I have to make an admission. I fell asleep last night. But, it didn’t happen until the middle of the fourteenth inning. Maybe it was because I knew the Rockies were cooked. The last thing I remember was watching Felipe Paulino leave the bullpen, knowing he was about to face Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder. When I woke up, Helmer and Cowboy were on and I that’s all I needed to see. I knew exactly what happened. I still haven’t watched the replay of Fielder’s home run, and, to be honest, I don’t plan on it.
I’m not going to trash Jim Tracy today. Obviously, Tracy was only using Felipe and his barrel magnet fastball as a last resort. Instead, I’m going after Dan O’Dowd because this has gotten ridiculous and it’s his job to fix it. First of all, if the Rockies had done any research whatsoever, they would’ve known that Paulino is a fraud. His game is predicated upon heat, but the reality is that big league hitters feast on his fastball. This is a fact. Check out his wFB in every year of his career:
2011: – 6.5
The Rockies lose pretty much any time Paulino pitches. The manager has totally given up on him. When he comes into games, his teammates become visibly dejected. Yet, here he is, still on the roster, finding his way into games at crucial points. It’s like O’Dowd isn’t willing to admit a mistake. In fact, I’m pretty sure he is the only person in Denver that thinks Paulino should still be on this team.
Felipe needs to designated for assignment today. If the Rockies play one more game with him in the bullpen that is too many. Cut ties with Paulino and call up Rex Brothers. At the very least, Brothers will be able to get lefties out. Paulino can’t even get an out. His presence on this team is inexcusable. If the Rockies end up missing the playoffs by a game or two, you can bet I’ll be pointing to Paulino’s contributions.
If the rapture comes tonight, I’ll never forgive Dan O’Dowd. The last event in Rockies’ history will have been a painful loss on a walk off homer given up by someone that should’ve been off the roster weeks ago.
P.S. I just broke down and watched the highlight of Fielder’s home run. I feel violated.