Rockies Trounce Puerto Rican All Stars, 10-2

The Rockies pitchers were dominant for the most part.  The offense was having a field day scoring at least a run in every inning except the first and third.  Jon Gray stretched out to three innings and had an easy day with two harmless hits and no walks allowed.  Gray also picked Angel Pagan off first base in the first inning.  Gray has been working on controlling the traffic.

Jeff Hoffman followed giving up two runs over the next three innings.  It was an easy first two innings for Hoffman except for a solo shot by Yadier Molina.  Then he became a bit shaky in the sixth giving up three consecutive hits after one out.  Raimel Tapia bailed Hoffman out with an incredible accurate throw that was measured at 98 MPH from the left field to nail Francisco Lindor at the plate for the second out.

Jason Motte and Carlos Estevez tossed the seventh and eighth, respectively.  Motte gave up a hit and a walk and it should be much worse but a mishit double play grounder shortened his inning.  Estevez did strike out the side in his inning of work, but that counts for nothing because the last two Ks were against batters that were overmatched.  The batters didn’t even have numbers on their uniforms.  They were probably high school level players.  You know why BB put Estevez in extra low leverage situations.  It’s looking more and more likely that Estevez won’t be on the 25-man squad.

Tom Murphy and DJLM were the starters to hit home runs.  The second unit were more impressive especially Pat Valaika and Jordan Patterson.  Valaika swatted two doubles including one that bounced off the top of the fence.  Patterson had a home run and a triple in his attempt to hit for the cycle within four innings.  I think Valaika has turned the switch on and he’s not looking like a utility player as he was most of his baseball career.  Not even close, Agbayani.  I’m not sure what sdcarp meant by “looks stiff” when describing Patterson.  He has hit well in the Cactus League so far he looks like a fine player to me.

“Bob K.” has reported that six guys were reassigned to the minor leagues.  Ryan McMahon, Ryan Castellani, Johendi Jiminian, Sam Howard, Chris Rabago, and Rosell Herrera were all sent away.  None of them really surprised me except for maybe Howard.  McMahon is still a long ways from moving even up to Albuquerque.  Castellani needed more seasoning.  I was impressed by Howard and I thought he might stay another week in the major league camp.

The Rockies and Diamondbacks threw a ‘B’ game today on the backfields specifically to let Greg Holland and Jairo Diaz pitch in fake a fake game.  The reports were that both guys pitched very well and are ahead of schedule.  Diaz wasn’t expected to pitch in games and now he may be able to go into a spring training game later in the day.  Holland is on track to be ready on Opening Day.  A couple of ticks upwards in his velocity today.

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Valaika is just so darn versatile. He’s got significant time at 2nd, SS, and 3rd the last couple of years on the Farm. I guarantee you could give him a 1B mit and he’d immediately, day #1, do better than Parra. Goes back to my comment the other day. Uncharted territory here. How does an Organization groom a kid to be a super-Utility player from the beginning (minors)?

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Hopes and prayers, Chad. It really hurts to hear that. I went through a little health scare of my own when I had a baby daughter … I know Chad has a baby on the way so I really feel for what he’s going through now. I know it’s probably considered bad form to say it, but I will anyway: it’s a blow to the Rockies too since Bettis really had emerged as a reliable starter that could give you… Read more »

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Super bummed about the Chettis news. He’s one of my favorite players. I’ll be in his corner, rooting for him all the way. Ag…..things work in strange ways. When I look at what the Chettis absence means, it seems like it might be a golden opportunity for Freeland. I’m seeing Senzatela make the Pen. I’m seeing Hoffman as #5. I’m seeing Marquez as needing a half season in ABQ. I’m seeing Rusin open the season on the DL. That #4… Read more »

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See where Qualls and Motte are on the trading block–good luck with that. My early pics for the 4th and 5th starters are Freeland and Senzatela. Keep hoping Hoffman gets it together but…Saw vintage Cargo strike out with the bases loaded last night-Wish the guy would develop a two-strike approach.

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RMH, thanks for the report. Freeland was my dark horse last year (my PAT had him getting called up in June and saving the season). Maybe I was just a little ahead of events on the ground. He’s sounding exactly as we’d hoped – unusually polished for a rookie, plus lefthanders just have a natural advantage. Good but not great stuff generally plays better with lefties. I desperately want him to nail down that starters job. Patterson also continues to… Read more »

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Patterson is a pure platoon player. Valaika is a pure Utility guy. Senzatela is better suited for the BP. Absolutely, positively nothing wrong with any of this. Embrace it. It’s their respective ticket to “the show.”

Did anyone notice NoDo sliding headfirst into 1st in the WBC? I cringed.

Did anyone notice Cargo striking out in a critical situation in the WBC? His “beautiful” Griffey-esque swing just keeps getting longer, and longer, and longer.

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I did see Nolan slide headfirst. Cringe. I didn’t see the vintage Cargo flail that Carp and Doc refer to, but I’m sorry to hear he still hasn’t fixed (and apparently never will) this major hole. I’m starting to think of him as a comet – flared brilliantly and briefly. And I’m adding my best wishes for Chad and his family. A hard passage. I’m a cancer survivor, and so is my little girl (well, she’s 40 now! :)) so… Read more »

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WBC: this year is off to a great start (can’t believe I missed yesterday’s US-COL game). Watching Canada-Colombia now. Miami is obviously pumped up about the WBC in a way it never is about the Marlins. This is the future of baseball – a true international game in a way that only it and soccer can claim. They’ve got to find a way to get baseball back into the Olympics and to get the WBC into a more prime spot… Read more »

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Baseball is scheduled to be an Olympic sport during the next Olympics. Since it is a summer sport, you won’t see MLB players participating.

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Qualification: lots of empty seats in Miami for Colombia – Canada, but U.S. – DR tonight is sold out.

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Thanks, Bob K. Glad to see baseball is back!

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Cargo slid fingers-first into second today! Doh! (Over-slid and was out, too). I see where Black texted Nolan about his slide. I don’t know what he said, obviously, and the official line is “we like our players to be aggressive” and you can’t “coach it out” of guys; but after the devastating finger injuries to stars that the team has endured, you gotta think they’re at least trying to “coach it out” somewhat.

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From MLBTrade Rumors The Rockies have been without catcher Tony Wolters since March 5 due to a hyperextended right elbow that he suffered on a swing, but he could return to the field on either Sunday or Monday, tweets MLB.com’s Thomas Harding. The 24-year-old Wolters hit .259/.327/.395 in 230 plate appearances as a rookie last season and drew excellent marks for his pitch-framing skills. He’s expected to split time behind the dish with fellow youngster Tom Murphy in 2017 as… Read more »

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To some extent, the evolution to a 25 man roster seems to be taking care of itself naturally (it almost always does). Miguel Castro needs more development time. German Marquez does as well. Rusin is injured. Of course we have the very unfortunate Chettis situation. Greg Holland seems to be progressing perhaps just a bit quicker than anticipated. Qualls and/or Motte are said to be “available” via trade (duh!). Scott Oberg is quietly having a good Spring. Mike Dunn is… Read more »

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WBC: thrilling win for the USA (Arenado beating out a dropped third strike) in Game 1, heartbreaking defeat yesterday in Game 2 (Andrew Miller getting chased by the DR). Canada – USA tonight. I hope the USA survives not only for national pride, but also because it may bring some American focus to what is a really good (and largely ignored) tournament. By the way, Jake McGee finished up after Miller, and they flashed a “96” on the velocity tracker.… Read more »

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Ag – Ryan Freemeyer (typically accurate) on Purple Row is reporting that he actually hit 98 MPH on one pitch.

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So Qualls has a bum elbow. Not surprising. As noted above……we’re moving towards that 25 man roster.

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From MLBTradeRumors Rockies reliever Chad Qualls has been on the shelf since suffering an elbow injury March 1, and his return isn’t imminent, skipper Bud Black told Nick Groke of the Denver Post. Qualls is still feeling “elbow discomfort,” leading the Rockies to take a cautious approach with the 38-year-old. Even though Qualls is due a $3.25MM salary this season, his roster spot was in jeopardy before the injury and that remains the case, according to Groke. Despite having induced… Read more »

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Whoa! My “evolution to a 25 man roster” is happening WAY too fast! Slow down Rockies! Some random thoughts: 1. These injuries pale in comparison to Chettis’s situation. Get well Chettis. 2. RMH….surely Jordan Patterson is making the team now. Patterson/Reynolds platoon at 1st. 3. I still don’t see how this helps Adames. 4. Hopefully Dahl is far enough along that he’s doing fitness related activities at least. 5. Desmond’s injury shouldn’t hamper him from doing many fitness related activities.… Read more »

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Snake bit already? THAT kind of a season? Ohhhhh noooooo (as Mr. Bill used to say)!

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Tom Murphy has a broken forearm – freak accident at the plate on Saturday. 4-6 weeks. Oh boy.

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So Senzatela is the guy who’s going out and grabbing the job so far. As I said about him in the lower minors: “All he does is win.” Freeland and Senzatela may both make the rotation! Losing Bettis: a big, big loss. Just hard to replace those innings (and, of course, a big cause for personal concern too). Losing Dahl for a while: a significant loss. I think Dahl is ready for a big breakout. The downgrade to Parra is… Read more »

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I thought Reynolds played much better than expected, especially defensively. I hope he returns playing the same way.

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Agreed, and feeling happy he’s still with the Rockies! Easy and more than acceptable “replacement.”

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I must confess that this is all my fault. About two weeks ago I muttered to myself “This is amazing. By now we usually have several injuries and so far this spring it ain’t happening.” It was the next day that crap began to hit the fan. If anyone jinxed these guys, it had to be me.

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Ag – you’re just determined to rain on my Ian Desmond man crush!

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Just checking in this PM to NOT rain on Ag’s Kyle Freeland man crush. To me, he’s the #4 starter. Clearly. Black/Foster/Holmes can figure out the merits of Hoffman as the #5 SP/Senzatella BP or vica versa (I’m sort of beginning to lean “vica versa”).

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Arenado started a double play from shallow right field in the top of the 9th to end the game and seal the U.S. 4 – 2 victory over Venezuela last night.

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That was a fun play to watch as the US positioned Nolen perfectly. Nice grab of a one-hopper, sweet 270 degree pivot, and a perfect throw to second…made it look oh so easy. Nice finish after a very frustrating day (and tourney) at the plate so far. Here’s a question for all of you that in 50+ years since I first learned to keep score has never crossed my mind: When you move the third baseman to between the first… Read more »

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Update from MLBTradeRumors: Rockies manager Bud Black said today that a best-case scenario for injured first baseman Ian Desmond and injured catcher Tom Murphy would be for each to return in mid-April (via Thomas Harding of MLB.com). While initial reports suggested that Desmond could be out six weeks, Dr. Donald Sheridan, who performed the surgery on Desmond’s fractured finger, said the operation went so well that the team is now projecting a recovery of four to six weeks. Mark Reynolds,… Read more »

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Hey Carp, thanks for supporting my Freeland man crush. If I hadn’t already dubbed Tyler Anderson “Jeff Francis 2.0” I might be using that for Freeland. Meanwhile, I’ll let you have your Desmond thing. He’s a fine player, and getting him back earlier than feared is a very good thing. My current obsession is watching Bud Black’s inexplicable man crush, Amarista. Good news in a weird way: he’s having an awful spring! And his competitors, Valaika and Adames, are having… Read more »

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Been somewhat in hibernation this winter. But winter is officially over so hopefully some good snow storms are on the way. The injuries suck especially to Bettis. Testicular cancer has to be horrible and painful but what little I know of it, it’s beatable. Desmond, Dahl and Murphy hurt but hopefully the so-called depth we have will really be an asset. Two questions which may have already been asked and answered. 1) Hasn’t Ryan McMahon been tried at first? 2)… Read more »

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Ryan McMahon was tried at first and has since been reassigned to minor league camp.

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