According to some of the experts, it sounds like they are already predicting the Rockies to not only make it to the World Series, but to take it as well. Hands down, no hesitation, I want the Rockies to make it to the World Series, I believe they can, and yes, I want them to take it, I believe they can too. However, when it comes to experts and their predictions, I tend to be one of those people who doesn’t like to count their chickens… or… eggs? Count their eggs before… their chickens lay them…? Whatever, you know what I mean.
When we look at spring training and regular season, we’re looking at two very different ballgames (haha, yeah, I did just make that joke). I don’t honestly think you can make any assumption before you see a regular season game played. I mean, why do you think the Cubs always say, “this is our year” before the season starts (that was mean… but true… but still mean)? If you recall the beginning of the Rockies’ 2009 season, no one would have predicted them to go anywhere, and look at what they did.
Now, like I said, I believe the Rockies can make it to the World Series; I’ll hope for that every year. But there are a lot of factors that are going to contribute to the success of this team as well as ones that raise questions.
No doubt the Rockies have an incredible lineup filled with young guys who have shown they can play the game. Carlos Gonzalez and Dexter Fowler are going to continue to produce. They’re young, talented, and well on their way to becoming five tool players. Gonzalez did some incredible things in winter ball this past season and Fowler has continued to work on his game. Not only that, but the dangerous, defensive combination of these two significantly shrinks the outfield. Todd Helton, despite his age, can also produce hits. While he’s no longer in his prime, the important thing is that he can still play the game and has the passion to do so as well. A lot of stress will also be taken off his shoulders with Jason Giambi as a back up, and Melvin Mora able to cover first. I’ve also really liked what I’ve seen of Brad Eldred this spring training, I think he could play an important role later in the season. Troy Tulowitzki, well, no questions asked, he’s one of the best – young and an elite force on the team.
The Rockies, undoubtedly, may have the best bench in the history of this team. This includes Giambi, Ryan Spilborghs, and Seth Smith. All three can come up with big hits, especially Smith. He was an immense force for the Rockies and came up as a pinch hitter, an incredibly important role. I’ll be honest that I never knew too much about Melvin Mora or Miguel Olivo. While I still don’t know much about Olivio, I like what I’ve seen with Mora. The epitome of a utility player, third base, short stop, second base, and the entire outfield.
Here’s where the Rockies are going to run into some problems. The first and biggest problem is our closer Huston Street has found his way to the DL. Although he hopes for a return on May 1, the Rockies trainer isn’t making any promises. This means that the Rockies need a replacement, with Franklin Morales, Manny Corpas, and Matt Belisle in the running. I’m not big on any of these options, but one has to be chosen. Franklin Morales acted as a sub last season when Street went to the DL, and while his performance managed to get the job done, I just didn’t feel comfortable seeing the ball given to him in the ninth. Manny Corpas needs to get back to his 2007 self if he wants to be a really, truly viable option; however, he could also be considered as a set up man for games. Matt Belisle could also be an option if a few righties are coming up to bat.
Jeff Francis is also heading to the 15 day DL. While he hasn’t made a pitch in a major leaguegame since September 18 of 2009, I was excited to see him start. I really trust Jim Tracy and if he had Francis in spot number two of the rotation, then I was going to let it ride. I am, however, very excited to see the potential of Greg Smith. When we acquired Street, Gonzalez, and Smith in the trade for Holliday, I knew we had to be getting a good deal. That paid off as far as Street and Gonzalez; and while I’ve wanted to see Smith make his debut with the Rockies, it has yet to happen. We’ll see how things go.
Here’s what could make the Rockies dangerous: discipline. They need discipline at the plate, discipline in commanding pitches and focusing on the pitch at hand rather than worrying about the runner, and discipline when it comes to stealing bases. That will make the Rockies a truly threatening team for this upcoming season.
Recently, I received this note from my favorite Cardinal loving Chicagoan:
Goddamn it, it’s January 13th already and you have yet to write in 2010, Emmy. Get on it! With love of course 🙂
It was like getting a threat-mantic e-mail, threatening, but written with love.
So I figured, “I guess I should get on this.”
Welcome to 2010 fellow bloggers! We’re almost through the offseason! We’ve almost made it! I guess BSAD hit me a little harder than I thought, most of my days are spent working and when I’m not working, I can be found beneath my flannel penguin sheets (yes, I have penguin sheets, don’t judge) catching up on m Z’s.
Some big names like Matt Holliday and Jason Bay have now left our hot stove discussion, and for the most part, it seems as though the Rockies have remained fairly quiet in their quest for free agents. Their biggest move it seems, signing catcher Miguel Olivio, and if you want to call that news… well… I don’t have anything witty to say about that.
Right now, one of hte biggest priorities for the Rockies is locking up Huston Street. Oh, wait… they did that already? Okay, then they’ll need to try and come to a deal with Ryan Spilborghs to expand our outfielders and avoid arbitra… oh… they did that too? Well, seeing how the Rockies were the only club in 2009 to have five pitchers with double digit wins, it’d be nice if Jason Hammel stuck around with them… are you serious? That happened too?
So, here’s the deal, fellow bloggers: I was writing this entry all about how the Rockies need to spend their money wisely, because, let’s face it: the Rockies are a relatively cheap team. And I mean that in the nicest way possible, which really doesn’t sound nice at all, but the Rockies don’t have the deep pockets that we’d all like to see.
So here I was, talking about how after a very disappointing end to the 2009 season, everyone was like, “it was all Huston Street’s fault!” And I went on this rant about how wrong these people were and comments like that were made by ignorant bandwagon fans, and if it hadn’t been for Huston Street, the Rockies wouldn’t have even made their way to the playoffs in the first place. Street was clutch for the team during the regular season, and it was clearly defined in the chemistry that he had with them.
Yes, this long rant now wasted because he’s signed with the team. So, yes, Jefferson, once again, you were right (is that guy ever wrong?), I should’ve been blogging a lot earlier.
Things now seem to be coming together for the Rockies who have reached deals with Clint Barmes, Chris Iannetta, Jorge de la Rosa, Ryan Spilborghs, Huston Street, Rafael Betancourt, and Jason Hammel; the latter four of them had filed for arbitration and now the four of them will be sticking around. Our startingpitching rotation could be interesting with Jeff Francis returning after missing a significant portion of 2008 and the 2009 season. In 2007 he was thought to be the ace of the Rockies and it was projected that a Francis vs. Josh Beckett matchup would be the ultimate showdown. Obviously we know how that worked out. After not pitching for almost a year and a half, I’m interested in seeing how he’ll perform.
Our starting infield is also looking good with Todd Helton, Barmes, Troy Tulowitzki, and Ian Stewart. The name that’s missing? Yeah, you know it: I’ll miss my dearest Garrett Atkins, I stood by his side during the worst season of his career, constantly cheering for him and celebrating just as much, if not more when he hits his heartbreaking nine homers. That’s right, he didn’t even hit double digits… and I can hear a certain Chicagoan snickering about that at this very moment! Yeah, it’ll break my heart not to see him in those beautiful purple pinstripes, but best of luck to him with the O’s.
Most likely, our projected outfield is Brad Hawpe, Dexter Fowler, and Carlos Gonzalez. Gonzalez had a fantastic season with the Eagles during winter ball in Venezuela. The Rockies have speed with Eric Young Jr. as well as Ryan Spilborghs and a powerful bat with Seth Smith, also known as Mr. Clutch from last season.
Most important to the team is the return of manager Jim Tracy, who had incredible chemistry with the team and turned around a rough start to their season.
Last and probably most important, Haiti is still in need of our help. Imagine if every person in the world donated $1 to help out. It’s so little, but adds up to so much. So if you can, please donate, there are many organizations out there.
Just a warning, this will be a long one.
I think at some point, we all believe that there’s this one song that was written about us. It fits everything; it’s perfect in every way and describes your mood, the way you feel, like that song and that moment were destined to be together.
Like the lyrics:
You’re hot then you’re cold
You’re yes then you’re no
You’re in then you’re out
You’re up then you’re down
While I’m not a big fan of this song in the first place, it seems to reflect the way the Rockies are playing as of late.
I had the privilege of going to this entire series against Atlanta, and those lyrics pretty much describe exactly how the Rockies played during that series. So, let’s rewind to day one.
I was scheduled to meet Tom, we would catch some batting practice, and then head to the dugout to try and get some autographs. As usual, I was running late and got to the gate to find Tom waiting for me. We picked up some Rockpile tickets and headed inside. Batting practice was pretty casual, unlike Don, I’m not coordinated enough to catch a ball that isn’t coming right to me (or maybe even catch a ball in the first place, I haven’t been posed with that opportunity yet), so Tom and I just kind of hung out, but ready to catch a ball. They opened up the rest of the stadium and we headed over to the dugout.
It was Tom’s mission to get Todd Helton’s autograph on his picture of the 2000th hit. I had the fortune of being set up with a pretty amazing shot of Garrett Atkins, courtesy Mr. Walsh. Both of us were lusting after these players’ autographs, and lo and behold, neither of us got it.
We sat in some pretty spectacular $4 seats and sat back to watch the amazingness that is the Rockies.
Unfortunately, Cook was a little “cold” that night and was struggling to get outs. He would last 5.2 innings and give up nine hits. However, our hitting was “hot.”
Tom and I were discussing Garrett Atkins and Ian Stewart, and Tom said that Stewart’s bat needed to come alive tonight, since it appeared he’d been struggling. Stewart didn’t fail to deliver, hitting a longball and driving in Tulowitzki. Well… guess Stewie overheard Tom.
It didn’t take long while all this was happening for me to find none other than Garrett Atkins sitting in the dugout.
You should’ve seen this one coming.
The game rolled on, and for me, this next moment was the defining moment. Stewart walked, and a pitch hit Iannetta, then, Garrett Atkins came up. “Oh please, Atty, I know you’re good for it.” A lot of people have lost confidence in Garrett Atkins, if you’ve been reading my blog for any amount of time, you would know that I haven’t, and you would know that I’ve said that over and over with the secret hope that Garrett Atkins will come across it some day.
And Atty, well, he didn’t let me down. In the bottom of the eighth, he doubled to deep left and brought in Stewie and Iannetta. It was epic. No “FAIL” on Atty, take that world, Rockies are now ahead, and they would end it coming out on top. Also, as you can see, I was a little too excited for my own good that Atkins was up and couldn’t hold my camera still.
After the game, I couldn’t wait to get back to the ballpark the next day; I was practically counting down the minutes.
So the next day rolled around, and off I was to go meet Mr. Walsh once again. I was also meeting a couple of other friends there; it was a t-shirt giveaway of one of our All Stars, Brad Hawpe. My friends wanted to catch batting practice so we headed over to the Rockpile gate to meet them so I could give them their tickets. Well, there was someone working there who took their job very seriously and wouldn’t let us get in line with our friends. That turned out to be okay because it was necessary to try and get that Todd Helton autograph for Tom.
We got into the stadium and grabbed our Brad Hawpe shirt and headed down to the dugout. Iannetta, as usual, was the first one out. Tom gave me some points on being aggressive to get autographs, I’m way too shy for life. But, I managed to land three:
and Ian Stewart.
Then, what was this? Garrett Atkins was in the dugout and appeared to be signing some things for people.
“Go over and ask him to sign your picture.” Tom had confidence that I could get Atkins’ autograph, I did not.
“Go quick! He’s signing stuff!”
Our conversation was somewhere along the lines of that. So, I headed over to the dugout and was way to shy to try and get Atkins autograph, then the National Anthem started and I was S.O.L.
“You probably coulda had it if you headed over like… five minutes earlier.”
Curse my shyness and me.
Well, yet again Todd Helton’s 2000th hit went unautographed, as did my picture. We headed over to right field to find my friends.
For the night, our pitching was “yes” but our hitting was “no.”
Ubaldo Jimenez pitched six innings, which doesn’t sound impressive, but had eight strikeouts during those six innings.
We lacked in run support and our only run on the board came from a homer from ol’ reliable, Todd Helton.
The scary moment of the night wasn’t the lightning, but was when Alan Embree had a ball driven into his leg. He was on the ground, shaking and sweating. He was taken off the field and the Rockies were back to business. Embree ended the night, and possibly his season, with a broken tibia. Although Tracy said he’s making a go
od recovery and may even be back by the end of the season, it’s still up in the air. Get well soon, Alan.
On Saturday, it was time for the Rockies to bounce back, and they did… well… almost.
Jason Marquis was pitching, however, his pitching was “out” and hitting was “in”… kinda.
Maybe it was the All Star nerves, or the relaxation of being the first pitcher this season to get 11 wins, but Marquis was certainly not on his game. He struggled for six innings and ended the night with 97 pitches.
The Rockies runs didn’t come until the seventh inning, that’s when the bats started to come alive.
Troy Tulowitzki homered to deep left, that kick started the excitement.
Ian Stewart doubled into deep left center, after which Seth Smith would single to center, driving in Ian Stewart.
Garrett Atkins singled moving Seth Smith to third and on a wild pitch, Smith made it home.
That would be the end of the rally, and yet again, the Rockies would take another beating from the Braves.
I went to the game with my mom that day and she scored us some Wells Fargo Club Level seats. Although it was nice to sit up there, I found the area to seem… off. The woman next to me had on pearls, and not that there’s anything wrong with wearing pearls, but they go with a specific type of outfit, so you can guess that she wasn’t in a baseball jersey. Not only that, but she was drinking wine. Maybe it’s just me but… really, who drinks wine at a ballgame? That’s like all those girls who come wearing CFM heels and mini skirts. Who does that?
While I appreciated club level for what it was, I found the setting as a whole to be rather pretentious. Pretentious may not be the right word, but it’s the word that comes to mind. I didn’t really feel comfortable yelling at Jason Marquis or telling the ump he was clearly blind.
I went to bed Saturday night thinking that I wasn’t going to the game the next morning. My wonderful mother had other plans in store for me.
Thanks to StubHub, she had scored us tickets 16 rows behind the Rockies dugout. I arrived at the game, eager to find where we were sitting and see who was playing. To my surprise, Todd Helton was out of the lineup, and who was at first… literally, right by where I was sitting? That’s right, Garrett Atkins. It was… amazing. Having confidence that Atkins would be in the lineup, I wore my Atkins shirt four days in a row, and I was glad to see him so close to me.
Sunday was an afternoon that our pitching was “down” but our hitting was “up.”
Jason “Stop – Hammel Time” Hammel had found some great success with the club and was starting to get into the groove of things, except for that day. That day, he looked like an over zealous rookie.
Jason Hammel pitched a total of three innings and gave up five runs. It was a rough afternoon for him, no doubt.
The Rockies lineup, however, would make up for it. Starting with our All Star Hawper who homered to deep left field.
Atty would bring in Barmes.
Troy Tulowitzki hit a longball to deep right.
The Rockies decided to put in Chris Iannetta and take out Yorvit Torrealba. In the meantime, Ryan Spilborghs did some catching… which looks weird. But, it was the closest I’ve ever been to Spilly.
Seth Smith would hit a longball and bring in Barmes with him.
Ryan Spilborghs came into the game, not as a catcher, and doubled to deep right center, driving in Ian Stewart.
In the middle of the ninth, the game was all tied up. Huston Street came in to pitch, and he held off the Braves.
The rest of the game, well, that was up to our All Star, and he proved why he is an All Star bringing Seth Smith home on a center field walk off double. It was a phenomenal game.
What a way to see off Brad Hawpe.
The Rockies and winning and the Rockies and I, well, I guess it seems like, “we fight, we break up, we kiss, we make up.”
Well, we all just wanna be big rockstars
And live in hilltop houses, drivin’ fifteen cars
The girls come easy and the drugs come cheap
We’ll all stay skinny ’cause we just won’t eat
When Brad Hawpe takes the field to hit, he arrives at the plate with that song blaring. The lefty gears up for a swing and more often than not will produce a hit. He’s one of the best players on the Colorado Rockies, he’s got the strongest and most accurate arm in our outfield, he’s a rockstar for the Rockies, and now, he’s going to be an All Star.
On July 5th as the Rockies were being introduced, the announcer said, “2009 All Star Brad Hawpe!!” I was stoked, my Hawper was in the All Star game!! As he took the field I yelled, “Yeah Brad Hawpe!! I voted for you 250 times!!” The guy in front of me looked at me at first like I was crazy, and then nodded approvingly. I sat at my computer and voted 250 times because in my eyes, no one deserved the All Star game like Brad Hawpe. I didn’t really expect Hawpe to hear me tell him that I voted for him 250 times, and maybe if he did, he would think I needed a life (which is true), but I sure hope he knows that he deserves it.
Yes, I was pushing and pushing to get Brad Hawpe into the All Star game, it was something I put up on Twitter, Facebook, and advertised in my blog. Even if he isn’t a starter, I’m so proud of him for making it to his first All Star game.
Another face we’ll see in the All Star game is Jason Marquis. As of tonight, the first pitcher in the majors this season to win 11 games. Last season, that was the number of wins he had… total. The mesh between the Rockies and Marquis has been unbelievable, and it’ll be exciting to see what he can do for the National League.
In other news, I finally got my own camera!! And… I went a little trigger happy at the games. I ended July 4th and 5th with a picture count of 194. I didn’t take any pictures of the fireworks because I killed my battery taking so many pictures.
On July 4th, I caught one of my favorite guys from FSN, Jeff Huson, doing the Rockies Pre-Game Show… it’s now possible that he thinks I’m stalking him. I was really just trying to get a good picture of him, but then every time I was looking over that way, he happened to look my way, and once he gave me a weird look. He might think I’m a weird creeper now. But just so you know Jeff Huson, I’m not.
Obviously I didn’t put in all 194 pictures, but here are some that I thoroughly enjoy. I’m still working out the kinks of the camera, trying to get the pictures to a smaller size. Until then, enjoy!!
“I wonder what it’d be like to live in a world where it was always June.” L.M. Montgomery
Right now, that’s the question that’s been stuck in my brain. It’s been a wonderful month of June for the Rockies, and a warm welcome after the tragedy that was May.
The Rockies managed to really turn it around this month winning 20 of their last 26 games, a total 180 from May where they won 12 of 29.
During that month it was tough to think, “it’s still early, they can turn it around.” It was a hopeful belief, but the way things were going, it was hard to find the confidence to believe such a thing. Well, the Rockies seemed to have no trouble proving the thought right and the doubt wrong. It’s been beautiful, three of the top four NL win leaders from the month of June are coming from the Rockies: Aaron Cook, the winningest Rockie; Jason Hammel, who posted a 1.99 ERA during June; and Jorge de la Rosa, who didn’t have a win until the month of June rolled around.
The only series of interleague play that didn’t really look spectacular was against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The Rockies swept the Mariners, took the Tampa Bay series, lost the series to the Angels, and most recently swept Oakland.
The Oakland sweep was bittersweet, while it was good to see Matt Holliday again, it was sad to see him sporting the green and yellow jersey. As much as I wanted to see him succeed at the plate, I wanted to see him fail. I wanted to see him hit that longball, but I wanted to see Carlos Gonzalez chase it down. I enjoyed Huston Street pitching (although I wanted him to have an off day before he headed to LA) but I wanted to see a match up between the slugger we lost and the essential closer we gained. While I missed Matt Holliday, the guys we got have proved themselves indispensable, well, at least the ones I’ve seen. I don’t know how Greg Smith is doing.
While in Oakland, Gonzalez had seven at bats, four hits, and two walks. While he is having so much success, it seems that Dexter Fowler has begun to struggle with a bat. Of Fowler’s nine at bats, he has five strikeouts and one run.
Today when Jim Tracy changed up the lineup, I wasn’t too happy. After the success that Ryan Spilborghs had the first game and Garrett Atkins the first two, I was a bit surprised not to see their names. But, who was I to question the skipper? Jim Tracy is 21-7 since he took over the Rockies and that 21st win came tonight. Well, it’s not like I haven’t said it before, but I’m still pulling for Atkins and Spilborghs.
As we approach this series against the Dodgers, hopefully the month of June will continue to stay kind to the Rockies who are now 7.5 games behind the Dodgers.
After long debating and not being able to resist the call of my computer, I have opted to blog rather than to study for my final… that is tomorrow… at 8 am. And if you knew anything about me, you would know that I am definitely not a morning person. But, instead of thinking about people’s personality (I’m a psych major), I find myself thinking about the Winter Meetings. How could I not? It’s only going to assist in deciding the future of the club that I so freakishly obsess over. So, let me begin by… complaining. Doing probably what I do best when it comes to my thinking about what the team is doing.
Glendon Rusch. Really? You really want to resign that guy? He’s not that impressive. With an ERA of 4.78 last season, he’s really nothing special. I understand this need for lefties, really Ido. But you don’t want to find your lefty in Rusch. Especially not for a starting role! The Rockies can just do so much better. And if you’re asking yourself “how can they do better?” I don’t know. But I do know that I’ve seen Glendon Rusch play, and while he can pull off a win, it’s like an anomaly. Okay, maybe I’m stretching the truth slightly. Pitching takes talent, and while the Rockies aren’t a big club that can go after big names, they can certainly get somebody better than Glendon Rusch. There are a lot of free agents out there, the Rockies have to be able to afford at least one of them. Come on.
The next thing is trading Huston Street. It’s like this is “make all the decisions that can ruin Emily’s life” day. Did anyone payattention last season? Did anyone see how Manny Corpas performed? If not, I can answer that question: not well. In fact, he lost the closing role because he performed so poorly. We have
some good relievers: Ryan Speier, Jason Grilli, Luis Vizcaino, and Taylor Buccholz (who is ridiculous awesome). Granted, of those, no one is a lefty. Not the point. Since Brian Fuentes has given the “thanks but no thanks” shenanigans to the Rockies arbitration offer, they now definitely need a closer more than ever. And if you recall, Corpas
was not anything to brag about. So unless a deal comes along that pretty much says, “if you refuse this deal, you’re clearly an incompetent idiot if you don’t trade Street” comes along, there needs to be someone there competing for that role. Now, who knows? Maybe
Corpas will astound us all and play the way he did during the 2007 post season. That’s how everyone expected him to operate this year, and that’s why everyone’s expectations were let down. Okay, so I’m a jerk, and I’m probably wailing on Corpas far more than he deserves. But really, even Greg Maddux had some unpredictable set backs throughout his career, and I’m just making it a point to be prepared. And, it could go the same way for Street, maybe he’ll just end up screwing us all over and I’ll have to go back and say how sorry I am for being all mean and not having any kind of faith in Corpas.
The next thing, I won’t go into too much detail about because I’ve been incredibly repetitive with my thoughts. It is time to get rid of Willy Taveras. If a team is interested, send him off. The guy is good, but giving Ryan Spilborghs a starting role will be very beneficial to the team. I really haven’t talked very much about the complete amazingness that Ryan Spilborghs is. So, let me just go off that for a little while. He’s not a big slugger, and his injuries last year set him back. However, he still finished the season off with a .313 average. And yes, I can picture my friends who think that I need an intervention reading this and thinking “she’s just saying that because she’s completely in love with the guy.” No, that’s not true… well… not entirely true… Ryan Spilborghs has amazing potential. He performed phenomenally when he was coming off the DL and playing for the Sky Sox.
So after all my complaining, I have a thank you to make. Thank you to whoever got that picture that Garrett Atkins should NOT be traded. Man, what did I have to do to get people to realize that we needed to keep our slugger? Why was there even talks about him being traded in the first place? Why did that have to happen?!?! People having to scare me about trading Garrett Atkins. Man. But, now that talks of him staying seem to be rising, I don’t have to worry as much… as much, being the key word… s. Words. Although Jeff Blank has gotten the ball rolling about keeping Atkins in Colorado, there is still no guarantee of that. So, hopefully a multi-year contract will be well on it’s way, and I can rest in peace that my other favorite player (Spilborghs being the first) will stay in Colorado for some time to come.
As December falls upon us, the holiday spirit is on the mind of most
people. Buying all those lights to put over your house that make it
look like a perfect row of icicles. Or those giant inflatable snow
globes they have with Santa flying around the world. Or digging out the
menorah and placing it in the window for everyone to see. Yes, the
holiday’s are upon our minds. Not mine, however.
The one thing that is usually always on my mind: baseball. That’s
right, I’m skipping out working on a paper that I desperately need to
write to graduate in order to blog. Man, I need a life. As December
looms over us the only thing that’s on my mind are the Winter Meetings.
The Rockies are looking for a left handed relief pitcher,
and they’re hoping to find one while
hanging out in fabulous Las Vegas. While GM’s from all over will be staying in the
beautiful Bellagio, I’ll be sitting in finals and worrying who they’re
going to trade. The Rockies have shown interest in many left handers
and may be willing to pay up should the right one come along. There are
many players that the Rockies are considering offering in such a deal.
These players include center fielder Willy Taveras, catcher Yorvit
Torrealba, relief pitcher Huston Street, and third baseman Garrett
Willy Taveras is a good player to offer. In the entire major league
this season, he had the most stolen bases with sixty-eight. No one was
even closer to him. The man was practically invincible when it came to
stolen bases. Not only that, but baseball is very much a mental game,
and having a runner like Taveras on base makes any pitcher nervous and
puts thedefense on edge. His speed is practically unmatchable and, if I
recall correctly, was successful almost 92% of the times he attempted.
When looked at it from this aspect, anyone would want Taveras. However,
there’s a catch, and that is probably what would be holding a team up
for wanting him. As I’ve said before, everyone’s stats went down this
season, but Taveras’ seemed to take a hard hit. As the lead off man, his job was this: get on base. Not only that, but he had to be able to work the count as well. Neither of these, Taveras seemed to be very good at. His OBP dropped to the lowest it’s been in his entire career. So what can Taveras do? Bunt. He’s got enough speed that he can make it to the base while the pitcher, catcher, or third baseman are trying to make it to the ball. He’s got that going for him. However, this creates yet another problem. Taveras is very predictable. He’s not a major league hitter, over his career he’s had seven homers. Most people know that he’s going to bunt because his batting isn’t anything impressive. But Taveras can often make this up with speed. In fact, I tried to find a picture of this but couldn’t, Barmes and Taveras are running home and Barmes slides in and Taveras is right in after him. He caught up to Barmes and (assuming this is right in my memory) had to run 90 feet more than Barmes. His speed cannot be matched, and he can score that extra run.
Yorvit Torrealba could be a good trade as well. Torrealba’s stats are nothing too impressive
either. In fact, we have a great catcher, his name is Chris Iannetta. Now, I know that no catcher ever plays all 162 games. That would be ridiculous and they wouldn’t last very long at all. Iannetta is a great player though. He was came in third for home runs this season behind two of our best: Brad Hawpe and Garrett Atkins. Also, and I may be wrong about this one, he didn’t make a single error this past season. So I’ve been bragging about Iannetta a lot, which doesn’t appear to have a whole lot to do with Torrealba. And, well, not only did Torrealba’s stats suffer this past season because everyone’s did, but he was also on the DL for… something. Something with his knee,
right? A tendon? I can’t quite remember. While
Torrealba was gone, Iannetta got to prove what a phenomenal player he was. But, Torrealba’s healthy now, so now he does have trading value. He was the one who played in the post season of the NLCS in 2007, he’s not a bad player. His trading value is high and we have someone who can easily come in and take his spot. And, sorry to say, someone who (in my opinion) is better than Torrealba. He’s younger, and is already putting up some great stats, so from here, Iannetta will hopefully move up.
Everyone’s also looking for a reliever. Huston Street’s has put up good numbers, and I would have no problem with seeing him stay on the team. I’ve given you my reasons before, the
biggest one being that I just don’t like Manny Corpas. Unfortunately though, with everyone searching for a reliever, the Rockies, I’m sure, will be willing to give him up. He is a good player and a right handed one. So, the Rockies, my guess, would be more likely to get rid of him because they’re in need of left handers, not right. We’ll see what happens with Street. I wouldn’t be completely crushed if he left, but if I got to, I would vote for him staying with the Rockies club. But, what needs to be done needs to be done. The only lefties we really have right now are openers: Jorge De La Rosa, Jeff Francis, and Greg Smith. And please, please, I’ll beg the club not to resign Glendon Rusch. He doesn’t do anything. In fact, I feel very much towards Rusch the way I feel towards Corpas. Hmm…
The last thing to bring up is Mr. Garrett Atkins. Now, I won’t go into the lecture on how I
believe that we need to keep him and how I believe he’s vital to the team. Mostly, I just wanted to put his picture in my blog and talk about how great I think he is. Because he is. Granted, he’s a more seasoned player compared to his young competition, Ian Stewart. But he has great moments, and man, well, I just am pretty crazy about the guy. I really do hope that he stays with the Rockies, not just because I’m crazy about him, because he’s a leader, a great player, and reflects, with heart, what a privilege it is to play this awesome game.