Joel Peralta opts to leave the Colorado Rockies

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Thursday 29 October 2009 at 12:12 pm

33-year old righty reliever Joel Peralta has rejected an outright assignment to the minors thus becoming a free agent. Peralta did not pitch too well for the Rockies last season. He worked in 27 games (0 starts) for the Rockies in which he was 0-3 with a 6.20 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP. He has now pitched in 221 games (0 starts) in his major league career and he is 4-11 with 2 saves, a 4.61 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP. Peralta will get another shot on a minor league deal over the winter but the Rockies won’t miss him too much.

The Colorado Rockies will likely just be doing minor tinkering this winter

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Thursday 22 October 2009 at 10:08 pm

The Rockies have 11 potential free agents but they will only likely think about bringing back Rafael Betancourt. With the state of the free agent field the Rockies should just pick up Betancourt’s option instead of buying him out and trying to sign him to a cheaper deal. Yorvit Torrealba and Joe Beimel are the only other two of the free agents that I could see them bringing back. Jose Contreras, Josh Fogg, Adam Eaton, Jason Marquis, Matt Herges, Juan Rincon, Alan Embree and Jason Giambi will all likely be looking for new jobs in 2010. The Rockies will be looking for a veteran catcher to back up Chris Iannetta this season with possible names being Henry Blanco, Ramon Castro, Jason LaRue, Jose Molina, Mike Redmond and Gregg Zaun. The Rockies could also use a legit backup middle infielder and guys like Jamey Carroll, Alex Cora, Craig Counsell, Jerry Hairston, Bobby Crosby, Adam Everett and defensive wizard John McDonald will all be considered for the job. The Rockies will likely look for some affordable help from the right side of the bullpen with guys like Danys Baez, Kiko Calero, Brendan Donnelly, Guillermo Mota, Chan Ho Park, David Weathers and Russ Springer. From the lefty side of the bullpen the Rockies will likely look at Scott Eyre, Ron Mahay, Will Ohman, Brian Shouse and Jamie Walker. The Rockies have some work to do this winter but don’t expect too many major changes as they like their team going forward.

The Colorado Rockies grant Adam Eaton free agency

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Monday 19 October 2009 at 5:25 pm

The Rockies have granted 31-year old righty starting pitcher Adam Eaton free agency. Eaton pitched in 4 games (0 starts) for the Rockies last season and he was 1-0 with a 5.63 ERA and a 2.13 WHIP. Overall, Eaton pitched in 12 games (8 starts) with the Orioles and Rockies last season in which he was 3-5 with a 8.08 ERA and a 1.88 WHIP. The Rockies won’t miss Eaton at all in 2010 but it was nice for them to let him go so that he can attempt to revive his major league career.

The Colorado Rockies have a decision to make on Yorvit Torrealba

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Wednesday 14 October 2009 at 2:18 pm

The Rockies have a $4 million dollar mutual option on 31-year old righty swinging catcher Yorvit Torrealba for the 2010 season. Torrealba would likely have no problem playing for the Rockies again next season so the decision likely rests with the team. Re-sign him for $4 million bucks or pay him $500,000 bucks to leave. Torrealba played in 64 games for the Rockies this season and he was 62 for 213 (.291 avg, .731 OPS) with 27 runs scored, 2 homers and 31 RBIs. In four years with the Rockies, Torrealba has played in 312 games in which he is 276 for 1,068 (.258 avg, .710 OPS) with 116 runs scored, 23 homers and 152 RBIs. $4 million bucks is certainly a lot of cash for a back up catcher so the Rockies will have to determine whether or not they want to start Torrealba over Chris Iannetta before they choose to pick up the option or buy him out. Even if the Rockies let Torrealba go they have to remember his name at the trade deadline in 2010 as he has been a money player in the post season. He has played in 17 games in his post season career and he is 15 for 56 (.268 avg, .757 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 2 homers and 13 RBIs.

UPDATE: The Rockies have declined Yorvit Torrealba’s option for the 2010 season.

Alan Embree will likely be moving on in 2010 not pitching with the Colorado Rockies

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Wednesday 14 October 2009 at 2:05 pm

The Rockies have a $3 million dollar option on the 2010 season for 39-year old lefty reliever Alan Embree. But they will likely buy him out for $250,000 dollars. Embree pitched in 36 games (0 starts) for the Rockies last season and he was 2-2 with a 5.84 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP. Embree has now pitched in 882 games (4 starts) in his major league career and he is 39-45 with 25 saves, a 4.59 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP. The Rockies won’t miss Embree as he has not been that good of a pitcher during his major league career.

UPDATE: The Rockies have declined Alan Embree’s option for the 2010 season.

Will the Colorado Rockies bring back Rafael Betancourt in 2010?

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Wednesday 14 October 2009 at 1:59 pm

The Rockies hold an option on 34-year old righty reliever Rafael Betancourt worth $5.4 million bucks for the 2010 season. The question is: Will they exercise it? He pitched very well after coming over in a trade with the Indians as he pitched in 32 games (0 starts) for the Rockies and he was 3-1 with 1 save, a 1.78 ERA and a 0.87 WHIP. Overall in 2009, Betancourt pitched in 61 games (0 starts) for the Indians & Rockies in which he was 4-3 with 2 saves, a 2.73 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP. Betancourt has now pitched in 403 games (0 starts) in his major league career and he is 26-23 with 18 saves, a 3.16 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP. I think the Rockies should pick up Betancourt’s option so that he can set up Huston Street in 2010 giving the Rockies’ a very formidable 8th and 9th inning tandem late in ball games.

UPDATE: The Rockies have declined Rafael Betancourt’s option for the 2010 season.

Philadelphia Phillies 5, Colorado Rockies 4

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Playoffs by admin on Tuesday 13 October 2009 at 10:04 am

What a incredible baseball game last night at Coors Field. Cliff Lee pitched an excellent game again yesterday but he wasn’t the winning pitcher. Ryan Madson followed Lee in the game and that’s when everything turned sour. He gave up a single to Jason Giambi which drove in the game tying run. Then Yorvit Torrealba came to the plate and hit a 2-run double to give the Rockies a 4-2 lead heading into the bottom of the 9th innings. With Rockies’ closer Huston Street on the mound the Phillies rallied to take the lead. Ryan Howard came up with 2 runners on base and 2 outs when he ripped a double into the right field corner driving in Shane Victorino and Chase Utley to tie the game. Jayson Werth then followed Howard to the plate and he got a single to knock him in with the lead run. That wasn’t the end of the game though as lefty Scott Eyre got two outs in the 9th inning but he left two runners on for Brad Lidge. Lidge then came on and struck out Troy Tulowitzki to win the game.

The Rockies played hard in this game and they had some hitters that really stepped up in this game.  Jason Giambi came up big time in this game as a pinch hitter as he singled in his only at bat driving in the game tying run.  He also scored on Yorvit Torrealba’s double.  Mr. October for the Rockies (Yorvit Torrealba) came up big as usual in this game as he was 2 for 4 with a double and 2 RBIs which gave the Rockies the lead in the bottom of the 8th inning.  Carlos Gonzalez had another solid game as he was 2 for 4.  Todd Helton was only 1 for 4 in this game but he did score 2 runs and he knocked in 1 run. 

Ubaldo Jimenez was very solid in this game working the first 7 innings in which he allowed 6 hits and 2 earned runs while whiffing 7 batters.  But, Huston Street blew the game pitching 2/3 of an inning in which he allowed 3 hits and 3 earned runs.  He was the losing pitcher.

The Rockies lose this series 3 games to 1 to the Phillies.  So maybe the Rockies will do better next year but 2009 was a good year for them regardless of the outcome of this series.

Game #4: Philadelphia Phillies vs. Colorado Rockies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Playoffs by chinmusic on Monday 12 October 2009 at 10:58 am

This is a rematch of Game #1 which was won by the Phillies as Cliff Lee pitched a complete game against the Rockies. The Rockies were said to have problems against lefty pitchers this season but they have smashed every lefty not named Lee of the Phillies. Cole Hamels, J.A. Happ and Scott Eyre are a combined 0-1 with a 7.71 ERA and a 1.82 WHIP in this series. It will be interesting to see if this hot hitting carries over today against the Phillies and Lee. Ubaldo Jimenez will be starting this game for the Rockies who will probably have a quick hook with him if he gets into trouble in this game. He was the losing pitcher in game #1 working the first five innings and allowing 9 hits and 5 earned runs. The Rockies need this game or they won’t play again until March in Arizona.

The Colorado Rockies need this trio to help out on offense

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster,The Playoffs by chinmusic on Monday 12 October 2009 at 10:54 am

Dexter Fowler and Todd Helton appeared to wake up with the bat last night but the Rockies need that to continue. Fowler is 2 for 10 with 2 RBIs in this series while Helton is 2 for 12 with 3 runs scored and 2 RBIs. But starting 2B Clint Barmes has been truly awful so far in this series as he is 0 for 10. The Rockies need all hands on the deck as they face elimination tonight so these three guys need to step up.

Philadelphia Phillies 6, Colorado Rockies 5

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Playoffs by chinmusic on Monday 12 October 2009 at 10:37 am

The Rockies lost a heartbreaker last night at home as Ryan Howard knocked in Jimmy Rollins in the 9th inning to break a 5-5 tie and then Phillies’ closer Brad Lidge worked a scoreless 9th inning to finish off the Rockies. Jason Hammel got pummeled by the Phillies in this game working the first 3 2/3 innings in which he allowed 4 hits, walked 3 batters and gave up 4 earned runs. But the bullpen kept the Rockies close until the 9th inning when the Phillies got to closer Huston Street. Street pitched the 9th inning and he allowed 2 hits, walked 1 batter and he allowed 1 earned run. He was the losing pitcher. The Rockies had quite a few batters swinging a good stick last night. It all starts with Carlos Gonzalez who was a beast in the leadoff spot for the Rockies. He was 3 for 4 with a double, homer, stolen base, 3 runs scored and 1 RBI. Dexter Fowler followed him in the lineup and he was 2 for 4. Todd Helton had a solid game also as he was 1 for 3 with 2 runs scored and 1 RBI. Despite his bad year Garrett Atkins continues to swing a solid stick as he was 2 for 4 with a double and 2 RBIs. The Rockies are now down 2-1 in this series with Game #4 later today.

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