In one of those unique, unexplainable twists of fate known as "coincidence," I have not been able to pay much attention to the Rockies this week, while no doubt you have been able to do just that. Yet I will still attempt to recap the week's goings-on for you, instead of vice versa. Hey, don't look at me, I just work here.
The important bit (i.e. I put it in bold so you read it): I'd like to ask the community at large if they find Rockies Review, as currently constituted, a helpful feature. After all, should it be assumed that we Rowbots are all
deranged dedicated enough to either follow every game live, or to catch up on it from the Rocky Mountain News, Denver Post, Purple Row, Yahoo!, etc, etc. directly afterwards? Therefore, do you already have the highlights/lowlights already consigned to memory, and don't really need my mini-caps? Or are they a helpful crash course on the week for those of us who might have been like me, i.e. occupied with real life to the detriment of baseball-watching time? I am aiming to market a product that fills a niche, so definitely let me know how I, Baseball Genie, can best serve you. (Unfortunately, the only wishes I can grant are confined to blogging. Sorry about that).
Anyway. In case you do need 'em, here they are.
The big excitement here was the fact that Jhoulys Chacin, who is still best known as the Machine, got the start in place of Aaron Cook, and proceeded to... well, he wasn't very machine-y, as he allowed three runs on four hits in three innings, walking none and striking out one, but all the damage came in one inning, the third. He did collect his first Cactus League win (such a milestone). Meanwhile, Huston Street pitched two perfect innings, a good sign -- he struck out two and got his ERA down to 10.38, which means he'll be competing for the lead here. Alan Embree, the Gas Can, and Glendon Rusch combined to keep the Snakes scoreless the rest of the way.
After the Royals game, the Rockies understandably decided to toss back a few -- it being St. Patty's Day and all -- and descended on the Tucson house shared by Tulo, Atkins, Glendon Rusch, and the currently absent Very Special Boy, to celebrate the first annual Tulopalooza. Apparently there were T-shirts and posters made to commemorate this Very Special Event, promoted as an excuse team bonding, and while I cannot report for certain, I imagine that they had more fun after the coaches left. Therefore, it is also likely that they spent a majority of March 18 thinking how lucky they were that it was an off-day.
Tulopalooza hangovers were definitely the rule of thumb for the offense, which only scratched out a pair of runs in the sixth and seventh innings -- one on a Christian Colonel double-play grounder and the other on an RBI single by some enterprising fellow named
The Rangers came to Hi Corbett with an unpleasant hostess gift: worse than fruitcake, it was the 11-run thumping they administered to Jason Marquis (5 innings, 7 hits, 6 runs, 1 BB, 6 K, 2 HR) Juan Morillo (1 inning, 3 hits, 2 runs, 1 BB, 1 K) Manny Corpas (1 inning, 3 hits, 1 run, 1 K) and Jason Grilli (1 inning, 2 hits, 2 runs, 1 BB, 1 K). Marquis is apparently tweaking his delivery, but whatever he was doing, it wasn't working, and he's now 0-2/9.28 on the spring. I'm not particularly worried about him, since he'll be a slightly better version of Josh Fogg, but he should probably knock off the tinkering. (Then again, the Rangers were teeing off on everybody). Remarkably, the only Rockies pitcher who managed not to be scored on was Huston Street, turning in a second consecutive clean outing; he didn't allow a hit or a walk and struck out one
A second straight look at the Rangers didn't exactly improve the boys' results, as they were good guests and allowed the Rangers to capture another win. Having now mastered the home-run-hitting part, the Rox have as yet failed to figure out how to string this together with more runs; the three they got today were all from third-stringers (Paul Phillips, Matt Murton -- who needs a nickname -- and JoKo) and all were solo shots. Jeff Baker, who looks like the most likely trade candidate just because there's no room for him, also contributed an RBI single to the cause, but his .188 spring batting average isn't exactly going to drive his value upwards so we can, you know, get Tim Lincecum for him.
I think Aaron Cook can do this in his sleep by now. After getting roughed up in his last outing against the Indians, he bounced back with his usual five-inning, one-run, multi-groundball effort (9, to three outs in the air). It brought his spring ERA down to 1.89 and is making me, for one, excited about Cookie repeating his performance and moving into that next step as a legitimate ace. I think the title got assigned to Francis based mainly on his 2007 and the general feeling that he should be the one, but it's definitely Cookie now. Fun times.