Rockies visit San Fran and Los Angeles

Rockies visit San Fran and Los Angeles

Colorado arrives in San Francisco for a four-game set against arch rival San Francisco Giants tonight (Thursday) at 8:10 p.m. MDT.  The Giants and the Dodgers are struggling so bad that the Rockies are ahead of them in the standings despite their yo-yo offense.  It was the final straw when Jordan Lyles who couldn’t pitch for the Rockies and got released turns around and throws a near perfect game through 7.1 innings.

Let’s look at the lineup in the picture above.  It looks awful with at least three automatic outs.  As a matter of fact, it has been this bad for a year and a quarter as sdcarp says.  The major culprit is CarGo naturally.  Ian Desmond has been extremely horrible despite success in his career before he joined the Rockies as a free agent.  I think he has only one or two fly balls to left field the whole season.  The rest of batted balls in play were dribblers or weak fly outs to the right side. The seamheads are puzzled at the lineup put out daily; why is David Dahl playing part time?  Why isn’t Raimel Tapia up and playing in place of CarGo?  Why is the Rockies ignoring first base position as a place of need when they simply could just ride with McMahon the whole year.  Why is Tom Murphy raking in Albuquerque, but not yet called up to add thunder?  Tony Wolters could simply be moved to utility role if they don’t want to send him down to AAA.  Why is Duane Espy still the hitting coach?  He is public enemy #1 on Purple Row.  Why is Dan Castro playing 2B instead of McMahon?  We can go on and on, but RWOers, Purple Rowers, and the public are really impatient now.

Joey Votto, Jose Abreu, and Justin Bour are out there playing for bad teams.  Call them and make it quick like that Jimmy John’s commercial where JB pick up the phone and order a new first baseman?  When the delivery man arrives as soon as JB hangs up, JB will be saying, “What took you so long?”  The Rockies should not be afraid to dangle Riley Pint as he seems to be slowly sliding down the prospect lists.  As a matter of fact, Peter Lambert has surpassed Pint for the #4 spot on the MLB.com Rockies prospect rankings.  Pint is #5 while Colton Welker jumped into the #3 spot.  Naturally, Brendan Rodgers and McMahon are the two top prospects in the Rockies system.

There was an interesting transaction today; Garrett Hampson has been promoted to Albuquerque.  I think this is a clue that DJLM’s thumb injury is more serious than originally thought.  I do not think he was promoted to back up McMahon at second base.  Maybe Colorado is going all in with McMahon at first and Hampton at second about a month or so away from getting to The Show?  I also wouldn’t be surprised if CarGo is cut loose before the ASB as his base salary is only $5M with $3M in bonus for playing the whole season.  That will be $3M saved right there.  While we’re at it, bring up Raimel Tapia to add speed and reduce strikeouts.  Play Dahl everyday rain or shine and Parra be a real good fourth outfielder.  Noel Cuevas this year is like the 2017 Patty Barrels.

In the grand ole tradition of the Rockies, the defense has been outstanding among the league leaders in fielding.  A new tradition has started in both the rotation and the bullpen.  The front end of the bullpen needs a little fine tuning.  Chris Rusin is having a year like a bad AA pitcher.  Scott Oberg needs to get back on the horse, especially in the inherited runners department so he can trade places with Brooks Pounders.  At the quarter pole of the season, we are still using the same starting five in the rotation which is great.  Even better is having Jeff Hoffman and Antonio Senzatela in Albuquerque in case of emergency.

Drew Goodman and Jeff Huson – please do not ever say this again, “The offense is good and it can only get better.”  Or should we replace them with Jenny “Fire up the Fountains” Cavnar and Taylor McGregor?  Spilly and Corey Sullivan can keep their jobs because they know Rockies better than Huey and Drewie.

Same old, same old offense needs major shake up

rockymountainhigh

Hometown - Champaign, IL College - Northern Illinois University, 1988 Sports Editor for my high school newspaper. Travels frequently - I can be found anywhere in the world.

15 Comments

    • sdcarp

      May 18, 2018

      Several random notes:

      1. DJ’s injury news is relatively good. Similar to Reds really good young 3B Eugenio Suarez earlier this season…..non-displaced small fracture in thumb. Suarez missed about 3 weeks…..and came back raking. I’m going to make a counterintuitive statement – given the really poor construction of our offense, DJ (because of his contact and BA) may be as valuable as Nolan and Nazty.
      2. Garrett Hampson 3-5 in his first game for Nuevo Mexico. Batting leadoff.
      3. Also in Nuevo Mexico, Jeff Hoffman pitched a 10K gem. Hoffman pitched a near no-hitter 4 starts ago, and promptly got blown up in his next start (3 starts ago). So he’s still inconsistent. But the high ceiling shines through occasionally.
      4. RMH…..the Joey Votto contract is brutal. If we somehow ended up with him, we might have to make the home dugout handicap accessible by the end of his career. Bour has the most favorable contract.
      5. Riley Pint is on the DL. Has only pitched 1/3 of an inning this season.
      6. Pint’s 1/3 inning is more than Yhency Almonte has pitched all season.
      7. Something to watch…..Seattle Mariners 2nd base situation. Cano couldn’t say “no,” 80 game PED suspension, ineligible for playoffs. Dee Gordon has been transitioned to CF and is excelling. I see him moving back to 2nd temporarily. Mariners have intriguing young 1B Dan Vogelbach at AAA. Jus sayin.’

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      • roxnsox

        May 18, 2018

        Carp! It seems not at all counterintuitive, in fact obvious (to me, anyway) that DJ is just as valuable as the Big Boys! This injury worries me.

        I feel terrible for Ian Desmond. A little more terrible for the Rockies and their fans. What the heck happened to him? Plenty large enough sample size to wonder.

        Play Dahl rain or shine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • sdcarp

      May 19, 2018

      Looking for “finds” at a Yard Sale?

      The Red Sox have a dilemma on their roster……Blake Swihart. Swihart is maybe a bit Tom Murphy-esque…….C in theory, but not defensive (pitcher handling) enough to hold the spot in the Majors. So the Red Sox have tried the super utility route with him. Some success…..but Swihart has spent a fair amount of time injured also…….so the jury is still (way) out. RHed. 26 YO. Swihart…….seeing himself blocked everywhere on the powerful Red Sox team…..has demanded a trade. The Red Sox need……………BP help.

      Given the (extreme) weakness of the Rox bench…….this intrigues me. I’d pick up the phone and offer Scott Oberg. Who knows………

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    • Agbayani

      May 19, 2018

      McGee: trust me, the meltdown is coming. The good news: Dunn is looking like he’s rounding into one of his good cycles.
      Carp: I like the idea of Swihart. Really, I like the idea of pretty much any offensive help right now. The division is still looking wide open! Roxnsox: thanks for putting the hex on the Dbacks, who have fallen right back to where they belong. I still think the Dodgers (particularly with their still deep pockets) will fix things, but with the way our rotation is looking, just a little help on the offensive side could go a long ways. Right now, I’d be playing McMahon at 2B, where he’s apparently adequate. Give him the playing time, sooner or later he’s bound to catch fire at the MLB level.

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      • roxnsox

        May 19, 2018

        Daniel Castro has been surprisingly adequate, but you know I want McMahon playing, so – agreed!

        Nice breakout game, Ian! The beast awakens?

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      • rockymountainhigh

        May 20, 2018

        I wrote this comment before the meltdown. There you go, you should be working for the Rockies as a sabermetrics analyst.

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    • Agbayani

      May 20, 2018

      RMH, thanks, but really, anyone could see this coming. McGee’s fastball today – including the one hit by Belt for a HR on the first pitch – was at 91. And as Carp has reminded us, a 91 mph fastball in the post-2017 measurement world is an 89 in the old days (something about how pitches are clocked now as they approach the plate, not as how they leave the pitcher’s hand). That is fooling absolutely no one. For major leaguers today, a straight 91 mph fastball is batting practice, and that’s exactly what McGee threw today.

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      • sdcarp

        May 21, 2018

        Related to this a little bit………fascinating fact (so fascinating – someone please verify that I read this correctly) – the baseball world is all gaga about Jordan Hicks throwing 105 MPH yesterday………….and over 100 MPH multiple, multiple times. I read this (again……..please verify) – there are something like 250 pitchers that have thrown over 30 innings (or some number like this) so far this season, and Hicks ranks very, very near the bottom in K’s per 9. Point is………..velocity isn’t an indicator of a pitcher being good or not.

        BUT – velocity is a great indicator of injury and/or mechanical issues. McGee is a HUGE sample size (by RPer standards). We know his velocity benchmark. We KNOW how effective he is (solid) at 96-97 MPH. We KNOW that’s his “good (relatively speaking)” zone. So when he drops to 91 MPH………watch out! That’s a big drop……especially for a guy without much pitch movement.

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    • sdcarp

      May 21, 2018

      Evolution of RPer – do you know the names Josh Hader, Amir Garrett, and Robert Gsellman?

      You should. All three were elite (or at least semi-elite) SPer Propsects. All three (for various reasons) have transitioned to RPers very, very early in their careers. All three are kicking ass. In fact – dare I say it – Hader is the single best pitcher in baseball at the moment.

      I’m throwing this out there because Jeff Hoffman is rounding into form very nicely in Nuevo Mexico. I have no doubt he’s one of the 13 best pitching talents in the Organization……….at the moment. I’m a big fan of this new thinking some Organizations are using – get the best talent active, helping the major league team. Forget traditional roles. Just get them in a position to succeed.

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    • Agbayani

      May 22, 2018

      And Carp, what I’m loving is that the classic LaRussa Era relief format — 7th inning man, 8th inning man, Closer, all starting an inning with the bases clear, pitching one inning at a time — is finally falling apart. Hader has gone more than two innings on several occasions. And of course we’re seeing the top pitcher in several bullpens – think Andrew Miller, or Wade Davis with the Royals – being used in the highest leverage situation as it emerges rather than being saved for that “save opportunity” that may never come if a lesser pitcher is out there when the critical situation arises.

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