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The Colorado Rockies offense was further exposed against a frontline starter

Rockies news and notes for Sunday July 9, 2017

Quintana quells Rockies’ brief offensive breakout | BSNRockies

If good pitching beats good hitting, what happens when the hitting isn’t that good? The Rockies have an offense with All-Stars at virtually every position but still struggle to, as Jake Shapiro puts it, string hits together. It’s not like anyone, even the slumping Carlos Gonzalez or the groundball generating Ian Desmond, is all that old, but the glory they had in their heyday hasn’t helped them find those clutch hits in a hay stack.

One might say it’s a bit of an issue with roster construction where, if you put a bunch of guys like Gonzalez, Desmond, Trevor Story and Mark Reynolds together who strike out their fair share in the lineup right next to each other, you’re going to get a lot of feast or famine offensive days. The Blake Street Bombers of old struck out a lot too, but they also walked a heck of a lot, which is something missing up and down throughout the lineup. Walks don’t cure all ills, of course, but the nice thing about a lineup that has the potential to walk is that they might avoid getting out a tad bit less, keep those runners on base, and provide more opportunities for that clutchiness to manifest.

Meanwhile, the Jose Quintana showcase continues. I know he’s a popular target for Rockies fans. Just keep in mind that based on what the White Sox got for Chris Sale and what might be an active trade deadline with so many playoff contenders, he’d probably cost the Rockies Brendan Rodgers, his first born son, and a boatload to be named later. I’ve liked Quintana for years, but any discussion involving Rodgers or Riley Pint shouldn’t start. Think of their children!

Will Antonio Senzatela return to the rotation after the All-Star break | RoxPile

Noah Yingling from the RoxPile suggests Antonio Senzatela’s bullpen success shows he’s ready to move back to the rotation. I agree that it makes sense to give Antonio Senzatela some regular starts in Albuquerque to work on other pitches, trim his goatee or indulge in the palatable differences between red and green chili.

Fringe benefits aside, his gaudy win total was aided by a lot of run support in the majors and with middling peripherals. He hasn’t been as effective in recent starts. Yet as much as we bemoan him for being a two pitch pitcher, the dude succeeds in whatever role and at whatever level he’s been at.

That being said, Triple-A innings still count as innings, so moving him back to a starting role might not limit his innings as much as hoped. Then again, I’ve also suggested in previous years that the Rockies should run two long relievers (Rusin is still a long reliever, right?), but having Senzatela as a third might be too much and generate a bit too much rust. Nothing against Zac Rossup either, but I would’ve preferred to swap Senzatela for an extra bench bat to help the offense out a bit.

Colorado Rockies: Ryan Vilade Scouting Report, July 2017 | Baseball Census

Nick Stephens has an analysis and two videos of new Rockies draftee Ryan Vilade. I’m not much of a scout, but that’s an 80 last name with potential to grow into a number of future nicknames. Just out of high school, he might be a raw Creme de Vilade but in time may grow into Vilade the Impaler.

Potential monikers aside, Nick notes that his baseball skills also have room to grow, but there are some good tools to build upon and enough high school polish where he may move pretty quickly. He’s a pretty nice find considering the Rockies didn’t have a first round pick. As an addendum to that, though given the quality of talent available in this year’s draft, if you were going to lose a pick, I guess this was the draft to do it, if Ian Desmond hasn’t been (so far) the best free agent to lose a pick with.

Saunders: Like it or not, dealing with media is part of pro athlete’s job | Denver Post

There’s some interesting insight in here from Patrick Saunders about how some of the Colorado Rockies have interacted with the media. I remember the first player I interviewed, LaTroy Hawkins, was quite gracious as I bumbled around. After he read the piece I did, he was surprised I hadn’t told him it was my first time. I also remembered my first mistake, talking to Tyler Matzek on the day he was starting without realizing that was frowned upon. And yet, he wasn’t irritated in the slightest, and we had a great discussion. I remember Nolan Arenado staring at my nametag trying to figure out who I was. I have a fond memory of Charlie Culberson offering me a chair to sit on when I talked with him.

I’ve also been around after Rockies losses and the atmosphere, of course, can be quite a bit different. Sometimes we, as fans, do forget that players are people. Heck, I’d hate to talk about my bad back if I get to work late or admit I VLOOKUP’ed when I should’ve INDEXed my Excel formulas. Reporters are also people trying to do their jobs even if the subject, timing, or circumstance is a bit less savory. Let’s get back to winning so we can get back to the good stuff.