Sunday, April 15, 2012

Rock Solid Recrap: Pomeranz Bad. Offense Bad. Sundays Bad.

Diamondbacks 5, Rockies 2 (boxscore)

What Went Wrong: Another everything sucked kind of Sunday at Coors Field.

Of course, Jim Tracy's Sunday lineup card is getting most of the blame for that. And as always, there's justification in that thought process. However, for me at least it was easier to tolerate because we know Carlos Gonzalez is unavailable due to strep throat, and Ramon Hernandez, Todd Helton and Marco Scutaro were all no brainers to sit after a really long night at the ballpark full of stops and starts.

(Especially Helton, who as Drew Goodman and Jeff Huson pointed out had to go through his stretching routine twice.)

That said, I'm sure Tracy would have used a similar lineup regardless of last night's situation because he's Jim Tracy and that's how he rolls, but I also have a feeling the regulars would have struggled just as much against a locked in Trevor Cahill as the B squaders did — PS: Johnny Herrera did have three of the four hits Cahill allowed — so I'm not going to waste more time or energy beating the obvious drum this week.

I'll just tip my cap to Cahill for his effort, acknowledge Drew Pomeranz wasn't nearly good enough, and get ready to turn the page to San Diego.

Turning Point: Speaking of turning the page, the calendar flipped to Sunday. What more do you need to know?

Drew Pomeranz's Line: 4 1/3 IP, 5 ER, 9 H, 2 BB, 3 K, HR, 100 pitches (61 strikes)

Pomeranz was a mess today. It was obvious almost immediately that his offspeed pitches were going to be non factors, so Arizona turned him into a one-pitch pitcher. And to be honest, his fastball wasn't all that impressive either, so that obviously added up to an ineffective outing.

He also needs to improve holding baserunners — and by improve I mean at least make an honest (without balking) effort — because the Diamondbacks weren't shy about exposing that flaw and you know everyone else is taking note of that.

Oh, and the inability to get a bunt down was also discouraging.

Did I mention he was a mess today?

Hopefully start No. 2 brings dramatic improvement for Pomeranz, because it's obvious he has a lot of work to do to win over a fanbase that has seemingly had a negative attitude towards him since the day he was acquired.

And now to wrap this category up, Dave Krieger provided a disturbing piece of information via Twitter that says in the six games played so far on this homestand, Jamie Moyer has the longest start at 5 2/3 innings.

That's not good enough, folks. Not even close.

Highlight of the Afternoon: I'll pass on this one.

Screengrab of the Game

It's been a rough day for anything named Pacheco. That includes Jordan (who was sent to the minor leagues earlier today) and my fantasy team (which is seated comfortably in last place in this roto league). A revival of both would be welcomed.

What's Next: Our old friend Huston Street and the struggling San Diego Padres make their first visit to Coors Field on Monday night. It'll be Jeremy Guthrie making his third Rockies start against the talented young left-hander Cory Luebke. Talented, young and left-hander are words that strike fear into all Rockies fans, so hopefully the bats turn that tide this time around. First pitch is set for 6:40 MT.

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