Jim Tracy is the right guy to get the Colorado Rockies back in the playoffs in 2011

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Wednesday 30 March 2011 at 10:53 pm

55-year old manager Jim Tracy led the Rockies to a 83-79 (51.2%) record last season and they missed the playoffs. Injuries played a huge role in the Rockies not making the playoffs last year. This year should be different as the Rockies’ have depth all over the field and on the pitching staff for 2011. The Rockies are now 157-121 (56.5%) during the regular season in Tracy’s first two years in charge and they are 1-3 (25%) in the post-season. Jim Tracy has now been a major league manager for nine years now and he has compiled a 719-693 (50.9%) record during the regular season and he is 2-6 (25%) in the post-season. I have a feeling that Tracy will have the Rockies in the hunt for the playoffs in 2011.

The Colorado Rockies are loaded for bear in the bullpen for 2011

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Wednesday 30 March 2011 at 10:47 pm

The Colorado Rockies hope that 27-year old righty closer Huston Street can stay healthy in 2011. He pitched in 44 games (0 starts) for the Rockies last year and he was 4-4 with 20 saves, a 3.61 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP. Street has now pitched in 108 games (0 starts) in his first two years with the Rockies and he is 8-5 with 55 saves, a 3.30 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP. He has only given up 82 hits and 24 walks in his first 109 innings for the Rockies, while also whiffing 115 batters which shows just how nasty he can be.

The Rockies dealt for 31-year old righty Matt Lindstrom over the winter to give them insurance against Street’s health in 2011. Lindstrom pitched in 58 games (0 starts) for the Astros last year and he was 2-5 with 23 saves, a 4.39 ERA and a 1.65 WHIP. He has now pitched in 249 games (0 starts) in his first four years in the majors and he is 10-13 with 43 saves, a 4.00 ERA and a 1.49 WHIP. Lindstrom’s results just have not matched his stuff to his point in his career as he is one of the hardest throwers in all of baseball. Maybe this is the year he really breaks out.

30-year old righty Matt Belisle really broke out for the Rockies last year. He pitched in 76 games (0 starts) for the Rockies last year and he was 7-5 with 1 save, a 2.93 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP. Belisle has now pitched in 100 games (0 starts) in his first two years with the Rockies and he is 10-6 with 1 save, a 3.59 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP. The Rockies are expecting another decent year out of Belisle in 2011.

35-year old righty Rafael Betancourt gives the Rockies another huge arm for late in games. Betancourt pitched in 72 games (0 starts) for the Rockies last year and he was 5-1 with 1 save, a 3.61 ERA and a 0.96 WHIP. He has now pitched in 104 games (0 starts) in his first two years with the Rockies and he is 8-2 with 2 saves, a 3.08 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP. Betancourt only has given up 69 hits and 13 walks in his first 87 2/3 innings with the Rockies and he has 118 whiffs, which shows just how effective he is.

25-year old lefty Franklin Morales has yet to live up to his potential and the Rockies hope that this is the year that it all comes together for him. Morales pitched in 25 games (0 starts) for the Rockies last year and he was 0-4 with 3 saves, a 6.28 ERA and a 1.81 WHIP. Morales has now pitched in 88 games (15 starts) in his first four years with the Rockies and he is 7-10 with 10 saves, a 4.93 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP.

26-year old lefty Matt Reynolds comes into this year as the Rockies’ #20 overall prospect according to Baseball America. Reynolds pitched in 21 games (0 starts) for the Rockies last year and he was 1-0 with a 2.00 ERA and a 0.83 WHIP. He only gave up 10 hits in 18 innings for the Rockies last year while whiffing 17 batters, so he was very impressive. Reynolds also pitched in 50 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball last year and he was 1-3 with 7 saves, a 2.62 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP.

27-year old righty Felipe Paulino will shift to the bullpen for the Rockies in a role where his power stuff will play better. Paulino pitched in 19 games (14 starts) for the Astros last year and he was 1-9 with a 5.11 ERA and a 1.54 WHIP. He has now pitched in 47 games (34 starts) in his first three years in the majors and he is 6-21 with a 5.83 ERA and a 1.60 WHIP.

28-year old righty Matt Daley is going to have to pitch better in 2011 if he wants to stick with the Rockies. Daley pitched in 28 games (0 starts) for the Rockies last year and he was 0-1 with a 4.24 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP. He has now pitched in 85 games (0 starts) in his first two years with the Rockies and he is 1-2 with a 4.24 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP.

29-year old righty Sean White might be a surprise for the Rockies in 2011. He pitched in 38 games (0 starts) for the Mariners last year and he was 0-1 with a 5.24 ERA and a 1.63 WHIP. White has now pitched in 105 games (0 starts) in his first three years in the majors and he is 4-4 with 1 save, a 4.16 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE ROCKIES BULLPEN IN 2011: A

The Colorado Rockies acquire Daniel Turpen from the Red Sox

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Tuesday 29 March 2011 at 9:42 pm

The Colorado Rockies have acquired 24-year old righty reliever Daniel Turpen from the Red Sox for 26-year old righty swinging catcher Michael McKenry. Turpen pitched in 49 games (0 starts) in AA-ball last year and he was 7-6 with 4 saves, a 4.30 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP. He has now pitched in 156 games (0 starts) in his first four years in the minors and he is 16-12 with 17 saves, a 2.86 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP. McKenry played in 6 games for the Rockies last year and he was 0 for 8 (.000 avg, .111 OPS) with 5 whiffs as he looked overmatched in his brief cup of coffee in the majors. He also played in 99 games in AAA-ball for the Rockies last year and he was 92 of 347 (.265 avg, .752 OPS) with 44 runs scored, 10 homers, 49 RBIs and 1 stolen base. I like this deal from the Rockies’ end as Turpen has a nice upside.

The Colorado Rockies acquire Josh Fields from the Pirates

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Monday 28 March 2011 at 3:07 pm

The Colorado Rockies have acquired 28-year old righty swinging 3B Josh Fields from the Pirates for either a player to be named later or cash. Fields played in 13 games forthe Royals last year and he was 15 of 49 (.306 avg, .810 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 3 homers and 6 RBIs. He has now played in 217 games in his first five seasons in the majors and he is 167 of 713 (.234 avg, .724 OPS) with 95 runs scored, 34 homers, 107 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. He has whiffed 235 times so far in his major league career, so he’s often an all or nothing hitter. Still, the price was right for Fields as I don’t think the Rockies are giving up much for him.

The Colorado Rockies have a solid starting rotation set up for 2011

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Sunday 20 March 2011 at 2:27 pm

27-year old Ubaldo Jimenez really stepped up last year for the Rockies. He started 33 games for the Rockies last season and he was 19-8 with a 2.88 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP. He only gave up 164 hits in 221 2/3 innings while whiffing 214 batters which showed just how nasty his stuff was last year. He finished 3rd in the Cy Young Award voting while also tossing a no-hitter in 2010. Jimenez has now pitched in 117 games (116 starts) in his first 5 years with the Rockies and he is 50-36 with a 3.52 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP. Jimenez is the unquestioned ace of the Rockies and he will be one of the best starting pitchers in the N.L. once again in 2011.

29-year old lefty Jorge De La Rosa will serve as the Rockies’ #2 starter in 2011. He started 20 games for the Rockies last year and he was 8-7 with a 4.22 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP. De La Rosa has now pitched in 81 games (75 starts) in his first three years with the Rockies and he is 34-24 with a 4.49 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP. He has whiffed 434 batters in his 436 2/3 innings with the Rockies but he has also walked 200 batters. If De La Rosa could just tighten up his control a little bit, he would be a big winner with the Rockies.

23-year old righty Jhoulys Chacin will be #3 in line for the Rockies and he has a HUGE upside. Chacin pitched in 28 games (21 starts) for the Rockies last season and he was 9-11 with a 3.28 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP. He whiffed 138 batters in only 137 1/3 innings last season while only giving up 114 hits which shows just how nasty his stuff is. Chacin has now pitched in 37 games (22 starts) for the Rockies in his first two years with them and he is 9-12 with a 3.40 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP. Chacin will likely challenge Jimenez for the team lead in wins for the Rockies in 2011.

32-year old righty Aaron Cook is going to miss at least the first month of the 2011 season due to injury. He started 23 games for the Rockies last season and he was 6-8 with a 5.08 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP. Cook has now pitched in 220 games (189 starts) in his first 9 years with the Rockies and he is 69-58 with a 4.41 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP. The Rockies should be able to weather the storm without Cook until he’s ready to return to action.

28-year old righty Jason Hammel will be the #4 starter for the Rockies when the 2011 season starts. He started 30 games for the Rockies last season and he was 10-9 with a 4.81 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP. Hammel has now pitched in 64 games (60 starts) in his first two years with the Rockies and he is 20-17 with a 4.57 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP. He is a very solid pitcher at the back end of the rotation for the Rockies.

29-year old righty John Maine could win the #5 job for the Rockies at the outset of the 2011 season. He started 9 games for the Mets last season and he was 1-3 with a 6.13 ERA and a 1.82 WHIP. Maine has now pitched in 108 games (105 starts) in his first 7 years in the majors and he is 41-36 with a 4.35 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP. Maine might really help the Rockies if he proves to be healthy.

25-year old Esmil Rogers is likely the favorite to open the season as the Rockies’ #5 starter. Rogers pitched in 28 games (8 starts) for the Rockies last season and he was 2-3 with a 6.13 ERA and a 1.67 WHIP. He gave up 94 hits in 72 innings while whiffing 66 batters last year. So he has a huge problem missing bats despite having pretty good stuff, and that isn’t a good combination. Rogers has now pitched in 29 games (9 starts) in his first two years with the Rockies and he is 2-3 with a 6.04 ERA and a 1.65 WHIP.

25-year old righty Clayton Mortensen was once a very highly rated prospect so the Rockies hope that a change in scenery will bring out the best in him. Mortensen started 1 game for the Oakland A’s last year and he was 0-0 with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP. He also pitched in 26 games (all starts) in AAA-ball last season and he was 13-6 with a 4.25 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP. Mortensen has now pitched in 8 games (7 starts) in his first two years in the majors and he is 2-4 with a 7.12 ERA and a 1.72 WHIP.

27-year old righty Billy Buckner is a big time longshot to start some games for the Rockies in 2011. Buckner started 3 games for the Diamondbacks last year and he was 0-3 with a 11.08 ERA and a 2.39 WHIP. He gave up 26 hits (4 of which were homers) in only 13 innings for the D-Backs, so he got destroyed by major league hitters in 2010. Buckner has now pitched in 36 games (21 starts) in his first four years in the majors and he is 6-11 with a 6.25 ERA and a 1.64 WHIP.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE ROCKIES STARTING ROTATION IN 2011: B

The Colorado Rockies lose Aaron Cook for at least a month

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by chinmusic on Saturday 12 March 2011 at 8:08 am

The Rockies have lost 32-year old righty starting pitcher Aaron Cook for at least a month due to a broken finger on his pitching hand. Cook pitched in 23 games (all starts) for the Rockies last season and he was 6-8 with a 5.08 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP. The Rockies did pretty well when Cook was out of action last season, so they should be o.k. until he’s ready to return to action.

LF will likely be a productive platoon position for the Colorado Rockies in 2011

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Friday 11 March 2011 at 4:35 pm

28-year old lefty swinging Seth Smith and 31-year old righty swinging Ryan Spilborghs will be platooning in LF for the Rockies in 2011. Smith will get the call against right starting pitchers. Smith played in 133 games for the Rockies last season and he was 88 of 358 (.246 avg, .783 OPS) with 55 runs scored, 17 homers, 52 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. Smith has a .271 career batting average with a .834 OPS in his first four years in the majors, so look for him to rebound with the bat in 2011. Smith had 2 errors and 3 assists in 71 games in LF last season for the Rockies while showing off pretty good range. If Smith could handle lefty pitching a little better, he would probably be a star.

Ryan Spilborghs will likely draw starts against lefty pitchers in 2011. He played in 134 games for the Rockies last season and he was 95 of 341 (.279 avg, .797 OPS) with 41 runs scored, 10 homers, 39 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. Spilborghs had 1 error in 46 games in LF last season for the Rockies but he showed awful range. He also had 2 assists, so he has a decent throwing arm. Spilborghs and Smith should make a pretty productive platoon for the Rockies in LF in 2011.

25-year old switch hitting Eric Young will back these guys up in 2011. Young played in 51 games for the Rockies last season and he was 42 of 172 (.244 avg, .597 OPS) with 26 runs scored, 8 RBIs and 17 stolen bases. Young played in 10 games in LF for the Rockies last season and he had 1 error while showing pretty awful range there. Young has the speed to be an asset for the Rockies in 2011 if he gets P.T. and hits better.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE ROCKIES LF IN 2011: B

The Colorado Rockies hope that Dexter Fowler steps up in 2011

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Friday 11 March 2011 at 4:22 pm

25-year old switch hitting Dexter Fowler enters spring training as the Rockies’ starting CF. He will need to improve all the way around if he wants to keep his starting gig. Fowler played in 132 games for the Rockies last season and he was 114 of 439 (.260 avg, .757 OPS) with 73 runs scored, 6 homers, 36 RBIs and 13 stolen bases. Fowler has outstanding speed but he can’t steal first base, so the Rockies need him to hit better in 2011. Fowler only had 1 error in 120 games in CF for the Rockies last season but he showed pretty awful range and he had 2 assists. The Rockies need more out of Fowler both offensively and defensively in 2011.

29-year old righty swinging Willy Taveras and 33-year old switch hitting Alfredo Amezaga will duke it out for the backup job in CF this spring. Taveras played in 27 games for the Nationals last season and he was 7 of 35 (.200 avg, .500 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 4 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Taveras is a caree .274 hitter with the .647 OPS in his first 7 years in the majors, so he is a lot better than he showed last year. He has speed to burn too as he led the majors in steals in 2008 when he had 68 of them with the Rockies. Taveras played in 230 games in 2007+2008 with the Rockies and he was 239 of 851 (.281 avg, .667 OPS) with 128 runs scored, 3 homers, 50 RBIs and 101 stolen bases. He played in 3 error-free games in CF for the Nationals last season.

33-year old switch hitting Alfredo Amezaga missed all of last season due to a knee injury. He’s very versatile in the field and that could get him his fair share of P.T. if he can make the team out of spring training. Amezaga has a .251 batting average with a .652 OPS in his first 8 years in the majors (544 games).

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE ROCKIES CF IN 2011: C

RF belongs to Carlos Gonzalez for the Colorado Rockies in 2011

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Friday 11 March 2011 at 4:09 pm

After moving outfielders around in 2011, the Rockies appear ready to give 25-year old lefty swinging Carlos Gonzalez the starting gig in RF. Gonzalez played in 145 games for the Rockies last season and he was 197 of 587 (.336 avg, .974 OPS) with 111 runs scored, 34 homers, 117 RBIs and 26 stolen bases. Gonzalez led the N.L. in both hits (197) and batting average (.336) last season for the Rockies. He also finished in 3rd place in the voting for the N.L. MVP Award last fall. This might be the season that Gonzalez gets that MVP. He didn’t have any errors in 40 games in RF last season for the Rockies while showing awful range there. He did have 2 assists while playing RF as he showed off a strong arm. Look for Gonzalez to improve defensively in 2011 as he can now concentrate on one position.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE ROCKIES RF IN 2011: A+

Ian Stewart could start the year on the D.L. for the Colorado Rockies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by chinmusic on Friday 11 March 2011 at 8:32 am

Starting 3B Ian Stewart could start the 2011 season on the disabled list due to a MCL sprain. This is very bad luck for Stewart as he was in line to get a lot of P.T. this year. The Rockies were smart to sign Ty Wigginton over the winter as he will likely take over as the starting 3B until Stewart is ready to return to action. The Rockies will be in good hands until Stewart gets healthy.

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