Nick Groke argues that Wilin Rosario's inexperience at first base is getting exposed by other teams. The Rangers in particular pushed bunts at Rosario, who failed to turn them into outs. Also getting a lot of press was when he cut off CarGo's throw to the plate when the throw appeared on line. For what it's worth, in a small sample UZR thinks Rosario has been brutal out there as well.
Rosario can't play the field and his hitting has steadily regressed as well. Unless an American League team trades for him (doubtful anyone would want him), Rosario will be a non-tender candidate after this season.
Brothers confident good days await - Rockies.com
Rex Brothers' return from Triple-A hasn't gone particularly well--2 2/3 innings with four walks and one strikeout--but the reliever is still confident. "Not that you're not concerned with results, but I know how I feel. I know how the ball is coming out of my hand, so I know that the [results will] come." Talk is cheap, obviously, but you gotta like the attitude. Now that swagger just needs to show up at game time.
The Denver Post reports that, through the All Star break, Root Sports' ratings during Rockies games are down 18% compared to last year. That's the fifth worst drop in MLB. The Rockies were terrible both last year and this year, so it's hard to argue that on-field performance is the reason for the decline. Both teams had hot starts that led to quick fades.
I actually think the Root Sports broadcast has improved slightly. At least Toyota Talk finally got the axe.
Naturally, the easiest way to reverse the trend is to start winning more baseball games. Yeah. Easy.
Rockies catcher Mike McKenry dealing with knee injury - The Denver Post
McKenry had "some fluid" in his knee that has kept him out of game action, but he says he should be available today.
In related news, prospect Tom Murphy was promoted from Double-A to Triple-A. Murphy is the top catching prospect in the system, and he's now just one step away from the major league roster. One wonders if that's the first of many dominoes to fall. Does that mean Triple-A catcher Dustin Garneau (who is having a pretty good season) could get a promotion? Will a catcher on the MLB team be traded?