It’s been a long, tough season for Bryce Harper in 2016. There isn’t really time enough for him to completely right this ship, either.
But he showed a little life at Coors over the three game set. In the Nationals’ 12-10 loss to the Rockies on Wednesday afternoon – a getaway day affair for the Nats – Harper hit his 21st home run of the season off Christian Bergman.
If his neck or shoulder or whatever are bothering him, he was right for a swing. This home run was 481 estimated feet.
Of course, this one was over before it really got going, because Stephen Strasburg gave up nine runs in less than two innings.
We still say Harper goes bonkers in a postseason series or something to end up getting everyone talking about his $500 million Yankees contract once again. All will be forgiven, soon enough.
Since Jay Bruce is now a Met and Bryce Harper is more worried about sponsorship offers and instagramming his breakfast in every MLB city rather than playing well; we must find a new warrior to hold our interests.
We turn our attention to the slow-heartbeat of one Corey Seager. The guy is quiet, calm, collected, and has at-bats like a 15-year veteran night in and night out. He isn’t worried about telling you he drinks a certain cola, or a certain brand of this or that. He doesn’t social media tweet every meal. He just goes out and quietly does his business like a superstar.
And after tonight’s game at Coors where he homered off Tyler Chatwood to tie the game; his 19th of the season, he’s eclipsed a five fWAR season. The only position player with a higher fWAR than the 22-year old Seager in the National League is Kris Bryant. And therein lies your National League MVP, one of these two.
Coors Field games are fun too, by golly. This one wasn’t a funhouse that it usually turns into though. But the Dodgers quieted the hottest team in baseball (yes, the Rockies) for a night at their home park with Seager getting the best part of Chatwood when it mattered most. The Dodgers remain just two games behind the Giants headed back to magical Dodger Stadium where Vin Scully will bless those Bums with his voice over the weekend.
My late Sunday afternoon (and intuitive thought) went a little like this:
Make dinner for my kid, make sure the food was cut small enough kid doesn’t choke, check MLB app on phone to see what’s going on in Rockies game/find Trevor Story in the box score….. nothing….. he’s 0 for 2…. surely he’s done…. he might not hit another one…… the six home runs he already hit were an aberration… don’t get excited… he’s done hitting them…. get the coloring book out with kid…. make sure she doesn’t eat crayons like she always tries…. check phone again to see what Trevor Story has done….. oh shit, she’s eating a piece of the red crayon…. change poopy diaper…. give kid a bath…. watch Frozen songs on iPhone with the kid so she doesn’t scream but need to check what Story is up to in Colorado….. check MLB app in the middle of her favorite song to see what Story has done and she screams bloody murder – can’t blame her…. Story still hitless.
And just as I put her to bed, a friend texts me “who does Story think he is? A-Rod”. Trevor Story of course hit his SEVENTH friggin’ home run of the season this afternoon in the Rockies win. The Rockies announcers are affectionately calling it ‘Story Time’ (awww) when he homers now. It’s a thing.
This is completely incredible, obviously. We aren’t going to do a post every time this kid homers because we aren’t going to be able to keep up with him. But he’s definitely piqued our interest in a big way. And this is a great story – no pun.
The curiosity is growing in just what we have here. Is it the next Chris Shelton tale in baseball – or do we have a guy who is going to put up Tulo numbers (in his rookie season) in an environment that seemingly creates a brand new slugger every year?
We don’t do a ton of Rockies posts. It has to be something pretty special for them to get run time. But through the first five days of the season, this is absolutely the biggest story in all of baseball.
Fangraphs says it’s irresponsible to get excited about it all. We disagree slightly. It’s hard to believe that with all the great talents at shortstop in the game, Story has emerged as the Alpha dog in the 2016 season.
So I guess the rumors out there about Corey Dickerson being on the move weren’t just talk after all. The Colorado Rockies dealt Corey Dickerson to the Tampa Bay Rays – where he assuredly will become a less exciting offensive player – and the deal was centered around the return of LHP reliever Jake McGee.
Poor Rockies fans. I think it’s good for baseball when the Colorado Rockies are relevant. They interest and excite me more than a team like say; the Giants. They play in one of the best parks in all of baseball. They have some good young talent. We want them to be good again. They’re fresh.
This trade is a perfect example that they have no direction, and they’re wasting the primes of Nolan Arenado and Carlos Gonzalez and really any young player with a bright future on their roster.
At age 27 he’s still making the minimum salary and is under team control through 2019, although with a career OPS of 1.085 in Colorado compared to .695 on the road it’s unclear what type of hitter the Rays are actually getting. In his lone full, healthy season Dickerson hit .312 with 24 homers and a .931 OPS for the Rockies in 2014.
McGee has been one of the best left-handed relievers in baseball since debuting in 2010, logging a total of 260 innings with a 2.77 ERA and 319 strikeouts. However, he’s starting to get expensive via the arbitration process with a $4.8 million salary for 2016 and McGee will be a free agent after the 2017 season.
McGee is a fantastic, high-impact reliever, but it’s unclear why the rebuilding Rockies of all teams need an expensive 29-year-old reliever two seasons from free agency or why they signed the 29-year-old Parra to get that ball rolling.
I really like Jake McGee, and maybe there are concerns on the inside of the organization about Dickerson staying healthy or something; or the Rockies feel that he was about to drop off in a big way. It just seems there could ave been better returns out there than a lefty reliever.
Now you have two once-intriguing fantasy baseball players who are slightly less valuable. At least our Rockies post quota is fulfilled early on in the year.
This should have been up on the blog a lot earlier in the week, but hey we’ve been busy. Mike Trout played a short two game slate at Coors Field this past week. What follows is the carnage he left in his wake.
Mike Trout is already superhuman. When you drop him in a run-scoring environment like Coors Field, he morphs into a mutant and shit like this happens.
If you’re happy about exit speed and those types of things, the ball was clocked at 110 MPH and change. That means in layman’s terms that Giancarlo Stanton hit the piss out of it. Literally.
Good to also see the Miami Marlins win three in a row. And how about Eddie Butler; is there a guy in the big leagues more juicy right now? He’ll be enjoying AAA Albuquerque pretty soon one would think.
Of course if you’re following your baseball news like a good scholar, you heard that Troy Tulowitzki will meet with the team with his agent present tomorrow to explore possibilities of his exit plan from Colorado. He has six years remaining and over $100 million dollars on his current contract from an extension signed in 2010. Unless the Rockies can talk the shortstop down from the ledge, it sounds like it could end badly.
I thought it may be more smoke than anything until I heard Peter Gammons on MLB Network after work tonight. I’m paraphrasing a bit here:
I talked to Troy Tulowitzki in the offseason and he mentioned in the thin Colorado air how hard it is to recover; how hard it is to keep your body healthy and get your career back on track. I would like to see him go to St. Louis and I think he would like to come to a situation where he goes elsewhere.
Hey now, Petey has never really blown smoke. When he reports something like that, the conversation was had and it’s pretty much the gospel. He also mentioned things like Mike Hampton needing an oxygen chamber for recovery in between starts.
This is the first I’ve heard of players complaining of of not being able to recover while playing in Denver, but as you think about it; it may hold some levity.
Coors Field is just a major pain in the ass in general. Sure, it’s fun with all the offense and such; I like high-scoring games as much as the next guy. But the bottom line is this franchise will have trouble ever building much of anything long-term. You’ll never get a pitcher to come there via free agency, you’ll never be able to construct any type of pitching staff, and now guys are saying they can’t recover from injuries due to the altitude.
I am glad I wasn’t born into being a Rockies fan. Oh, and by the way they’re in the midst of a ten game losing streak.
Javier Baez career game number one got off to a great start. After the Cubs’ closer Hector Rondon blew an 11th inning lead, it was time for the heavy dramatics. Javier Baez’s first big league hit left the park and won the game for the Cubbies out in Colorado.
An amazing beginning. A great sign. We think he’ll be a .250 hitter here at best for a while but he’s going to hit some mistakes out because the power is real
We typically post a heavily-touted prospect’s scouting report before wishing him well in his big league debut. There are no great scouting reports on Baez out there on the internet for free, so you don’t get that today.
I hate myself not just for missing Kershaw’s game, but for missing Vin Scully calling it. This was probably one of the last great moments that Scully will tell the story for up in the booth.
Sure, the Rockies weren’t at full-strength. But they are a formidable lineup who has actually handled Kershaw very well as a group. That it went down in Dodger Stadium on a Wednesday night in June; well that just shows why this sport is so amazing.
It can grab you, sweep you up, captivate you at any moment because just that quickly and randomly it can be so magical.
Clayton Kershaw has the first no-hitter of his career. None of the youngsters were awake to see it, just like back in April of 1993 when Chris Bosio threw his no-hitter at the Kingdome; I remembered hearing about the big deal the next morning but I was fast asleep when he completed it.
I owned Wilin Rosario last year in fantasy baseball, and I have to say it opened my eyes to one of the few things in baseball I apparently had been missing. This fuckin’ guy gets A LOT of days off where he’s not in the lineup. Seriously, he makes Bryce Harper look like an everyday player.
I meant to do this post two days ago, when Rosario got the night off after catching a whole six innings the night prior. I missed the boat, but I didn’t stress out about it; because you see I knew that Wilin Rosario would be sitting again soon. Tonight, that moment came once again.
I honestly wanted to put Walt Weiss in a very foreign choke hold of sorts last season because Rosario would be starting to get hot, and slated to face a left-handed pitcher at Coors Field. And then Walt Weiss would pull Rosario out of the lineup because he had a cold or needed his rest, etc.
It was absolutely mind-numbing. I wish I was exaggerating to tell you that Rosario seemed to play about three to four days a week on average in his good weeks. That was when he didn’t have an infected wisdom tooth, common cold, pulled hamstring, viral infection, water fungus on his fuckin’ elbow, day game after a night game, or asshole Weiss just sitting him because he played two days in a row.
I honestly got into the habit of rostering two catchers in fantasy baseball to safeguard against ‘Chicken Soup’ Rosario; and I am so thankful I did it because I was rewarded with Jonathan Lucroy this year late-round (lucked into that one) but this year with Lucroy and the Cather Du’ Jour on the roster I really don’t have a need for two catchers because Lucroy plays every night.
Look – I get that Rosario is a terrible defensive catcher – but his days off are absolutely excessive. Even though he has the immune system of a man with a T-Cell count of 12; I think it would be reasonable if he was in the lineup just a little bit more often.
Chicken Soup Rosario, sitting on his roost again. Watching over his flock of Rockies.
I rolled with Yasiel Puig (and Adrian Gonzalez) with a lot of confidence in yesterday’s Daily Fantasy $100,000 Big Score on DraftStreet. I had a feeling all week that late in the night, Yasiel Puig was going to do something big to help me. He profiles as that kind of player. My spider senses were partially correct:
Look at that swing of beauty. Look at where that ball lands. It’s not a moonshot, but it was to a decent part of those yellow bleacher in right-center. Puig has underrated power. I just love watching this guy play. You just knew with a guy out there like Jeremy Lyles (and Lyles has handled himself decently this year) something like this was bound to happen.
The Dodgers would lose the game 5-4 in 11 innings. They’re in a bit of a slide losing four of their last five at home.
A few weeks back some unheralded, bearded gnome went 6 for 6 in a Coors Field Friday game. On that day something special was born. We get the feeling watching Blackmon each night that this little run he has going on could last all year long. Sure, he’ll slump like every hitter does. His BABIP isn’t going to remain a sterling .391 all season – congratulations to you numbers guys for your ‘out on a limb’ proclamation there.
But the Rockies have a good lineup. And they play in Coors Field half the time. If you have a mind like a steal-trap, you might remember what we said about Coors Field and it’s effect on a Rockies hitter every so often back in our 2014 Rockies Team preview:
Anyone here watch WWE wrestling? You know how Vince McMahon can kind of just create a star out of whoever he wants? That’s kind of what Coors Field does for certain offensive players seemingly with it’s imaginary hand.
[talks about Rockies hitters, doesn’t mention Blackmon]
But one of these guys we aren’t talking about will see their numbers jump exponentially. One of these guys is going to be a waiver pick-up in your fantasy league, and they’re going to help a league-mate in a big way.
And wouldn’t you know, that 2014 and Coors Field has chosen Charlie Blackmon. He’s going to do this all year long barring an injury. He’s going to be the little turd that’s been polished into one of the top players in fantasy baseball.
But enough of the touting – lets get to the nickname. We play in a fantasy league with a colorful character who remarked last year that ‘he was always finding the next great porn star off the waiver wire while the rest of us in the league were always finding washed-up crackwhores’. Didn’t he put it nicely?
This has led us to embrace it to a degree and give Charlie Blackmon the name that best fits him. Charlie Blackmon will from now on be known as ‘The Aging Porn Star’. That’s right folks. He’s got a few more feature films left in him in 2014 before he turns to interracial and once he gives that up he’ll never be heard from again. The year 2014 is Charlie Blackmon’s one shot at the title. You take one look at him and you know he’s not built for a 10-year career. You know he’s not going to go down as a Rockies great. His star will burn bright and it will burn quick but then he’ll be into obscurity and never heard from again. He’s got the shelf-life of a porn star, and thus the greatest nickname he’s ever been given.
So 99.9% percent of the time you turn on a television and you see guys who are supremely talented, coordinated, and gifted. That other 0.01%? Well that’s A.J. Pollock.
Pollock first caught my attention because I was the lucky winner of his services for $1 in a deep Ottoneu auction league. I figured he could be depended upon to play against left-handed pitching. He’s in an underrated lineup, and he’ll get regular at-bats; I thought to myself.
Well Pollock has started the season hitting .156, commonly missing 88 MPH left-handed fastballs down the middle of the plate. He’s just all forms of awful and I wonder what a talent evaluator saw in the guy. I can’t help it.
He’s pictured here in last night’s game – of course he volleyed a ball hit by Nolan Arenado over the fence for a home run. Pollock can’t just get out of his own way.
You watch a guy like Mike Trout for a couple of innings and then you change the channel to the A.J. Pollock show and you’re left wondering whether or not it’s the same league.
Pollock will probably be teaching 8th grade Earth Science in his hometown in two years.