What do bloggers have over the guys who are paid to write or talk about the Rockies? They can be critical. Bloggers aren’t paid by the club and therefore don’t have to be as nice. Even the beat writers for the Denver Post can’t be fully critical of the team because the team could get offended and limit some of their access.
As a Cubs fan I recall the 2004 season in which Steve Stone and Chip Caray were forced out of their contracts with the Chicago Cubs because they were critical of the team after the magical 2003 season (that ended too abruptly). They were especially hard on Moises Alou and there were reports that Alou actually went into the clubhouse during the game and listened to what Stone and Caray had to say about him. He wasn’t pleased and played a large part – as I recall it – in getting rid of the TV guys for the Cubs.
Keep that in mind the next time you hear Drew Goodman inexplicably praise a poor performing Rockies player.
Saturday night on the way home the 850 KOA guys were clamoring over the pitching matchup of Johan Santana and Jamie Moyer…as if Moyer is in the same class as Santana. Then again before the game on Sunday I heard Goodman say something similar.
On Saturday after Guillermo Moscoso threw batting practice to the New York Mets Patrick Saunders tweeted the following:
Take away homer by #Mets Duda and #Rockies Moscoso hasn’t been hit that hard, but singles have killed him. Mets lead 6-4.
I don’t know what Saunders was watching but Moscoso was giving up line drives to the outfield all game. Sure he gave up a home run and that could be viewed as the only well hit ball but he was also saved by a Michael Cuddyer diving grab in the first and two nice plays by Dexter Fowler.
According to the detailed play-by-play on Fangraphs.com Moscoso allowed seven fly balls (three of which were of the line drive variety), four ground balls (two for hits), five line drive hits to the outfield, a line drive home run, an infield line out, one walk and five strikeouts. At least his K:BB ratio was 5:1 which is really good, but by my count he allowed 10 line drive batted balls and that means there were 10 well struck baseballs in five innings of work. That is not good and his six runs were not luck, the Mets hit him and hit him hard.
Moscoso had an ERA of 7.91 at AAA (in two of his four games he allowed seven runs) and that ERA isn’t an mis-leading.
What was Saunders watching?
Today Moyer gave up four runs in the first inning and in only five innings pitched he allowed 11 hits. ELEVEN! Again, they weren’t fluky hits. Meanwhile Santana allowed only two hits in six innings work. Which pitcher performed better? Do we really need to discuss why Santana v Moyer in 2012 shouldn’t be touted as a potential pitcher’s duel?
I will say that I would have never guessed that Moyer could strike out seven batters in a single game and he did that today. And as opposed to Moscoso Moyer recorded more ground ball outs than fly ball outs.
Todd Helton hit a grand slam today to tie the game in the eighth inning and Carlos Gonzalez smoked a clothesline over the wall to tie the game in the tenth inning to tie the game again. Seeing the Rockies come back late is something they didn’t do – ever? – in 2011 and this year does have a bit of a different feel late in the game.
…but they didn’t win…so…ya…it was a nice, sunny day at Coors Field today.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are coming to town to start the week and the Rockies really almost need a sweep to keep up with Matt Kemp, Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers as the are already 5.5 games back. At this point it seems much more likely that the Rockies get swept and if so they will be 8.5 games out early in May. Need a strong outing from Juan Nicasio to get the series off on the right foot.