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2012 season opener Rockies @ Astros preview…

With some certainty Astros fans have little to look forward to this season, except the end of the season. 2013 the Astros move to the American League which gives them a new, fresher start, if you will. There’s little talent on the Astros roster, so Astros fans shouldnt expect them to surprise anyone in the division, let alone the National League. This years Astros are not last seasons D’backs, and if you followed this blog for any length of time you know I despise the D’backs(as well as almost everything Arizona), so for me to get them the slightest bit of credit, means I must not be feeling well.

With the same amount if not greater certainty Rockies fans arent sure what to expect from this team for the 2012 season. Part of that is that the NL West is still anybody’s game, despite the Giants and D’backs seemingly to be the favorites by the media. Sure, there were moves were made this offseason. Gone are Iannetta(thank God!), Cook, Street, Smith, Stewart, Hammel, Spilborghs and others. In are Cuddyer, Scutaro, Hernandez, Moyer, Guthrie, etc. Is this team on paper better than last season’s team? I believe they are, but not that much better to win the NL West. Pitching of course being the unknown factor.

The Rockies should take 2 out of 3 in the series as I’m giving the Astros game 1 since it is their home opener. God I hope I’m wrong and the Rox sweep! It would be a great way to come into the home opener at Coors Field on April 9th.

Rockies(41-43) @ Braves(49-36) Preview…

Well on paper, it doesnt look good for the Rockies going into this series. The Rockies are 23-49 on the road against the Braves, 18-31 at Turner Field. The Rockies last had a winning record against the Braves at Turner Field in 2005 with a 2-1 record. The one win last season was Ubaldo Jimenez’ no hitter, the first in Rockies history.

The Braves come into this series winning 7 of their last 10 games, 4 games back of division leading Phillies. While the Rockies went 4-6 in their last 10 games, 6.5 games back of the Giants and 3 back of the D’backs and also sporting a 19-21 road record.

THE HOT LIST – Mark Ellis(2B/Rockies) – 8 for 15 with 2 homeruns and 7 RBIs in his first 3 games with the Rockies since the trade from Oakland. Todd Helton(1B/Rockies) – 10 for 20 in last 5 games with 4 walks and 4 RBIs. Carlos Gonzalez(OF/Rockies) – 11 for 24 in his last 6 games. 6 RBIs in yesterday’s game against the Royals. Brian McCann(C/Braves) – team leading .314 batting average and 10 for 21 in last 5 games.

THE NOT LISTCharlie Blackmon(OF/Rockies) – 6 for 34(.176) in his last 10 games. Could be the player to watch in the series as he returns home to Georgia, if he doesnt press. Blackmon’s hometown is Suwanee, Ga and he played college ball at Georgia Tech. Chris Iannetta(C/Rockies) – Remains on our NOT list with a .227 average. 6 for 30 in last 10 games, but did go 3 for 3 against the Royals on 7/2. Jason Heyward(OF/Braves) – 6 for 25 last 6 games, with 1 homerun and 2 RBIs. Dan Uggla(2B/Braves) – .175 battting average through 85 games.

Tonight’s probables are Ubaldo Jimenez(3-7, 4.35) against Tommy Hanson(9-4, 2.62).

Rox outlast Royals, go for sweep on Sunday…

After losing the last two series, against the Yankees on the road and the White Sox at Coors Field, the Rockies with last night’s 9-6 win over the Royals assured themselves of winning the 3 game series. The Rockies jumped out to a huge 7-0 lead after just two innings. The top of the lineup, Gonzalez, Ellis, Helton, Tulowitzki, and Smith went 11 for 21 with 7 RBIs. Newest Rockies Mark Ellis continues his hot hitting with a 3 for 5 night. Chris Iannetta himself had a perfect night going 3 for 3 with an RBI. The only position player starting the game for the Rockies without a hit was outfielder Charlie Blackmon(0 for 3). Ryan Spilborghs went 0 for 1 in a pinch hitting role.

Huston Street recorded his 24th save of the season, tying him for first in the league with 4 others.

Rockies starter Greg Reynolds got his 3rd win of the season(3-0) with a 5 inning effort giving up 8 hits and 5 RBIs. The Rox will (dare I say it) go for the sweep this afternoon with Jason Hammel(4-7, 4.02) against Colorado native Luke Hochevar(5-8, 4.96) for the Royals. Not exactly a dream matchup on the mound, but with the records of both starting pitchers, this could be an interesting game. Can the Rockies offensive onslaught continue? The Rockies have scored 18 runs in the first 2 games of the series.

Tigers(38-31) @ Rockies(33-35) Preview…

Former Rockies manager Jim Leyland and the AL Central leading Detroit Tigers invade Coors Field this weekend for a 3 game interleague series. The Rockies have a bit of momentum on a 2 game win streak and a 2 games to 1 series win over the San Diego Padres. On the other side, the Tigers are a game ahead of the Cleveland Indians in the AL Central, thanks to the Indians recent 3-7 slide in their last 10 games, while the Tigers went 6-4.

The Rockies come into this series with an 11-7 record against the Tigers overall, 7-2 at Coors Field. The Tigers last appearance in Denver was in 2005.

HOT LIST – Miguel Cabrera(1B/Tigers) 4 for 9 with 2 RBIs and 2 walks in his last 3 games. Brennan Boesch(LF/Tigers) 5 for 11 in last 3 games, with a home run and 2 RBIs. Charlie Blackmon(OF/Rockies) 7 for 12 in his last 3 games, including 3 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.

NOT LIST – Austin Jackson(CF/Tigers) 2 for 12 in last 3 games. Magglio Ordonez(RF/Tigers) 1 for 8 in June, though he’s only played in 3 games this month. Jhonny Peralta(SS/Tigers) 8 for 40 in his last 10 games, including 12 strikeouts. Chris Iannetta(C/Rockies) 5 for 28 in his last 10 games, with 10 strikeouts.

Rockies get back in win column…

The Rockies after a 3 game skid, finally got back in the win column Tuesday night with a 6-3 victory over the Padres. Juan Nicasio moved to 2-1 on the season with a 6 inning, 9 strikeout performance on 108 pitches. Chris Iannetta provided the team with a huge lift in the 6th inning with a 3 run homer to give the Rox a 4 run lead. The homer was Iannetta’s 9th on the year. Four Rockies recorded multiple hits on the evening.

The Rockies need to win again this afternoon, to have some sort of momentum before Detroit comes into town this weekend for interleague play. This afternoon’s probables are Jhoulys Chacin (7-4, 2.90) vs Mat Latos (4-7, 3.86)

Rox win 3rd straight but not without drama…

The Rockies have now won 3 straight and are a single game below getting back to .500. Holding a 6-0 lead going into the 9th inning, the Rockies almost gave the game away as the Dodgers scored 5 runs on 5 hits in the final inning. Jhoulys Chacin was dominant over 8 innings only allowing 3 hits, striking out 9 and improving his record to 7-4 with a 2.90 ERA.

On the offensive side of the ball, the Rockies banged out 17 hits, with Carlos Gonzalez leading the way going 4 for 5. Chris Nelson had a 3 for 5 night, but it was the “Toddfather” Todd Helton who with his current .322 average who got the Rockies offense started. Helton went 2 for 4 with 2 RBIs and a run scored. Seth Smith also had a 2 RBI night while Tulo, Wiggy, and Iannetta each recorded multiple hits on the night.

The 6 run lead in the 9th inning seemed safe as Matt Belisle took to the hill in relief for Chacin. But 29 pitches later the Dodgers had rattled Belisle for 4 runs(1 earned), before Huston Street came along to finish out the inning, also giving up a run in the process. Rockies fans were more than on edge to say the least in the 9th inning.

The Rockies sit in the 3rd place in the NL West 4.5 games out of first place behind the Giants and 2.5 games back of the second place D’backs.

Rox put up 15, as Nicasio wins in debut…

Rookie Juan Nicasio making his major league debut tonight, came away with his first win after an impressive pitching performance. Nicasio went 7 innings allowing 1 run, 6 hits, 2 walks and 2 strikeouts on 88 pitches.

The offense woke up tonight with 15 runs on 18 hits. Six Rockies had multiple hits, led by Chris Iannetta’s 4 for 5 night with 2 homeruns and 6 RBIs. Ryan Spilborghs had a 4 RBI night going 3 for 4 at the plate. Now if you’ve been following this team at all this season,you would get too excited about this offensive explosion. At least not yet. It in now ways means that the team has found it’s offensive groove. We wont know that for a few more games, once and if they are able to be more consistent on the offensive side and string together a few wins. Dont get me wrong, the offense tonight was outstanding and a treat to see, especially for players who so far this season have underachieved at the plate, like Iannetta, Tulo and Spilly to name a few. The Rockies can begin to change their misfortunes at the plate starting with tomorrow’s rubber match which features Jhoulys Chacin(5-3, 3.09) going against Kyle Lohse(6-2, 2.06)

Rockies bats awaken to 12-7 win over Padres…

Now that’s what we’re talking about! 12 runs off of 16 hits for the Rockies are they take the first game of three against the Padres. The twelve runs scored by the Rockies is only the second time this season they have scored in double figures(April 20, Giants). The Rockies are 11-1 in games where they score 6 runs or more. Before tonight’s game the Rockies had only scored 12 runs total in their last 5 games, while giving up 20 runs and going 1-4 in that span. Tonight’s win ties the Rockies with the Giants for first place after the Giants 11-4 loss to the Cubs.

The Rockies tonight had 5 players with multiple hits. Tulo and Spilborghs both went 3 for 5. Tulo led the way with 3 RBIs. Iannetta was the only starting position player without a hit, (0 for 4 with a walk).

Jorge De La Rosa didnt have his best outing of the season, but with the help of the offense got his 5th win on the season(5-1, 3.70), tying him for 1st in the NL. Huston Street got his 12th save of the season, putting him in 2nd in the NL.

The Rockies have a rare Saturday afternoon game with a 1:10pm start.

Iannetta, Fowler guide Rockies back to win column…

I am not one to usually admit this but for one night the Tarheels got the better of the Blue Devils. Chris Iannetta(North Carolina) got the better of the Mets starting pitcher Chris Capuano(Duke). Iannetta went 2 for 3, scoring 2 runs. Chris Iannetta’s 2 extra base hits on the night were the difference in the 2-1 victory. Iannetta scored the Rockies only 2 runs on the night. One run came on a Dexter Fowler RBI single in the 5th and the second run on a solo shot by Iannetta in the 7th. Dexter Fowler who went 1 for 2 on the night, also drew 2 walks to go along with his RBI.

Jhoulys Chacin had another nice outing despite relinquishing 6 walks over 6 innings of work. Chacin only gave up 2 hits and struck out 5. Reynolds, Belisle and Betancourt followed Chacin, with Belisle getting his 3rd win on the season and Huston Street coming in the 9th inning to get his 12th save on the season.

The win tonight gave the Rockies their 19th on the season and their first win in the last 5  games, ending a 4 game losing streak. The Rockies are 5-0 on the season against the Mets.

Rockies(6-2) @ Mets(4-5) Preview…

The road just got a little bit harder for the Rockies. Now that’s not saying that the Mets are a good team by any imagination. On paper they are ok, but nothing to bet a hedge fund over. The reason the road is tougher for the Rockies in this series is simply they have not won here. The Rockies only twice have had a winning record on the road when playing the Mets. 1994 they went 3-0 and in 2002 when they went 2-1. The overall record against the Mets is 66-78 with a road record of 22-51. The Rockies are 2-5 at Citi Field since its opening in 2009.

The Mets have lost 4 of their last 6 games, winning once against the Phillies and once against the Nationals. The Rockies on the other hand have won 5 of their last 6, sweeping a 2 game series against the Dodgers and 3 of 4 from the Pirates.


Ike Davis (1B) – Leads the team in batting average (.364), RBIs(10) and total bases(20). 4 for 10 in last 3 games against the Nationals with 4 RBIs.


Mike Pelfrey (SP) – 0-1 in first two starts with a 15.63 ERA in a total of 6.1 innings. Last outing, 6 earned runs in 2 inning pitched against the Phillies.


Jonathan Herrera (2B) – I already told you about his drawing 7 walks in 3 games against Pittsburgh. What I didnt tell you was that Herrera was also 5 for 11, scoring 4 runs with zero strikeouts.


Chris Iannetta (C) – Started the season off on fire, but went 0 for 11 with 4 strikeouts in the series against the Pirates.


The Rockies Jason Hammel (1-0, 7.20) will go against Mike Pelfrey (0-1, 15.63) for the Mets.

Missed opportunities cost Rockies in 14 innings…

If you only knew the number of times I have changed the title of this post while watching this game, when it looked like the Rockies could win or lose this game definitively. Five plus hours of agonizing baseball. This game was difficult to watch from the 4th inning on.  Jorge De La Rosa struggled mightly in the 4th and 5th innings, giving up two runs to the Pirates. De La Rosa left the game after 5 innings with 80 pitches. Matt Belisle replacing De La Rosa in the 6th, struggled with 35 pitches in the inning and giving up an earned run on 2 walks, 1 hit and a wild pitch. 

Carlos Gonzalez and Chris Iannetta lacked any sort of patience at the plate tonight, swinging at any and all pitches outside of the strike zone, going 0 for 12 between them with 6 strikeouts.  Troy Tulowitzki went 0-4, but did draw 3 walks.

Jason Giambi accounted for all 3 runs scored by the Rockies on a 3 run homerun in the first inning. Giambi, Herrera and Fowler were the only Rockies with multiple hits.

The bullpen overall played well, the exceptions being Belisle and Morales. Street was phenomenal for 3 innings, allowing a hit, 1 walk and 2 strikeouts. Paulino, Betancourt, Lindstrom and Reynolds all held their own as well.

The Rockies had plenty of chances to win this game, but could never capitalize. 1 for 15 with runners in scoring position and 14 men left on base.

Rockies(3-1) @ Pirates(4-2) Preview…

The Rockies open a four game series today at PNC Park against their former manager Clint Hurdle. Just like Buck Showalter in Baltimore, Clint Hurdle has changed the attitude and the mentality of the players in Pittsburgh. Their 4-2 record is complied up of taking 2 of 3 from the Cubs at Wrigley and 2 of 3 from the Cards at Busch.

The Pirates and Rockies have always played each other pretty evenly over the years. The Rockies are 78-74 against the Pirates. Including a 3-4 record in 2010. What’s worse is the Rockies are 34-45 on the road against the Pirates, and 15-23 at PNC Park since it opened in 2001?

HOT and NOTS – A look at who’s hot and who’s not coming into this series.


ANDREW McCUTCHEN – Coming in 5 for 11, with a homerun and 2 RBIs  in his last 3 games which came against the Cardinals. McCutchen is currently leading the team with a .389 batting average and .833 slugging percentage.

JOEL HANRAHAN - 4 saves in as many appearances and a 2.08 ERA. Not to mention 5 strikeouts in 4.1 innings of work.


MATT DIAZ – Comes into series 0 for 4 in the last 3 games. 1 for 10 in his last 5 games including 4 strikeouts.


CHRIS IANNETTA – Team leading .417 batting average and a 4 game hitting streak consisting of 5 hits, 4 runs scored, a homerun and 2 RBIs.

HUSTON STREET – 3 saves in last 3 appearances. 4 strikeouts in 3 innings and a 2.25 ERA.


IAN STEWART – 0 for 9 through first 4 games with 5 strikeouts.


Esmil Rogers(0-0) takes the hill for the Rockies against Paul Maholm(0-0) for the Pirates.

Rockies shutout Dodgers 3-0…

The Rockies did what they needed to do last night to win their second straight game in shutting out the Dodgers 3-0 at Coors Field.

Jhoulys Chacin had a solid outing allowing just 5 hits through 7 innings on 97 pitches. Two of the Rockies 6 hits were solo shots by Troy Tulowitzki in the 4th and Chris Iannetta in the 5th.

Defensively the Rockies were excellent. Key plays by the Rockies infield, Tulo, Lopez, Wigginton & Helton helped the Rockies to nullify the Dodgers attempts at gaining any momentum during the game. And perfect outings by Betancourt and Street in the 8th and 9th innings simply closed the door completely on the Dodgers.

The Rockies will go for the series sweep this afternoon with Jason Hammel (0-0,) on the mound taking on Chad Billingsley (1-0, 4.50). Game time 1:10pm.

Dodgers(3-1) @ Rockies(1-1) Preview…

The Rockies have the day off today coming after yesterday’s postponement due to inclement weather against the D’backs. I’ve never really agreed with the idea of starting the season, playing a 3 game series then the team having a day off. Coming out of spring training teams should play at least a week before having a day off. Unfortunately for the Rockies the extra day off before the Dodgers series means the Rockies cant get into any sort of groove going into the series. While the Dodgers have 4 games under their belt already after a 7-5 victory over the Giants on Sunday night.

HOT and NOT’S – A brief look at who’s hot and who’s not coming into this series.


Matt Kemp – 5 for 12 against the Giants, a .533 on base percentage, .417 batting average, 4 runs scored, and 3 RBIs.

Clayton Kershaw – 1-0, 0.00 ERA through 7 innings.

Jonathan Broxton – 3 saves in as many appearances.


James Loney – 2 for 15 against the Giants with a .133 batting average


Chris Iannetta – 3 for 6 against the D’backs, 3 runs scored, .625 on base percentage, .833 slugging percentage

Carlos Gonzalez – 4 for 9 against D’backs, 5 total bases, .556 slugging percentage.


Troy Tulowitzki – 0 for 8 through first two games.

Jhoulys Chacin (0-0) will go up against Clayton Kershaw (1-0) Tuesday evening at Coors Field, game time 6:10pm


EXTRA BASES – The Denver Post this morning reports that a Major League Baseball “Authenticator” will be on hand at each Rockies home game to monitor baseballs from the humidor to the game. Story here. I guess the crying sessions the Giants put up last season got them the result they somewhat desired.

Also Troy Renck of the Denver Post writes about catcher Chris Iannetta taking ownership of the catcher’s position. Honestly Iannetta had no other choice. Time will tell as the season moves along. Iannetta who batted .197 last season is currently batting .500, going 3 for 6 in the teams first two games of 2011. Last season after the first two games of the season Iannetta went 0 for 6.

Maybe it’s time to give credit to the Rox new hitting coach Carney Lansford or maybe, just maybe Iannetta is channeling Yankees catcher Thurman Munson with his new mustache and hair growth. Tell me I’m not the only person who thought upon seeing Iannetta’s new look this season that he didnt remind you right away of Thurman Munson. If channeling Munson improves Iannetta’s batting average this season, I’m all for it! Munson who also played catcher was a lifetime .292 hitter over 11 seasons with the Yankees before a tragic plane accident took his life in 1979.

Rockies relieve Corpas…

The Rockies yesterday relieved Manny Corpas of his duties with the organization, while eating almost 4 million in the process. The last I heard the Rockies dont have money to just throw around, yet they do it here without getting anything in return for Corpas. Not a trade offer at least? Maybe play him this season and hope to get something on your investment and if not, then release him during the season, but at least they would have gotten something. So I think we can safely say that Corpas could show up in Pittsburgh, now that Hurdle is the manager of the Pirates. Hurdle had a great amount of confidence in Corpas than Rockies fans probably ever did. I can’t say that I’m sorry to see Corpas go, but the Rockies not getting something in return and eating money on the contract wasn’t a smart move. Now if they want to just players go for nothing, then they could’ve started with catcher Chris Iannetta or pitcher Jeff Francis.

Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies want to retain Jorge De La Rosa, but for less than 4 years. Story here.

Olivo to Blue Jays, options declined on Francis, Dotel…

Here we go again. Dan O’Dowd cant keep a catcher on the Rockies roster to save his life. Story here from Thomas Harding of

What is it with he and that position? Last year it was Torrealba and this year it’s Olivo. I’ve said this before and I will repeat it again, the Chris Iannetta experiment is over. He is not the catcher of the future for the Rockies! Get it through your thick skull O’Dowd! Alot of this thinking with O’Dowd has to hinder on Carney Lansford being the new hitting coach and hoping that he can somehow turn it around at the plate since he hasnt hit a ball in two years. And really, the $2.5 million dollar option for Olivo is too high a price to pay for a player who is a starter and basically saved a porton of the Rockies season with the repoire with the pitching staff and not to mention having a bat, when Iannetta could barely carry a wiffle ball bat. Despite Olivo having a not so great second half of the season, he was still better than Iannetta could ever hope to be and now we are left to hope that Dan is right about Iannetta in 2011. How has O’Dowd kept his job? How about declining the option on keeping O’Dowd as GM?

I dont really care about the options being declined on both Francis and Dotel. You can read about it here.

For all I care O’Dowd should have traded Francis to the Blue Jays, since Canada is his home. There is talk of Francis possibly rejoining the team for lesser money, again, don’t care.  Francis is in my opinion a middle relief pitcher now and nothing more. In the starting rotation for the Rox he might be your #4 starter, but more like a #5.

What else is in store for the Rockies this offseason is anybody’s guess, even Dan O’Dowd’s from what we’ve seen so far.

Rockies and Lance Berkman?..

Dont laugh at the possibility, but Troy Renck of the Denver Post is reporting that the Rockies are looking into the possibility of Yankees first baseman Lance Berkman being an “impact bat” (a term used by manager Jim Tracy) in the Rockies lineup. Apparently there is some interest from Berkman, but we all know that interest is gonna be based on whether or not there are offers from other teams besides the Rockies. So it’s not like the Rox are at the top of Berkman’s list of teams to go to in the offseason. While I must admit I do like the idea of adding Berkman to the roster, in order for him to be the “impact bat” that Jim Tracy refers to. Berkman will need to play alot of the time in the starting lineup and not just simply in the role as Giambi mostly played in 2010 as “the big threat to come off the bench in late game situations.” Which as we all know, worked out well at times and other times not so well.

EXTRA BASES – Yesterday Try Renck also had a story in the Denver Post about the Rockies “Decisions loom on Francis & Olivo”. I dont really care much for Jeff Francis anymore and to bring him back for the sake of saving money is OK, but if that’s the only reason the Rockies are wanting to bring him back, then please assure the fans that he is going to be the pitcher he was in 2007. I think we all know that wont be the case.

Now as for Olivo, why is there any hesitation on this decision? Sign him! It seems like we go through this almost every year. We did this crap at the end last season with Yorvit Torrealba and here we are again. Olivo had a monster first half of the season in 2010 for the Rox and yes should have been on the all-star team. Olivo is speed on the basepaths, has a better batting average at the plate, and is better able to handle the pitching staff than “catcher of the future”, Chris Iannetta. It is apparent that O’Dowd is a poor scout when it comes to catchers in the Rockies farm system. Whenever you hear O’Dowd mention the phrase “catcher of the future” you should turn and run the opposite direction. How about this for an idea, package Francis and Iannetta together, sending Jeff home to Canada for a few pounds of Canadian bacon and a couple of kegs of Molson or Labatt Blue. Drink responsibly.

Thank you Rockies! See ya in 2011…

I admit that I found it difficult to watch the final four games of the season for the Rockies. That’s why there hasn’t been any posts in relation to those games. Dont get me wrong I love baseball as much as the next person, but those last few games against St Louis were really early auditions for next season for a number of players on the roster. And besides watching two teams play each other with no hopes of either making the playoffs found me watching other things instead. Although I did check in on the games from time to time just to see how the team was doing and also to look at Alanna Rizzo.

Now as far as player auditions go, I dont think Barmes will be around next season. I’m ok with E.Y. Jr or Jonathan Herrera at 2nd base.

I’ve thought the same thing about Francis for a number of months now. Neither Francis or Cook were a remote shadow of themselves this season and of the two I believe Cook will be here next season. If it were up to me, Cook returns to start in the 3 or 4 spot in the rotation. Right now I would say Ubaldo, Hammel, Cook, De La Rosa are in the first 4 spots. Should the Rockies lose both Cook and Francis then there had better be a significant upgrade to the pitching staff, at the least similar value. Once you get past Jimenez and Hammel there’s too much uncertainty with the rotation in terms of what you get, and for the Rockies to be successful in 2011 they cant have that.

I think it’s safe to say Jason Giambi wont be back, but really I would love to see him on the Rockies bench in some sort of coaching capacity, maybe as a bench coach. Giambi loves it here with this team and not to mention Denver is not far from his home in Las Vegas. I have it in my gut that Mora wont be back either. I have no rhyme or reason for this feeling, but I do hope I’m wrong.

I’ve said this once before earlier in the season, that the Chris Iannetta experiment is over. He is not the catcher of the future for the Rockies, maybe somewhere else he could be, but it aint here at 20th & Blake. I say extend Olivo for 2 years and allow Paul Phillips and Michael McKenry battle it out for the backup role.

There are a few other scenarios to go over with this team, but I will get into that at a later date. Right now it’s time to focus on the playoffs and the World Series and see who will be the champs at the end of it all.

Rockies continue losing ground…

You can look at this team and tell that the players are spent. The theme over these last 6 games should be “Win big or go home” to borrow from the NBA playoffs if I may. That’s not to say these guys aren’t up for these last few games or that they have thrown in the towel, but I dont get a sense of alot of energy when the Rockies take the field. Or maybe a better way to rephrase it would be a sense of urgency.

I knew as soon as I saw the starting lineup that with Chris Iannetta as the catcher for Ubaldo, that we weren’t going to win. Let’s face it, Iannetta is not the catcher of the future for the Rockies and O’Dowd needs to accept that fact right now. Iannetta hasn’t hit a baseball in 2 seasons, with his current average of .208. I’m not hating on Chris, but he doesnt have it and it’s time to move on. Miguel Olivo despite a lesser 2nd half of the season than the incredible numbers he put up in the first half should be resigned in my opinion to a 2 year extension.

I love the idea of Eric Young Jr and Dexter Fowler at the top of the Rockies lineup, but as it was mentioned during the radio broadcast last night, they need to get on base more than they have been as of late. Over the last 7 games alone E.Y. Jr has a batting average of .071 and an on base percentage of .133. Fowler has an average of .118 and a .167 on base percentage. If these guys are not on base ahead of CarGo and Tulo then the Rox will certainly lose more than win. If you take a look at those last 7 games the Rockies are 1-6.

It’s my hope that at least over the next 2 games at Coors Field that the Rockies will at least finish strong for the fans even if the playoff chances are dwindling, the fans deserve at least that much.

Tonight Jeff Francis (4-6 4.71) will take the hill for the Rox. Hiroki Kuroda (11-13, 3.27) will go for the Dodgers.

Rockies struggle in series finale to Dodgers…

There’s nothing wrong with a 4-2 homestand. But the Rockies with a combination of inconsistent and at times sloppy defensive play the Rockies looked almost disinterested in the game yesterday. Not to mention at the plate the Rockies lacked being aggressive. Lots of called strikes, and bad swings at pitches nowhere near the strike zone were the difference yesterday between going 4-2 and 5-1 in this homestand. Let’s not forget the Rox going 2 for 1  with runners in scoring position. Of course the lineup that took the field yesterday was not exactly one of any great offensive power. How long are we to wait around for Clint Barmes (0 for 3) to find something more than a wiffle bat to swing with? Iannetta’s struggles at the plate continue, going 1 for 4 yesterday with a .132 average. So the Rockies struggle with against the Dodgers continues.

I have been wondering about Jim Tracy’s use of Dexter Fowler since Fowler lost his starting job in center field. We’ve seen Fowler with single at bats usually replacing the pitcher late in games and while the outfield of Smith in left, Hawpe in right and Gonzalez in center have proved to be right now a better option, one couldnt expect Fowler to just suddenly raise his batting average overnight with very limited appearances. So it is that Fowler after yesterday’s game was sent down to Colorado Springs and Jonathan Herrera being called up in his place.

The Rox remain in the NL West this week as they hit the road with 3 games at San Francisco and then 3 games at Arizona. Todays matchup in San Francisco could be one of the best matchups of the season so far with Ubaldo Jimenez (9-1, 0.88) up against Giants ace and two time Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum  (5-1, 3.00).

EXTRA BASES: Local news reporter for FOX 31 Jon Bowman was spotted seated in section 145 wearing a Dodgers cap and t-shirt, which I dont understand being that he’s from Chicago.

Here are a few photos I wanted to share from Coors Field yesterday.

Cook & Rox pound Dodgers, look to take series today…

Aaron Cook got a ton of run support on his way to his second win of the season yesterday. The Rockies assaulted the Dodgers with 14 hits and 11 runs, while Cook held the Dodgers to 3 runs through 6.1 innings. The Rockies are now 4-1 on the homestand and look to make it 5-1 as they look to win the series this afternoon with Jhoulys Chacin (3-2, 3.09) facing Clayton Kershaw (4-3, 2.90) for the Dodgers.

The only player in the starting lineup last night to not get a hit was Todd Helton, though he did draw 2 walks. I dont know if Miguel Olivo is auditioning for a new contract or a new team, but his play as of late has been very inspiring and I would like to see him get a chance at making the all-star game. Olivo is second on the roster in batting average at .315 and third in RBIs with 27, tied with Tulowitzki. Olivo is also second in the National League in batting average with catchers with over 100 at-bats and appearances in over 30 games this season behind the Nationals Ivan Rodriguez (.325). If you use that same criteria, then Olivo is first among catchers in slugging at .575, second in stolen bases with 4 behind Yadier Molina(6), second in RBIs with 25 behind Molina and Barajas both with 28, second in homeruns with 8 behind Barajas (10) and also second in total bases with 73. So Rockies fans, it’s up to you to get out there and vote for Olivo for the all-star game. For right now let’s hope the Rockies pick up the club option on him for 2011. I havent totally given up on Iannetta, but the idea of him being the catcher of the future for the Rockies, may have come and gone.

Last but not least Rockies fans, please make sure to thank a veteran today if you’re out at Coors Field today or anywhere you may be. Our military past and present have sacrificed greatly for the freedoms we have in the country. We owe it to them.

Rockies take series, looking to sweep…

The man who almost became the ultimate scapegoat in last night’s game on a throwing error in the top of the 9th, ended up being the hero in the bottom of the 10th. Thanks to Chris Iannetta’s homerun in the 10th, the Rox last night have won their second straight series of the season and also their second straight at Coors Field. 

The Rockies have extended their current winnning streak to 3 games while sending the Mets further spiraling to their 4th straight loss and last place in the NL East at 2-6. Don’t jump ship just yet Mets fans, it’s still early in the season. The Rockies will go for the sweep this afternoon with Jorge De La Rosa (1-0, 0.00) on the mound. Mike Pelfrey (1-0, 3.00) takes the hill for the Mets.

Photo credit: Sheryl Nields

EXTRA BASES – Now I dont know if anyone else is disturbed by this as much as I am but Troy Tulowitzki has gone 4 for 21, .191 at Coors Field so far this season. The reason for this slump in my opinion is his poor selection for his intro song. If you havent noticed is Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the USA”. Are you kidding me? WTF Tulo?! Say it ain’t so! I don’t know what the connection is or if he’s a Miley Cyrus fan or he just likes the song, but Tulo do me a favor. It’s time to man up and go for something that will at least get you ready when you step up to the plate. I don’t care what song it is, but please no more Miley Cyrus! I will admit it could have been worse, he could have chosen a Taylor Swift song. I’m seriously hoping Troy changes this by the next homestand. Go Rox!

Playing catchup (sort of)…

I’m not going to run through all of the acquisitions for the Rox over the last 2-3 weeks, we all know what has happened. Since the end of Rockiesfest the Rockies front office has been more than busy adding pieces to the roster before heading into spring training. The most recent major acquisition being Melvin Mora to a one year deal who will likely back up Ian Stewart at third base. Of course the big news that happened during Rockiefest was the re-signing of Jason Giambi. If you were at Rockiesfest then you know about what turned out to be the “item of the day” in Giambi player t-shirts and jerseys. Both items had already been marked half price because he hadn’t re-signed and it was assumed he wouldn’t return. But the items remained at half price even after it was learned during Rockiesfest that he had re-signed with the Rockies.

I did get some pictures from Rockiesfest 2010, but not a whole lot of anything different than the year before.

If fans weren’t excited about the Rockies before Rockiesfest, then they should be now. And it should get even more exciting as the start of the 2010 season draws near.

It wasn’t until last night that I’d made up my mind about whether or not to go to spring training this year. I had been looking at the schedule off and on since it had been released and trying to figure in time off from work and such and whether or not I would be able to afford to go. So yes I will be going to spring training. I will be there March 10th-14th. If you really into baseball on the collegiate level(as I am not), the University of Arizona will also be home, hosting the University of Northern Colorado the 12th-14th, though the start times seem to interfere with the Rockies.

Troy Renck of the Denver Post has a great article on how the Rox will miss Torrealba. I totally agree that the Rockies will miss Torrealba on many levels. Hopefully both Iannetta and Olivo will both be solid throughout the season and we dont have to wonder “what if”.

Olivo, the newest Rockie?

Troy Renck of the Denver Post last night reported that talks appear to be over with the idea of Torrealba resigning with the Rockies. Story here.

Allocation of contract money seems to be the problem as reported. So the Rox have turned their attention more towards Miguel Olivo, whom they’ve shown an interest in over the last month or so.

No deal has been finalized on either side as of yet and I will go as far to say that it doesn’t mean that something still can’t be worked out with Torrealba, though it seems unlikely at this point, according to Renck’s story.

My best guess is that of course should Olivo sign that he and Iannetta would compete for the starting position, but probably because of the new 3 year, $8 million deal Iannetta signed this off season that he’d most likely be named the starter. I’m still taking the wait and see attitude until we hear of a definite signing, because as we all know the Rockies don’t exactly do things in a normal fashion sometimes.

Inside the Humidor would like to wish everyone out there a safe and happy new year! See ya in 2010!


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