The Rockies days over these last 2 months of the season are barely seen as being on life support. The Rockies were crushed by the Cards 11-6, in an awful start to the game by Jeff Francis, Francis gave up 5 runs in 4 innings of work, 4 of them coming in the first inning alone. Ottavino fared much worse in relief giving up 4 runs in 2.2 innings.
The Rockies offense despite 12 hits, managed only 6 runs, going 3 for 17 with runners in scoring position, as the Cards opened up the game in the later innings, scoring 6 runs between the 6th and 8th innings.
The Rockies fall to 37-64 on the season and as many of you know are headed to 100 loss season. My personal prediction for the season is a record of 55-107.
Surprising the Rockies remained inactive in any trades at the trading deadline yesterday. The rumors of Betancourt and one or two other players possibly being moved turned out to be just that in the end, rumors. Probably the best non-move of the season so far by the Rockies front office.
The Rockies win streak ended Saturday at 5 games and if you have been following the Rockies for any recent amount of time then you know the Rockies and Sunday victories at Coors Field come very few and too far in between. The Rockies last win at home was September 11, 2011, a 4-1 win against the Reds. The last Sunday home win against an NL West opponent prior to today was against the Dodgers back on August 21st of the same season.
Today’s 2-1 win over the division leading Dodgers showed us a couple of things today. Alex White’s best start of the season, with a 6.2 outing, allowing just 2 hits and 2 runs. The Rockies were able to hold on and win a close game with a superb showing by the bullpen(Brothers, Belisle, Betancourt), allowing only 1 hit over the final 2.1 innings. Betancourt recording his 10th save on the season.
The Rockies head to Phoenix for a short 3 game roadtrip against the D’backs looking to make improve their awful 8-15 road record. Monday’s probables are Christian Friedrich(3-1, 5.59) for the Rox and Joe Saunders(3-3, 3.61) for the D’backs.
27 games into the 2012 season and the Rockies are exactly what you see on paper, an underachieving, below average team with no direction, passion, not to mention pitching. They’re sloppy defensively, inconsistent offensively, there’s little if any leadership anywhere on this team. And leading by example is a crock of you know what, so dont give me that! Mr Everything, Troy Tulowitzki has been Mr Anything But.
Dont get me started on the general manager! But this report card is about what happens on the field more than what happens off of it, so I will spare Mr O’Dowd, this time.
The stats are prior to Monday night’s game at San Diego.
PITCHING (C-) – We knew the pitching was going to be bad long before spring training, but did we know it was going to be this bad? The Rockies are 28th in the league with a 5.13 ERA. First in hits allowed with 285, 4th in homeruns allowed with 35, 25th in strikeouts with 191.
The bright spots if there are any would be Jamie Moyer not just being a feel good story, but leading the starting rotation with a 4.01 ERA, despite a 1-2 record with little run support or help in relief from the bullpen. Matt Reynolds leads the staff in wins with 3 and Nicasio and Guthrie lead the starters with 2 wins each. Betancourt has 6 saves in 7 opportunities. Still the pitching overall could be better.
FIELDING (C) – 27th in fielding percentage(.977), dead last in defensively efficiency rating(.647), 5th in errors committed with 24. Tulo leads the team with 7 errors already this season after he only had 6 errors all of last season.
HITTING (B) – 8th in batting average(.259), 11th in on base percentage(.329), 5th in slugging(.446), 5th in RBIs(142), and tied for 6th in homeruns(34) and 5th in runs scored(146). The bright spots would be Cargo leading the team in RBIs(26) and homeruns(7). Eight homeruns from the catcher’s position, 4 from Wilin Rosario and 4 from Ramon Hernandez and 22 RBIs between them. Fowler, and Colvin showing some power and run production with 6 homers and 23 RBIs between them. Both Fowler and Cuddyer need to cut down on the strikeouts with 25 apiece.
OVERALL GRADE – C
The Rockies held on last night to win 5-4 over the Tigers and give Ubaldo Jimenez his 2nd win of the season. JImenez left the game in the 6th with a leg cramp and a 4-1 lead. The bullpen combination of Lindstrom, Reynolds, Belisle, Betancourt and Street preserved the win for Jimenez and the Rockies moving themselves back to .500 and currently 3.5 games back of the Giants, who again lost to the Athletics for the second straight night.
The Rox were outhit by the Tigers 12 to 6, but the Tigers pitching allowed 9 walks during the game, 7 of them by Tigers starter Phil Coke in 5 innings. The Rockies Chris Nelson hit his second homerun in as many games with a solo shot in the 6th. It would be his only hit of the night going 1 for 5 and dropping his average below .300 to .296. Ubaldo Jimenez helped his own cause early in the game, driving in 2 runs in the 2nd inning with bases loaded single to center field. Huston Street who seemed to be trying his best Brian Fuentes imitation almost gave the game away in the 9th, but instead came away with his league leading 20th save. Tying him with the Giants headcase Brian Wilson, and Seattle’s Brandon League.
The Rockies have won their second straight series and with a win today can take their first 3 game series sweep since sweeping the Mets back in April(11th-14th) at Citi Field.
This afternoon’s probables are Aaron Cook(0-1, 3.97) for the Rockies against Justin Verlander(8-3, 2.66) for the Tigers.
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.
Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki powered the Rockies both with 3 RBIs each. And Seth Smith had a near perfect night, going 3 for 4 at the plate.
Now to look at it from a Mets perspective. Throw in a decent but not great outing by Jason Hammel (6 innings, 4 runs, 2 earned) and a struggling 8th inning for Rafael Betancourt (3 hits, 2 earned runs) and missed scoring opportunities (3 for 19 RISP, 12 LOB) and you can see the Rockies were more than lucky to come away from this game with a 7-6 win.
The Rockies so far this season are 2-2 in 1 run games, a slight improvement over 2010, but an improvement still. After the first 9 games last season the Rockies were 1-2 in those 1 run games, with one of the those losses coming at the hands of the Mets. The Rockies were also 5-4 after the first 9 games in 2010 and today at 7-2 are sitting atop the division, 1.5 games over the Dodgers. The two losses coming both in extra inning games this season, as mentioned by George Frazier and Drew Goodman last night on ROOT Sports
Esmil Rogers(1-0, 1.23) will face Jon Niese(0-1, 6.55). Game time 5:10pm MT.
Ty Wigginton went 1 for 4 on the night, but that one hit was the one that broke open a 3-3 tie in the 8th inning. A bases clearing double, gave the Rox a 6-3 lead. Rafael Betancourt came in the 8th and gave up a single run, then Matt Lindstrom finished it up in the 9th for his first save of the season in relief for Huston Street who was not available for tonight’s game due to his 3 innings of work last night.
Seth Smith and Carlos Gonzalez were the only two Rockies to have multiple hits in the game, but you have to like it when you #1 and #2 hitters in the lineup are getting on base as much as Fowler and Herrera are doing. Fowler and Herrera together drew 5 walks in the game, scoring 3 runs.
Greg Reynolds only gave up 3 hits over 6 innings and despite giving up 2 runs in the 2nd, Reynolds went on to shutout the Pirates for the next 4 innings into the 6th.
The Rockies are now 5-2 with a 1 game lead over the Padres in the division as the Padres are currently facing the Dodgers at Petco Field, losing 4-0 in the 9th.
Sunday’s pitching matchup for the 4th and final game of the series with the Pirates is Jhoulys Chacin (1-0, 0.00) facing James McDonald (0-0,3.86).