Since July 30th of the 2011 season(Ubaldo trade) most every move Rockies GM Dan O’Dowd has made thus far continues to set this team backwards for the upcoming 2012 season. The trade of Ty Wiggington yesterday to the Phillies makes very little sense, if any at all, as the hole at third base just got bigger. Say what you want about Wiggy’s stats last season (.242, 15, 47), but with Wiggy on the roster there is at least some Major League experience at the position(and at the plate), alot more than Ian Stewart and Jordan Pacheco have brought to the hot corner. If nothing else you keep Wigginton on the roster and let he and Stewart and possibly Pacheco battle it out in spring training for the starting job. Pacheco isn’t ready to start the 2012 season on the Rockies roster and Stewart, who knows? He’s got alot of work to do if he is going to remain with this team.
“We are trying to reshape our club and this made sense,” general manager Dan O’Dowd said. – Denver Post
What sense does this make Dan? Please tell me. From a monetary standpoint, yes it does makes sense, you saved the club a couple of mil. Wiggy’s $4 million doesnt break the bank, but the return on the trade of $100K or a player to be named later does no good to the Rockies who need to win NOW. O’Dowd again goes for trading certainty for uncertainty and that uncertainty is a “player to be named later”. Not only that, the uncertainty is that Stewart or Pacheco can be the definitive answer for the Rockies at third base. Just like O’Dowd is hoping that Alex White and Drew Pomeranz can do the same in the pitching rotation. All the while he is hoping, the fans have to settle for what is going to be another mediocre (if not less than) season for the Rockies in 2012. I will say it now, the Rockies will NOT win the NL West next season(DUH!) and will do good to finish 4th within the division. Is it too early to ask when the 2012 NFL season starts?
Jim Armstrong has an article in today’s Denver Post on the Rockies and the idea of landing a “big ticket” player in the offseason. To that, I and numerous Rockies fans say, “We’ll believe it when we see it.”
We hear this every off season in some way shape or form. Take for instance the quote from Dick Monfort.
“We have to be open minded,” Monfort said, “but you’re not going to go out and sign (Jose) Reyes.”
Being open minded means that they will sit back and see what player fits their tight (by that I mean cheap) wallets and fans wont see any significant move made especially to the pitching staff. Where it seems every offseason they find one or two pitchers with a below average record and talent, sign him in hopes of rehabilitating a career, if only for the current season while the younger guys develop in the minors. Sounds cheap if you ask me. I like O’Dowd’s quote on winning the division.
“In this division, you win or lose with starting pitching.”
Well please Mr. O’Dowd tell us how long it took you to figure that one out? But yet you placed a somewhat inexperienced starting rotation on the field last season, hoping to strike lightning and in return you got nothing and the fans got nothing. And in the meantime trading your ace Ubaldo Jimenez for prospects and setting the organization back 2-3 seasons while we wait to see what sort of prize(s) we are hopeful to get inside a stale box of Cracker Jack.
Again please prove the fans wrong and make some significant moves this offseason that will make this team better and not to mention a contender. We’re four seasons removed from a World Series appearance and the window is closing fast with a few of the players on this team.
OK, not much is really known in detail still as to why Rockies pitcher Drew Pomeranz was arrested early this morning in Oxford, MS for disturbing the peace. But the Rockies did release the following statement.
“The Rockies organization is aware of the unfortunate incident involving Drew Pomeranz that took place in Oxford, Mississippi. We have been in contact with Drew and his representatives and we will continue to gather more information. Both Drew and our organization understand the serious nature of the situation.”
I cant say that this really bothers me at all. Actually I kind of like the idea that the Rockies organization as far as the players are not perfect. And I mean not just at the plate or on the hill either. Everyone cant be a choir boy. One fan on denverpost.com blog, On the Rox, went as far as to label it the “Curse of Ubaldo”. I have to say I like that.
But let’s see it for what it is. Whatever happened, it was away from the team, during the offseason, he didnt kill anyone, sleep with 15 different women, etc. As far as I’m concerned this is a, “Move along folks, there’s nothing to see here” issue. Besides what Lackey, Beckett and Lester did in the clubhouse numerous times this season with the Red Sox is far worse than this and they weren’t breaking any laws.
It’s not like the Rockies have a conveyor belt of bad boys coming through the organization, at least not since Denny Neagle’s arrest for soliciting a woman for oral sex in 2004.
I debated off and on last evening after hearing about the trade of Ubaldo Jimenez to the Cleveland Indians, on whether or not I wanted to put my .02 on the deal. Well it’s apparent that I have decided to go ahead and let out a bit of frustration on behalf some of the fans, as I am a fan myself first and foremost.
Sure Ubaldo is not the first player of his caliber to get traded on any team and surely he wont be the last. The problem that this trade brings is that despite the Rockies being 9.5 games out of first place in the NL West, is that Dan O’Dowd has just thrown in the towel on the remainder of the season. Just because there is a trade deadline, doesnt mean that as a team you must be a participant in any fashion. O’Dowd panicked, plain and simple. O’Dowd had other pieces he could have traded or he simply could have stood pat and declared as a couple of other GMs around the league had done with their star players and simply said that Ubaldo Jimenez is not available for trade. Dan O’Dowd isn’t that secure in himself to have made any such declaration. Instead he felt the urgent need to make a move of any kind for the sake of just making a move and all because of a looming trade deadline.
You don’t trade your best pitcher on the staff for a 50-50 chance at what might or might not be a better future for the club. Unless you are a team who is consistently in the bottom of it’s division year in and year out. The Rockies have not been that team for a while now. I’m sick and tired of hearing about the future of this team and what they hope to someday become. The time is right now, not 5-10 years down the road. But it seems as if being an underachieving team each year since 2007 is O’Dowd’s mission, then he might just be the best GM in baseball today. And listening to those who dismiss this move as a “part of the game” or that “baseball is a business”, I say to you “bullshit!” and invite you to come up with something of more substance. O’Dowd has a history of making dumb or should I say head-scratching moves with this club. Not resigning Torrealba or not resigning Olivo. Holding on to Jeff Francis longer than he should have and not solidifying the back half of the starting rotation. Continual belief that Chris Iannetta is the catcher of the future for this team. And why is Aaron Cook still a part of the rotation. Shall I go on?
The deal is done and as fans there is nothing we can do about it, except to move forward in whatever way we see necessary. I will continue to support the Rockies, but O’Dowd, that’s a different story. He will never get my full support, not that he needs it or even deserves it. To Ubaldo, you’ll always be a fan favorite and we will remember what you did for us and the team. Best wishes on your time in Cleveland. It’s not as nice of a city as Denver, but at least you’re on a contending team and a team that wants you bad enough to give up 4 prospects, which literally means that O’Dowd has set the Rockies back at least 2-3 years.
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 LIST – Charlie 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).
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.