How are the Rockies fairing so far in 2012 vs some of the players they didn’t re-sign or traded away this past offseason?
The Rockies have combined to hit .223/.264/.473 (.304 wOBA), 9 home runs and 0.5 WAR
Chris Iannetta has only played in 26 games with a .197/.312/.395 (.309 wOBA), 3 HR and 0.4 WAR
Rockies: .236/.298/.356 (.283 wOBA), 3 HR and -0.1 WAR
Ian Stewart: .206/.288/.351 (.277 wOBA), 4 HR and 0.1 WAR
Rockies: .279/.320/.481 (.344 wOBA), 7 HR and 0.4 WAR
Seth Smith: (37 games) .238/.371/.366 (.331 wOBA), 3 HR and 0.4 WAR
Rockies: 207 2/3 IP, 7.02 K/9, 3.68 BB/9, 1.26 HR/9, 4.98 ERA, 4.57 FIP, 2.0 WAR
Ubaldo Jimenez: 46 IP, 5.48 K/9, 6.26 BB/9, 1.17 HR/9, 5.09 ERA, 5.60 FIP, -0.2 WAR
Jason Hammel: 43 2/3 IP, 8.45 K/9, 2.89 BB/9, 0.62 HR/9, 2.68 ERA, 2.95 FIP, 1.2 WAR
Kevin Millwood: 49 2/3 IP, 6.34 K/9, 3.62 BB/9, 0.36 HR/9, 4.17 ERA, 3.35 FIP, 1.0 WAR
If Dan O’Dowd was looking to upgrade at the catcher position, he did not. Iannetta is providing just as much offensive production as the Wilin Rosario and Ramon Hernandez are for the Rockies. Iannetta was a favorite around these parts last year and when he was traded for Tyler Chatwood the confusion set in. Chatwood has thrown a grand total of eight innings for the Rockies this year and is currently pitching in AAA. In other words the Rockies traded away a guy who is playing just as good this year as the current players for a AAA player. Loss.
Stewart was bad last year, I know. I also know he wasn’t given a fair shake at third by Jim Tracy last year either. Now the Rockies have no one at third (Jordan Pacheco is NOT the answer) and Stewart is out producing the current Rockies third basemen while playing in Chicago. Oh, and since April 30th Stewart is batting .268/.369/.482 in 17 games; he is heating up without the worry of being sent to AAA. The Cubs hit him fifth or sixth everyday and he is starting to respond. What did the Rockies get in return for Stewart? The Rockies did get Tyler Colvin (and DJ LeMahieu). Colvin has obviously been pretty good for the Rockies this year. I would say the trade is even at this point but I have a feeling we will look back at this trade at the end of the year and the Cubs will have the better side.
In right field is the Rockies big money offseason signing: Michael Cuddyer. When comparing those who have played right field for the Rockies this year versus Smith the Rockies have more power (in more games) and a better average but Smith carries a pretty lofty on-base percentage (and we know Billy Beane loves a good OBP). If we look at pure value Smith has been worth as many wins in 2012 in fewer games than Rockies right fielders. The Rockies traded Smith for Josh Outman and Guillermo Moscoso. We saw how awful Moscoso was in two starts this year and Outman has been hurt. As of now this is another trade the Rockies lost. Add in the expensive Cuddyer contract and it is even worse.
Banging on the starting pitching isn’t almost even fair at this point: the Rockies pitching has sucked. I could take almost any pitcher in baseball and their stats will look better than the Rockies starting pitching stats. Except Ubaldo. What a fall. From being compared to Bob Gibson through the first half of 2010 to being awfully close to pitching his way out of baseball nearly two calendar years later. How much longer can the Cleveland Indians continue to start a guy with an ERA over five? And according to FIP he should actually be WORSE! The Rockies easily won this trade and if Drew Pomeranz and Alex White develop into pitchers that contribute for even a few years the trade between O’Dowd and Indians GM Chris Antonetti is going to look like one of the biggest heists in recently memory.
Take this for what it is worth: comparing small sample sizes, but it is interesting how it is pretty apparent that O’Dowd hasn’t improved this team over the roster from last year. Not at all.
(I don’t like worrying about the closer. I think the importance put on a guy to get three outs in the ninth inning when his team might be winning by as many as three runs is ridiculous. But Rafael Betancourt has a 3.00 ERA in 15 IP and has one blown save in eight save chance while Huston Street has a 0.93 ERA in 9 2/3 IP and has converted all four save opportunities.)