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.
The Denver Post and the Baltimore Sun this morning are reporting a trade between the Rockies and the Orioles. The Rockies will acquire Jeremy Guthrie(47-65, 4.19) for Jason Hammel(34-45, 4.99) and Matt Lindstrom(12-15, 3.81).
Jason Hammel has had 2 winning seasons during his 6 year career, 2009 (10-8) and 2010 (10-9). Jeremy Guthrie’s only winning season came in 2007 when he went 7-5 with a 3.70 ERA through 8 seasons.
There’s hardly any love of this trade over on the Baltimore Sun website (here) from an Orioles fans perspective. As a Rockies fan and blogger I can say that I don’t feel much about this trade. Maybe the move to the National League will be good for Guthrie. Hammel returns to the American League, where he began his career with the then Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
The Rockies had their worst loss of the season Sunday afternoon. A loss that I place squarely on the shoulders of manager Jim Tracy. The Rockies pitching staff as a whole were horrible, giving up a total of 16 runs on 21 hits. It all began with starter Jason Hammel, who was yanked after 3.2 innings, having given up 7 hits, 6 runs(5 earned) and two homeruns, making Royals starter Luke Hochevar look like a Cy Young award winner for the first 4 innings. Hochevar fell apart for the Royals in the 5th inning and the Rockies were able to take advantage, scoring 5 runs to come within 1 run of the Royals.
Then in the 6th inning is where I totally blame Tracy for what happened in this game. Matt Belisle, who lasted only two-thirds of an inning, gave up 6 runs on 7 hits, extended the Royals lead 12-5. Now I understand not wanting to tax the bullpen, and I also understand that a pitcher in the bullpen may not be ready to come into the game sometimes. But when your team rallies the previous inning to come within 1 run of the opposition, you do not allow the game to get away from the team in the fashion that happened yesterday in the 6th inning. After all isn’t the objective to try to win the game? From the 6th inning on, the Rockies played like it was a spring training game. Last I checked Cling Hurdle was managing in Pittsburgh, not here. Without a doubt Tracy left Belisle in the game alot longer than he should have and there isnt a reason out there that he could use to make me believe otherwise. Sometimes managers over think the game and this was a prime example. And it’s not like Mortensen was any better in relief for Belisle. Mortensen who went 3.1 innings gave up an additional 4 runs for a total of 16 runs for the Royals.
I believe that this team has this belief that they are able to mount a comeback at anytime during any game. That’s good for a few games, but what this team seriously lacks besides good support from the bullpen, is a killer instinct. The Rockies should be putting away teams like Kansas City without any problem. This team is in need of a sweep,especially before the a road trip. They sorely need some type of momentum to carry them for the rest of the season if they have hopes of making the playoffs. And right now they are not creating anything close to momentum. Let’s hope that changes soon. There’s too much talent on this team to be hovering at and below .500.
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.
The pitching staff got a huge lift Friday night as the Rockies offense went ballistic on the Detroit Tigers. Jason Hammel was already nursing a 9-1 lead after the third inning. Chris Nelson had the biggest hit of the night and of his major league career so far, with a 3 run homerun in the 2nd inning, part of a 6 run inning for the Rockies. Charlie Blackmon had a perfect night at the plate, going 4 for 4with 2 RBIs. Carlos Gonzalez led the team with 4 RBIs on the night after going 2 for 4. Jason Hammel recorded his 4th win on the season after giving up 6 runs on 8 hits through 6.1 innings. Four of Hammel’s 6 runs given up were off of a grand slam by Jhonny Peralta in the 6th inning for the Tigers.
The Rockies held the Tigers to 2 for 10 with runners in scoring position, despite allowing 12 hits. The win last night was the Rockies third in a row and has them 4.5 games behind the division leading Giants.
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.