Another day, another malady inflicting the Colorado Rockies.
Carlos Gonzalez's MASH unit year continued when he was removed from last night's game in the bottom of the fifth with a right calf contusion suffered when he fouled a ball off his leg. Per Thomas Harding, CarGo is day-to-day, but I wouldn't expect him back in the lineup until at least Friday.
The Rockies have yet to have their projected Opening Day rotation intact this year. I feel like that can't be overstated when looking at Colorado's season so far, given that this rotation was a big reason for any optimism thrown Colorado's way by this site before the year began. Patrick Saunders writes that Anderson and Chatwood could be back with the team as soon as early July - a time that can't come soon enough.
Rosario is scuffling this year on the whole, but his big blast last night was huge for the Rockies to steal a road game against Cole Hamels and the Phillies. Also of note is that Jorge De La Rosa has been excellent of late, allowing two or fewer earned runs in each of his last eight starts - six of them Colorado wins.
Rockies players don't think the team's current hitting slump is a troubling trend. Well, it's not a trend so much as the norm for Colorado baseball teams over the last 21 years.
Thomas Harding writes about why Walt Weiss has kept DJ LeMahieu at second base instead of shifting him over to third base after Nolan Arenado's injury. I'd rather LeMahieu and Josh Rutledge be in the lineup on a regular basis than LeMahieu and Charlie Culberson, but to each their own. There's also notes in here about Charlie Blackmon and the lineup shuffle we saw last night.
You'll doubtless read more about this in today's Pebble Report, but Tyler Matzek stated his case for a rotation spot forcefully yesterday with 7 2/3 scoreless innings in his start last night, plus he hit a home run to boot. While Eddie Butler and Daniel Winkler are the hot names de jour, Matzek is the least complicated option for replacing Franklin Morales in the rotation. I also really just want to see Matzek pitch at the big league level, given the excitement he engendered when he was first drafted in 2009.
Links from around baseball
Marc Normandin (who is a Red Sox fan) at the SBN MLB site writes about the first voting results for the AL All-Star team and how a certain Captain is leading the way over many more deserving (from a 2014 baseball perspective) shortstops like Alexei Ramirez. Normandin thinks this is the right thing. I disagree because I have a cold black heart - I don't like sentimental selections and would actually like to see the best team out there in the All-Star game.
Either way, several Rockies could see their name near the top of the NL All-Star voting results update when they are released later today. Troy Tulowitzki should have the most votes in the league, while Nolan Arenado, Charlie Blackmon, and Justin Morneau could receive significant amounts of votes.
Jonah Keri at Grantland looks at all 30 MLB teams by cluster luck, which measures how lucky teams have been with the timing of their hits (and the timing of the hits of their opponents). It should surprise nobody to see that the Giants rank 2nd on this list - and their luck seems to be that their opponents can't seem to string together hits at the right time. The Rockies have below average luck in this category, ranking 19th.
Dave Cameron at FanGraphs looks at a NL and AL graphed version of projected wins this year. It does a nice job of showing that there are six or seven NL teams that have very little chance of making the playoffs. The Rockies are not one of those teams, falling in the middle of the pack in the NL with 82 wins projected (and a 28% playoff chance).
In case you missed it last night, Boone Logan served up Ben Revere's first ever MLB home run. This is notable because it took Revere 1,565 plate appearances to hit a ball out. Jeff Sullivan of Fangraphs has some more fun facts about this historic event. This is all ok because the Rockies won anyway.
Jake Mintz at the Hardball Times writes an ode to the mystical eephus pitch and to its most common recent practitioner, Vicente Padilla.