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Manny Corpas appears to be getting back on track for the Colorado Rockies

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Throwing Well by chinmusic on Friday 30 April 2010 at 9:07 am

27-year old righty reliever Manny Corpas looks like he’s getting his groove back. He has pitched in 9 games (0 starts) for the Rockies so far this season and he is 0-1 with a 1.13 ERA and a 0.88 WHIP. Corpas is really pitching well as he has only allowed 8 hits in 16 innings pitched so far this season. The Rockies hope that Corpas can keep this up because he had the look of a breakout pitcher back in 2007. In 2007, Corpas pitched in 78 games (0 starts) for the Rockies in which he was 4-2 with 19 saves, a 2.08 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP. But the last two years have been a disaster for him. In 2008 & 2009, Corpas pitched in 111 games (0 starts) for the Rockies in which he was 4-7 with 5 saves, a 4.92 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP. If Corpas continues to pitch well the Rockies will start using him later in games soon.

The Colorado Rockies place two starting pitchers on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Injuries by chinmusic on Thursday 29 April 2010 at 7:27 pm

The Rockies have placed lefty Jorge De La Rosa and righty Jason Hammel on the 15-day disabled list. De La Rosa has a torn tendon in his left middle finger which will cause him to miss a while. This will hurt the Rockies as De La Rosa has been one of the better starting pitchers for the Rockies the last couple of years. He has started 4 games for the Rockies this season and he is 3-1 with a 3.91 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP. He has whiffed 26 batters in 23 innings showing just how good his stuff has been this season. Hammel has a strained right groin. He has started 4 games for the Rockies so far this season and he is 0-2 with a 9.16 ERA and a 1.92 WHIP. Hammel hasn’t missed many bats so far this season as he has allowed 28 hits in only 18 2/3 innings so far this season for the Rockies. The Rockies have called up 22-year old righty starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin and righty reliever Juan Rincon to replace De La Rosa and Hammel on the pitching staff. Chacin was the Rockies’ #4 rated prospect coming into this season according to Baseball America. He will join the starting rotation. He started 4 games in AAA-ball for the Rockies this year and he was 3-0 with a 1.69 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP. He has only given up 15 hits in 21 1/3 innings while whiffing 21 batters in AAA this year which shows how nasty he can be. He has already pitched 1 inning of scoreless relief for the Rockies whiffing 2 batters. Juan Rincon was the stopper at AAA this season. He pitched in 8 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball this season and he was 0-1 with 5 saves, a 4.91 ERA and a 1.64 WHIP. He also has pitched in a game already for the Rockies this season working 1 inning in which he gave up 2 hits, 1 walk and 1 earned run. I think Chacin will do a good job for the Rockies but they need De La Rosa in particular to get healthy soon.

The Colorado Rockies demote Chris Iannetta to AAA

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Thursday 29 April 2010 at 7:08 pm

The Rockies have demoted 27-year old righty swinging catcher Chris Iannetta to AAA and they have recalled 33-year old righty swinging catcher Paul Phillips to replace him on the active roster. Iannetta was off to a very slow start this season for the Rockies. In his first 8 games for the Rockies this year he was 4 for 30 (.133 avg, .569 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 2 homers and 2 RBIs. He just looked uncomfortable at the plate this season as he whiffed 11 times. This move pretty much makes Miguel Olivo the full time catcher as Phillips is nothing more than a backup. Phillips played in 6 games in AAA-ball so far this season and he was 4 of 22 (.182 avg, .445 OPS) with 1 double. He was 0 for 1 in his first game with the Rockies this season. The Rockies hope that Iannetta turns things around soon so he can get back to Denver to help them.

The Colorado Rockies DFA Al Alburquerque

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Minors by chinmusic on Thursday 29 April 2010 at 7:02 pm

The Rockies have designated 23-year old righty reliever Al Alburquerque for assignment. He pitched in 4 games (0 starts) in AA-ball this season and he was 0-2 with a 12.46 ERA and a 2.31 WHIP. In his two years in Colorado’s minor league system he pitched in 27 games (0 starts) in which he was 1-5 with a 4.99 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP. The Rockies needed Alburquerque’s roster spot for 33-year old righty swinging catcher Paul Phillips who has been promoted to the show.

Ian Stewart is really hitting the baseball well for the Colorado Rockies right now

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Playing Well by chinmusic on Tuesday 27 April 2010 at 1:58 pm

Starting 3B Ian Stewart is really swinging a hot stick right now for the Rockies. He has played in 20 games for the Rockies so far this season and he is 21 of 67 (.313 avg, .972 OPS) with 13 runs scored, 4 homers, 12 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. His batting average is a major surprise so far this season and the Rockies aren’t expecting him to hit anywhere near .300 this season. But if he can hit .250-.260 he will be huge asset to the Rockies because of his big time power potential. He played in 147 games last season for the Rockies and he was 97 of 425 (.228 avg, .786 OPS) wtih 74 runs scored, 25 homers, 70 RBIs and 7 stolen bases. The Rockies think he will eclipse all of those numbers in 2010 because he’s not sharing P.T. with Garrett Atkins this year.

The Colorado Rockies place Brad Hawpe on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Injuries by chinmusic on Sunday 25 April 2010 at 9:16 pm

The Rockies have placed starting RF Brad Hawpe on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left quadriceps. Hawpe was off to a good start to the 2010 season. He has played in 15 games for the Rockies this season and he is 15 for 42 (.357 avg, 1.714 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 3 homers and 7 RBIs. The Rockies have recalled 2B/OF Eric Young to replace Hawpe on the active roster. Young has played in 15 games in AAA-ball so far this season and he is 13 for 57 (.228 avg, .600 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 1 homer, 1 RBI and 3 stolen bases. He will provide the Rockies with speed off the bench. Ryan Spilborghs, Seth Smith and Melvin Mora will probably all get some P.T. in RF while Hawpe is out of action so the Rockies are still in good shape.

Carlos Gonzalez is swinging a good stick for the Colorado Rockies

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Injuries, Playing Well by Andrew on Wednesday 21 April 2010 at 3:31 pm

Carlos Gonzalez got off to a extremely hot start to open up the 2010 season, getting 11 hits in the first six games.  A hamstring injury cooled off his hot start though, as he missed the next three games in New York against the Mets.  He came back as a pinch hitter the next game against the Braves, before returning to his regular starting role in left field the very next day.  In his first start back he went 2/5 with 2 doubles and 2 RBIs.  He followed that game up with a homerun the next day, before having his first true “0-fer” against the Washington Nationals on Monday, where he went 0-4 with 2 strikeouts.  He got the day off yesterday, but there are no reports that it is injury related so Gonzalez should be fine.  He still seems to be seeing the ball well and the 24-year-old has  a .333 BA, 1 HR, 6 RBIs, 8 Rs, and a .476 SLG so far this season.  He  is proving that his 2009 campaign was no fluke, where in 83 games last year he finished with a .284 BA, 13 HRs, 29 RBIs, 53 Rs, 16 SBs, .353 OBP, and a .525 SLG.  If Gonzelez can stay healthy he is going to be a great weapon in the Rockies’ lineup all season long, and is going to put together a very nice stat-line for his first full season.

This could be the week that the Colorado Rockies break out

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Weekly Results by chinmusic on Monday 19 April 2010 at 8:05 pm

The Rockies are stuck at .500 on the year as they are 6-6. They are tied with the Rockies and Padres, 2 games behind the Giants in the N.L. West. The Rockies have outscored their opponents 58-48 this season so it’s time they start winning more games. This could be the week for that as the Rockies play 4 games in Washington before returning home this coming weekend to deal with the Marlins for 3 games.

Matt Daley is off to a good start for the Colorado Rockies

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Throwing Well by chinmusic on Monday 19 April 2010 at 8:01 pm

28-year old righty middle reliever Matt Daley is off to a good start for the Rockies. He has pitched in 6 games for the Rockies this season and he is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP. He has whiffed 4 batters in 4 2/3 innings so far this season for the Rockies. Daley won’t be pitching late in ballgames for the Rockies any time soon but if he pitches well in the middle innings the team will be really happy with him.

Ubaldo Jimenez throws the first no hitter in Colorado Rockies history

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Throwing Well by chinmusic on Sunday 18 April 2010 at 12:15 am

Righty starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez threw the first no hitter in team history on Saturday at Turner Field against the Atlanta Braves. Jimenez was conveniently wild as he walked 6 batters while whiffing 7 in this game. He threw 129 pitches against the Braves with 72 of them being strikes. Jimenez improved to 3-0 on the season with a 1.29 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP. He just has nasty stuff. Carlos Gonzalez was the offensive star for the Rockies in this game as he was 2 for 5 with 2 doubles, 1 run scored and 2 RBIs. Brad Hawpe also had a nice game at the plate as he was 3 for 4 with 1 run scored.

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