Showing posts with label Table Scraps. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Table Scraps. Show all posts

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Table Scraps: Eric Young, Esmil Rogers and more

Some leftover thoughts I couldn't squeeze into last night's Rock Solid Recrap.

2nd Base Situation

I've always been in the Clint Barmes camp because of his defense and occasional (often well-timed) extra base hits.

That's changing now. That's changing because the offense around Clint Barmes is changing. Helton's power is down. Ian Stewart has been inconsistent. Brad Hawpe is all over the place. The offense just isn't as stable as it needs to be. so what Clint Barmes typically provides isn't good enough.

The defense always will be good enough, but the way the offensive is evolving leaves the Rockies in a spot where they can't afford an offensive player that struggles to reach base and struggles worse making productive outs.

That's where guys like Eric Young and Jonathan Herrera come in. They may be a step down defensively (Herrera isn't really much, but Young is), but their ability to be a pain in the ass creates run scoring opportunities this team can't manufacture right now.

Again, I like Clint Barmes. He's not the only problem here, but his value compared to his salary doesn't measure out well, and the options behind him are exactly what the team needs.

Esmil Rogers

There's a lot to work with (and like) here because his stuff is excellent and his composure/attitude is even a level above that. Don't get too caught in the numbers, just be happy with 5 2/3 innings of baseball that gave his team a chance to win. And then be excited that with a little more development, this kid will be a solid fixture in the rotation end of next year or early 2012.

Bob Uecker

I muted the TV and tuned in Uecker again last night. He spent a good half inning indirectly lecturing Jon Miller on how Coors Field is fair to both sides.

To paraphrase the Ueck.

"Sure a home run here might not be a home run somewhere else, but it's a home run for both sides here."

It kind of nauseates me that a true professional and truly brilliant broadcaster/journalist/entertainer like Uecker has to share a wing in the Hall of Fame with a whiner like Jon Miller.

Mike McClendon

The 25-year old right-hander made his Major League debut and did so by throwing three perfect innings. Not bad at all.

Of course the Rockies have been awfully generous to unproven (or flat out bad) pitchers in 2010, but in this case you definitely tip your cap to the young man stepping on a big league field for the first time and being dominant. Congrats to him.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Table Scraps

A few leftover thoughts that I couldn't squeeze into last night's Rock Solid Recap.

World class slide?  No question.

Great baserunning?  Not particularly.

But we all enjoyed the result.   (Highlight)

-- I think Dexter Fowler is going to hit for some decent power as his career progresses. I just hope he doesn't fall in love with that potential and is perfectly content with setting the table, using his speed to create havoc, and splitting gaps for extra bags.

-- I should add I thought the umpires used good judgment in awarding Fowler with a triple on this play... (Highlight).

-- Pirates color man Steve Blass on Ronny Cedeno: "He has some serious pop in that shortstop bat." Sorry Steve... that's wrong and ridiculous.

-- The respect Todd Helton still garners from opposing announcers is pretty remarkable. Even with Todd down as he has been all season, they still treat his ABs as must see events and make it a point to discuss his accomplishments. I don't think you'd hear them go that far with it if their respect wasn't completely genuine.

As a Rockies and a fan of Todd himself, I really appreciate their appreciation.

-- Annnnnd then you get this from a Rockies fan.

Helton grounds weakly to first for the #Rockies. So surprised.

Hey pal -- didn't you see this?  (Highlight)

-- Rockies scored a pair off Pittsburgh's closer Joel Hanrahan in a non-save situation. Where have we seen that before?

 I was quoted as saying closers struggle EVERY time they pitch in a non-save. I'd like to back off that claim and put their failure rate at or around 50%.  Or how about I just say It happens a lot. Like a lot more often than closers blow saves.