Saturday, May 1, 2010

Rock Solid Recrap: The Wandering Strike Zone

Giants 5, Rockies 2

Losing Player: Aaron Cook

I really wish the simulation hadn't been this spot on with Aaron Cook. It predicted five walks, and I'll be damned if Aaron Cook didn't walk five San Francisco Giants.

I commented and tweeted throughout the game that the pitiful strikezone didn't help -- it didn't.  However, as you all know, Cook has been pretty wild this year, regardless of umpiring, and he was elevating some pitches again tonight. He has to look himself in the mirror as much as anything.

It's not just Aaron Cook either. All the Rockies starters (even Ubaldo at time) are walking guys, and walks are why Rockies relievers are picking up 3-4 innings a night. It's murder on the pitch count, it keeps the defense on the field way too long, and, most importantly to me, it's painful to watch!

It reminds me a little too much of 2008 to be honest with you.

Maybe the young guys this weekend will show us how it's done.

New Lineup

It was fine. The speed of Young and Gonzalez got the Rockies off to a good start in the first, but once they didn't cash that in for more than one run, Barry Zito was off and running. It wasn't going to matter a whole lot after that point who played or hit where.  He just dominated.

I'm sure Jim Tracy will stick with this arrangement tomorrow so maybe we'll have a better idea if the plan is a solid one.

Manny Corpas

I just like to point out how well Manny is doing right now.  I hope it's not going totally unappreciated.

Fairly quick turnaround to an afternoon game tomorrow.  I'm sure a lot of depressed Rockies/Nuggets fans will still be recovering from their attempts to forget tonight ever happened.  I don't blame you.

Catch you all tomorrow.