Saturday, August 4, 2012

Rock Solid Recrap: Giants 16, Rockies 4. It May Only Get Worse.

Giants 16, Rockies 4 (boxscore)

What Went Wrong: Click the boxscore or keep reading, but just know if I listed everything we'd be here until September.

Jonathan Sanchez's Line: 3 IP, 2 R (1 ER), 3 H, 3 BB, 1 K, 67 pitches (33 strikes)

That ball-strike ratio would get you cut from your high school baseball team. But you just watch, Sanchez will get at least one more start with the Rockies or become a piggyback reliever. I'd almost bet your money on it.

Bullpen's Line:  6 IP, 13 R (12 ER), 13 H, 4 BB, 4 K, 2 HR

The most overworked of the Rockies relievers, Adam Ottavino, actually pitched well (3 IP, 1 ER). Mike Ekstrom (1 IP, 4 ER), Matt Reynolds (1 IP, 5 ER) and Carlos Torres (1 IP, 3 ER), not so much. It's only a matter of time before any number of these guys end up on the DL with the countless other Rockies currently out of service.

That's So Rockies: An MRI revealed that Christian Friedrich's lower back problem is actually a stress fracture that will end his season. It never ends.

What's Next: Jeff Francis' (3-3, 5.43) takes the ball for Colorado on Saturday against Madison Bumgarner (11-6, 3.09). How ugly will this get? I can hardly wait to find out.

Final Thoughts: Of all the dismal performances and results we've seen this season, this one might take the cake. And I don't even think you can blame the pitchers at this point. As David Martin points out in his latest piece at Rockies Review, the Rockies staff (especially the relievers) have almost nothing left in the tank with which they can competently compete with in the big leagues. They're sitting ducks right now, and as they attempt to pitch through their fatigue and not get destroyed, the injuries will continue piling up.

There's no way this team will be able to compete in late August and September at this rate... not that they're competing much as we currently stand. It's honestly only going to get worse in this respect, and it's going to force them to revamp their entire bullpen in the offseason because I don't see how any of these guys can be effective next season once this wear and tear settles in.

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