The Colorado Rockies lose Juan Nicasio for the rest of the season

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by chinmusic on Monday 16 July 2012 at 9:09 pm

25-year old righty starting pitcher Juan Nicasio will miss the rest of the 2012 season due to surgery on his left knee. Nicasio pitched in 11 games (all starts) for the Rockies in 2012 and he was 2-3 with a 5.28 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP. He has now pitched in 24 games (all starts) in his first two years with the Rockies and he is 6-7 with a 4.65 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP. This is just another blow to the Rockies’ starting rotation, which has been pretty awful so far this year.

Coty Woods has been incredible in the minors for the Colorado Rockies so far in 2012

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by chinmusic on Sunday 15 July 2012 at 12:51 pm

24-year old righty reliever Coty Woods came into this season as the Rockies’ #29 prospect according to Baseball America. Woods has pitched in 39 games (0 starts) in AA+AAA-ball so far this year and he is 3-2 with 17 saves, a 0.74 ERA and a 0.93 WHIP. He has now pitched in 129 games (0 starts) in his first four years in the minors and he is 11-8 with 24 saves, a 2.25 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP. Woods is likely to get his first shot at the show in the near future if he keeps pitching like he is right now.

The Colorado Rockies place Wil Nieves on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by chinmusic on Saturday 14 July 2012 at 3:47 pm

The Rockies have placed 34-year old righty swinging catcher Wil Nieves on the 15-day disabled list due to turf toe on his right foot. Nieves has played in 16 games for the Rockies so far this year and he is 14 of 47 (.298 avg, .738 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 1 homer and 5 RBIs. The Rockies have activated 36-year old righty swinging Ramon Hernandez from the D.L. to take Nieves’ spot on the roster. Hernandez has played in 28 games for the Rockies so far this year and he is 21 of 98 (.214 avg, .645 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 4 homers and 16 RBIs.

The Colorado Rockies have placed 1B Todd Helton on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by chinmusic on Saturday 14 July 2012 at 7:09 am

The Rockies have placed 38-year old lefty swinging 1B Todd Helton on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 9th, due to right hip inflammation. Helton has played in 63 games for the Rockies so far this year and he is 52 of 221 (.235 avg, .730 OPS) with 29 runs scored, 7 homers, 34 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Helton’s injury will open the door for the Rockies to play Tyler Colvin every day while he’s out of action. He better get well soon or he might not have a starting job when he gets back.

The Colorado Rockies had a rough time in the first half in 2012

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Weekly Results by chinmusic on Wednesday 11 July 2012 at 3:16 pm

The Rockies finished the first half tied for last in the N.L. West (with the Padres) with a 33-52 record, which has them 13 games behind the Dodgers. Here is a look at the players who made the biggest impacts in the first half of the 2012 season, in my opinion:

Team MVP: Carlos Gonzalez – 26-year old lefty swinging outfielder Carlos Gonzalez had a monster first half in 2012. Gonzalez played in 78 games for the Rockies last year and he was 104 of 315 (.330 avg, .967 OPS) with 61 runs scored, 17 homers, 58 RBIs and 11 stolen bases. I think Gonzalez is going to finish the 2012 season strongly.

Biggest Surprise: Wilin Rosario – 23-year old righty swinging catcher Wilin Rosario has taken full advantage of Ramon Hernandez’ injury this year. Rosario has played in 58 games for the Rockies this year and he is 47 of 190 (.247 avg, .800 OPS) with 29 runs scored, 14 homers, 36 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. The only negative with Rosario is his utter lack of plate discipline as he has whiffed 53 times so far this year while only walking 8 times.

Biggest Disappointment: Jeremy Guthrie – The Rockies dealt for 33-year old righty starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie last winter with the idea of him being #2 in the rotation in 2012. But, he has recently been demoted to the bullpen because of an utter lack of performance. Guthrie has pitched in 17 games (13 starts) for the Rockies so far this year and he is 3-8 with a 6.05 ERA and a 1.64 WHIP. Guthrie has given up 109 hits (18 homers) in his first 83 1/3 innings this year as he has been pitching extended batting practice for the opposing teams.

Jason Jennings was a solid starting pitcher in the live ball era for the Colorado Rockies

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Saturday 7 July 2012 at 6:26 pm

Righty starting pitcher Jason Jennings busted onto the scene for the Rockies in 2002 when he was named the Rookie of the Year in the N.L. Jennings pitched in 32 games (all starts) for the Rockies in 2002 and he was 16-8 with a 4.52 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP. His best season came back in 2006 (his last year with the team), when he worked in 32 games (all starts) and he was 9-13 with a 3.78 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP. Jennings pitched in 156 games (all starts) in his six years with the Rockies and he was 58-56 with a 4.74 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP. Jennings is still #2 in Rockies’ history in wins (58), games started (156) and innings pitched (941). He is tied with Ubaldo Jimenez as the Rockies’ all-time leader in shutouts with 3 of them. Jennings is also #5 in ERA (4.74), #9 in WHIP (1.55), #3 in strikeouts (622) and he’s tied for 4th (with John Thomson) in complete games with four of them in Rockies’ history.

Tyler Colvin is absolutely on fire with the bat for the Colorado Rockies in July

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by chinmusic on Saturday 7 July 2012 at 6:20 pm

26-year old lefty swinging 1B/OF Tyler Colvin has been killing the baseball so far in July. He has played in 5 games so far this month for the Rockies and he is 8 for 23 (.348 avg, 1.462 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 5 homers and 10 RBIs. Colvin has now played in 63 games for the Rockies this year and he is 56 for 180 (.311 avg, .983 OPS) with 26 runs scored, 13 homers, 40 RBIs and 1 stolen base. The Rockies are going to have to look for more ways to get Colvin in the lineup and that will likely start to cost Todd Helton P.T. in the second half of the season.

Carlos Gonzalez will represent the Colorado Rockies at the All-Star Game

Blogged under All-Stars,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Tuesday 3 July 2012 at 4:37 pm

26-year old lefty swinging outfielder Carlos Gonzalez has been selected as a reserve for the N.L. at the All-Star Game. It will be his first trip to the game. Gonzalez has played in 72 games for the Rockies so far this year and he is 99 for 292 (.339 avg, 1.000 OPS) with 59 runs scored, 17 homers, 58 RBIs and 10 stolen bases. This is a big honor for Gonzalez, but he has really deserved to be playing in this game for three years now. Maybe he will start making it every year now as he has broke the seal.

It’s time for the Colorado Rockies to start selling off part of the team

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,If I Were GM by chinmusic on Monday 2 July 2012 at 12:15 pm

The Colorado Rockies are now 30-48 on the season which has them in 4th place in the N.L. West, 14 games behind the San Francisco Giants. The time is now for the Rockies to start thinking about the future and deal some of the veterans on the team. Here are the guys likely to be on the trading block:

Ramon Hernandez – The Rockies would like to deal Hernandez, but he’s on the D.L. right now. If he can get healthy before the trade deadline, a team like the Rays or Nationals could use him.

Marco Scutaro – Scutaro’s versatility (he can handle 2B and SS defensively) will help his value for the Rockies. The Rays, Cardinals, Brewers, Giants and Tigers are the teams with the biggest need. The Rockies should try to extract some quality prospects from the Tigers, who are in dire need at 2B.

Michael Cuddyer – Teams looking for a 1B or a corner outfielder should have interest in Michael Cuddyer. The Orioles, Indians, Marlins, Pirates, Brewers, Dodgers and Giants will be after Cuddyer. I think the Pirates might be the best fit for Cuddyer….if the Rockies decide to deal him.

Jason Giambi – Lefty swinging 1B Jason Giambi can still hit the heck out of the baseball. The Nationals and Reds could really use a bat like his off the bench. I think the Nationals would be the most interested, so maybe a deal can be struck with them.

Jeremy Guthrie – The Rockies have demoted Jeremy Guthrie to the bullpen, but he still holds value as a lot of teams could use help in the starting rotation. The Yankees, Orioles, Red Sox, Blue Jays, White Sox, Indians, Royals, Rangers and Braves are likely to have interest in him. The Rockies might just deal him to the Blue Jays, who are said to have a lot of interest in him.

Guillermo Moscoso – Guillermo Moscoso has had a hard time so far this year for the Rockies. He is currently pitching in AAA-ball. But, he did pitch well for the A’s last year, so he might garner some interest from A.L. teams. The Blue Jays, White Sox, Indians and Royals will likely have some interest in him. I would probably deal him to the Royals unless the Blue Jays want a package of him and Guthrie.

Rafael Betancourt – The Rockies would have to get good prospects to deal Betancourt as he has pitched very well for them so far this year. The Red Sox, Mets and Phillies would likely have the most interest. With the Phillies likely going to be sellers soon (as crazy as that sounds), the Rockies will likely turn to the Mets concerning Betancourt.

Matt Belisle – Matt Belisle is going to have the same teams interested in him as in Betancourt. The Red Sox and Mets could both use him.

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