’s a steal if it really pans out that way ala Max Muncy. Got to love the Dodgers analytics department (over 50 employees in that department BTW).

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MLB had Toglia ranked at 40 (picked at 23 by Rockies) and Busch ranked at 24 (picked at 31 by Dodgers).

I am not impressed by Toglia’s batting averages from the Cape Cod league (2017 – .248, 2018 – .220)

Rockies drafted 3B Aaron Schunk at 62 and RHP Karl Kauffman at 77.

https://www.mlb.com/rockies/news/rockies-day-1-draft-results-michael-toglia

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I believe Cape Cod League is wood bats only so don’t have to worry about if he can adjust to wood from aluminum.

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Cape Cod is a wood bats league and .248 and .220 does not impress me. Look at what Grant Lavigne did at Grand Junction (.350) when he went to a wood bat league.

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Rockies to call up Peter Lambert. There will have to be other moves because the 40 man roster is full and Lambert is not on the 40 man. Either someone else gets added to the 60 day IL or someone will have to get DFAed.

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2019/06/rockies-to-promote-peter-lambert.html

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Dunn put on 10 day IL and Musgrave moved to 60 day IL to make roster room for Lambert. Lambert’s 9 Ks are a Rockies record for a rookie pitching debut.

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Yay! Chris Rusin was tossed into the trash can! Wade Davis back in the bullpen lengthening the back end with Diaz and Oberg.

Yay! Chuck Nazty back in lead off spot while Tapia and Desmond platoon in the outfield depending on the handedness of the SP.

I’m feeling really good now butt not tonight when we aren’t going to solve DeGrom tonight.

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Hampson was also optioned to AAA along with Rusin being DFAed. Rusin never recovered to his former self after the plantar faciitis episode last year. I wish him well.

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2019/06/rockies-activate-blackmon-davis-designate-chris-rusin-for-assignment.html

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Hey RMH – we didn’t exactly “solve” DeGrom, but managed to hang around long enough to beat up on that Mets bullpen! I do really like that some new/revived players have emerged this year, including now Diaz finally starting to look what we’d hoped for when we acquired him a few years ago.

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As for Rusin: I’m thinking he stays/takes a minor league assignment. Honestly, I think he’s more valuable to the team than McGee and Dunn (although that’s not saying much)

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How many (how few?) appearances did he get upon returning? I was surprised about the DFA, as it seemed like “don’t let the door hit you in the rear end.”

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Rusin had two appearances this year. In his first appearance, he went 1/3 of an inning and gave up 4 runs on 4 hits and 1 walk. In his second appearance, he went 2/3 of an inning and gave up no runs on 1 hit but allowed all of the inherited runners to score.

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I think the Rockies should trade Hoffman back to the Blue Jays for Stroman.

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Two ways of looking at Jeff Hoffman: 1. The Pessimist. He’s 26. He hasn’t been particularly impressive at ANY level throughout 5 seasons. He’s now thrown about a season’s worth of MLB innings to the tune of a 6.22 ERA. And the results this year are even worse than in his last couple big league stints. He’s a bust. 2. The Optimist. His component stats are getting better, and his stuff looks better too! He’s striking out hitters at the… Read more »

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Rockies management after several trials decided that Hoffman is not capable of being a relief pitcher which he is now back to being a starting pitcher. Perhaps some other team could use him as an opener. I can’t remember who it is but there is a pitcher who is being used as an opener with excellent results but when they try to use him as a normal relief pitcher, he fails miserably. The same is true when they try to… Read more »

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Rockies Oh on the 10 day IL and call up LHP Phillip Diehl. Diehl was already on the 40 man roster.

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2019/06/rockies-place-seunghwan-oh-on-il-select-philip-diehl.html

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Rockies had a busy day today. The following players have been signed: 62 – Aaron Schunk – 3B – $1.1027MM 100 – Jacob Wallace – RHP – $581.6K 129 – Brenton Doyle – CF – $438.7K 189 – Gavin Hallowell – RHP – $225K 219 – Jared Horn – RHP – $198.5K 279 – Isaac Collins – 2B – $150.5K 309 – Jack Yalowitz – RF – $5,000 399 – Daniel Cope – C – $125K 429 – Jpe Aeilts… Read more »

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This morning on MLB network they were discussing each of the possible contender’s plan to improve their bullpens. They suggested that the Dodgers will acquire the Pirates closer Felipe Vazquez to be their 8th inning set up man.

I don’t remember everyone that was listed but they did list two for the Rockies. The second person they listed for the Rockies is Ben Bowden, a LH relief pitcher drafted in the 2nd round of the 2016 draft.

https://www.purplerow.com/2019/1/21/18189788/colorado-rockies-prospect-rankings-ben-bowden-purp-2019

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I think that Wade Davis was rushed back from the IL too soon. My recommendation is to put Davis back on the IL and turn the closer position over to Jesus Tinoco. It won’t happen because they have too many other pitchers who know how to give up runs that have seniority over Tinoco.

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I can’t remember for sure, but isn’t it Agbayani that is jumping for joy right now? Rockies DFA Mike Dunn. On the other hand calling up Valaika will not enthuse him.

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2019/06/rockies-designate-mike-dunn.html

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I believe you’re correct regarding Ag, but I’m not disappointed either.

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Goodbye, Mike Dunn! Nothing personal. It’s all about Bridich. Next please: Jake McGee.

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Rockies sign 1st round pick Michael Toglia and 7 more picks including Yorvis Torrealba the son of former Rockies catcher Yorvit Torrealba. Seven of their first 8 picks are signed with only Karl Kauffmann remaining to be signed. He is currently playing in the College World Series.

https://www.mlb.com/rockies/news/michael-toglia-signs-with-rockies

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Rockies put Story on 10 day IL and recall Brendan Rodgers.

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2019/06/trevor-story-suffers-thumb-injury.html

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“Story’s injury won’t require surgery, though the shortstop will be out of action for “multiple weeks,” as per The Athletic’s Nick Groke”

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This is bad. And heartbreaking for Trevor, who was flying so high. Perhaps redeemed a teeny tiny bit by their gutsy win today for the sweep.