Saturday, May 19, 2012

Rock Solid Recrap: I'll Have Another

Mariners 10, Rockies 3 (boxscore)

I'll let you decide if that was a horse racing reference or a reaction to today's Rockies game.

Hint: It's both.

What Went Wrong: I'll take the Gregg Popovich approach here.

*Non-answer because the question is repetitive and the answer is obvious*

Next question.

Christian Friedrich's Line: 5 IP, 8 ER, 9 H, 4 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 100 pitches (56 strikes)

I'm not even annoyed with Friedrich for the first walk. His 3-2 pitch to Jesus Montero was right at the knees and caught the outside corner, but Paul Schrieber plain and simply squeezed him. Of course Kyle Seager's two-run homer followed that, and things predictably unraveled from there with three more walks and some pesky Mariners hitting that saw them using the entire field to their advantage.

So yeah, this certainly was not an encouraging Coors Field debut for Friedrich, but I'm still confident his stuff is plenty good enough to succeed in Coors Field as long as the walks are limited. That's what killed him today. That's what kills everybody.

Turning Point: I'll go with the 3-2 pitch to Montero that I mentioned above. Who knows, maybe if Schrieber rings Montero up there it changes Friedrich's outlook. It really was a perfect pitcher's pitch. To not get that call had to stick with him. Not that I'm making excuses for Friedrich, but there's undoubtedly a fine mental line that young pitchers walk in Coors Field. It doesn't take much to knock them off balance.

Screengrab of the Game
The Rockies scored a run!
Highlight of the Afternoon: And then Wilin Rosario hit his 6th bomb of the season, giving the Rockies two more runs!

What's Next: Sunday: 1:10 MT. Jeremy Guthrie (2-1, 4.85) vs Blake Beavan (1-4, 4.58).

Perhaps this is the game that turns the entire season around?

Honestly, I'd just settle for something watchable. Not even sure a win is necessary, just hold my interest for seven innings and we'll call it good.

Final Thoughts: Just prior to Saturday's game the Rockies announced Jorge De La Rosa would not make his next scheduled rehab start after experiencing continued tightness in his left forearm. This means the 30-day rehab clock will restart when De La Rosa returns to the mound.

So yeah... the kicks in the shin keep on coming. And even though this doesn't sound like a big deal long term (or even an unexpected event), it's still a setback that will likely push Jorge's return back until after the All-Star break.

It also means Jamie Moyer will remain firmly entrenched in the rotation for whatever time De La Rosa is out. That's good for him — and baseball, I guess — but I'm at the point where I just want to see De La Rosa back and surrounded by the young guys (Friedrich, Pomeranz, Nicasio, White). That may not produce great results, but it's time to separate the men from the boys among the young pitchers. Throw Chacin in there too if he ever gets himself right.

And that's no disrespect to Jeremy Guthrie. No problem with him. We just know he's as good as gone at the trade deadline anyway.

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