Thursday, June 10, 2010

Rock Solid Rant: Taco Drought Reaches 12th Day

These are no longer recaps or recraps.  These are rants.

The Rockies have been reduced to a team that gets beat by Tommy Manzella (.150 vs. right-handers) bloops  and Humberto Quintero blasts.

The Rockies are in deep... trouble.

Let the players continue to tell us they're in a better position than last season.  And the season before that.  And the season before that.


Guess who else is in a better position than last season.  And the season before that.  So on.

The San Diego Padres.  The Atlanta Braves.  The Cincinnati Reds.  Oh, and don't forget about the Phillies, Cardinals, Dodgers and Giants.

The National League is the deepest it's been in what... 10 years?  That's what makes this start so concerning.  Yes, you have a better record, but you don't have a better spot.  Yes, you're probably going to play better at some point, but you can just assume one good winning streak is going to do the trick it has two of the past three seasons.  Not with so many teams playing legit good baseball.

Rockies Player Rankings

Wondering how I'm feeling about certain Rockies players?  Refer back to this list.

I'm not sure how often I'll be updating the rankings -- could be weekly, could be monthly, could be after every inning.  We'll just see how it goes.  But this is how I would rank the players currently.

Everything is taken into consideration -- offense, defense, pitching, clutchness, baserunning, consistency, awareness, intelligence. You know, all the things the Rockies don't do well as a team.

  1. Ubaldo Jimenez
  2. Miguel Olivo
  3. Troy Tulowitzki
  4. Manny Corpas
  5. Joe Beimel
  6. Matt Belisle
  7. Carlos Gonzalez
  8. Jeff Francis
  9. Jason Hammel
  10. Seth Smith
  11. Jhoulys Chacin
  12. Melvin Mora
  13. Clint Barmes
  14. Brad Hawpe
  15. Rafael Betancourt
  16. Ian Stewart
  17. Todd Helton
  18. Ryan Spilborghs
  19. Aaron Cook
  20. Matt Daley
  21. Randy Flores
  22. Jonathan Herrera
  23. Franklin Morales
  24. Jason Giambi
  25. Chris Iannetta 
Top 5 Rockies not currently on the roster.
  1. Huston Street
  2. Jorge De La Rosa
  3. Dexter Fowler
  4. Paul Phillips
  5. Eric Young

Lineup Card: Rockies vs. Astros 6-10-10



Rockies Lineup (30-29)

  • CF Gonzalez
  • 1B Helton
  • SS Tulowitzki
  • RF Hawpe
  • LF Smith
  • C   Olivo
  • 3B Stewart
  • 2B Barmes
  • P   Chacin
Jim Tracy moved Helton up to the 2 spot?  OK... that leaves no doubt he reads the blog (still not really, but maybe someone reads it to him?)

Astros Lineup (24-36)
  • CF Bourn
  • 2B Keppinger
  • 1B Berkman
  • LF Lee
  • RF Pence
  • 3B Feliz
  • C  Quintero
  • SS Manzella
  • P  Oswalt
Houston's getaway day lineup looks an awful lot like their every day lineup.  Maybe that's because they only have one lineup.   And they're bad.  And they're one win today from winning the season series 4-2.