Saturday, August 13, 2011

I Have No Scapegoat

Rockies 1, Cardinals 6

This game looked pretty much like the majority of Rockies games this season have. A pitcher gave an excellent performance, better than we had any right to expect from him, and the offense did absolutely nothing right, so the game was lost. The fact that the pitcher was Aaron Cook isn't even that surprising. Despite his struggles this season, he's had more than one game like this.

Of course, Cook did have a moment of unraveling that most likely would have negated any rally the Rockies might have put together. He pitched 5 terrific innings, threw just 63 pitches, got 12 groundball outs, and allowed only 2 hits. He was in complete control, and he looked great. Then, in the 6th, it all fell apart. The score was tied 1-1 going into the bottom of that inning, and by the end of it the Cards were leading 6-1. All 5 runs scored in that inning were allowed by Cook, on 6 hits and 2 walks. He started leaving everything up in the strike zone, and Cardinals' hitters were swinging on 1-1 and 2-0 counts and making contact. There was some bad luck involved too; many of these hits skipped down the line or just past an infielder. Still, it was enough to do damage, and Cook finally got the yank with 2 outs.

Edgmer Escalona took over after that and pitched the rest of the game, 2 1/3 hitless innings. There were rumors that Escalona might be sent down to Triple-A to make room for Jason Giambi, who came off the disabled list yesterday. I really really don't want to lose Escalona. So far he's been great in long relief, and we need someone like him because our starters are struggling to go deep into games. An innings-eater like him can do a lot to keep hope alive for the Rockies. Huston Street was placed on the DL with tricep soreness, so for now Escalona isn't going anywhere. I hope we can find a way to keep him.

I eviscerated Jim Tracy for Thursday's game and essentially put all the blame on him for the loss. What do I know. This is the best lineup he could possibly have put together, and the offense still did absolutely nothing. They looked like they have in so many games this year, doing extremely unproductive things and showing a complete inability to move one another along the basepaths. It is so tiresome. It's not even worth going into. Carlos Gonzalez contributed the only run with a solo homer to lead off the 4th. Then the Rockies left the bases loaded in that inning. I love Chris Iannetta and his walks as much as the next guy, but this is when I absolutely hate him batting 8th (ooh, there's something I can blame on Tracy!). There were 2 on and 2 out, and he took 5 pitches, 4 of which were balls. I think teams intentionally unintentionally walk him in a scenario like that, because they know he won't swing at bad pitches. Of course, with 2 outs and the pitcher coming up, putting Netta on makes complete sense. I'd do it too.

I really hope we get a win in this series. Ironically, our best chance for one is Sunday, with Esmil Rogers going against Edwin Jackson. I'd say it's a good time to break the losing streak, but I'm not optimistic.

Tweet of the Game: @TrevorIrvine10: "I have finally figured out the #Rockies. They are auditioning for Final Destination 6."


  1. I think the team has lacked a leader this year. Whatever leadership Tracy initially offered has been significantly diluted by his myriad stances and contradictory statements; fluid lineups have contributed to the instability. Helton is doing his best to lead by example. Tulo is still too focused on his own performance to be a true leader of the team. Without a leader, the team has no goals, no targeted behavior. Someone needs to step up. . .or step OUT.

  2. You're right Anna, leadership is a huge problem. Good observation about Tulo. I think ultimately he needs to be the leader in the clubhouse, but until he finds a way to consistently produce, I don't know that he can handle it. As far as Tracy goes, he's ceased to be a leader for me, which is unfortunate. I didn't want to join the Tracy nay-sayers, but at this point, I truly believe the team needs new leadership and a fresh start.

    Thanks for commenting!!