Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Rock Solid Recrap: Still Can't Count To 18

Ubaldo Jimenez is stuck on 17 wins...for all eternity.

As I figured, the Rockies needed two big hits to win tonight's baseball game.

They only got one.

Who by? You know who... (highlight)

Ubaldo Jimenez was as untouchable as we'd seen him at any point all season for the first four innings. Aside from that CarGo HR, so was Tim Lincecum. In fact, both were so good, the first 4 1/2 innings of the game were completed in exactly one hour.

27 outs = 60 minutes. Damn.

The Giants then touched Ubaldo for one in the 5th on a pair of singles and a walk. He would shut them down again in the 6th and 7th, before walking Mike Fontenot leading off the 8th. That's never good. Pinch-runner Darren Ford (MLB Debut), would be sacrificed to second by Lincecum, took third on a wild pitch, and scored the game-winning run on an Olivo throwing error.

You know me by now, I never point to one play and say THAT decided the game. It's baseball. There is always more to the result than one play. That holds true again tonight.

The offense was awful... again. Well it's Tim Lincecum, so big deal, right? Tim Lincecum has been brutalized by every offense he's faced (home or road) in the last month. No exceptions. He has been dreadful... until tonight.

Go figure.

A lot of people before the game questioned why Miguel Olivo started all three games of the series over Chris Iannetta. Count me among those. Troy Renck explained it as a comfort situation between Olivo and Ubaldo. I don't think Ubaldo cares who's back there, just put the best player on the field.

For the first three months of the season, the best player was Miguel Olivo. It's not anymore. Hasn't been since the all-star break. Why Jim Tracy refuses to acknowledge that I don't understand, but I really don't understand much that goes through his mind.

Hindsight wasn't 20-20 on that one play. Foresight saw it all very clearly. People that like to defend Jim Tracy (there seem to be plenty) are entitled to do so (I do when warranted), but that's not really a conversation I'm interested in having at this point. I've seen what I need to see. I've consulted enough people from Pittsburgh and LA. I'm comfortable with my assessment of Jim Tracy as a non-instinctual and downright poor manager.

Nice guy. Not getting the most of his team.

Tracy is a big reason for my optimism reaching an almost non-existent level. The Rockies lack of clutch hitting is another. The third reason weighs a lot more than the first two put together, and that is the respect I have for the teams they are chasing.

Listen, the Padres are down right now. Are they going to stay down? They could, but I'm not very optimistic they will be poor enough to allow Colorado to catch them. Same can be said for Philadelphia. They are healthy now. They have a 5-1 road trip (something we can't even dream of) going. They are experienced.

If those two teams do what I expect, it really won't matter what Colorado does, or even what San Francisco or St. Louis does.

Hope to the Baseball Gods I'm wrong, but I'm not going to wave pom-poms and write things I don't believe to be true.  Sorry.  There are other sites out there if that's what you're looking for.


Make-up day with Philadelphia.-- Joe Blanton vs Jhoulys Chacin.

That's a really nice test for Jhoulys.  Not that I need to see much more to be convinced he's a special talent.

Lineup Card: Rockies @ Giants

Who will come up with the big hit(s) for the Rockies tonight?  

I haven't the slightest clue, but I do know the team will need not one, but two big hits to win tonight's game.


Or one, along with another complete shutout by Ubaldo Jimenez.

I'm going with two.

Rockies Lineup (69-62)
  1. 2B  Young
  2. CF  Fowler
  3. RF  Gonzalez
  4. SS  Tulowitzki
  5. 1B  Helton
  6. LF  Smith
  7. 3B  Mora
  8. C    Olivo
  9. P    Jimenez
Giants Lineup (73-60)
  1. CF  Torres
  2. 2B  Sanchez
  3. 1B  Huff
  4. LF  Burrell
  5. RF  Guillen
  6. C    Posey
  7. 3B  Sandoval
  8. SS  Fontenot
  9. P    Lincecum

Rock Solid Recrap: Disappointing

That's the word that keeps running through my mind over and over again.  

What a disappointing effort in what could have been a breakthrough type of victory.  Kinda like the win over LA was on Sunday, where you get a monkey off your back, finally win a series against the Dodgers.  Tonight could have been that game on the road.

Wasn't to be.

Rockies have no one to blame but themselves.

A couple of opportunities arose early, but the timely hitting wasn't there, and then when a hit did come, poor base running had already wiped out the scoring chance.  They actually gave away two outs on the bases in that 4th inning.

It was at that point that I tweeted.
@Townie813 I hope the Giants give this one away like last night, because the Rockies don't look like a team that can win it themselves.
That didn't seem to go over well with some fans, but I can't pretend to be optimistic when the writing is on the wall.  There are nights you can just tell this team isn't winning unless a big a break goes their way (like last night).

The Rockies did hang around (thanks largely to Esmil Rogers and Melvin Mora), but the game-changing break never came, and the taxed bullpen crumbled.

That's why I wrote this last night...
This has to be a big offensive game for the Rockies. Rogers has struggled lately. Huston Street is a little gassed. The bullpen as a whole is tired. Best way to remedy such problems are to score early, score often, and score a couple more late.
Baseball isn't always difficult to figure out.  Sometimes you need the offense to carry you, and sometimes you reallllly need the offense to carry you.  Tonight was predictably one of those nights, and it didn't happen.


Not unexpected, but still disappointing.


Ubaldo Jimenez vs Tim Lincecum

We have a dandy pitching matchup.

More importantly, it's another opportunity to win a road series, regain some ground, and establish something positive.