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Baseball on Blake Street

Colorado Rockies News. All the low-down from Lodo, and other news from the N.L. West and beyond. A baseball blog devoted to the Rockies and their affiliates. Your lips keep moving, but all I hear is blog, blog, blog.

Updated: 2012-04-15T18:42:44.332-06:00




The Colorado Rockies haven't been busy this offseason, instead letting the rest of the league engage heartily in kind philanthropy for marginal talent. 2007 promises to be a season of reckoning for Dan O'Dowd, Clint Hurdle and crew, Charlie Monfort makes that clear in today's Rocky Mountain News.Will the team matter? It's hard to say. Right now, I think we have the second best squad in the



As I mentioned a couple of days ago, the Marlins are a model of pitching efficiency, and Josh Beckett's performance last night was true to that assessment. I don't know what we could have done much different once he started to get going. Today the Rockies try to come back and even the series versus the Marlins' least effective starter thus far, Al Leiter, while we'll be using our own least



The off day after our latest bullpen miscue allows me a chance to do some exploration of baseball theory, but first a recap:When I left off yesterday the Rockies had a slim five to three lead heading into the sixth inning. Francis got through that with no further damage and handed the ball over to Brian Fuentes, who made it through the seventh before hitting J.D. Drew to lead off the eighth.



In the top of the third already, Jeff Francis is in a little bit of trouble with two on and JD Drew at the plate. That pop out to short center, where our short centerfileder, Clint Barmes caught up to it, preserves the lead. In the bottom half of the second, Aaron Miles swung at the first two pitches he saw and ended our own threat just as benignly. Miles had a profile up at yesterday,



A little after I state that there hasn't been much chaange at the top of the draft board, I read ESPN's Peter Gammons' article that has one GM predicting the first six picks going this way:1 Arizona - Justin Upton2 KC - Alex Gordon3 Seattle - Luke Hochevar4 Washington - Troy Tulowitzki5 Milwaukee - Ryan Zimmerman6 Toronto - Ricky RomeroWhich leaves Cameron Maybin floating down to Colorado at



Jason Jennings' milestone night, tying Pedro Astacio for winningest Coors Field pitcher ever, came at a fantastic time and the fact he made a complete game of it (allowing the bullpen a night off) should pay benefits for the remainder of the homestand as long as none of our other starters implode early. The Aaron Miles walk watch continues, but going four for five still trumps getting a free pass



Yesterday, the Rockies lost in a game I expect to be more typical of the season than the first two weeks have shown, one promising with glimpses of the bright future, but ultimately a letdown due to inexperience and inconsistency. Our offense played hard for four innings commanded the plate and getting solid contact, but when the Phillies' pitchers started to adjust by expanding their targets,



Sorry for the somewhat doubled post if you were reading this morning, I think I lose posts and then mysteriously they appear later after I post a rehash. I deleted one and am counting the days to when I move to my fancier new digs. I will keep you informed on that as well. Now for a little mailbag action (very little, my mailbag is quite small usually)Hello!Google searches have uncovered numerous



How often has Clint Barmes ranged into left or center and robbed hits already this season? That double play starting catch to get Jamey Wright out of a jam in the bottom of the sixth is why we're sold on him and probably saved the game for us, as a rally by the Phillies there could have been devastating. Still we won, and even though the relievers were again shaky after another good start by



Finally a game without caveats, won from start to finish without the usual "yes, but..." that accompanied our other two victories on the season, and it was definitely a positive step. Jeff Francis was solid, the hitting produced (for the most part, we didn't convert early as much as we could have) and in the bullpen's shortest stint of the year, Chen Hui Tsao and Jose Acevedo came through, go



Too late for a preview, right now it's the bottom of the fourth. Michael Restovich just gave us a 3-1 lead. Francis is looking good, like he's getting into the groove of things and he should turn another lead over to our bullpen. Last night, excluding Ryan Speier's meltdown, our bullpen was solid and it looks like we might finally be getting things somewhat together. Interesting missed call on



Those Damn Bases on BallsToday the Rockies face the Arizona Diamondbacks in a battle between the two worst teams in the league at allowing baserunners aboard. However, really the Rockies are in a class by themselves here in their ineptitude. Right now, Rox pitchers allow opposing batters to reach base at a .412 clip, whereas the D-backs awful staff is giving up .357 in opponents' OBP. How big is



In a couple of hours the Rockies and Giants will take the field in what will be the rubber game of this three game set, thankfully the burden of the losing streak is now off the Rockies' backs. Kudos to the team and the coaching staff for addressing a lot of the problems the team was having in the previous games. Staying aggressive on the basepaths, working pitchers deep into the count and even



Alright, I've gotten it out of my system with my whole "let's fire Clint" campaign. Obviously Hurdle isn't the only person responsible for the Rockies' woes, and though he has made fritical mistakes, it's not like he's working with Murderer's Row. So let's take a step back and look at some of the successes of the season thus far, and try to determine if they are flukes or for real so we have



So last night I caught a bit of the Asheville/Kannapolis broadcast (the Tourists don't have audio, but luckily the Intimidators do and Asheville supplied a hookup on its site) since I wanted to catch up on some prospect happenings. Samuel Deduno was pitching so I figured it would be alright, of course the book (well, my book anyway) on Deduno says he has a bit of a control issue if he lets his



Required ReadingDo Rockies prospects need a yoga coach? Seriously, somebody needs to check in on their conditioning. A couple of days ago I wrote that Ian Stewart hasn't played yet while nursing a pulled hamstring, but I assumed from looking at the stats that Chris Nelson was healthy while slumping. Turns out he also pulled his hammie (on opening day) and hasn't played up to full speed yet. Still



One more day, one more disappointment. Jeff Francis didn't have a game last year in which he walked more than three batters, but he walks six yesterday (yes, one was intentional). Then, in an echo of Saturday's game when Scott Dohmann came into a close game and pitched himself into a bases loaded jam, Byung Hyun Kim did the same and like Dohmann, cracked at the defining moment, throwing the ball



Changes at the TopI've had enough. Today we're going to start the discussion. It's not just because the Rockies have lost six straight, they will do that and more probably more than once this season regardless of who manages the ballclub, but it's the way they have lost that's so frustrating. Blown leads due to the ineffectual use of the bullpen, shoddy defense, a lack of focus on offense (no



Why are the Rockies losing so much? The bullpen, yes, but look at the production over the last five games from three of our opening day heroes:Aaron MilesPreston WilsonMatt HollidayBetween them they have two walks and nine hits (only one for extra bases) in fifty five at bats. That's equal to a .163 batting average and with only two walks (none for leadoff hitter Miles) their OBP isn't much



It's difficult to speak to the troubles the Rockies are having, yesterday being another good example of a game that the team probably should have won -Brad Halsey just isn't that good of a pitcher- but didn't because of bad discipline and inexperience. So today I will point out more bad news as a way of kicking us while we're down. One of the Rockies uber-prospects, shortstop Chris Nelson, has



I will start with the day's big headline, the announced suspension of outfielder Jorge Piedra for a violation of the performance enhancing drug policy before moving on to other news from the ugly weekend in San Fran.Piedra is only the second major leaguer to be punished thus far as baseball promises to crack down on the steroid issue after letting it fester embarassingly for too many years.



Yesterday's anticipated battle of future NL West stars only half lived up to its billing, unfortunately it wasn't our half. The bullpen is going to be shaky and erratic for most of the season, so we should get used to it as our pitchers continue to develop into their roles. Anyway, today Jamey Wright goes against Jerome WIlliams in a matchup that favors our team a lot more than the Giants, so



A review of yesterday's minor league opening shows the Rockies' system getting off to a slow start, with Colorado Springs, Modesto, and Asheville all losing while Tulsa eked out a 2-1 win. Really the only good performance from a prospect came from the Modesto Nuts' Chris Ianetta, who had two singles and scored a couple of runs thanks in part to little league defense from Stockton. The Drillers'



The minor league preview will have to wait until tomorrow as it is taking longer (as usual) than I anticipated. A quick preview of tonight's game would seem to stack in the Rockies' favor at first glance, with Adam Eaton being another Padres' hurler who has never done well at Coors. But a lot of the reason for that rests with one player who we don't have anymore, Larry Walker, who has owned Eaton



Okay, let’s get to work class. Last night the Rockies came through with a victory in traditional Coors style contest 12-10 and currently hold a half game lead in the division. Today we’re going to look into some of the numbers from last night to see what happened, why the Rockies won, why they almost lost, and try to figure out what we should look for going forward. Yesterday in my pregame I