Indians Swept, Mets Revisited…
10 strikeouts by Jorge De La Rosa, another homer by Jeff Baker(his 3rd in as many days), Omar Quintanilla superb at shortstop, and another stolen base for Willy Taveras giving him 32 on the season, 1 short of his total for the 2007 season and 21 behind Eric Young’s Rockies team record of 53, a series sweep of the Cleveland Indians, and Todd Helton with the night off.
With Tulo ready to come back to his position of shortstop I had a discussion with a fan last night about how his return would affect Quintanilla. Omar has been outstanding at shortstop and I credit some of that to Hurdle being consistent with Omar starting more recently every day. I believe Quintanilla knows what he is capable of and has shown it to the team and to the fans. I also believe that “Q” (as the radio guys like to call him) knows when Tulo is ready, that his new position will be on the bench and more of a utility infielder in key situations or maybe to give a break to whomever is playing 2nd base or a break for Tulo. The same cant be said though about Clint Barmes when he returns, his job will be a little tougher to get back. Jeff Baker has been on fire at the plate as of late and has done very well at 2nd. I think Barmes and Quintanilla will both remain on the roster and I expect to see Ian Stewart sent down to AAA along with recent callup infielder Doug Bernier.
The Mets return to Coors Field tonight minus manager Willie Randolph who was relieved of his duties on Monday. There probably wont be any sightings of Mets GM Omar Minaya, who’s trip here last time helped to further fuel specualtion a month ago of Randolph’s firing. Can the Rox keep it going? They’ve won 7-3 of their last 10 and the Mets have gone 5-5 in their last 10. Pitching matchups I think favor the Rockies, but the most interesting matchup should be Ubaldo Jimenez up against Pedro Martinez on Saturday. Aaron Cook will be going for his 11th win tonight.
The GOOD, the BAD & the UGLY
The GOOD – Tulowitzki is back. Aaron Cook starts off the series tonight. Can Jeff Baker hit his 4th homer in as many days? Taveras on the basepaths is nearly unstoppable, only caught stealing twice and leagues the league is stolen bases with 32.
The BAD – Jose Reyes is lightning fast also on the bases with 26 steals. Facing Wright, Reyes, Delgado, and Beltran, Rockies pitchers must stay away and limit their chances.
The UGLY – That was already done on Monday when the Mets fired Willie Randolph.
3 days til Kansas City!