Monday, September 3, 2012

Rockies hot bats save bad pitching

The Rockies allowed 20 hits Saturday and still won.

Maybe it was because Rockies' pitchers walked only one and they and their fielders stranded 19 Padres on the basepaths.

Didn't hurt either that the Rockies plated 11 runners. 

While it's a fun day at the park and a nice movie ending it's not a script for consistent winning.

Dexter Fowler, Chris Nelson and Tyler Colvin continued their career-best seasons and Jordan Pacheco is still hitting too. 

Fowler has justified the faith that Dan O'Dowd has in him, Nelson likely saved his job in Denver and Colvin has seized the opportunity granted and will come to spring training expected to start in 2013. Pacheco is not the ideal bat for the positions he plays but what a valuable reserve (who plays a lot) he can become.

Fowler finished with three hits and two RBI, Nelson (3 RBI) and Colvin homered (2 RBI) and Pacheco drove in two runs. 

The Rockies sit Wilin Rosario and his 23 homers and guess what? Ramon Hernandez homers. 

That's "living right" Jim Tracy.

Jeff Francis and Adam Ottavino were plain stinking bad, giving up eight runs over 6 1/3 innings, but the Rockies held on for the victory by allowing only one more run after the terrible twosome departed.

The Rockies have now won 17 of their last 26 games.

Monday Rockies' Notes 

Colorado starts a seven-game road trip Monday that will take them to Atlanta and Philadelphia.

The Rockies have rarely played well against the Braves over the years and Atlanta is still competing for a playoff spot.

The Rockies, however, have confidence and youth that doesn't know about the past. 

Should be an interesting series.

Rockies' Prospects Spotlight

Huston Street was sent to San Diego to clear salary off the books. In return, the Rockies also received prospect Nick Schmidt. The big lefty delivered Sunday, allowing one unearned run over seven innings.

He's capable of that kind of performance, has pitched strongly at times but the other truth is his ERA at Triple-A is 5.68. Robust.

I don't "buy" him as a starter at the big-league level outside of spot starts. However, as a bullpen arm, I believe he still has value. Shorten him up and refine his pitches and he could make it and stick at the highest level of competition.

Brandon Hynick threw seven shutout innings at Double-A Tulsa to lower his ERA to a shiny 2.11 in 12 starts.

So what's the problem?  Why is he still in the Texas League?

In five games, four of them starts at Triple-A earlier in the season his ERA was 7.29.

My point? Be careful how much you value the 27-year-old Hynick at this point.

Ryan Warner, a Colorado prep drafted by the Rockies in June, threw four scoreless, walk-less innings for Grand Junction, striking out five.

His season ERA is 7.00, a big number, but Sunday night showed there is talent there too for the tall, lanky Coloradoan.

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