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Colorado Rockies MLB News - Rockies Baseball Blog » 2007 » July

The Colorado Rockies claim lefty Sean Thompson from the Royals

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page by chinmusic on Monday 23 July 2007 at 9:59 am

The Rockies have claimed Sean Thompson off of waivers from the Royals.  The 25 year old lefty has pitched in 20 games (17 starts) in the minors this season and he is 4-8 with a 4.04 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP.  In 93.2 innings he has allowed 94 hits, walked 45 batters and whiffed 62.  This was a nice low risk move by the Rockies as Thompson is a young lefty with some upside.

The Rockies designate Tom Martin for assignment

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page by chinmusic on Friday 20 July 2007 at 10:47 am

The Rockies have seen quite enough of Tom Martin show they designated him for assignment.  The Rockies will likely find a taker for Martin as he is lefthanded and teams are often on the hunt for pitchers like him.  Martin pitched in 26 games this season for the Rockies and he is 0-0 with a 4.91 ERA and a 1.60 WHIP.  In 25.2 innings he has allowed 32 hits, walked 9 batters and whiffed 10.  If the Rockies wind up letting Martin go it will be a case of addition by subtraction.

The Colorado Rockies place Brian Fuentes on the DL

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, Injuries by chinmusic on Friday 20 July 2007 at 10:37 am

The Rockies have placed closer Brian Fuentes on the 15-day disabled list with a strained lower back.  Fuentes has pitched in 40 games this season and he has a 0-4 record with 20 saves, a 4.06 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP.  Fuentes has thrown 37.2 innings this season for the Rockies and he has allowed 33 hits, walked 11 and whiffed 31.  Manny Corpas has replaced Fuentes as the stopper on the Rockies and he’s done a good job so far in that role.

The Colorado Rockies have a couple of pitchers that need to step up

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, Pitching BP by chinmusic on Thursday 12 July 2007 at 10:03 am

The Rockies need Josh Fogg and Tom Martin to pitch better in the 2nd half of the season.  Fogg is 4-6 with a 5.36 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP so far this season.  Fogg will need to start missing more bats with his pitches if he wants to have more success in the 2nd half of the season.  He has allowed 105 hits and 12 homers in 87.1 innings this season and he will need to improve on that if he wants to keep his starting job.  Tom Martin must thank God everyday that he is left handed because that is the only reason he has pitched in the majors so long.  Martin is 0-0 with a 5.25 ERA and a 1.54 WHIP so far this season.  He has allowed 31 hits in 24 innings this season and that’s way too many.

The Colorado Rockies have three pitchers standing out in the first half

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, Throwing Well by chinmusic on Thursday 12 July 2007 at 9:42 am

Manny Corpas, Jeremy Affeldt and Jeff Francis have all been pretty good this season.  Corpas has been the main set up man early in the season but he’s getting a mini-audition as the closer because Brian Fuentes has had a rough time as of late.  Corpas is 3-2 with 1 save, a 2.51 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP so far this season.  Look for Corpas to return to the set up role soon and for him to do a good job in the 2nd half of the season.  Jeremy Affeldt has always had the talent but he has never converted that into results until this season.  He is 4-1 with a 2.50 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP so far this season.  Affeldt has only allowed 22 hits in 36 innings this season and he could turn into a dominant relief pitcher if he can tighten up his control as he has walked 20 batters this season.  Jeff Francis is turning into the ace the Rockies have expected him to.  He is 8-5 with a 3.87 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP so far this season.  The Rockies will need him to keep up the good work if they are going to make the playoffs.

The Colorado Rockies have a couple of players not playing up to their ability

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, In Need of a Slumpbuster by chinmusic on Thursday 12 July 2007 at 9:29 am

Jeff Baker, Chris Iannetta and Jamey Carroll have all had tough first halves.  Baker is struggling because he just isn’t getting enough playoff time to stay sharp.  Baker is only hitting .230 with 9 runs scored, 2 homers and 7 RBIs in only 100 atbats this season.  Jamey Carroll has also been pretty bad with the stick in his hands this season.  Carroll is hitting only .212 with 25 runs scored, 1 homer and 7 RBIs in 132 atbats this season.  Chris Iannetta was given the starting job at catcher when the season started but he lost it to Yorvit Torrealba because of his poor play.  Iannetta is hitting only .198 with 14 runs scored, 2 homers and 15 RBIs in 131 atbats.  The Rockies should do the right thing and send the kid to AAA to get his confidence back.

The Colorado Rockies have a few hitters swinging hot bats

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, Playing Well by chinmusic on Thursday 12 July 2007 at 9:12 am

Matt Holliday is off to a monster start of the season for the Colorado Rockies.  He is hitting .341 with 56 runs scored, 15 homers and 69 RBIs so far this season.  Look for him to finish strong this season as he establishes himself as one of the best hitters in baseball.  Todd Helton continues to hit the baseball well as he is hitting .313 with 41 runs scored, 8 homers and 49 RBIs in the first half of the season.  Look for Helton to continue hitting the ball well in the 2nd half of the season.  Brad Hawpe has stepped up his game big time as he is hitting .310 with 44 runs scored, 15 homers and 60 RBIs this season.  Look for Hawpe to be a big key in the Rockies future which has already begun.  Willy Taveras has done a good job as the leadoff hitter and centerfielder for the Rockies this season.  He is hitting .325 with 46 runs scored, 2 homers, 19 RBIs and 20 stolen bases.  Kaz Matsui has also been getting on base a lot at the top of the lineup.  He is hitting .312 with 39 runs scored, 3 homers, 21 RBIs and 16 stolen bases.  He’s finally turning into the player the Mets thought he would be when they brought him over from Japan.  Ryan Spilboroghs has also been outstanding in a part time role.  Spilboroghs is hitting .330 (29 for 88) with 11 runs scored, 5 homers and 27 RBIs this season.

The Colorado Rockies had a decent first half of the season

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page by chinmusic on Thursday 12 July 2007 at 8:54 am

The Colorado Rockies finished the first half of the season with a 44-44 record which has them in 4th place in the National League West, only 5.5 games behind the Padres.  The Rockies are also only 4 games behind the Dodgers for the Wild Card spot.  The Rockies have played so well because of their hitting.  They are leading the National League in hitting at .277 and they are third in both runs scored (428) and OPS (.773) in the N.L.  The Rockies will likely be on the hunt for relief pitching at the trade deadline if they are still in the race in a couple of weeks.

Matt Holliday is turning in another outstanding season for the Colorado Rockies

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, Playing Well by chinmusic on Saturday 7 July 2007 at 11:15 am

Matt Holliday has been outstanding again this season.  He has played in 85 games and he is 122 for 350 (.349 avg, .986 OPS) with 56 runs scored, 15 homers and 69 RBIs.  Holliday has taken over the title as “Best Rockies Hitter” as Todd Helton has passed the torch.  Look for Holliday to dominate pitchers for a long, long time for the Rockies.

The Colorado Rockies place Jason Hirsch on the DL

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, Injuries by chinmusic on Thursday 5 July 2007 at 12:10 am

The Rockies have place Jason Hirsch on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right ankle.  He has started 17 games this season for the Rockies and he’s 4-7 with a 4.90 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP.  Hirsch has thrown 101 innings this season and he has allowed 94 hits, walked 42 batters and whiffed 66.  The Rockies have recalled Matt Herges to take Hirsch’s spot on the roster.  Herges has pitched in 2 games this season for the Rockies and he is 0-0 with a 9.00 ERA and a 2.67 WHIP.  In 3 innings this season he has allowed 5 hits, walked 3 batters and whiffed 4.

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