Denver Post sports activities author Patrick Saunders posts his Rockies Mailbag each different week on Tuesdays through the season and as soon as per 30 days through the offseason.
Pose a Rockies — or MLB — associated query for the Rockies Mailbag.
I’m a British-based Rockies fan and take pleasure in studying your studies in The Denver Post and following the video games by way of your Twitter feed.
My query is about Jon Gray. He’s typically touted because the Rockies’ ace however could be very inconsistent and doesn’t appear to have the ability to deal with the strain of pitching in key video games (witness final yr’s playoff recreation towards the D-backs and this homestand). Is it time for the Rockies to think about buying and selling Gray maybe for an skilled pitcher to enrich their core of younger pitchers?
— David Jones, Guildford, Surrey, England
Wow, a Rox rooter from throughout the pond! That’s cool, thanks for studying. Wasn’t Davey Jones the lead singer for The Monkees? Any relation?
OK, actually dangerous joke, and I’m displaying my age. Two strikes towards me.
Clearly you submitted your query earlier than Gray pitched seven robust innings Monday night time within the Rockies’ 10-1 win over the Phillies. It was a big recreation and Gray delivered.
However your level is a legitimate one. Gray has folded beneath strain too many occasions for somebody presupposed to be an “ace.” However I don’t assume a commerce is within the works, as a result of Gray has an excessive amount of expertise and promise to surrender on him proper now.
Having stated that, if the Rockies have been to tug off a main commerce for somebody like Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto, maybe Gray can be a part of a package deal deal. However the backside line is that this: Colorado is constructing one of the best beginning rotation in franchise historical past and Gray is a part of that, so I don’t assume he’s going anyplace.
Seeing the photograph of Bud Black’s locker that accompanied your Sunday function, leads me to ask, who decides which uniform or 9 type combo the Rockies put on every recreation? What dictates the choice to put on, for instance, pinstripes at some point and purple shirt/white pants the subsequent?
— Dave, Fort Collins
Good query, Dave. The location is a part of the choice, in fact. For instance, the Rockies solely put on white at residence and grey on the street, however you in all probability already knew that.
To your level, it’s sometimes the beginning pitcher who chooses the uniform of the day, though he will get enter from his teammates.
Right here is the Rockies’ report this season, by uniform:
Purple Jerseys………. 28-20
White Pinstripes…… 16-17
Gray Jerseys……….. 25-16
Black Sleeveless ….. 11-12
Vacation ………………. 5-Three
Gamers Weekend …. 1-2
In your article about attainable Nationwide League Cy Younger Award winners, you mentioned the East Coast media bias. After watching a number of the umpire work in the course of the Dodgers collection this previous weekend (consider the alleged balk that acquired Bud Black tossed), do you assume there’s any bias in favor of big metropolis/big market groups towards smaller market groups? Positive looks like the shut calls are usually not evenly balanced. Perhaps even an “unconscious bias” to make use of a present time period?
— Rick Pilgrim, Bow Mar
Rick, no I don’t assume there’s something like that happening. I do know followers (and media) get upset with umpires, and particularly with balls and strikes, however on the entire, they’re very proud professionals who do one of the best, most goal job they will.
Nevertheless, the personalities of umpires figures into a few of their calls and into their tolerance for managers’ and gamers’ gripes.
I’ll say this: a veteran pitcher like Clayton Kershaw or Max Scherzer typically get the good thing about the doubt with regards to balls and strikes. A younger pitcher like Colorado lefty Kyle Freeland won’t get the identical calls on the black of plate or balls on the sting of the strike zone. However then, it’s been that means endlessly.
Love the Rox and Bud Black, however why would you pitch to the Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig with first base open in Wednesday’s recreation? Puig has been purple scorching. Please clarify.
— Robert Sabol, Colorado Springs
Robert, I used to be not masking that collection, however once I was in Arizona on Friday I talked to Black about his determination. (It backfired when Puig hit a three-run house run).
His primary response was that he thought aid pitcher Scott Oberg (who’s additionally been scorching) and a good probability of getting Puig out. That was Black’s backside line.
Personally, I assumed it was a big mistake. First, as you talked about, first base was open. Two, as you additionally talked about, Puig has been scorching scorching. Three, Puig is a very erratic hitter with a type of loopy strike zone. In different phrases, he’s unpredictable, and despite the fact that Oberg threw him a respectable pitch, Puig ripped it for a house run. Backside line: Puig was a harmful hitter in that second and Black ought to have walked him.
Pricey Mr. Saunders, first let me say how a lot I take pleasure in your Rockies protection. I’m a big Nolan Arenado fan, as are you. (Nevertheless I did develop up in Baltimore watching Brooks Robinson win 16 consecutive Gold Gloves). That is in all probability a dangerous time to ask this query, however perhaps you’ve got the reply that I can’t discover. What’s Arenado’s batting common and variety of RBI’s with runners in scoring place from innings six although 9? Perhaps you must inform me the quantity earlier than September, since he’s in a droop this month. Thanks on your time.
Allan Bock, Boulder
Allan, on restricted time, I used to be unable to dig up Arenado’s common with runners in scoring place in particular innings. I can inform you this:
• His general RISP common is .313
• His RISP common with two outs is .302
• His primary common in innings 1-Three is .325
• His primary common in innings Four-6 is .286
• His primary common in innings 7-9 in .253
• His common in “late and close” video games is .260 (From Baseball Reference: “Late & Shut are plate appearances within the seventh inning or later with the batting workforce tied, forward by one, or the tying run at the very least on deck.)
• His common in tie video games is .268
OK, Patrick. We’re in an alternate universe and you one way or the other or different grow to be the Rockies manager for the remainder of the season. What would you do?
Sit or play Nolan a minimum of for a couple of video games?
Let Jon Gray have one other begin?
Rush Trevor Story’s return or let Garrett Hampson keep in for a whereas.
Pitch to Yasiel Puig? (Oh sorry, too late on that one!)
Which of the next would you one way or the other work into the line-up each probability you get: Raimel Tapia, Ryan McMahon, CarGo, Matt Holliday, David Dahl or Hampson? I really like your writing and your perception and would love to listen to your ideas.
— Rusty, Denver
Wow Rusty, speak about placing me on the spot! (And thanks for the praise).
I’m unsure if you submitted your query, so my response goes to be a little bit out of context/timing, however right here goes:
No. 1: I might not sit Arenado. He’s too beneficial an infielder and too harmful a hitter to have on the bench throughout this essential stretch run. Sure, he’s been slumping, however he’s too useful to take out of the lineup. Plus, that may ship a horrible message to the staff.
No. 2: The Jon Gray query is moot at this level, in fact, as a result of he pitched very properly Monday night time, and with Tyler Anderson experiencing shoulder soreness, they wanted him. The greater query, now, is what the Rockies will do with him ought to they go deep into the playoffs. Do they belief Gray more than Antonio Senzatela? That’s a robust name.
No. Three: Hampson has carried out nicely, however Story is again and he hit two doubles Monday night time, so the world is so as once more.
No. Three: I might play Dahl each time there’s a right-hander on the mound and I might get Holliday into the lineup vs. lefties.
No. Four: I might solely use Tapia and McMahon in spot conditions. I feel you belief veteran gamers right now of the season with a lot on the road.
Any concept why Jeff Hoffman was not a part of the September call-ups? Looks like he ought to have been given a begin or two to see if he can be a higher choice than Tyler Anderson. Even when he turned out to not be higher, giving Anderson a begin or two off to get his mechanics straightened out might have been useful.
— Mike, Denver
Mike, I talked to some individuals within the group about this — off the document. So I’m not going to offer you any direct quotes, however I will provide you with a sense of what I used to be informed.
Hoffman had some nice moments at Triple-A, however he additionally had some clunkers. There was a feeling that he was simply too inconsistent and the membership felt that it might work out the kinks in Tyler Anderson’s supply.
FYI, at Triple-A Albuquerque, Hoffman was 6-Eight with a Four.94 ERA and a 1.438 WHIP. Hoffman struck out 102 in 105 2/Three innings, however he additionally walked 47.
The basic feeling is that Hoffman just isn’t able to be prime-time starter and that they had higher choices within the bullpen.
On the scoreboard after every pitch, it exhibits the velocity and sort of pitch that was thrown. How have you learnt what sort of pitch is thrown? I perceive how they know the velocity of the pitch, however don’t have a clue how they know what sort of pitch is thrown. Thanks for any info on this which you can present.
— Tom Kirk, Grand Junction
Tom, it’s not a precise science, and typically the scoreboard will get it incorrect. However, in a nutshell, it really works like this: The scoreboard at Coors, Gameday on MLB.com and the AT&T telecast all get the identical knowledge from cameras within the ballpark that measure all the things concerning the pitch and decide what sort of pitch it’s. It’s superb how shortly the knowledge is transmitted.
I’ll say that once I first began masking major-league baseball, I had hassle telling the distinction between pitches (apart from a fastball and a curveball). Now, as a result of I often know what’s in a pitcher’s arsenal, I can often inform from up within the press field. However I’m not almost as completed at it as are the blokes within the TV and radio cubicles.
Hey Patrick, Rockies are wanting like they’re going to get their first Nationwide League West title ever. Might additionally they get their first Corridor of Famer? Todd Helton ought to be a shoo-in. Ideas?
— Sam Kempter, Cedar Metropolis, Utah
Sam, as I write this, the Rockies sit 1 ½ video games behind the Dodgers within the NL West. Colorado has six video games left, L.A. has 5. Likelihood is slim that the Rockies will win the West, however there’s a probability.
As for Helton, he’s removed from a positive factor to get into the Corridor of Fame, and I don’t assume there’s any approach he will get in on the primary poll.
Personally, I feel Helton deserves to get in, nevertheless it’s going to be robust. I feel the truth that he performed his complete profession for one franchise and is THE face of the franchise, ought to rely for a lot. I’m unsure others really feel the identical. By the best way, I don’t have a Corridor of Fame vote.
FYI, listed here are a few of Helton’s primary credentials:
5-time All-Star performed all 17 of his main league seasons with the Rockies…Gained 4 Silver Slugger Awards and three Gold Glove Awards at first base…Led Nationwide League with .372 batting common and 147 RBI in 2000…Led NL in on-base proportion twice and completed profession with .316 batting common, .414 on-base proportion and .539 slugging common…Scored 100-or-more runs six occasions and posted at the least 100 RBI in 5 seasons…One among solely seven gamers in historical past with at the very least two seasons with 400-or-more complete bases (2000-01), a record that additionally consists of Lou Gehrig (5 seasons), Chuck Klein (three seasons), Sammy Sosa (two seasons), Jimmie Foxx (two seasons), Rogers Hornsby (two seasons) and Babe Ruth (two seasons).
Right here is a counter argument from Sports activities Illustrated’s Jay Jaffe, who in thought-about one thing of an professional on Corridor of Fame credentials and worthiness.
“Todd Helton, will have his adherents, but between his mid-career falloff and the voters’ resistance to the far more well-rounded Larry Walker and to Coors-inflated stats in general, he’s got an uphill battle.”
Denver Post sports activities author Patrick Saunders posts his Rockies Mailbag each different week on Tuesdays in the course of the season and as soon as per thirty days in the course of the offseason.
Pose a Rockies — or MLB — associated query for the Rockies Mailbag.