Hey Jason, Alex White is Coming. Should He Take Your Spot?

DENVER, CO - AUGUST 19: Jason Hammel #46 of the Colorado Rockies reacts in the dugout after the third inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Coors Field on August 19, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. Hammel was pulled from the game following the third inning. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

Remember a couple of seasons ago where we joked about blindfolding Jason Hammel and driving him around so that he thinks he's on the road? Yeah, those were funny days. But seriously someone drive Jason Hammel around with a blindfold before starts now, ok?

After writing today's Rockpile, I never thought that I'd be thinking about anybody else losing their roster spot other than Esmil Rogers to make way for Alex White.

Here are the past 4 Game Scores for Esmil Rogers: 64, 55, 52, 37.

Here are the past 4 for Hammel: 27, 30, 57, 21 (including tonight).

(For reference, a Game Score of 50 is defined to be an "average" start. There's more on Game Score in the above linked Wikipedia article.)

I'm having trouble getting behind Jason Hammel anymore. I used to love defending him, because really, he did a lot of good things. But now that seems to be a distant memory. His fastball command is gone, he's walking hitters like he never has in a Rockies uniform, and he's depending on the defense for like 85% of his outs.

Sad thing is, even Jason Hammel isn't really behind Jason Hammel. If you listened to his postgame interview, he knows how much he's stinking, he's really frustrated by his own performances, and he's trying to put the imminent callup of Alex White out of his mind. He seemed to be very aware of the hole that he is digging himself, and for his sake, I hope he starts digging "up".

As for the bats, Troy Tulowitzki had some choice words for the boys tonight. It does make me wonder if he only has words for the boys when he has a 2-hit night with 2 doubles. 

Here's another thing: Chris Nelson went 1-for-4 on the night. That's a .250 AVG. Do I call that a crappy night, considering that he had one of the Rockies' 5 hits? Nelson, Carlos Gonzalez, Tulo, and Todd Helton combined for the 5 hits the Rockies had on Friday night. Jonathan Herrera pinch-walked for Hammel in the 3rd and scored one of the Rockies' precious 2 runs.

Rough game, season's over, etc etc etc. Bring on Alex White.


58 - 68

11.5

Lost 1

36


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via www.fangraphs.com

Pitcher IP H HR ER BB SO pLI WPA
Total 9.0 5 0 2 4 6 0.50 .188
H Kuroda 6.0 4 0 2 3 5 0.65 .157
M Guerrier 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 0.30 .016
S Elbert 0.2 1 0 0 0 1 0.20 .007
B Hawksworth 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0.06 .004
M MacDougal 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0.12 .004

Pitcher IP H HR ER BB SO pLI WPA
Total 9.0 10 2 8 5 8 0.51 -.312
J Romero 1.0 1 0 0 1 1 0.08 .005
J Roenicke 1.1 0 0 0 0 1 0.03 .003
E Escalona 3.2 3 1 2 1 5 0.16 -.020
J Hammel 3.0 6 1 6 3 1 1.00 -.300

Batter AB R H HR RBI BB SO pLI WPA
Total 35 8 10 2 8 5 8 0.51 .312
R Barajas 3 1 2 1 4 0 0 0.80 .211
A Miles 3 1 1 0 1 2 0 0.62 .115
J Rivera 4 2 1 0 0 1 0 0.42 .054
J Loney 4 1 1 0 1 0 0 0.69 .034
J Carroll 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.31 .020
J Sellers 5 2 2 0 0 0 0 0.35 .016
T Oeltjen 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0.06 .002
D Navarro 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.05 .002
H Kuroda 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.62 -.033
T Gwynn 5 1 1 1 1 0 2 0.57 -.042
M Kemp 5 0 1 0 1 0 3 0.50 -.067
E Velez 0 0 0 0 0 0 0    
M Guerrier 0 0 0 0 0 0 0    
M MacDougal 0 0 0 0 0 0 0    
S Elbert 0 0 0 0 0 0 0    
B Hawksworth 0 0 0 0 0 0 0    
Batter AB R H HR RBI BB SO pLI WPA
Total 32 2 5 0 2 4 6 0.50 -.188
C Gonzalez 3 1 1 0 1 1 2 0.46 .040
T Helton 3 0 1 0 1 1 0 0.62 .030
J Herrera 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0.34 .014
E Young Jr. 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.20 .011
T Tulowitzki 4 0 2 0 0 0 1 0.72 -.003
T Wigginton 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.12 -.004
E Escalona 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.45 -.012
C Nelson 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0.36 -.018
M Ellis 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.35 -.039
D Fowler 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.56 -.060
E Alfonzo 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.54 -.070
S Smith 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.91 -.076
J Roenicke 0 0 0 0 0 0 0    
J Hammel 0 0 0 0 0 0 0    
J Romero 0 0 0 0 0 0 0    

 

(No Roll Call tonight, the tool appears to be broken - at least the past 4 times I tried it, it timed out.)

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