No, you are not trapped in some bizarro dream world. This place where Yuniesky Betancourt is a postseason force to be reckoned with, this place where the Detroit Lions are 5-0, and this place where I write the Friday Rockpile now is all real. Okay, so that last part isn’t quite true, Andrew Martin is on vacation and I’m just helping out. He’ll be back next week with your regularly scheduled Rockpile but for now, yours truly has been handed the keys to the mothership.
Oddly back in the winter of 2009 when Andrew first started writing front page stories here, I was on vacation. Funny how life comes full circle like that sometimes. On this particular day, I was in New Orleans perusing through one of those stereotypical gift shops when a clever sign caught my eye. It read...
There are three types of jobs. Good, fast, and cheap. You may have any two you like.
A good and fast job won’t be cheap.
A good and cheap job won’t be fast.
A fast and cheap job won’t be good.
Unfortunately, this applies almost perfectly to the Rockies options when it comes to fixing 3B next season. To quickly summarize my feelings....
Option #1: A good and fast fix that won’t be cheap.
This would involve either paying big bucks to free agent Aramis Ramirez or using prospects as currency to land a David Wright, Kevin Youkilis, or Chase Headley type. Either way it could be a steep price tag.
Option #2: A good and cheap fix that won’t be fast.
Nolan Arenado is coming, and there’s a very good chance he will be a cheap option that solves all of our problems at 3B. The problem is, he probably won’t get here in time to save the 2012 season.
Option #3: A fast and cheap fix that won’t be good.
The actual move the Rockies would make for this one would probably be the same as option #2, but it would basically involve running some combination of Ian Stewart, Ty Wigginton, and whatever else they can throw at the wall hoping they strike gold. I won't hold my breath on this one.
Bottom line is, there’s certainly no easy solution to this problem right now. But hey, I’m probably not telling you anything you don’t already know.
Meanwhile, MLB's postseason got even more interesting yesterday as the team trailing in each series won.
Detroit fought off elimination by defeating Texas 7-5 in a little bit of a rollercoaster game that featured the first natural cycle in post season history. It occurred during the Tiger 6th inning that began with a Ryan Raburn single, a Miguel Cabrera double, a Victor Martinez triple, and a Delmon Young home run that gave Detroit a seemingly comfortable 6-2 lead. Texas would mount a rally however getting the potential winning run to the plate in the 9th before Mike Napoli grounded out to second to end the game. This series will shift back to Texas Saturday where Detroit will once again be fighting for their postseason lives in game 6.
The NLCS is now also guaranteed to go at least six games as the Brewers evened up their series with a 4-2 win over the Cardinals. I don't know about you, but I just have the feeling this one is going the distance as these teams feel so evenly matched. Okay, that and I really want to see a Carpenter vs. Gallardo matchup in Game 7.
Beyond the Boxscore revealed their all Post-2011 NL West All Star team yesterday. (Eight starters, a five man rotation, and three bullpen selections.) Four Rockies made the list; see if you can guess who they are.
Doctoring The Numbers: Starting Them Young. Rany Jazayerli continues his fascinating look at how, as he puts it, "a small difference in age among high school hitters can have a dramatic impact on their return as draft picks". (Part One in case you missed it yesterday)
Finally, if you're feeling bad about the Rockies, Joe Posnanski took a look at some of the worst contracts in baseball earlier this week. Give thanks that we don't have one of these albatrosses.