Roller Coastering

Roller Coastering

The RWOers are entertaining themselves in the Rockies Amusement Park where the main attraction is the Rotation & Bullpen Roller Coaster.  Another attraction in this park is the RISP Lumber Ride (RISP hitting) around the Colorado Lazy River.  There are thirty-one bumper cars in the Spill Your Guts Electric Tent.  Four cars are painted in the brown and yellow scheme.  Six cars are painted orange and black.  Another six cars with fenders hanging loose painted in sky blue.  Seven cars are colored in Southwest red colors.  The last seven cars are in bright red colors parked in the corner trying to get the electric surge started. Only one car is painted in beautiful purple and black with pinstripes on it.  It is being driven by Bud Black.

The next 23 games will determine if the Rockies Amusement Park will open the exit doors early or not.  If the RWOers are still enjoying themselves and still  have pulses, then the last seven games at home should be mop up duty to wrap up the NL West title (or get backed into a one-and-out WC game).  The four-game series starts Friday night at San Diego.  The best three starting pitchers (German Marquez, Jon Gray, and Kyle Freeland) will toe the rubber to punt the Friars into the Pacific Ocean.  The only weak link is the TBD starter on Saturday and it will be either Tyler Anderson, Antonio Senzatela, Chad Bettis, or somebody that can throw strikes not in the middle of the plate.

Following a visit to the Gaslamp District, Colorado returns home for the most important home stand of the season with San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Arizona visiting.  Then they play each team again at their houses.  They close the season with seven home games against the Phillies and Nationals.  Will that be Bryce Harper’s final game as a Nat?

Entering the weekend, the Rockies are tied with the D-bags for first place in the NL West at 72-60.  The Dodgers are trolling those two teams just a game back at 71-61.  Over in the wild card race, we can presume for the moment that Atlanta Braves and Chicago Cubs will win their divisions.  St. Louis likely will claim the first wild card being red hot since their new manager took over.  That leaves Milwaukee (73-60), Colorado/Arizona/Los Angeles, and Philadelphia (70-62) wrestling for the WC2 spot.  That’s 2.5 games that separates those four teams (not counting NL West winner).

Black will have to deftly drive that bumper car around and do a lot of damage to them while avoiding getting hit so hard.  The winning formula is very simple.  Do the Rockies have the elements to make the formula work?  That will depend on three x-factors:  1) #4 and #5 starting pitchers. 2) No dumpster inferno for an extended time by the bullpen.  3)  The bats heating up to restore the RISP attack.

I will be on vacation halfway around the world starting this Saturday and return two weeks later on September 15th.  Of course, I’m bringing my trusty MLB.TV and watch the Rocktober run while sipping Purple Kool Aid against the advice of  “Smokes and Mirrors.”  The games will be starting like about 7 am Singapore time.  Then Smokes and Mirrors is ready to run me out of Coors Field on the final week.  I will be attending three games that final week and I will be blamed for being a Black Cat.  Might as well be a moot point if Colorado can’t get the three x-factors mentioned above resolved right now.

Rox need more ups than downs

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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.

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One of the best write-ups ever. Enjoy the other side of the world, which might give you some restful perspective. Meanwhile, back at the ranch…we’re holding your seats for that last week in case you can do some reverse jinxing if needed. I’ll see the Dodgers and the D-backs in person, 2 games in 3 days. And hope they are still meaningful! The team hasn’t folded yet, which is kind of really enjoyable and mysterious in itself. (SORRY! NO JINX!)… Read more »

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Thank you Greg Holland! The Cardinals took a chance on Greg Holland and he stunk the place up big time. They finally released him. He signed a contract with the Nationals and got the win today over the Cardinals thus helping the Rockies to gain a full game on St. Louis in the wild card race. The Rockies are now 1/2 game behind the Cardinals for the second wild card spot.

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Nice writeup, RMH. Very much on point to what will be the final result for the Rockies in 2018. I will still ascribe to the “Smoke and Mirrors” theory. My take is simple…we are 5/6the of the way through the season and our bullpen is in a constant state of flux. I defy any Rockies fan who is attending or watching on TV, with the Rox holding a 1 or 2 run lead heading into the 7th inning uttering, ”… Read more »

Agbayani
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Agbayani

And now Josh Donaldson to the Indians. They seem to actually want to WIN the thing this year. This would never happen with the Rockies. Donaldson is a third baseman, and we have a pretty good one of those. I suppose he could pick up a 1st baseman’s mitt, but we have a guy we’re already paying $20 million this year who’s still figuring out that whole 1st baseman’s mitt thing. Meanwhile, Cleveland: has the best player in baseball right… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp

^THIS^

If a player is good, he’s good. Forget about the position. Go get him, then figure it out. Dodgers acquired David Freese last night. They already have TWO all-star 3rd basemen.

Here’s what the Brewers gave up for Giro Gonzalez:
INF Gilbert Lara and C KJ Harrison. Basically……two Jerry Vasto level dudes. Nothing.

sdcarp
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sdcarp

BTW……AL WAR:

Matt Chapman 7.6
Jose Ramirez 7.5
So, just to be me, I’m going to mildly argue the Ramirez comment. As point of reference, Nolan is at 4.8.

roxnsox
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roxnsox

Can I nitpick just one statement, Ag? The first baseman’s mitt is NOT what’s been Desmond’s problem. That is all. Everything else you and carp are saying is right. Make a move! Act like you want to win it all! Go get a reputable player and figure it out! Do you guys and gals think the Rockies’ inability to be bold is due to Dick Monfort’s having the last word? Or is it just an institutional disease? Curious what you… Read more »

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sdcarp

3 hits in 13 innings. No hit by 23 year old Eric Lauer (the owner of a 1.64 WHIP even after last night’s performance). Many will once again blame the bullpen – and I “get” it. But please don’t think less of me for continuing to zero in on the real problem – the offense. Call me crazy – but surely Hoffman, Almonte, and Estevez (these 3 at a bare minimum) are better than Bryan Shaw. Two (2) reasons Bridich… Read more »

Agbayani
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Agbayani

Carp, I’m still astonished that there wasn’t some other waiver acquisition in August. Somehow I still expected it to come, but … nothing. Holliday (fine as an extra RH bat) and Oh (necessary), and that’s it?? This loss was brutal. The Padres virtually handed the game to us with their idiotic attempt to turn Wil Meyers into a 3rd baseman (what is it with them and their willingness to sacrifice defense? They did it a couple years ago under the… Read more »

roxnsox
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roxnsox

Drew Butera? Seriously? That’s what ya got, JB? Yawn. Sigh.

sdcarp
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sdcarp

You see Ag – there was another acquisition. Drew Butera (as RoxnSox points out). Pick yourself off the floor.

Meanwhile – the Nationals put Gio Gonzalez through waivers. He could have solidified our #4 SP slot for the last month.

Agbayani
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Agbayani

I stand corrected. I had missed the huuuge Drew Butera acquisition. Now that we have another 35 year old .188 hitting catcher we are finally ready for that pennant drive. Maybe we should add his dad too, the late Sal Butera. Meanwhile … Gio Gonzalez may be a bit too rich (good?) for this team, but the Mets made Jerry Blevins, left reliever available. Is he good? No, not really. But there was a time when O’Dowd would grab guys… Read more »

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You just have to laugh. Today:
Dodgers acquire Ryan Madson
Brewers acquire Gio Gonzalez
Yankees acquire Andrew McCutcheon
Rockies acquire…..drumroll…..Drew Butera.

This won’t be a popular opinion, but we don’t deserve to be in the playoffs based solely on the ineptness of the Front Office.

roxnsox
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roxnsox

I wish I could laugh

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roxnsox

In reading this afternoon about Madson’s availability, felt a flicker of hope at what the Rockies’ brass might be thinking. Apparently Madson MIGHT be somewhat damaged goods, but isn’t he owed only about a million? Doesn’t he have a track record. And of course the Dodgers are willing to jump. Not us.

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As bad as our offense is, and as much as I whine about it, I think a solid pitcher (either a RP or SP) might help us more for the next 4 weeks. 4 solid starts from Gio Gonzalez would have been huge. I think the offense is so fundamentally flawed, a single pickup (short of a healthy Joey Votto) won’t help.

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sdcarp

One thing we don’t talk about for fear of RMH striking us down (but hey – he’s halfway around the world now), Nolan Arenado is not as great as many think. He’s slipped out of the top 10 in NL WAR. And here’s the shocker, he’s slipped out of the top 10 in NL defensive WAR. I think he’s playing very tired. (I hate to rain on the MVP parade……but he’s really not top 5 at the moment) Guess who’s… Read more »

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sdcarp

You know who’s leading the NL position players in WAR (at 6.0)? Lorenzo Cain. He signed a 5 year/80M contract with the Brewers. (about 16M AAV).

Wade Davis’s contract with the Rockies = 3 years/52M (+/- 17M AAV)
Ian Desmond’s contract with the Rockies = 5 years/70M (+/-14M AAV)

Ouch.

Bob K
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Bob K

I believe that Arenado is playing hurt.

lwesche
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Agree! I think Nolan is hurt too.

Bob K
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Bob K

And yet the Rockies are back in 2nd place, 1/2 game ahead of the Diamondbacks and 1/2 game behind the Dodgers. Whichever team of the 3 goes on a run during the next three weeks, that team will run away with the division.

Agbayani
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Agbayani

By the way, my apologies to Drew Butera’s father, the very much alive Sal Butera …

Agbayani
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Agbayani

And here comes the starboard side of the USS Misery…mercy kill this season for us please, Mr. Bryan Shaw.

sdcarp
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sdcarp

Thumbs up for knowing the difference between starboard and port.

Agbayani
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Agbayani

Nolan: 0 for 19 on this road trip so far. Perhaps a bit early on that MVP talk?

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sdcarp

Raimel Tapia and Mike Tauchman not added to the expanded roster. More Bridich dumbness here: 1. I sort of get Tapia. I’m lukewarm on him at best. BUT……he is (or at least was) a tradable commodity. The one thing that Bridich has done well is evaluate low minors talent. Why not spin off Tapia for a couple of low A pitchers that have Major League RPer potential? 2. The Rox are going to stumble home, miss the playoffs, and DJ… Read more »

roxnsox
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roxnsox

Who was added instead of these two?

Bob K
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Bob K

Yency Almonte
Pat Valaika
Noel Cuevas
Tom Murphy
Harrison Musgrave

sdcarp
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sdcarp

The absence of Jeff Hoffman is also revealing IMO.

Bob K
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Bob K

My guess is that both DJ and Otto walk but there is always the outside possibility that they may both get qualifying offers.

sdcarp
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sdcarp

Bob K – I rely on you for all things rules/procedures. Can you give me a quick explanation of the QO procedure under the new CBA?

I’ll say this……….about a month ago I looked through the list of impending FAs. As noted many times, by many people, it’s a really good FA class. However, 2nd base is sort of “blah.” So DJ might do OK. In fact, I’m sure he will.

Bob K
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I haven’t seen anything yet on any changes for the upcoming off season. Other than the QO dollar amount it should still be the same as last year. https://www.mlb.com/news/mlb-qualifying-offer-rules-explained/c-259650658 A player can only be given a QO once. A player cannot be given a QO if he has been traded during the season. I expect the offer value to be more than $18MM this year. Last year was an anomaly as the big guns didn’t spend in order to get… Read more »

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Bob…on the site that lists DJ 16th, are there and 2nd basemen ahead of him?

To me, DJ and Otto sort of feel like 3 year, +/- 30M contracts.

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8. Brian Dozier but I expect the Dodgers to keep him since they have been after him for so long. 13. Daniel Murphy DJ is only 30 and in my opinion is a much better defender than Murphy. Dozier is getting $9MM this year and Murphy is getting $17.5MM this year. If the right team decides they want DJ, I would not be surprised to see him get more than 3 years and $30MM. Based on what the Rockies gave… Read more »

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ahhhhh…..it’s all coming back to me now Bob – thanks. I recall seeing Dozier and Murphy on the list and thinking DJ might have some fairly significant leverage since he’s quite a bit younger (in baseball years). Otto has been brilliant this year. Without him, we’d be sunk. But, I fear he’s an injury waiting to happen. That slider (that he throws so often) has to be putting a cumulative stress on the arm. I hope that we’ll approach with… Read more »

Bob K
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Dunn to have shoulder surgery and is out for the rest of the season.

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2018/09/mike-dunn-to-undergo-season-ending-shoulder-surgery.html