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Old 04-15-2012, 10:20 AM
 
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I was kind of surprised about Troy-yea! They looked like fairly easy plays to make-sheesh!

I'm looking from a big year from Helton, providing his back holds up. He's been through the ringer on THAT subject!
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Old 04-18-2012, 05:22 PM
 
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Jamie Moyer pitched 7 strong innings and reliever Dexter Fowler held the San Diego Padres off for a 5-3 victory last night.

Jamie is the oldest pitcher in Major League history at 49 years, 150 days! Congrats to ya Jamie!
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Old 04-23-2012, 12:26 PM
 
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Rockies have now won three straight series and are in 2nd place. I don't think they have enough pitching to keep up with LA, SF or AZ.
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Old 05-06-2012, 06:43 PM
 
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Well, here we are on 06 May and the Rockies just got swept at Coors Field in a 3-game series vs the Atlanta Braves. Ouch.

Combined score of the 3 game set was Braves 29 - Rockies 19.

Hard to win when your pitching staff serves up 10 runs per game.

Rockies are now 12-15 for 2012.

Here are some stats from the MLB site:

Rockies are 3rd best scoring team in all of MLB, with 146 RBIs. The Texas Rangers have also scored 146 runs, lead their division with an 18-10 record and have a 6th best pitching ERA of 3.26

Rockies are LAST in pitching (30th), giving up 153 runs, with the 28th worst ERA at 5.13. Best team in MLB is the Washington Nationals, who've given up only 73 runs and also have the MLB-best ERA of 2.36

Rockies are scoring enough runs to win more games, but their poor pitching staff is doing them in.

Which starter will depart next? Moyer, the 49-year-old gimmick? Chacin just got sent down to the Skysox....he had a 7.30 ERA.
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Old 05-29-2012, 01:39 PM
 
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At this point, the Rockies season is essentially a lost cause for 2012, and it's not even June yet.

At this date, 48 games have been played by the Rockies and the Dodgers.
- Dodgers are 32-16 for a .667 winning percentage, on a pace to end up with 108 wins.
- Rockies are 19-29 for a .396 winning percentage, 13 games behind the Dodgers

There are 114 games left to play.

For the Rockies to end up with 108 wins, as the Dodgers are on a pace to do, the Rockies have to win 79 out of the 114 games remaining, a .700 pace, which is almost impossible for any team to do over the remaining 4.25 months of the season.

If it's going to take 100 wins to capture the NL West title, the Rockies must win 71 of the remaining games, at a .623 pace.

I don't think the Rockies have, or can get, the pitching they need in order to pull off winning the NL West.
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Old 05-30-2012, 05:49 AM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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At this point, the Rockies season is essentially a lost cause for 2012, and it's not even June yet.

At this date, 48 games have been played by the Rockies and the Dodgers.
- Dodgers are 32-16 for a .667 winning percentage, on a pace to end up with 108 wins.
- Rockies are 19-29 for a .396 winning percentage, 13 games behind the Dodgers

There are 114 games left to play.

For the Rockies to end up with 108 wins, as the Dodgers are on a pace to do, the Rockies have to win 79 out of the 114 games remaining, a .700 pace, which is almost impossible for any team to do over the remaining 4.25 months of the season.

If it's going to take 100 wins to capture the NL West title, the Rockies must win 71 of the remaining games, at a .623 pace.
As a Dodger fan I don't think the Dodgers will continue winning at this pace. I still think the Dodgers are a .500 team. If they win half of their 114 games that's 89 wins.

For the Rockies to get 89 wins they'd have to win 70 of 114 games. That's a .614 winning percentage or a 100 win pace. I wouldn't expect the Rockies to have it in them, but stranger things have certainly happened
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Old 05-30-2012, 08:57 PM
 
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In an earlier posting, I mentioned how bad the Rockies pitching was, and along that vein it was reported today that 49-year old Jamie Moyer has been designated for assignment. In all likelihood his career is over. He sat out all of the 2011 season due to elbow surgery, and I've been critical from the start of the Rockies for hiring him. For the season, he is 2-5 with a 5.70 ERA.
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Old 05-31-2012, 05:47 AM
 
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In an earlier posting, I mentioned how bad the Rockies pitching was, and along that vein it was reported today that 49-year old Jamie Moyer has been designated for assignment. In all likelihood his career is over. He sat out all of the 2011 season due to elbow surgery, and I've been critical from the start of the Rockies for hiring him. For the season, he is 2-5 with a 5.70 ERA.
Moyer looks like the same pitcher that he's been recently.

2011/Career
K% 14.2/14.1
BB% 7.1/6.7
LD% 18.9/19.9
GB% 42.6/39.7
FB% 38.4/40.4

Hardly any difference. The biggest difference is in his BABIP. It's .342 this season and .283 in his career.

Coors field inflates BABIP, especially on flyballs (I don't have the numbers at the minute though). The Rockies got a bunch of pitchers this season that have had low BABIPs (Jeremy Guthrie) hoping (I assume) that they would be able to sustain those low BABIPs. Well, the whole point of BABIP is that pitchers don't control it. The pitchers that the Rockies acquired have, predictably, gotten roughed up.

Now, with Moyer, there is always that possibility that his BABIP is inflated because hitters are making solid contact. His fastball is about 3 miles per hour slower than it was in 2010. A 77 MPH fastball, just might not be good enough for the bigs.

I hope it's not the end for Moyer. Maybe he can get a chance in San Diego or Seattle, places that really help the pitcher. Coors was a worst case scenario for him.
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Old 06-10-2012, 06:53 PM
 
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Well, the Rockies just got swept a 3-game inter-league series with the Angels, and have now lost 5 games in a row. Yuck.

In these past five games, the Rockies were outscored by 44 to 16. Even while scoring EIGHT runs today, they lost, because the pitching today gave up TEN runs to the Angels. When you score 8 runs but still lose it's got to kill the morale of the team.

Rockies have the worst pitching record (ERA) in ALL of baseball.

As far as scoring goes, the Rockies are 4th in RBIs in all of baseball.

The Jamie Moyer experiment failed badly, they let him go, with Moyer garnering a minor league spot with Baltimore.

The Jeff Francis experiment started badly, he only went 3.1 innings in his "debut" yesterday, giving up 8 runs, earning a loss.

I'm surprised that no heads have rolled yet. I'm expecting something to happen by the All Star Break, but who knows...
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Old 06-11-2012, 06:30 AM
 
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Rockies have the worst pitching record (ERA) in ALL of baseball.

As far as scoring goes, the Rockies are 4th in RBIs in all of baseball.
This is why we should consider park factors. Of course a team playing in Coors will have a higher ERA and more RBI than if they weren't playing in Coors.

The Rockies' ERA is 23% worse than the league average.
However, their park adjusted numbers are only about 5% worse than average (FIP- and xFIP-).
Major League Team Stats » 2012 » Pitchers » Advanced Statistics | FanGraphs Baseball

Meanwhile, their adjusted offense (wRC+) comes in at exactly average.
Major League Team Stats » 2012 » Batters » Dashboard | FanGraphs Baseball

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The Jeff Francis experiment started badly, he only went 3.1 innings in his "debut" yesterday, giving up 8 runs, earning a loss.
He stuck out 5% of batters and walked 5% of batters.
Walking 5% is about what we'd expect. Striking out 5% isn't enough.
His swinging strike percentage was 7%, about what it was last year when he was a totally usable pitcher. It's a small sample, but encouraging.

I don't have his pitch f/x numbers so I can't comment on his pitches.

He generated a lot of groundballs, which is good and what he does.

A .526 BABIP (unless he was totally throwing meatballs) should come down.

I really wanted LA to get Francis instead of Harang or Capuano this year. Those guys have pitched well, so I'm rooting for Francis (somewhat...he is a Rockie afterall).

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I'm surprised that no heads have rolled yet. I'm expecting something to happen by the All Star Break, but who knows...
As I mentioned earlier, the Rockies plan of getting low BABIP pitchers didn't make a lot of sense.
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