Friday, June 14, 2013

Series Preview- Rockies

Philadelphia Phillies (32-35) @ Colorado Rockies (35-32)

Pitching Match-Ups:
Friday, 8:40 - KK vs. Juan Nicasio
Saturday, 4:10 - Petite Bone vs. Tyler Chatwood
Sunday, 4:10 - Old Girl Parts vs. Jhoulys Chacin

Rockies Bats:
R - 330 (2nd)
AVG - .272 (5th)
OPS - .780 (2nd)

In last night's game, the Rockies lost Carlos Gonzalez/LF, Troy Tulowitzki/SS, and Dexter Fowler/CF to injuries.  CarGo and Fowler were only bruised, but Tulo broke a rib.  That's .315/.974, 140 R, 44 HR, 129 RBI, 23 SB missing from the lineup.  Don't worry, Phillie killer Todd Helton/1B (.360/1.097 lifetime) is still around and Michael Cuddyer/LF is having a helluva season too (.337/.995), so they won't go peacefully.

Rockies Arms:
ERA - 4.03 (16th)
WHIP - 1.34 (22nd)

The Rockies typically have good offenses, but it's their pitching that has them on the winning side of things this season.  The starters don't pitch deep into games, but they keep the score respectable.  When the ball is handed off to the bullpen, good things happen if Rex Brothers (1 earned run in 29.2 IP) or Adam Ottavino (1.80 ERA) get it.

Down on the Farm:
Two Clearwater Threshers are performing quite well- Severino Gonzalez/P and Maikel Franco/3B. 

Gonzalez is a skinny (6'1" 153 lb.) 20 year old that pitches right-handed.  In 3 minor league seasons (2 in Venezuela and now in Clearwater) he's only walked 11 batters in 158 innings.  That's Greg Maddux-esque control.  He also has a sparkling 1.59 ERA and 0.76 WHIP.

Franco is also 20 years old, but his talents are held within his bat.  He's currently batting .296/.912 with 23 DBL, 15 HR, and 49 RBI.  He's also improving at the hot corner, so in coming years the Phillies might have a good problem on their hands between Cody Asche and Maikel Franco fighting for 3rd base. 
Despite Colorado's injuries, the Rox sweep the Phils.  Phils offense disgusts me.  Amaro should be ashamed.


Anonymous said...

Cloyd and Hernandez went down, Minimart and Diekman up. Does this mean we potentially see Zambrano next week?

GM-Carson said...

No, this means Amaro is a dumbass.

Andrew said...

Does Hernandez for Martinez make any sense to anybody?

Anonymous said...

The Phillies announced John Lannan will be starting Monday against the Nationals, so it's unclear where Zambrano fits in the Major League rotation. Lannan is returning from a knee injury that forced him out for two months.

Found it here.

Preserve Jon said...

Hernandez is a natural 3rd basemen. He can't play second base effectively, so he's out. Martinez can play all infield positions sub-par, so he's in.

I thought Michael Young was able to play 2nd? With Utley out, why not more him there and keep Hernandez in the lineup at 3rd. Unless Young's range is too poor to play at 2nd.

Andrew said...

The all-to-common classification that a player is a "natural" any position is stupid. If you're a highly paid athlete, or even a not highly paid athlete, you should be able to play comparable positions. Its called athleticism. I'm not saying a pitcher should be able to play center field, but an infielder should be able to play all infield and an outfielder should be able to play all outfield. In my opinion, this over specialization of positions is hurting the game (see: closer, setup man, "7th inning guy")

GM-Carson said...

Hernandez is still young and needs regular at bats, that's why he was sent back down. Charlie doesn't know how to manage, so he was wasting away on the bench.

GM-Carson said...

2 catchers were just DFA'd- Kelly Shoppach and Ramon Hernandez. I'd like to see the Phils pickup Hernandez. He's better than Quintero all-around. Chooch isn't fully healthy yet, and Kratz may not be back this season.

Preserve Jon said...

Andrew, I disagree. I'm a highly (ok reasonably) paid specialist in interpreting a federal law. But there are two different aspects to the interpreting the same law - architectural History and archaeology. According to 2nd federal law, I'm legally qualified to conduct and manage archaeologists.

But guess what, I don't know shit about archaeology.

Most people in highly paid jobs are there because they are the most capable person in the marketplace available to fill a highly specified position.

You can hide a defender with less range at 3b because of the foul line. There are also essentially two types of throws a third basemen has to make - one to first base and home, which require the same motions; and one to 2nd base, which requires a pivot. Remember the maxim that in order to be accomplished at a skill, you need 10,000 hours of practice. Think about how many throws Hernandez has made from 3rd in his life time.

From second base, you're required to make throws to all bases, each of which requires a different motion depending upon where you are on the field. And a 2nd basemen has to make highly timed flips to the shortstop on a regular basis. The range is also broader and deeper.

Asking a young player to move positions while still getting his feet underneath him in the batter's box could set him back a long time.

(See BROWN, Domonic)

Preserve Jon said...

BTW tried Hollow Point last night.

Highly recommended.

Morak99 said...

I wouldn't mind Hernandez being sent down if it didn't mean more pinch running appearances by Mini Mart for Delmon Young.

Ryan Howard is now over 100 ABs since he last homered. Hitting .219 during that span.

The Phillies entire offence minus Brown an Utley has -0.1 WAR. The good news is that saber-metrically, the pitching is no too shabby. 7.5 WAR as a staff, but that includes -1.9 by Halladay and Durbin alone.

Anonymous said...

I like Ramon Hernandez too.

Anonymous said...

Article on Zambrano is that he is throwing at 85 MPH.

GM-Carson said...

I don't care, I want to see Big Z make at least one appearance!

GM-Carson said...

Preserve Jon- do you mean The Perfect Crime Hollow Point beer, a quad by style?

Beer-a-Thon said...

Freddy Galvis is seeming pretty useless of late. Just another reason this team won't crack .500 this season.

GM-Carson said...

Go figure, Galvis has 2 rbi triples tonight.

Bob D said...

Franco is likely to be a better 3B than Asche, he has that much upside.

Galvis should be starting SS from now on, he hits triples when he plays there. Mini Mart just proved in last 2 weeks at AAA that he is a powerhouse hitter waiting in the wings. I hope Durbin returns with a gas can. Please Ruben bring back Adam Eaton to make this team complete! Oh the Humanity!

GM-Carson said...

Dripping with it.

Preserve Jon said...

Perfect Crime indeed.

Also had Stillwater Artisinal's Dark Saison for the first time. It was like a very flavorful, lighter, but still malty porter. The jury's still out.

GM-Carson said...

I love a good Belgian Quad. Makes me feel happy.

I haven't had anything by Stillwater Artisinal yet, not in PA unfortunately.