Patrick Lyons spoke with Rockies manager Bud Black about his thought process for how he plans on arranging his starting pitching rotation to begin the second half of the season. With time running out, every single game is more and more important to win, and winning games starts with your starters. Bud Black talks a little bit about why he set each starter with each particular game, and how he plans on balancing their workload and skill sets to best support the Rockies in their Postseason chase.
Luke Mullins digs into the pros and cons of the Rockies entertaining a trade for Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard, who is reportedly picking up steam on the trade market. It’s not likely to happen, but if it were possible, would adding Thor to the Rockies rotation be a benefit or a burden?
It would obviously come at a cost. The Mets have indicated they expect a major league caliber pitcher in addition to a prospect package to move Syndergaard, as he has three years of team control left, hitting free agency in 2022. Noah has a big time arm, routinely hitting 98 mph with his fastball, and a career K/9 of 9.72—electric stuff.
But Thor is having a down year and giving up multiple high-upside prospects (as well as having to pay him higher arbitration salaries down the road) could turn around and bite you. Would you give up Brendan Rodgers and Peter Lambert? What if they wanted Colton Welker or Grant Lavigne, too? Would you risk the future to help the team now? It is, of course, a question for the ages.
The starting rotation might not be the biggest concern for the Rockies, however, as the bullpen has been shaky at best (outside of Scott Oberg) and costing this team wins. Well, according to Mike Petriello, the Giants are the team to call come trade deadline time. Yes, San Francisco has a wealth of relief arms they could offload as rebuilding seasons appear to be in their future, but would they be willing to deal with a division rival?
The Rockies could sure use a lefty reliever, and the Giants have both Will Smith and Tony Watson. Watson has been consistently reliable in his career, and 2019 is no different. He’s throwing strikes, not issuing walks, and keeping his hard hit rate down—this plays well at Coors Field. He’s 34, so age may be a concern, but he hasn’t shown signs of slowing down. Smith, having a career year, is likely the more expensive option, but has a higher upside.
Either of these two lefties interest you, Purple Row? What bullpen help are you looking at?
Lastly, I would be remiss if I didn’t share the story of the Angels no-hitter in their first game back at home following the tragic death of Tyler Skaggs. Eric Stephen does a wonderful job of summarizing the incredible event and all of it’s unbelievable details. If you didn’t watch the game, I highly recommend getting caught up with the highlights. It’s an emotional roller coaster, but it’s purely baseball at it’s very best.
Just watch out for all that dust that might suddenly get caught in you eye...
On the farm
Two PuRPs stood out from yesterday’s minor league action. Tyler Nevin went 2-for-5 with a big home run and five RBI for the Yard Goats, and Terrin Vavra—who has still been Terrin it up—had two hits, one of which was a home run, as well. Vavra is slashing .323/.405/.500 for Asheville and quickly climbing my PuRP list.
I would also note Rico Garcia and Ryan Rolison. Unfortunately, they both got roughed up a bit again and now Garcia has a 8.10 ERA in five starts at Triple-A while Ryan’s is 5.28 for Lancaster. Both of these PuRPs had incredible starts to their seasons, but have faltered lately after being promoted. Will they make the necessary adjustments to prove they belong in their new surroundings this season?
Short Season-A: Boise Hawks 6, Hillsboro Hops 3