Showing posts with label Cincinnati Reds. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Cincinnati Reds. Show all posts

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Rock Solid Recrap: Jonathan Sanchez Remains Worse Than Everybody

Reds 7, Rockies 2 (boxscore)

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Here goes.

Jonathan Sanchez's Line: 4 1/3 IP, 6 ER, 8 H, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 84 pitches (48 strikes)

For a split second you had to be amazed Dan O'Dowd found a taker for Jeremy Guthrie that was willing to give up a living being in return (not to mention one that had thrown a no-hitter in MLB). And then we came to the realization that the return was Jonathan Sanchez (the only pitcher in baseball having a worse year than Guthrie).

Surprise! The change of scenery hasn't helped Sanchez one bit so far, and all we can do is sarcastically joke that we miss Guthrie.

Fun times.

Highlight of the Afternoon: The Rockies two runs came on one 1st inning swing. They then curled up and were overpowered for the remaining eight frames, but here's your highlight.

Bonus Highlight: Watch CarGo's diving grab

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Rock Solid Recrap: Reds Win 9th Straight (Equaling Rockies Total Since June 25th)

Reds 9, Rockies 7 (boxscore)

I think the headline alone would be a sufficient enough recap, but I'll touch on a few things anyway because I love sharing my Rockies misery with all of you.

What Went Wrong: Well, the good news is all of the Reds home runs were solo. The bad news is they hit five of them. I don't care which ballpark you're in or what lineup you're facing, five is too many.

Christian Friedrich's Line: 4 1/3 IP, 7 ER, 6 H, 1 BB, 3 K, 3 HR, 55 pitches (32 strikes)

The three homers Friedrich allowed were all crushed. No cheapies at all. But those all came in the first three innings. The Reds then dinked and dunked him in the 5th (walk, three singles) and Jim Tracy had no patience for it, pulling him at only 55 pitches. Josh Roenicke then poured gasoline on Friedrich's ERA by allowing a two-run double to Brandon Phillips.

I still have no idea how to evaluate our young pitchers under the current pitching system, so this was just another "meh" outing in my eyes. Hopefully Jhoulys Chacin can return after his impending four-start rehab assignment on time and the Rockies will be ready to operate like a major league organization again so we can evaluate them as such.

Turning Point: The Rockies struck for three in the 1st, giving Friedrich a pretty nice cushion to work with. He then immediately gave up 2nd inning home runs to Ryan Ludwick and Todd Frazier.

I think we all realized where the game was headed at that point. Including Dan O'Dowd.

Rock Solid Recrap: A Very Whatever Game, Followed By A Whatever Trade

Reds 3, Rockies 0 (boxscore)

Was that game just completely boring or was that game completely uninteresting? Those are the only two options I'm giving you, and the good news you can't go wrong with either answer.

What Went Wrong: Well, aside from the obvious, which is scoring zippo against Bronson Arroyo and company, I'd like to focus on the continued defensive struggles of Wilin Rosario, which were on full display during the 6th inning once Adam Ottavino was summoned. In the span of I believe three pitches, Rosario was unable to knock down two of them, which allowed Ryan Ludwick to come around from second base (without a ball being put in play) with Cincinnati's third and final run.

The first one was an obvious wild pitch, one that no catcher in baseball would have been able to smother. But the awful technique and the awkward looking stab he made at the ball were detectable to even the least experienced baseball watcher. It was brutal.

The second should have been much easier to block and keep in front of him, but Rosario failed to stay down allowing the ball to squirt between his legs.

That technique leaves an awful lot to be desired, and I'd be lying if I said it didn't it pain me to watch him struggle to that extent for a couple of reasons.

1. I really like the kid and really want to see him succeed. That's the obvious one.

2. At times his technique looks so bad you almost wonder if it's possible he'll never improve. I'm sure he will in time, mainly because he seems like the type who will put in all of the extra work necessary, but it's discouraging/disappointing when you're constantly reminded just how far away he is from getting there. Time is on his side, though, so let's just cross our fingers and hope for the best.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Rock Solid Recrap: The End Nears For Jamie Moyer

Reds 7, Rockies 5 (boxscore)

What Went Wrong: Too many solo home runs. It's weird to say that, but the Rockies only had five hits today and every last one of them was a solo homer. The homers themselves are always good to see, don't get me wrong, but it wouldn't hurt to mix it up a little bit on this homestand.

Turning Point: You'd have to say Brandon Phillips' three-run home in the 3rd. It was the only non-solo roundtripper in the game, and as you can see from the score, the two extra runs made the difference.

Jamie Moyer's Line: 5 IP, 7 ER, 7 H, 1 BB, 2 K, 4 HR, 79 pitches (49 strikes)

As we've said several times over the weekend, the Great American Ballpark is a pitcher's worst nightmare. Today that nightmare reached ridiculous levels of absurdity as the teams combined to hit nine home runs. Four of those came off Moyer — including one where Todd Frazier lost the grip of his bat, tossed it 60 feet, didn't finish his swing, and the baseball still traveled 370 feet. I've never seen anything like it.

Given those conditions and circumstances, it's difficult to come down too harshly on Moyer for this specific game, but the fact remains he offers no upside currently, and he's certainly not going to be helping out in 2013. The Rockies will be much better off recalling (and sticking with) Drew Pomeranz ASAP.

Lineup Card: Rockies @ Reds 5-27-12


Colorado Rockies (17-28)
  1. Eric Young Jr. (CF)
  2. Marco Scutaro (2B)
  3. Carlos Gonzalez (LF)
  4. Troy Tulowtzki (SS)
  5. Jason Giambi (1B)
  6. Michael Cuddyer (RF)
  7. Jordan Pacheco (3B)
  8. Wilin Rosario (C)
  9. Jamie Moyer (P)
Sunday lineup grade: B

Cincinnati Reds (26-20)
  1. Zack Cozart (SS)
  2. Drew Stubbs (CF)
  3. Joey Votto (1B)
  4. Brandon Phillips (2B)
  5. Jay Bruce (RF)
  6. Ryan Ludwick (LF)
  7. Todd Frazier (3B)
  8. Ryan Hanigan (C)
  9. Mat Latos (P)
More Rockies thoughts await you if you follow me on Twitter: @Townie813 & @HeavenHelton

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Rock Solid Recrap: Another Disappointing Outing For Jeremy Guthrie

Reds 10, Rockies 3 (boxscore)

What Went Wrong: I'm just winging this tonight. There was no TV coverage here in Illinois. There's no chance in hell I'm going to go back and watch it later. And I'd be lying if I said I didn't turn off the audio after the 7th to focus on the 76ers-Celtics game.

Turning Point: The Rockies scored one run on four hits in the 1st. Definitely could have and should have been more.

One batter into the Reds half, their lead was already in jeopardy after Zack Cozart grounded to Jordan Pacheco at third. Pacheco's throw sailed past Helton, and the Reds instantly had a man in scoring position. Jeremy Guthrie did retire Drew Stubbs and Joey Votto without any advancement. But as we so often see with these Rockies, he couldn't finish the inning off.

Brandon Phillips doubled Cozart home. Jay Bruce walked. Chris Denorfia (or Heisey, same thing) hits a three-run homer.

Losing baseball.

Jeremy Guthrie's Line: 5 IP, 6 R (2 ER), 10 H, 1 BB, 5 K, 2 HR, 104 pitches (67 strikes)

The four runs were unearned by rule only. Guthrie absolutely deserves to be credited with all four of them because he all needed to do was make one more quality pitch to pick up his teammate and escape the inning. Couldn't do it. Instead, he let the inning (and ultimately the baseball game) get away with the double, walk and home run. Those were all on him.

Lineup Card: Rockies @ Reds 5-26-12


Colorado Rockies (17-27)
  1. Marco Scutaro (2B)
  2. Tyler Colvin (CF)
  3. Carlos Gonzalez (LF)
  4. Troy Tulowitzki (SS)
  5. Todd Helton (1B)
  6. Michael Cuddyer (RF)
  7. Jordan Pacheco (3B)
  8. Wil Nieves (C)
  9. Jeremy Guthrie (P)
Just realized tonight is a national broadcast and I'm stuck with Cubs-Pirates locally. Wonderful choice there, Fox. 

Cincinnati Reds (25-20)
  1. Zack Cozart (SS)
  2. Drew Stubbs (CF)
  3. Joey Votto (1B)
  4. Brandon Phillips (2B)
  5. Jay Bruce (RF)
  6. Chris Heisey (LF)
  7. Miguel Cairo (3B)
  8. Devin Mesoraco (C)
  9. Mike Leake (P)
More Rockies thoughts await you if you follow me on Twitter: @Townie813 & @HeavenHelton

Another Rock Solid Recap? Two in a row?

Rockies 6, Reds 3 (boxscore)

The Rockies streak of impressive play improved to 15 innings on Friday night. Their streak of not being outscored by the opponent now sits at two games. That means we get to pick a winning player!

Winning Player: Todd Helton! 

This is what Todd Helton does once or twice a month. He reminds us that an elite baseball player remains somewhere underneath his beaten up body, and when he's feeling good, he can win you a baseball game at any time all by himself.

Granted, he had help on Friday from Troy Tulowitzki, Christian Friedrich and a damn solid bullpen, but it was Helton's two-run homer that set the tone, and his RBI single that provided the insurance.

This one belongs to The Toddfather.

Turning Point: The Rockies jumped up 3-0 early, then Cincinnati tied it at 3 in the 4th. It's at times like this that the Rockies have lost their focus this season. The quality of at-bats tend to decrease significantly. But that wasn't the case this time around. Rather, the Rockies continued pressuring Reds ace Johnny Cueto (who admittedly wasn't on his game), and quickly regained control of the game.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Lineup Card: Rockies @ Reds 5-25-12

Wednesday's RECAP: That Almost Looked Easy


Colorado Rockies (16-27)
  1. Eric Young Jr. (CF)
  2. Marco Scutaro (2B)
  3. Carlos Gonzalez (LF)
  4. Troy Tulowitzki (SS)
  5. Todd Helton (1B)
  6. Tyler Colvin (RF)
  7. Jordan Pacheco (3B)
  8. Wilin Rosario (C)
  9. Christian Friedrich (P)
Update: Michael Cuddyer was scratched from tonight's lineup with a stiff neck. He'll join Dexter Fowler on the bench (minor ankle thing).

Annnnnd in case you missed it earlier in the week, Jonathan Herrera was placed on the DL with a hamstring issue. Infielder D.J. Lemahieu took his place. Troy Renck is also reporting that catcher Wil Nieves is in Cincinnati and listed on Jim Tracy's lineup card, meaning Ramon Hernandez will hit the DL with his hand injury. 

And the door revolves. 

Cincinnati Reds (25-19)
  1. Zack Cozart (SS)
  2. Drew Stubbs (CF)
  3. Joey Votto (1B)
  4. Brandon Phillips (2B)
  5. Chris Heisey (RF)
  6. Ryan Ludwick (LF)
  7. Todd Frazier (3B)
  8. Ryan Hanigan (C)
  9. Johnny Cueto (P)
The Reds enter tonight's game with a six-game winning streak.


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

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Spring Training Hits & Misses: Game 24 vs. Cincinnati


Todd Helton

The Rockies offense struggled with Reds ace Johnny Cueto early in today's game. Well, with the exception of Todd Helton, who connected for a pair of solo home runs — a second inning shot to right and an opposite field blast in the fourth. I actually decided to go back and watch the second one a couple more times just so I could admire it some more. It really was picture perfect swing on a pitcher's pitch down and away. Every hitting coach should have that swing on tape and show it to their pupils repeatedly. It was professional hitting at its finest.

Casey Blake

Blake desperately needed a moment that not only made himself feel confident heading into the season, but the Rockies coaching staff and myself as well. He had that moment in the fifth inning when he crushed a two-run homer to left off Cueto to give the Rockies the lead.

It was a good step in the right direction, but my hope is the Rockies will continue to make Blake prove himself (health wise and on field production) before adding him to the opening day roster. I know the Rockies won't ask him to play 130 games, so that helps his cause, but they can't afford to have any dead spots on the roster like we saw for too many extended periods last season.

Alex White

Apparently White doesn't want to be overlooked in this bullpen mix. He was excellent today in his latest audition to be the bullpen's bridge guy (starter-to-late inning relievers), throwing two scoreless and striking out three. Among his victims: Drew Stubbs, Brandon Phillps and Joey Votto. All very good hitters.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Spring Training Hits & Misses: Game 15 vs. Cincinnati


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Sunday, September 11, 2011

Rock Solid Recap: Poised Pomeranz wins MLB debut

Alright, so maybe Alex White hasn't taken the Rocky Mountain region by storm yet, but I'd say Mr. Drew Pomeranz made enough of an impact in his debut to make us forget that for a few days. Pomeranz was absolutely sensational, controlling the game for all 63 of his pitches, and never finding himself in any real legitimate danger.

Rockies 4, Reds 1 (boxscore)

A man of few words, Todd Helton summed up Pomeranz's debut about as well I could in 500.... (via @TroyRenck on Twitter)

"A lot of poise. He had a presence"

Boy did he. In his five innings, Pomeranz walked two, but only allowed two hits. One of which was clean single up the middle, and the other deflecting off Kevin Kouzmanoff's glove. Honestly, when you look at the defensive alignment behind him -- no Tulo, no CarGo, no Helton, no Ellis -- the outing becomes even that more impressive.

And you know what makes it even better? The offense scraped together a couple runs, and Drew Pomeranz get the win!

The whole game was a lot of fun to watch, which is very rare for the 2011 Rockies. And I think we can apply the cliche that it's only going to get better when big #47 is on the hill.

How about this for a tag team. When Pomeranz got in range of his pitch limit in the 5th and had to tag out, it was Jason Hammel who got the call in the 'pen. All Hammel did was pitch the fingal four innings, allowing only a Joey Votto solo home run, to collect his third career save.

Gotta love September baseball.

Rock Solid Recap: Too hot for television

You know, it's pretty much impossible to analyze games you can't see.

That was the case on Saturday, as the Rockies were outhomered by Cincinnati 5-4, but amazingly won the game...

Rockies 12, Reds 7 (boxscore)

Listen, all I can tell you is Alex White is struggling mightily to get his sinker down in the zone. It seemed like every home run Cincinnati hit, one of the radio guys described it as a pitch that flattened out belt high and screamed to be parked in the seats. These are professional hitters in the Reds lineup, so the results are not surprising.

Interestingly enough, for the first time since White debuted with the Rockies, we heard word (from Jim Armstrong on Twitter) about the finger injury that sidelined him for three months not being completely healthy. I don't know if that's true, if that's positive spin coming from somewhere, or even pure speculation, but a guy struggling with his grip would certainly have trouble getting his ball to move and locate correctly.

That said, if there is truth to that, then shut him down. What's the benefit to anyone to pitching a 22-year-old that's not healthy or ready? I don't get it.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Lackluster Recrap: Fire and passion!

Reds 4, Rockies 1 (boxscore)

I guess this is the part where I express disappointment over the Rockies lack of fire and passion after manager Jim Tracy and superstar Carlos Gonzalez were ejected from the game.

Okay, yes, that's no good. But you see, when Carlos Gonzalez hits the bricks, and Troy Tulowitzki can't play with a sore hip, and Todd Helton's fresh off a back problem, and your team has no other consistent offensive threat to speak of, fire and passion have little to do with it.

And of course professional baseball players shouldn't need that type of motivation to come ready to play every night, and to sustain that focus and hunger for nine or more innings. But we already know that most of our Rockies don't possess those intangibles, traits, or basic human emotions. They're just content collecting paychecks and looking forward to wasting their next offseason.


This team just plain stinks.

And this game was just plain boring.

I'm going to bed before I fall asleep writing about it.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Day Game Recrap: Chacin in ace form, Rockies lose anyway

Another day game. 

Another chance to win a series. 

Another predictable result. 

And then I predictably say this: The Colorado Rockies always find a way to offset their positives and minimize their success. That's how this team will be defined in the history books. 

Reds 2, Rockies 1 (boxscore)

At least we saw a return to ace form for Jhoulys Chacin this afternoon. On the heels of Kevin Millwood's more than professional performance on Wednesday, Jhoulys was even better throwing an eight inning complete game where he struck out nine, walked three, allowed six hits and two earned runs.

And took the loss. Just like Millwood.

I really liked what I saw here though. Like both starts against Philadelphia, Chacin took the game over from the mound and pitched determined and focused. When that happens, he's special. Really special. Look around at every ace in the game right now. How many of them could determine to Chacin's level at 23?

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Recrap in a Nutshell: Another one of 'those' losses for Colorado

Isn't there a limit on the number of "season in a nutshell" losses you can have in a season?

And at what point does it go from "season in a nutshell" to "the norm" to "this team is utter fail"?

Those are the questions.

Here are the answers.

Yes, there is a limit.

They reached that limit in May. It became "the norm" by the end of May and we've ventured to "utter fail" every damn Sunday since.

Not that this team hasn't been capable of playing well at times. In fact, the first two games in Cincinnati were quite good. But those games only fuel my frustration, because that's the baseball you expect from this team. I really don't think those are or were unfair expectations either.

Anyway, they play two solid games, and then before you can compliment them for their improved efforts, they give you a presentation like Wednesday's where the ending becomes predictable in the 2nd or 3rd inning and you just coast to the inevitable with the only twists being how will they embarrass themselves tonight.

Lineup Card: 8-10-11 Rockies @ Reds

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On the day Ian Stewart's major league career in Colorado possibly ends for good, Kevin Millwood's (and Edgar Gonzalez's) begin.

THIS.... is Colorado Rockies baseball.

Colorado Rockies (55-62)
  1. CF Dexter Fowler
  2. 2B Chris Nelson
  3. RF Carlos Gonzalez
  4. SS Troy Tulowitzki
  5. 1B Todd Helton
  6. LF Seth Smith
  7. 3B Ty Wigginton
  8. C   Chris Iannetta
  9. P    Kevin Millwood
Cincinnati Reds (55-60)
  1. LF Dave Sappelt
  2. SS Edgar Renteria
  3. 1B Joey Votto
  4. RF Jay Bruce
  5. 3B Todd Frazier
  6. CF Drew Stubbs
  7. C   Ryan Hannigan
  8. 2B Paul Janish
  9. P   Mike Leake

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Rock Solid Recap: I'm liking this road trip so far

Back-to-back hard fought wins for the Rockies to start this 7-game road trip. Not a darn thing to complain about tonight.

But I shall continue to analyze.

Rockies 3, Reds 2 (boxscore)

Which I will do so now by asking and answering my own questions about this game.

Was Esmil Rogers more efficient?

111 pitches to record 18 outs.

That's not efficient. But make no mistake Rogers battled his tail off to get those outs and left the game in great shape for the bullpen. Credit him for that. Yes, it would be ideal  for Esmil to start racking up quicker outs, but I'll just take the outs for now and hope he continues to move forward and maybe even gains some more confidence in his game.

As a back of the rotation guy, you're not asking him to take a huge step forward. You won't always need him to go 7-8 innings, but it would be nice to know he could on nights the bullpen needs a breather. Honestly though, you can nitpick it, but if you step back and look at it, his last two start have been about the same or better efficiency and productivity wise than what Ubaldo Jimenez was giving you in this spot all season. So hey, that's not bad at all.

Rogers also has the same number of wins this season as Ubaldo: 6.

Lineup Card: 8-9-11 Rockies @ Reds

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Yesterday's Recap: The Reds look familair to me

Colorado Rockies (54-62)
  1. LF Eric Young
  2. CF Dexter Fowler
  3. RF Carlos Gonzalez
  4. SS Troy Tulowitzki
  5. 1B Todd Helton
  6. 3B Ty Wigginton
  7. 2B Mark Ellis
  8. C   Chris Iannetta
  9. P    Esmil Rogers
Cincinnati Reds (55-60)
  1. LF Dave Sappelt
  2. SS Edger Renteria
  3. 1B Joey Votto
  4. 2B Brandon Phillips
  5. RF Jay Bruce
  6. CF Drew Stubbs
  7. C   Ramon Hernandez
  8. 3B Todd Frazier
  9. P   Dontrelle Willis
Their lineup gets a lot better with Phillips and Hernandez in there. Makes for a nice challenge for Esmil Rogers. 

Monday, August 8, 2011

Rock Solid Recap: The Reds look familiar to me

If the Rockies are the most disappointing team in baseball, which I fully believe they are, then the Cincinnati Reds are a close second. They took control of the NL Central last season. With a whole season of Aroldis Chapman, a healthy Edinson Volquez, and a pretty solid crop of young starting pitchers coming along, it seemed like they were destined to repeat this season and possibly beyond.

That all sounds familiar. Just change a few names and divisions.

It hasn't happened for them. There have been injuries along the way. Volquez has gone from the ace to constantly shuffling back and forth with AAA Louisville. The young pitchers are still feeling their way. But above all else, and I've seen this several times when watching them, their fundamentals, baserunning, clutching hitting and all around execution are all terrible.

Baseball being baseball strikes again. Every new season is exactly that - a new season. We've learned that the hard way a couple times over the past five years. Reds fans are relearning it for themselves right now.

But you aren't here to read about the Reds and how sad and disappointing they are. And I surely don't mean to take away from...