Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Lineup Card: Rockies vs Dodgers 5-1-12

And a bonus H & H link: April Review and Player Rankings

Colorado Rockies (11-11)
  1. Eric Young Jr. (CF)
  2. Marco Scutaro (2B)
  3. Carlos Gonzalez (LF)
  4. Troy Tulowitzki (SS)
  5. Todd Helton (1B)
  6. Michael Cuddyer (RF)
  7. Ramon Hernandez (C)
  8. Chris Nelson (3B)
  9. Jhoulys Chacin (P)
Young starting in anywhere in the outfield is a bad idea. Young starting in centerfield is a recipe for disaster.

Unfortunately, whenever a Jim Tracy idea seems poor, misguided, or like a prelude to disaster, we end up writing about it in the Recap. 

I don't feel well. 

Los Angeles Dodgers (16-7)
  1. Dee Gordon (SS)
  2. Mark Ellis (2B)
  3. Matt Kemp (CF)
  4. Andre Ethier (RF)
  5. James Loney (1B)
  6. Tony Gwynn (LF)
  7. Adam Kennedy (3B)
  8. A.J. Ellis (C)
  9. Ted Lilly (P)
You know what's scary and possibly a little bit sad? I feel like we're catching a major break with Juan Uribe and Jerry Hairston both out of tonight's lineup.

More Rockies thoughts await you if you follow me on Twitter: @Townie813 & @HeavenHelton

April Review and Player Rankings

May 1st already. Man, the days and weeks fly by when baseball season is in full swing.

Welcome to my own odd look back at the Rockies month of April. I actually used to do a variation of these monthly reviews back when I covered the Rockies for Bugs & Cranks circa. 2007-2009, and had some fun with them, so I've decided to bring them back and have some fun again in front of my new/old audience.

Here we go.

April Record: 11-11

Swing Games: Tommy Lasorda always said "every team wins 60 games and losses 60 games. It's what you do with the other 42 games that counts." We'll call those swing games, or to break it down even further, the ones you really wish you'd won or easily could/should have lost, but didn't.

By my count, the Rockies played six of those "swing games" in April, and managed split them right down the middle.

The win over Arizona was my favorite. I'll highlight why in a moment. All three losses were equally disappointing because they all contributed to a losing series against a team the Rockies needed to beat.

Rock Solid Recap: CarGo Stays Hot, Helps Cool Off Dodgers

Rockies 6, Dodgers 2 (boxscore)

Winning Player: Carlos Gonzalez (2-for-3, 2 RBI, 2 R, BB, 2 broken bats)

Just to give you an idea of how productive he was tonight, even the lone out he made was an RBI grounder in the first. He really played his offensive role perfectly tonight and is so locked in right now it's making life much easier for the pieces around him.

Also, he made a really good catch. (Watch)

Honorable Mentions: Troy Tulowitzki - Only one hit, but it was the game-breaking two-run double in the decisive 4th.

Ramon Hernandez - We've seen his power early in the season, but tonight he impressed with his situational hitting. In the 4th, it was a sacrifice fly that capped the three-run rally. In the 6th, Ramon delivered a two-out RBI double that pushed the advantage to 5-2. Big insurance runs.

Turning Point: Ramon's double led us to 7th inning, where Jim Tracy surprised most of us by putting Juan Nicasio back on the hill after he needed a season high 108 pitches to get through the first six. Granted, Nicasio had held his own all night long and the bullpen was certainly gassed from the weekend series with New York, but it just felt like Nicasio had reached his limit in a stressful 6th and this was going to be a really bad idea.

Exactly seven pitches later, it proved to be a really bad idea as pinch-hitter Jerry Hairston and lead-off man Dee Gordon smoked back-to-back singles. That forced Tracy to finally budge and make his call... to Esmil Rogers. Rogers then made a difficult situation an impossible situation by walking Mark Ellis to load the bases for Matt Kemp.