Monday, April 16, 2012

Rock Solid Recrap: Monday is the new Sunday

Padres 7, Rockies 1 (boxscore

What Went Wrong: Just like the previous three games against Arizona, the Rockies found themselves trailing before they had a chance to take their first hacks.

When that starts happening on a consistent basis, it obviously puts more pressure on the offense, but beyond that it can be more than a little deflating and disheartening. Not that that's a good excuse for failing to mount much offense against Cory Luebke, but it just kind of is what it is. And what it does is wear you out mentally.

As you may have been able to tell by my lack of tweets after the first couple innings, it wears me out, too.

Turning Point: The game never turned, nor was there ever a real threat for it turn, so I'm going to nominate Troy Tulowitzki's error on Cory Luebke's grounder — which directly resulted in San Diego's fifth run — as the moment we all realized the game was never going to turn.

By the way, Tulowitzki looks very uncomfortable at both the plate — which isn't unusual early in the season — and in the field — which concerns me far more. It's possible the hip flexor he's been dealing is a bigger issue than is being led on, which means he either needs to take a day or two soon to rest it, or we might have to get prepared for 75-80% of Tulo for awhile.

Jeremy Guthrie's Line: 7 IP, 6 ER, 9 H, 2 BB, 1 K

It wasn't as messy as Pomeranz yesterday and it wasn't as painful as Nicasio on Friday, but it still wasn't nearly good enough. Especially when it's the worst offense in baseball squaring you up and ripping nothing but rocket doubles to all fields.

Seriously, Guthrie wasn't fooling anybody and he wasn't getting swings and misses. But I guess if you're looking for the silver linings that at least allowed him to gobble up seven innings to help conserve the bullpen.

Yeah, I know, I'm not really in the mood for sarcasm either.

But I'm also not ready to pull plug on Guthrie or anything like that. We all know it's an adjustment for any pitcher new to the Coors Field environment, maybe even more so for an established veteran who hadn't even visited the stadium — let alone pitched there — until eight days ago, so let's see if there's any possible adjustments he can still make to get more comfortable before writing him off as a useful starter.

As an ace, yes, of course you can safely write that off because that wasn't a realistic expectation to begin with. And I'm not saying he won't prove to be useless. He doesn't get many strikeouts (or any, really) and he's a flyball pitcher in flyball hell. But he at least deserves the opportunity to figure some things out like he did after making the rounds in the American League East.

Highlight of the Night: Impossible to not be impressed by Tyler Colvin so far. Tonight, he was one of three Rockies to record multi-hit games — along with Chris Nelson and Marco Scutaro — and he drove in their only run with a two-out single in the second on a gorgeous left-on-left swing. Truly a thing of beauty.

Screengrab of the Game
Joe West got a call right... so that's something. (Root Sports)
What's Next: Jamie Moyer will again seek to become the oldest pitcher to win a Major League game on Tuesday night. I can tell you this, he's going to need a lot more help from his teammates than he got in his first two starts if he hopes to achieve that. He'll be opposed by 24-year-old right-hander Anthony Bass, and the first pitch is again scheduled for 6:40.

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Sam said...

Man Tulo is killing us right now. Put Scutaro at short for a couple days and let Herrera play again. Hope cargo is back soon too.