WC Clinched; NL West Next

WC Clinched; NL West Next

Eight days ago, I wrote a post saying their season was over and listed several reasons it was all smokes and mirrors.  This was after the Dodgers laughed and toyed with the Rockies in the Chavez Ravine.  Ten games remained and we needed quite a bit of help as well as needing to find the energy to get themselves back off the mat.

Fast forward eight days to September 29, 2018.  8-0 record.  Clinched Wild Card #2.  Sitting in first place in the NL West by one game with two to play.  No it’s not a typo.  As a matter of fact, the futility at AT&T Park and Chavez Ravine was all smokes and mirrors!  Colorado found a way to bring the brooms to Chase Field and swept them away from the post season over three games.  They decided they were having fun and brought the brooms back home to Coors Field where they swept the Phillies over four games.

The current eight-game win streak started when Ryan Spilborghs decided to go up to the last row in the upper most deck closest to center field.  And he stayed there for all three games of the Diamondback series with more Rockies fans joining him up there.  They named themselves, “Spilly and the Goats.”

Several stars were born during the eight-game streak.  Start with German Marquez’ two pitching gems.  He tied the MLB record for most strikeouts to start a game with eight and doing it on less than 40 pitches over eight victims.  In the same sequence, he also broke Ubaldo Jimenez’ season strikeout total.  Another star was Kyle Freeland with his Cy Young form pitching over two games.  Friday night (Sept 28th) he gave up a ton of singles but escaped traffic jams virtually every inning but one (Trea Turner’s two-run triple).  The hitting star is undoubtedly David Dahl.  He is finally free of the injuries and sporadic playing time.  Bud Black placed him third in the lineup everyday and he responded with a home run in five straight games (and counting).

Entering the final two games, the Rockies lead the West by a single game over the Dodgers.  They will be facing Stephen Strasburg and Max Scherzer while the Dodgers are going with Clayton Kershaw and Walker Buehler at San Francisco.  The previous eight games were no easy task, but holding on to the West title will be a monumental task.  Colorado could be playing in the divisional series, play a tie breaker game on Monday, or end up playing a one-game wild card game against the loser of the Cubs-Brewers battle for Central division.  The Dodgers could end up winning division, playing a tie breaker game, play in the wild card, or be completely out of the post season.  Cardinals have to have several things go right to leapfrog the Dodgers for the second WC birth.

Enjoy the game tonight as I will be at Coors Field.  I hope to see a second straight day of champagne popping.  (Rockies win and Dodgers lose today).  The last thing I want to see is two straight years of one and done WC loss.  The good news is that German Marquez is lined up perfectly for the WC game if necessary.  If Jon Gray can pitch tonight like he did last Monday, he can reduce the Rockies’ magic number to one.

Rox face Strasburg and Scherzer

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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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Agbayani
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Nobody’s done anything against Oh … I don’t get pulling him here, particularly since they seem to be going to Rusin. By the way, that’s runner’s interference, plain and simple. The Cubs have had every single controversial call (and there’s been a lot of them) go their way tonight. I usually dismiss these conspiracy theory things as so much nonsense, but this is weird.

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Ooooooo mmmmyyyy goosshhh. Throw out all our gripes in 2018. Let’s go dancing in Milwaukee eeee!!!!

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I’ve said this several times this season, as have others: Espy must go. When the entire team goes belly-up repeatedly, it’s more than just chance that they collectively bat with bad approaches, no patience, no situational hitting, etc. It starts with the coaching. Just as B&B have worked to solidify the pitching with a solid team of coaches and staff, they must overhaul this offense during the off-season. For years we bemoaned that with all those great hitting teams, “if… Read more »

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Excuse me, but what the hell was all that? There’s so much to say about this that I can’t even begin, and maybe I won’t. I see you all are already into dissection mode, so I’ll let y’all roll with it. Me, I’m crushed. That was below terrible. I feel bad for the Rockies and their fans. Thanks to you all for being one of my only good fan places to go.

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RnS = for the record, I didn’t skip the “crushed/grieving” phase, I just went through it back in July and August. It was a minor miracle this team made the playoffs given the built-in roster flaws. So…….I had no playoff expectations. Don’t get me wrong, I was happy to be there (playoffs) and wanted to win…………..but sort of thought the team was like a cat on it’s 9th life.

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Sort of “pre-actual-end-of-the-line” crushed! Smart (if you can do it) 😉 I’m certainly not saying nobody else is crushed and grieving nor criticizing anything you guys want to say or if you want to start the post-mortem.

Agbayani
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Well, Jon Gray surely earned his nickname tonight, coming up small (no! tiny is a better word) in the biggest game of the season. Dear Jeff Bridich: you are about to watch your team fall ONE GAME short of its first divisional title in a quarter century of existence. We haven’t even sniffed a divisional championship before. Would maybe, say, Kevin Gausman have given us a better shot to win one more game? Gio Gonzalez? We’ll never know. I was… Read more »

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The game in SF starts at 1:05 MT. The game in Denver starts at 1:10 MT. If I’m the Rox, I have a spy in SF. If Buehler starts for Dodgers, I go Marquez.

You know I was/am particularly fond of Gio Gonzalez, and he cost (the trade the Nats made with the Brewers) next to nothing.

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If they both win or lose, that means a tiebreaker game tomorrow in LA, right? Marquez needed more for that one. Or for the wildcard. Those games will be even more desperate. Not feeling hopeful about the long term, guys – i.e., today and what likely follows – 1 or 2 extra games on the road. Big sigh, sad face. Totally with you both on the lack of aggression in shoring up the rotation. Even with Jon pitching well in… Read more »

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Roxnsox, I’m with you now on holding Marquez back for one of those possible elimination games. If the Rockies had won yesterday, I’d be gambling with Marquez today – it’s a 4th and 2 situation, and I’d go for it. But now we need help from the Giants, and I’ve got to think the Dodgers and Dave Roberts will have enough in the pen to put away a pretty pathetic Giants offense. The good news is Erick Fedde, kind of… Read more »

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Well stated, all of this, Ag…. At least we miss Scherzer, who was reportedly considering pitching.

I guess I REALLY got my pennant race. Forgot how sick it can make one feel, mixed with excitement!

sdcarp
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For the record, my “pitch Marquez” comment was based on Scherzer starting for the Nats.

Jeem
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Here we go. Rocktober it is! 4:10 Florida time. I’ll be on board!

Agbayani
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One more regular season win … that’s all we needed to avoid this series of one-game mini-playoffs. Can Bridich and Monfort look back on this season and say they did everything reasonably in their power to grab that one additional win? I doubt it. Standing pat at the trade deadline was accepting this scenario.
OK, enough doom and gloom … game’s on!

roxnsox
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Ag! carp! Bill! RMH! Jeem! Bob in WV and Bob K! Doc! (Jared?) All the rest! Where ARE you today? I know they may well lose tonight, but can’t we leave the postmortem until and unless they do? Also, they may well WIN! It’s early while I write this, and I thought I was going to go like “lightly, whatever, good season, too bad.” But I’m already an excited wreck (and ready to take whatever the outcome. I think.) Where… Read more »

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Sorry, I quit watching the games in real time a long time ago. The game is on and I have no idea how it is going so far. I really hope the Rockies win and they at least have played much better in Chicago than they have in LA.

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Sorry Ag. You are here and you can say anything you like about whatever. I’m just so emotional; don’t mean to be the editor/overlord 😉

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That’s good news that Rockies don’t give up any runs in first inning. This stupid idiotic NYC umpire can’t overturn inconclusive call. Call on field should stand.

roxnsox
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roxnsox

Two outside pitches called strikes for Lester, Story then strikes out. Booooo. Wish we had chat tonight.

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roxnsox

And yep, that “ivy” call should have gone our way

Agbayani
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OK, anyone out there or not, I need to vent: Bud carried 3 catchers (3!) for this game. Weirdly double-switches so … Drew Butera can hit?? Somehow it works! Butera draws a walk. Then, you’re gonna pinch run for him, right? I mean, that’s why Hampson is on the roster. Nope. Double play on a ball on which Hampson would’ve been safe at 2B by 10 feet. I guess we’re saving Tony Wolters for the Arizona Fall League or something.… Read more »

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Butera’s entrance completely baffling to me. The energy seemed to go sideways then.

Agbayani
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I don’t know about you guys, but when I dream of an extra innings post-season game, I always have Drew Butera at the plate and Pat Valaika on deck. Way to manage, Bud! It was really, really necessary to do those double switches so we didn’t have to suffer through, oh, I don’t know, Charlie Blackmon at the plate with the winning run on base ….

roxnsox
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Laughing…crying…

Agbayani
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OK, I get that in the playoffs you’ll face better pitching than usual. You may get shut out by a really good emerging young pitcher like Walker Buehler. Or a veteran playoff-seasoned Jon Lester. But Jhoulys Chacin? A parade of middle relievers? This is getting ridiculous.

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I just revisited my predictions for 2018. Pretty good if I do say so myself. Wins…91 10/8, Right on the money! Post season…2nd WC, we will lose a one game playoff to the Dodgers who will dash our hopes of division title. 10/8, Right again! Post season success…we will win the WC game against the Cubs in 10 innings…10/8, missed the innings…damn! NLDS against probably the Brewers…sweept by a team with a better BP and we don’t hit worth a… Read more »

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Automated Balls and Strikes…..fans will call for this, and suffer the wrath of Ed. 10/8 – Right again!!!

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I feel much better about this tie-breaker Division game given that the Cubs and Brewers have to do the same thing. No advantage gained by anyone. Fair.

roxnsox
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Except perhaps the teeny tiny fact that the Rockies have the longest travel. However, it’s suck-it-up time if ever there was.

sdcarp
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Denver to LA isn’t bad.

Agbayani
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2:00 MDT first pitch tomorrow! Whaaat? Somehow I thought it would be Cubs-Brewers late pm, followed by a night game in LA. But I guess the Tuesday schedule wouldn’t allow that. Can’t believe I’m going to miss this one; skipping out on work isn’t really an option. (Although if it’s close in the 7th inning, I’ll find a way and a bar …). Good argument to be made that this game features the best two pitchers in the NL in… Read more »

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For some weird reason, I really like our chances tomorrow.

Unrelated note……why are the Nats so bad? That’s a good lineup. Interesting offseason ahead for the Nats.

roxnsox
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Since ESPN has the rights to these games, and they also have Monday Night Football, I figure that’s why

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My hope, other than to win, is not to get embarrassed. Our big guns (sort of) saved us from that. They actually had 4 hits and 2 runs, not the total disaster prematurely mentioned here. The difference is pretty much that amazing kid Buehler throwing no mistake pitches versus our amazing kid Marquez throwing maybe a couple. No big shame here, just disappointment. Pride in German. A hope for the Rockies to hit the way they can. Too much hitting… Read more »

Agbayani
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Just in time! The 97 mph fastball Otto used to show pre-TJ surgery. Still alive!

roxnsox
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Nolan swinging foolish in the 9th

Bob K
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I never understood just why Rockies management felt the need to trade for Butera and I definitely don’t understand Black bringing Butera into the game unless it is Black’s intention to lose the game. Really questionable moves by Black tonight.

Agbayani
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How long does Contreras get to stand around stretching before the umps say you just have to pull him out of the game? I know MLB wants to see their beloved Cubbies in the NLDS, but enough is enough

roxnsox
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Why didn’t Nolan throw Baez off and complete the DP?! Too weird that he’s standing there submitting to the “hug” and even smiling. And/or why is this not interference?

Agbayani
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I can’t understand that at all. I think it was just what A-Rod said – Nolan didn’t even try to sell it, just stood there like an idiot smiling at that high-spirited Mr. Baez. I’ve seen interference called on WAY less than that.

roxnsox
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Maybe Nolan is getting as delirious with tiredness as I am

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WOOOOOO!!! HOOOOOO!!! Love you Rox!!!!!

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Ladies and Gents – I haven’t commented (much) the last few days…..on the road with work related stuff. Super excited to see the Rox get the win in Chicago last night and eliminate the evil Cubs. I’m sure the Boyz are excited to have an off day and a very, very short trip to Milwaukee.

My advice is twofold:
1. Don’t pitch to Christian Yelich.
2. Score early and often to stay away, at least in critical situations, from Josh Hader.

roxnsox
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Hitting with men in scoring position seems the fatal flaw. It’s a shame, but not unexpected, with these guys slumping as a group and mashing as a group. Good – really good – season. Not quite good enough. This is a dispassionate and reasoned comment purposely overtopping my sad and passionate emotions.

roxnsox
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Must say I really enjoyed watching Jhoulys dominate. Always liked him pitching-wise and person-wise (as far as we know any of them as persons). I know he’s been around quite a bit since the Rockies let him go, so….has he caught lightning in a bottle this year? Finally figured it out? Or what? What do you guys think? I seem to recall he was good for us, but not dominant!

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Machado’s new nickname should be “Cobb”.

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If you’re the Agent for aging (former) star, injury prone RPers Zach Britton and/or Andrew Miller, what’s your strategy this off-season to get your client one last, big contract?????

I’m calling Jeff Bridich! Maybe he’ll give my client 4 years, 50M.

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Please let the BABIP god help Tyler Anderson today.

Looks like Dodgers and Brewers will win today with their quick starts and the Cubs are losing.

So it’s up to the Rockies to play division tie breaker tomorrow with Marquez and Buehler butting heads or Rockies go to Chicago for wild card game. Good news is we have Marquez and Freeland for next two games.

roxnsox
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Not so fast on the Cubbies! (5th inning) TWO game 163s ahead? Whoa 🙂

rockymountainhigh
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Win tomorrow and we return home for the Atlanta series. Lose, we go to loser of Cubs/Brewers game tomorrow on Tuesday.

I’m perfectly ok if we have to play Monday and Tuesday, but I prefer taking division title. I’m thinking back to 2007 when we had to travel to Philadelphia after game 163 the next day. I think we play better that way because you have no time tip let tension build up.

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Good point; 9 days off in ‘07 probably doomed them. BUT 1) winning the division!!! And 2) two days off at home, to start at home would be huge. If they won the wild card, then don’t they have to continue on the road (Atlanta?)

roxnsox
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And what an emphatic performance today! Just what the doctor ordered. Tyler, welcome back.

rockymountainhigh
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WC winner will play at Cubs or Brewers whoever wins the division (they also get #1 seed)

Doc
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Brewers send Cubs to wildcard game; halfway there to my fantasy of Dodger/Cub duel for wildcard. Come on Rocks. I want to see Rockies victory dance on Dodger infield.

Bob K
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Diamond backs fired Magadan, their hitting coach. Pirates fired Branson and Livesey, their hitting coaches. Get a clue Rockies.

rockymountainhigh
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Rockies get no hit and shut out by the Dodgers today. I hope they are saving their bats for tomorrow night.

Bob K
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One hit. Bud Black’s legacy, can’t win when it matters. They will get shut out by the Cubs tomorrow and they will keep the same hitting coaches next year.

Agbayani
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Roxnsox, I’m still here … nail biter … Freeland: awesome! And yes, that idiotic “i lost it in the ivy call” might well have cost us another run. What, you aren’t even required to look for the ball anymore? Ian Desmond tagging: kind of stupid, yes, but then again, he knew Iannetta and Freeland were up next, and no way they were hitting for Freeland, so why not get in scoring position for Iannetta … but then again, if it… Read more »

Agbayani
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Bad Otto decided to pay Wrigley a visit … serious panic time ….

roxnsox
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He was good Otto almost long enough

roxnsox
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roxnsox

But does bad RISP get us again? How many precious chances blown? 1-1 top 9th.

Agbayani
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Again, I don’t get it … Oberg in to face Bryant … Rusin has been like the 2017 Rusin this last month and looks very sharp tonight …

rockymountainhigh
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Well the heck with the game, win or lose, it was better than last year’s disastrous games at Arizona.

roxnsox
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roxnsox

Tony!!! Who pitches NOW to save it? Not Mc Gee please, by all that is holy.

roxnsox
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Oh – I thought Oberg was hit for. I like it!

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Agbayani
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The bats have gone silent on the road again. What’s the team BA now in the 3 “post-season” games (Dodgers/Cubs/Brewers) on the road? Must be about .150, if even that. Meanwhile, look at Bud’s bullpen choices: DJ Johnson, 29 year old career minor leaguer on a minimum salary – he’s out there (and on the roster) instead of $9 million man Bryan Shaw. Now Musgrave, minimum salary guy, instead of $6 million man Jake McGee. It’s almost as if you… Read more »

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Foul ball! Aaaaahhhhh! 🙁 Get ‘em anyway!

roxnsox
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roxnsox

Three hits in the top of the 9th. Parra, Holliday, Blackmon. 1st run!

roxnsox
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Trevor waaaay too anxious, swinging at stuff way outside and low. Boy, they should have done more than tie it out of all that – but I’ll take it!

roxnsox
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roxnsox

Bad Otto bad time – runner to 2nd on crazy wild pitch

roxnsox
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roxnsox

Who eventually scores the winner. So close…

Agbayani
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Otto, you’re a huge reason we’re still playing in October. But Bud, Mr. Oh should now have this role locked down. As the Fox postgame guys said, Otto (Wolters? Both?) were just plain afraid of uncorking another 55 foot slider with a man on 3rd, making it way too easy for Moose and the Brewers

Bob K
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How did you like Oh’s performance today?

Agbayani
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Our starting pitching is better than theirs; their bullpen is a lot better than ours. Thanks to the regular season going down to the wire, we had to start this series on the road with our two best starters in storage. That changes now in Colorado. So there’s something to be optimistic about. Yep, Oh let me down today. So did basically every position player. But I gotta admit it – I kind of like how these Brewers are constructed,… Read more »

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The Brewers lost 4 of 7 games to the Dodgers in the regular season. Of course they won 5 of 7 against the Rockies.

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Ladies and Gents – I’m alive! On the road most of this week, but able to watch/listen to some of the action. General comments: 1. Regarding Ag’s “I kind of like how the Brewers are constructed” comment……I’ll go a step further and say I love how they’re constructed. I liked them in the preseason and listed them as a serious WC contender but was concerned about their SP. I “thought” Jimmy Nelson would be back for 2nd half. WRONG. But… Read more »

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Don’t shoot me, but I’m rooting for the Dodgers to whack the Brewers and eventually beat any of the AL teams that won 110 games beating up on 10 other bad AL teams. Seriously, I hope Marquez and Freeland will get us the next two games and give us momentum going into game 5. But yeah, we need to stop saying veterans will be better next year. Sign Bryce Harper. Move Desmond to utility man off bench. Trade Arenado for… Read more »

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I’m not convinced Mondo (Harper) has a great attitude. Something is wrong in that Clubhouse. It obviously transcended Dusty Baker. It was there before Adam Eaton, Trea Turner, and Max Scherzer arrived. I have a hard time believing Ryan Zimmerman is a problem. Deductive reasoning/math leaves Strasburg, Harper, and Rendon. I could be wrong.

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Bryce has supposedly rehabilitated his jerk reputation, but I’m far from convinced. His I’m-so-cool hair flipping is about enough for me (take it from a girl who has grown long past high school on that crap).

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No on Harper. And I will NEVER root for the Dodgers in any way. Well, only if they face the Yankees in the Series. (Ugh, barf, probably wouldn’t even watch that one.)

Doc
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Love the intent to shake things up RMH. I hate the Dodgers but hate the Yankees and Red Sox worse–sorry Roxnsox. Never liked Harper but getting big bat for outfield is a priority. Trading Nolan should come down to $$$–the way he’s played the last couple months or so has soured me on him. Not sure where he came up with this new habit of removing his helmet to pan for the cameras, but I hate it–reminds me of Harper… Read more »

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The one single biggest possible improvement to the whole team is to hire a competent hitting coach. It is a shame that only Marquez and Rusin can be counted on to get a bunt down when it is needed.

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Doc, Nolan has slipped in my estimation a bit, as well. Has he already peaked? What, only 27 or so? I’m not sure we can call it freezing under pressure of the big lights, since it started weeks ago, as you say. OR – is he still struggling some with his shoulder?

And it’s OK if you hate the Red Sox. Many do. Hahahaaa!

Jeem
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Boy, they fought like lions, didn’t they!

Agbayani
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Nolan “I need some help here!” Arenado, post-season: 3 for 17, 0 extra base hits, 2 RBI. It should be Rockies starters crying “We need some hitting here!”

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Oh, that reminds me: RMH, I’ve been waiting … Nolan is really good, but he’s not in the top half dozen players in MLB. Don’t pay him like he is.

Doc
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They looked like me, old and tired. Fans deserved better, Mr. Birdich.

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Interesting post on ESPN yesterday quoting Charlie– explains why a weak bench doesn’t fly. Marly Rivera ESPN Writer Fantastic detailed explanation from Charlie Blackmon on the misconceptions of playing at Coors Field: “Coors Field is a unique challenge. Nobody else in the game faces what we go through. At elevation, you’re consistently exposed to less oxygen. You don’t recover as well over the course of 162 games. It’s more likely that you’re going to get hurt, wear down, lose weight,… Read more »

Agbayani
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Team batting average in the 3 game sweep? .146. Pathetic.

roxnsox
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Humiliating.

sdcarp
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Let’s revisit my 2018 predictions: “Whoa….the season has snuck up on us! Here’s my 2018 prediction: 79-83 {10/7/2018 – WRONG!} Here’s why: 1. We have done nothing, absolutely nothing, to address our Achilles heel – offense. In fact, we’ve doubled down on aging, regressing players. This will cost a few wins off our 87 win total from 2017. {10/7/2018 – correct analysis……wrong on losing wins (sort of)} 2. I have maintained that we were very lucky in 2017 to get… Read more »

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Suggestion: I find it easier to use the new site when reading “new” comments rather than replying. So I’ll take my own advice starting now. Ed – right on the money with your predictions! I’m checking with you before I head to Vegas in the spring. My next “new” comment – what went right, what went wrong …

Agbayani
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As far as what went wrong with the Rockies and right with the Brewers, I really can’t say it better than this conversation from Nate Silver’s fivethirtyeight site – this ran just before the Brewers-Rockies series started, and it’s all there. The apparent starting pitching edge for the Rockies, playing out just like the starting pitching edge the old (early 2000s) Oakland A’s had – the edge that famously made Billy Beane say, “My [crap] just doesn’t work in the… Read more »

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Baseball people have been talking about this year’s Free Agent class for the last three years. The battle call has been “just wait until the 18-19 Free Agent class.” Well…..it’s here now. Link: https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2016/12/2018-19-mlb-free-agents.html Ironically, on the surface, there isn’t an obvious, no-brainer, right-handed, mega power 1B on the list. But, just below the surface, there is an option I like for the Rockies (that might also be in the Rockies price range.) Josh Donaldson. I know, I know……another guy… Read more »

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The Rockies already have enough “old” guys. Its time to let the youngsters play instead of bringing in someone else to block them.

Bob K
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Projected Arbitration Salaries for 2019

Rockies (8)

Nolan Arenado – $26.1MM
Trevor Story – $6.4MM
Chad Bettis – $3.2MM
Jon Gray – $3.2MM
Tyler Anderson – $2.9MM
Chris Rusin – $1.7MM
Scott Oberg – $1.2MM
Tony Wolters – $1.1MM

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2018/10/mlb-arbitration-salaries-2019.html

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Arenado expects to remain with Rockies, but …

https://www.denverpost.com/2018/10/08/nolan-arenado-rockies-trade/

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I’m surprisingly neutral on this (Nolan trade…..or not). This is one where the FO has to talk with Nolan and his Agent and gage their resign interest. If it’s 50/50……I sort of lean “trade.” If they feel like there’s a 75% chance he resigns, I lean “roll the dice.” I suppose there’s a tipping point in there somewhere. When I have the time and energy, I’ll do a bit of research on big market teams that have a need at… Read more »

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Rockies players in Arizona Fall League

Ryan Castellani RHP
Mitch Horacek LHP
Justin Lawrence RHP
Jesus Tinoco RHP
Josh Fuentes IF
Tyler Nevin IF

Agbayani
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Thanks for the AFL list, Bob K. Looks like the usual mix of good prospect “let’s see what he can do against higher level competition” (Castellani, Nevin) and the “is he worth adding to the 40 man roster” (everyone else). Josh Fuentes is kind of intriguing – Nolan’s cousin for one thing, a right handed bat for another – but he hasn’t shown all that much in the minors except for a good finish every year. Horacek looks like a… Read more »

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Not surprising since Boras is his agent but Kris Bryant turned down a $200MM offer from the Cubs.

https://www.mlb.com/news/kris-bryant-turned-down-200m-deal-from-cubs/c-297575416

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sdcarp

Bob K – you’re slipping on us just a bit. Cubs fire Batting Coach Chili Davis after their Rockies-esque offensive year. You’ve already pointed out the Snakes fired Dave Magadan after their sort-of, kind-of, but not as bad Rockie-esque offensive year.

Come on Rockies……fire Espy.

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As I recall, the Marlins also parted ways with their hitting coach. I just saw Saunders Blurb about the Rockies needing to upgrade their offense as if it were the players fault. I predict that the Rockies will never win or even make it to the World Series under Bud Black. I also predict that the Rockies will not fire their incompetent hitting coaches. Please, please may I be wrong.

sdcarp
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sdcarp

^THIS…….is the Bob K I know and Love!^ #truth

roxnsox
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roxnsox

carp – I thought you blamed the offense (i.e., players). I know Bob blames Espy.

sdcarp
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sdcarp

I do RoxnSox (blame the offense). I’m not smart enough what percentage to assign to Espy (I certainly think there is some (not an insignificant amount)). I also think Bridich shares significant blame (more than Espy IMO) due to the poor offensive roster construction.

roxnsox
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roxnsox

Yeah, that’s the phrase I recall you carping on (HA!) – the “offensive roster construction.” I’m ready to hear more about what you would construct alternatively / what is weak here.

roxnsox
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roxnsox

And I think it’s both of our Bobs who really want better coaching of the hitters

Bob in Indy
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Bob in Indy

You got that right!

Bob K
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Bob K

When all of the players regress in their hitting abilities at the same time, there has to be something in common causing it. The only thing all of the hitters have in common is the hitting coaches. When you take a team that is supposedly playing in the best hitter’s park in MLB and set record lows for hitting by that team, there is something seriously wrong with the hitting coaches. Bringing in different players will only end up with… Read more »

roxnsox
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roxnsox

I believe you!

Bob K
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Bob K

The Cubs already have their new hitting coach by hiring the Rangers hitting coach. The Dodgers got shut out by the Brewers because of their poor hitting tonight. Maybe they could hire Espy to help their hitters.

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2018/10/cubs-hire-anthony-iapoce-hitting-coach-rangers.html

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Bob K

At this time nearly 61% believe that the Rockies should not make DJ a QO.

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2018/10/mlbtr-poll-should-rockies-issue-dj-lemahieu-a-qualifying-offer.html

sdcarp
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sdcarp

#IVOTED

I’m one of the 61%.

Bob K
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Bob K

I believe that the Rockies could sign DJ for much less than a QO. I also think it would be stupid for DJ to not accept a QO if offered. As much as I like DJ, the Rockies need to clear space for the younger players.

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Although Seunghwan Oh’s option vested at $2.5MM for next year, he may be returning to Korea instead.

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2018/10/rockies-rumors-seunghwan-oh-return-korea-baseball-organization-kbo.html