Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Rock Solid Recrap: Guthrie Stinks, Kennedy Dominates

Diamondbacks 10, Rockies 0 (boxscore)

What Went Wrong: As the score may indicate, several things were off tonight. I'll get into the Jeremy Guthrie fiasco two segments down. Right here I'll mention the lousy night for the offense against Arizona's ace Ian Kennedy, who shut them out over his six innings and tied a career high with 12 strikeouts.

Five of those strikeouts came with RISP, so just the general inability to get the ball in play tonight was a major problem.

Turning Point: Two of those strikeouts came with the bases loaded in the 2nd. The first was Jeremy Guthrie. The second was Dexter Fowler. A hit there could have easily changed the game's outlook. Carlos Gonzalez and Todd Helton then struck out looking in the 3rd after Marco Scutaro had led off with a double. That was right after Arizona took a 2-0 lead, and was their last real chance to get in the game.

Jeremy Guthrie's Line: 3 1/3 IP, 7 ER, 11 H, 2 BB, 4 K, 2 HR, 90 pitches (51 strikes)

The hits allowed were a career high, edging out the 10 he allowed in his last road start at Cincinnati. The two home runs were absolute no doubters, and give him 12 allowed on the season. That's tied for second worst in the National League behind only Mike Minor of Atlanta. It's safe to say he'd be far ahead of Minor's pace already had he not missed roughly four starts from late April to early May.

In other words, the Jeremy Guthrie Era continues to be a complete and total disaster. And there's no real reason for optimism.

Screengrab of the Day
Well, she was right tonight anyway.
If we could just get the mask for Jeff Huson we'd be good. 
What's Next: The Rockies still have a chance to win the series on Wednesday at 7:40 MT. The pitching matchup will feature Josh Outman (0-1, 5.63) (who will be making his second consecutive abbreviated start) against 25-year-old left-hander Wade Miley (6-2, 2.72). It'll be interesting to see what Outman's pitch count will be in this game after throwing 55 in 3 1/3 last Friday. 65-70 would probably be a sound guess.

Final Thoughts: I wish I could give you some great insight on the Rockies draft picks so far, but I honestly don't have the time to study those prospects like the good people over at Purple Row, so I highly recommend you check them out for scouting reports and such. But I can tell you that Derek Jones, Colorado's 8th round pick out of Washington State, is not the kid pictured below... unless he's really the awkward looking one wearing #11.

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