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Rockies news and links for Friday, June 25, 2021

If I didn’t lose you with the ridiculous title, I appreciate you taking the time to hear me out on this one. But it’s Friday and Friday is a day to have fun and throw one’s most absurd ideas out into the world of the internet.

Sure, weekend games are the easiest to attend and Saturday-Sunday baseball viewing is tough to beat, but the Rockies have posted a less than stellar .269 winning percentage on weekends during the 2021 season. With yesterday being a day off for the club, I thought I’d take a look at a “day of the week” breakdown of how the team has done so far, hoping to find that Thursdays were rough for the team and that a day off would be a welcome sight.

Unfortunately, I was wrong:

Day of the Week Breakdown

Day of the Week Record Winning Percentage
Day of the Week Record Winning Percentage
Monday 2-2 0.500
Tuesday 5-8 0.385
Wednesday 8-4 0.667
Thursday 5-5 0.500
Friday 4-6 0.400
Saturday 3-11 0.214
Sunday 4-8 0.333

A .500 winning percentage on the day makes Thursdays the second best day of the week for the club, tied with Mondays. A further analysis leads us to a pretty simple conclusion - the Rockies should only be playing on Wednesday from this point forth. Their .667 winning percentage on “hump day” would be good for first place in the NL West.

If you take away Saturdays and Sundays, the Rockies may not be at the top of the standings, but their 24-25 record, good for a .490 winning percentage, would be well ahead of their current .413 mark. The teams the Rockies have played on weekends have combined for a .494 winning percentage. That doesn’t jump out as a particularly strong set of teams at first, but two series against the 21-55 Arizona Diamondbacks (where the Rockies won three of four weekend games) and another set against the 26-46 Pittsburgh Pirates (a one win, two loss weekend for Colorado) certainly served to drag down the overall strength of schedule.

Following Thursday’s off day, the Rockies begin a set with the Milwaukee Brewers, a familiar foe who the team took on last weekend. In line with their season long performances by day, the Rockies took the Thursday and Friday games by a combined scored of 13-8, only to drop the Saturday and Sunday competitions by one run a piece (but my goodness they were close to taking that Father’s Day epic after falling behind 6-0, clawing their way back in with a six-run sixth inning, only to lose by one.

Looking ahead to July and August, it doesn’t appear as if the Rockies’ weekend woes are going anywhere anytime soon. They start off the July slate of games facing the Cardinals on Independence Day weekend. While the Cardinals aren’t doing as well as many preseason pundits projected, it’s going to be a tough weekend for the Rockies and fans regardless for reasons you don’t need me to explain.

After that, they’ll have a weekend meeting with the Padres in San Diego, back to back turns against the Dodgers, and then another shot in San Diego to close out the July southern California Sandwich. August will at least give the Rockies Saturday and Sunday meetings with the D-Backs again, but the Giants, Dodgers, and always tough Miami Marlins will fill up the other August weekends.

Unfortunately, September may not be a cakewalk either for the Rockies. Atlanta comes to town to kick off the final month of the season, followed by weekend “getaways” to Philadelphia and Washington D.C. to take on a pair of NL East foes. The Rockies will take on the Giants the final weekend of September and get a chance to end the season on a weekend high note when they take on the Diamondbacks at Chase Field. At least Rockies fans can grab themselves a puffy vest before the Saturday game against the Braves or a Larry Walker Hall of Fame bobblehead September 25th against the Giants. Even on days that could be tough on the field, there’s something to look forward to!

While there’s no scientific way to determine why the Rockies have been so bad on weekends and there’s no real reason other than chance, one of the beauties of baseball is the copious amounts of data and seemingly endless array of stats that one can piece together. While many of us spend our weekdays looking forward to the weekends, a light-hearted analysis of the Rockies’ season so far suggests the boys in purple pinstripes should be doing anything but in 2021.

This can now serve as my pitch to Rob Manfred for why the Rockies should only play weekday games going forward, and if it’s not asking too much, Wednesdays only please.

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MLB Release All-Star Game Uniforms | Purple Row

Well, MLB released the All-Star Game uniforms yesterday and they’re uhh...I’ll let you decide.

There’s a whole lot of red which I found relatively confusing and honestly, the chest logo makes the red lettering behind difficult to read. This will also be the first time that the All-Star Game jerseys are worn during the game and players will wear their team jerseys during the Home Run Derby. I’ve always liked everyone wearing their team threads during the game, but unfortunately, we can’t have nice things.

Until the day of the game and I can see these things in action, I’ll be waiting for an explanation on the flower trim on the sleeves.

Colorado Rockies: A surprising roster move shuffles pitching depth | Rox Pile

Yesterday afternoon, the Rockies shocked most people familiar with the organization by claiming St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Bernardo Flores Jr. off of waivers and sending him to the Albuquerque Isotopes. Ryan Castellani wax the victim of this move as he has now been designated for assignment.

With Austin Gomber now on the IL but Jon Gray set to return, it doesn’t seem as if this will have much of an impact on the major league roster for the time being. Chi Chi Gonzalez should hold down the fort until Gomber returns, but Flores could see some time in the bigs somewhere down the line, especially if a major league starter is traded. The Rockies have a dearth of left handed pitchers and Flores, could help remedy that if he can find his form in Albuquerque.

On the farm

Triple-A: Tacoma Rainiers 7, Albuquerque Isotopes 1

Double-A: Richmond Flying Squirrels 2, Hartford Yard Goats 3

High-A: Spokane Indians 4, Hillsboro Hops 6

Low-A: Fresno Grizzlies 7, Visalia Rawhide 1

As seems to be the case a lot these days, the Fresno Grizzlies were the only farm team to grab a win last night. Led by a three-RBI night from shortstop Ezequiel Tovar and great pitching, the Grizzles cruised to a nice victory against the Visalia Rawhide.

In Albuquerque, the Isotopes were on the opposite end of the same 7-1 scoreline where the struggle to get going offensively and four earned runs allowed in 2 13 innings by tossed by the bullpen meant a loss for the Rockies’ AAA affiliate.

The Yard Goats got stellar pitching for most of the night, but struggled to get the bats going. When the Flying Squirrels knocked in a run in the top of the ninth to take the lead, the score would stay that way to bring the Yard Goats’ record to 14-31.

A difficult second inning all but sunk the Spokane Indians who fell 6-4 to the Hillsboro Hops. The offense kept chipping away at the Hops’ lead but couldn’t do enough in the end to overcome a three-run inning for the boys from Hillsboro.

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