Showing posts with label Matt McBride. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Matt McBride. Show all posts

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Rock Solid Recrap: Ailing Clayton Kershaw Overpowers Rockies

Dodgers 8, Rockies 0 (boxscore)

What Went Wrong: On a night that featured a no-hitter and a one-hitter, I suppose things could have been worse for the Rockies. But it still wasn't pretty as a far less than 100% Clayton Kershaw (bad hip) dominated them for eight shutout innings, striking out 10 along the way. In fact, the Rockies would only scratch out four singles and a Wilin Rosario double, and never saw a runner reach third base.

Like I said... not pretty.

Turning Point: They're on the road and they aren't playing the Cubs anymore. This game was over before it started.

Jeff Francis' Line: 4 IP, 5 ER, 6 H, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 66 pitches (38 strikes)

And then Jeff Francis made sure it never got in doubt by allowing a four-spot in the 2nd. Shane Victorino's three-run homer was the big blow there. Blah outing.

Bullpen's Line: 4 IP, 3 ER, 6 H, 1 BB, 4 K

All of the damage here came against Will Harris in the 8th inning. He allowed a two-run homer to Bobby Abreu, which is a really tough thing to do these days. Guillermo Moscoso (2 IP) and Josh Roenicke (1 IP) were both excellent, though, which kept this from being extremely embarrassing.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Rock Solid Recrap: Rockies Refuse To Sweep LA

Dodgers 6, Rockies 4 (boxscore)

What Went Wrong: This game was a complete mess from a strategic standpoint. I'll get into the pitching side shortly, but it really started when Jim Tracy posted his lineup card and it didn't include Carlos Gonzalez. In his career against Wednesday's opposing starter Chad Billingsley, Gonzalez was 10-for-18 with four walks. If you're going to schedule a routine day off for your best player, I wouldn't suggest doing it against a guy he's that locked in against, regardless of the sample size.

Maybe there's something I'm missing and he needed the day off (or maybe Tracy is just married to the two days in a row off thing). I don't know.

With CarGo out of the lineup, Tyler Colvin shifted to the outfield and Matt McBride returned to the lineup. He would proceed to have perhaps the worst game ever for a Colorado first baseman. At the plate, he was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and two popouts (one that failed to advance a runner). That's bad enough.

In the field, he dropped a 1st inning popfly, which extended the inning for Jeff Francis. That's significant when there's a pitch limit in play, and it proved to very significant as this one played out. Later, McBride couldn't handle a throw from Jordan Pacheco that resulted in Pacheco being charged with an error. The throw was definitely high, but it had to be caught. No excuse.

Basically you bench CarGo for McBride straight up.

McBride's defense likely leads to a shorter outing for Jeff Francis.

CarGo never even receives a pinch-hit appearance.

Rockies lose 6-4.

Mess.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Rock Solid Recrap: Another Rockies Rerun

Giants 11, Rockies 6 (boxscore)

If you've seen this game once, you've seen it 67 times this season. Lousy starting pitching. Lousy relief pitching. Lousy defense. Decent enough offense, but too little and too late to make a difference.

More of the same. No end in sight.

Jeff Francis' Line: 3 2/3 IP, 6 ER, 9 H, 2 BB, 3 K, 2 HR, 66 pitches (41 strikes)

If it wasn't official after his last start, it's official now: Jeff Francis has hit the four-man rotation wall, and he's impacted it pretty violently. No surprise there. But he should be given credit for holding up as well as he did for as long as he did. He was asked to put a lot of unnecessary wear and tear on his arm for a team that's going nowhere. I realize he had to do to stay in the big leagues, but I still respect him for doing it and having success with it for six weeks.

Edgmer Escalona's Return Line: 1 IP, 4 ER, 4 H, 1 BB

He's not a major league pitcher. Cut him. Immediately.

Highlight of the Night: Like I said, I'll keep showing them if Josh Rutledge keeps hitting home runs. He did it again on Saturday night, this time against Madison Bumgarner.


Of course it doesn't hurt that his home runs are often the only highlight of the game for Colorado fans. Pickins' are slim.