Rox Convert Me Into Debbie Downer

Rox Convert Me Into Debbie Downer

I apologize if I am behaving like Debbie Downer today.  I went to see the tarot card lady.  She revealed that the Rockies are going to lose 9-3 today in the Wednesday matinee.  That gives Colorado a 1-5 opening home stand against Atlanta and San Diego both of whom aren’t going anywhere this year.  Our overall record drops to 5-8 which is good for camping in the abyss.

Listed below is the laundry list of holes in the team:

Pitchers can’t put away the inning after two outs.

First pitch meatballs are being ambushed by the opposing batters.

First pitch junk pitches are being “ambushed” into pop  ups and double plays by the Rox hitters.

The bench and role players are a combined oh-for in the whole year, half of them strike outs.

All but a couple of Rox runs have come via the home run balls.

We have no right-handed bat off the bench (if Pat Valaika is playing first base).

sdcarp and Agbayani in their previous comments took our purple shades off with their sobering comments and statistics.

Bob K. is angry at Duane Espy for inflicting Espyitis on the team.

Half of the free passes issued by the pitchers have come around to score.

Bullpen is taking on too much work since the starting pitchers rarely go six innings.

The intangibles are non-existent for the Rockies.  Examples – lead off triples have a 88% chance of scoring a run, but didn’t happen.  When the Rox score first, they are practically winless when most teams have a .800 record when scoring first.

There is no immediate help coming despite everyone saying that we have a lot of depth, at least on the offensive side of the ball.

There is no joy in Mudville.

 

They end first homestand at 1-5

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.

34 Comments

    • sdcarp

      April 11, 2018

      RMH – I apologize for my contribution in turning you into a Debbie Downer. You have to understand that I’m a science guy (physics, structural engineering) and see things in a logical, non-emotional sort of way. Sometimes – my wife hates me for this!!!

      That being said, my non-emotional, science lens sees trouble…………and saw it in the off-season. I sincerely hope I’m wrong!

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    • rockymountainhigh

      April 11, 2018

      Basebrawl today! But we may have to wait a week to get Arenado back. Good riddance of Parra with the suspension.

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      • sdcarp

        April 11, 2018

        Hell…………..maybe the Rockies needed a good brawl to wake them up.

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    • Bob K.

      April 11, 2018

      “Bob K. is angry at Duane Espy for inflicting Espyitis on the team.”

      I am not mad at Duane Espy, he is what he is. I am disgusted with management for bringing back a hitting coach that they had previously fired because the teams he coached hit very poorly when they had runners in scoring position. This year they seem to have a very strong tendency to strike out.

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      • sdcarp

        April 12, 2018

        Agree….this is a Front Office/Ownership issue.

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    • Bob K.

      April 11, 2018

      I have not noticed Marc Stout in any of the televised games this year but have noticed and approve of the addition of Taylor McGregor to the broadcasting crew. Taylor is the daughter of former Rockies president Keli McGregor.

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    • sdcarp

      April 12, 2018

      CRAZY TALK 04/12/2018

      If I were appointed GM today (with complete control, no Monfort influence), I’d get the Rox scouting department focused on the Texas Rangers ASAP. They’re not going to be good this season. Their pitching (SP and BP) is horrible AND they already have significant offensive injuries. My focus…..Joey Gallo. Yes, he’s LHed. Yes, he K’s a lot. But his power is truly prolific (an overused word in baseball, but applies to Gallo) and his defense at 1B is surprisingly good. He’s still young. The Rangers will want Prospects in return. Definitely some pitching. I’d offer something like Pint/McMahon in a heartbeat. I’d add more (the Rox SERIOUSLY overvalue their Prospects)if necessary. I’d do it sooner rather than later.

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    • sdcarp

      April 12, 2018

      Not much good can come from Chuck Nazty being injured…..but maybe Bud will finally see that DJ should be our leadoff hitter and slide Nazty back to 3rd.

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      • Jeem

        April 14, 2018

        Carp! Yes, I’ve been thinking the same thing. If we’re stuck playing the strikeout kings, better to group them at the bottom of the order.

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      • Bob K.

        April 13, 2018

        That is the true definition of Espyitis.

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    • Agbayani

      April 13, 2018

      More interesting to me than DJ leading off was who hit 2nd – Iannetta! No, that’s not a great idea for the long term, but with Blackmon out and a lefty on the mound, at least Bud realized that Iannetta draws walks (he had 2 of them yesterday) and he isn’t concerned about the old “he’ll clog the basepaths” theory. For those of us above a certain age, reminiscent of Gene Mauch batting catcher Brian Downing leadoff. We need some more of that outside the box thinking to maximize output from what is (right now) a deeply flawed “starting 8” at the plate.

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      • sdcarp

        April 13, 2018

        Corey Sullivan has floated the idea of Iannetta batting leadoff – more than once. Sounds crazy until you analyze it with an open mind while considering the alternatives.

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    • sdcarp

      April 13, 2018

      Colton Welker’s Batting Average – a cool 560.

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    • sdcarp

      April 13, 2018

      Damn…..Oberg and Shaw look nasty.

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      • Bob K.

        April 13, 2018

        Yes but Otto is the man. 2-0, ERA – 0.00, hits – 1, BB – 1, HB – 1, IP – 8, K – 16, WHIP – 0.25

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        • Bob K.

          April 14, 2018

          Oops that did not include last night’s game. He has now pitched 8 2/3 innings with 18 Ks and his WHIP is now 0.23.

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        • sdcarp

          April 14, 2018

          Bob…..you’re correct. I didn’t mention Otto simply because I have already seen his filth a few times in these opening weeks. Oberg and Shaw have had a couple of minor hiccups, but are finding their stride.

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    • rockymountainhigh

      April 13, 2018

      Under the rug secret is that the Rockies have committed only three errors through 15 games.

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    • Bob K.

      April 14, 2018

      Arenado to begin serving his suspension today.

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      • sdcarp

        April 14, 2018

        Bob K …..word on the street (or in the Fantasy Baseball blogs…..just doesn’t sound as cool) is that Nolan has a sore knee, has had it since the season began. This could essentially be a 5 day DL move as much as serving a suspension (note non-appeal).

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        • Bob K.

          April 14, 2018

          The sore knee was casually mentioned during one of the broadcasts. At least with the Rockies, they very frequently don’t say anything about injuries that are being played through until long after the fact (like after the end of the season). For his sore knee to be casually mentioned during a broadcast means it is pretty bad.

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    • rockymountainhigh

      April 15, 2018

      Tyler Anderson, Senzatela, and CDI playing Little League baseball today. Two runs on 3 walks and 0 hits.

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    • rockymountainhigh

      April 15, 2018

      Now add Shaw to the Little League team today. 2 BBs in 2/3 inning along with a WP.

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    • rockymountainhigh

      April 15, 2018

      Story and other role players is a HUGE reason we can’t hit against below average bullpen likeWashington has. We’re not going to watch Story strike out 50% the whole year are we? Brendan Rodgers time.

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    • Bob in WV

      April 15, 2018

      Well, rmh, there may be no joy in Mudville but there is plenty of joy leaving Washington and heading to Pittsburgh. Plenty of issues with this team, and most others at this point, but 3 of 4 in DC is something to build on.

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      • sdcarp

        April 15, 2018

        Agree…..big series win, made more impressive when you consider our offensive woes. No Arenado….but they’re without Eaton (who really helps that offense) and a limited Rendon. We’ll call that part even. Let’s see what we can do in Pittsburgh. What’s the weather forecast Bob? (It’s a minor miracle we got this game in today).

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        • Bob in WV

          April 16, 2018

          Well, carp, I was hoping the rains would continue and get me to a doubleheader tomorrow. No luck with that. Looks like around 40F at game time the next two nights and warming into the 60s on Wednesday. I think I read somewhere that the Pirates average starting temperature at home this season is around 37F, so this is a warming trend! MLB has really had it’s hands full with weather so far this year.

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    • rockymountainhigh

      April 15, 2018

      File that “W” in the 42 closet. What I mean is everyonewill win 60 and lose 60. It’s what you do with the other 42 games.

      Since I wrote this Debbie Downer post, Colorado has gone 4-1. Yet it feels like we are a bad team and we should be 5-12 instead of 9-8. I guess this basebrawl is giving us a big shot in the arm.

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      • sdcarp

        April 15, 2018

        It’s not that we’re bad (we’re not), we’re just missing one key piece to ignite the offense (my opinion). We’ve got the making of a high ceiling offense……which is what makes this frustrating.

        Remember this…..last season the Cleveland Indians (coming off the 2016 World Series loss) underachieved the entire first half, then finally caught fire and cruised to the Playoffs. That’s easier to pull off in the AL Central as opposed to NL West. Let’s just hope the Dodgers don’t catch fire while we’re figuring things out.

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        • Bob in WV

          April 16, 2018

          You just know the Dodgers will catch fire. I still can’t shake the disbelief of how fast and how badly things went starting just after Nolan had his walk-off cycle last year. June 22nd if I remember correctly. Everything imploded after that in regards to chasing a first division title.

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    • sdcarp

      April 16, 2018

      I’ve referenced the 1993 Fred McGriff trade several times in the past as a trade that really changed the fortunes of a team. For those that don’t remember that far back (consider yourselves lucky!), last year’s JD Martinez trade to the D-Backs had a similar short term impact (McGriff wasn’t a rental, so the Braves enjoyed the dividends from that particular trade longer). The Rox are in a similar position – one player (the “right” player) can make a HUGE difference. That huge type “buy” trade isn’t really in the Rox DNA. Hopefully that will change this season……and hopefully well before the deadline.

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    • sdcarp

      April 16, 2018

      Uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh (04/16/2018 Question of the Day):

      What’s bigger news?:
      1. Bud saying he’ll consider keeping DJ in leadoff slot even after Nolan is back (with Charlie being back as well).
      2. Sean Hannity being a Michael Cohen client.

      I vote #1. Bud has been reluctant to come to this (correct) decision. But……he’s getting there, and it will have a significant positive impact on the Rox. BTW – did DJ secretly jump on the “change the swing plane” bandwagon this offseason? He’ll be a FA. He knows chicks (and GMs) dig the long ball.

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