Monday, April 9, 2012

Rock Solid Recrap: Pomp, Circumstance and Miserable Baseball

A beautiful pre-game shot from Troy Renck.

That's where the majesty ended. 

Giants 7, Rockies 0 (boxscore)

What Went Wrong: Everything. 

At least in the opening series in Houston the Rockies received two excellent starting pitching efforts and a third that was competent. No such luck today. Everything was lousy ranging to unwatchable. An absolute worst case scenario home opener in every phase of the game. Especially when you add in that it came at the hands of the 0-3 San Francisco Giants.

Yes, Barry Zito shut them out. This revamped Rockies offense couldn't touch him much the same way they couldn't touch Lucas Harrell or Bud Norris... and 40+ pitchers last year that had no business shutting down a major league team either.

Not good. 

And the defense? How about two more errors — Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki — that led to three unearned runs against Matt Reynolds in the fifth. Just a sloppy, lousy performance everywhere on the field.

Turning Point: There really is no turning point in a game so thoroughly dominated by one team, but I guess Pablo Sandoval's first inning two-run home run inning would be the pace setter, so we'll go with that.

Jhoulys Chacin's Line: 4 IP, 4 ER, 4 H, 5 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 90 pitches (47 strikes)

I'm not smart enough to pinpoint the biggest contributor to Chacin's struggles this afternoon, but you can bet there were several of them — confidence, release point, velocity, among others (perhaps health) — working in concert to result in a line that ugly.

But it's only one start. It's easy to overreact to it given the circumstances, the opponent, and his unimpressive spring, but Chacin deserves some benefit of the doubt until we see how he follows this. Now, if he were to back this up with something similar over the weekend against Arizona... well, then we have something to discuss. Hopefully it doesn't get to that point and we just quickly brush this one under the rug.

Screengrab of the Game 
Opening Day Balloons! (Root Sports)
Highlight of the Afternoon: No specific play worth highlighting today, but relievers Esmil Rogers and Josh Roenicke each threw two scoreless innings of relief. Roenicke's appearance was much smoother, but a hat tip for both on this otherwise lousy afternoon.

Opening Day Oops
(Root Sports)

What's Next: The Rockies take an already much needed day off on Tuesday but return to action Wednesday night against San Francisco at 6:40. Opening day starter Jeremy Guthrie will make his Coors Field debut in that one and he'll match up against Giants ace Tim Lincecum.

Needless to say, this team's pride will be tested early.

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AD said...

Worst opening day at Coors Field ever. I hope their embarrassed!