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About that Tyler Colvin for Ian Stewart Trade…

By bullpenbrian - March 30, 2013 - 1:45 pm 2 comments.

Tyler Colvin

Tyler Colvin is starting the season in Colorado, but not with big league team.

In an unexpected move, the Rockies optioned the 27-year-old to their Triple-A affiliate in Colorado Springs. However, it’s not suspected Colvin will stay in the minors for long.

Although he’s blocked from a starting job by outfields Carlos Gonzalez, Dexter Fowler and Michael Cuddyer, Colvin’s versatility to play all three outfield position, and first base, should be enough to bring him back to the bigs on a bad team.

In the meantime, the Rockies think regular at-bats will help Colvin improve on the rough numbers he posted in the Cactus League this spring:
.167 (8-for-48), 14 K, 18 games.

Cubs fans seem to have difficulty letting go of the Colvin trade (Dec. 2011) because neither RHP Casey Weathers (Colorado’s 1st Rd pick in 2007) or Ian Stewart have panned out with Chicago.

But Colvin hasn’t reached the potential many saw with him in 2010: 20 HRs, 56 RBI in 135 games. His biggest obstacle, in Chicago and Denver, in establishing himself as a starter has been a continuous struggle with hitting for contact.

2010: 100 K, 25-perent of plate appearances.
2011: 58  K, 26-percent of plate appearances.
2012: 117 K, 26-percent of plate appearances.

Granted Colvin has shown plenty of pop at the plate (.858 OPS in 2012), he strikes out far too often, whiffing at a clip of once every 3.6 at-bats in his career.

That certainly had to be one reason why Jed Hoyer traded Colvin in the first place; he’s not a player who fits the organization’s grind-it-out plate mentality. But the other reason Hoyer made the move was to replace Aramis Ramirez at third base, and Stewart was expected to be the everyday starter, which obviously takes precedent over a swing-happy fourth outfielder.

If we have to choose a winner in the trade it’s Colorado because of the inclusion of DJ LeMahieu, who was packaged with Colvin, and served a bench role as a backup infielder with the Rockies last season. Weathers, on the other hand, went (4-2, 6.62) in 31 games with the Cubs Double-A affiliate in 2012.

Realistically, however, neither side benefited greatly from the trade, and the evaluation could change entirely if Stewart finally has the breakout season the Rockies always expected, and the Cubs have been waiting for.

Besides, the Cubs already have their own left-handed batting outfielder with good pop and a knack for striking out. And Brett Jackson may have a greater upside than Colvin does anyway.

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Troy Tulowitzki’s Hot September!

By bullpenbrian - September 19, 2010 - 12:01 am Leave a comment.

Seeing the Cubs win five straight is pretty remarkable, but pales in comparison to Troy Tulowitzki’s month of September.

When you’re hot, you’re hot. And Tulo is most definitely hot! We’re talking firecracker hot, blue flame hot…a .394 average with 35 RBI in his last 16 games hot. That’s nearly as many RBI as Kosuke Fukudome has all year (40)-hot!

Tulo smacked two more homers Saturday giving him 14 in his last 15 contests, which ties the modern major league record set by Albert Belle (1995) & Barry Bonds (2001).

Perhaps the best explanation for Tulo’s success is Carlos Gonzalez, who’s sets the stage in front of Tulowitzki from the three-hole.

If it wasn’t for the Little Pony’s .341 average and league leading 184 hits and 328 total bases, Tulowitzki wouldn’t see anything to hit at all!

The duo, not surprisingly, has carried the Rockies during its patented late season run.

Having won 20 of its last 26 games, Colorado has climbed within 1 game of the West leading Padres and 2.5 back of Atlanta for the Wild Card. That’s pretty hot, but not exactly Tulo hot!

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Cubs’ Embarrassing Streak

By bullpenbrian - August 3, 2010 - 12:01 am Leave a comment.

The Cubs have lost a season high six-games while falling 14 games under .500 and into fifth place in the Central. They trail Cincinnati by 13.5 games.

Monday night’s 18-1 drubbing against the Brewers is the worst collective effort we’ve seen to date. No focus, no fight and no heart.

Here’s the embarrassing recap of the Cubs’ skid–a stretch in which they’ve been outscored 62-17.

  • @Hou L 6-1
  • @Hou L 8-1
  • @Col   L 17-2
  • @Col   L 6-5
  • @Col   L 8-7
  • Milw    L 18-1
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Cubs Rocky Mountain Low

By bullpenbrian - July 31, 2010 - 12:01 am Leave a comment.

Friday night wasn’t just another low-point in the Cubs’ disappointing season. Instead, the Rockies’ 12-runs on 13-hits in the bottom of the eighth sank the Cubs to new lows.

Colorado’s 17-total runs are the most the Cubs have allowed against any opponent in 2010. As are the 12-runs in the eighth for the most runs allowed in any inning this season. The Rockies’ 11-consecutive hits in the eighth also set a MLB record.

Sean Marshall, who’s been nothing short of terrific, allowed five earned runs in the eighth. Andrew Cashner, meanwhile, coughed up six-runs on six-hits without recording an out.

It was the train wreck of the season, which explains, perhaps, why I watched the entire inning unfold. I couldn’t believe what I was watching, and I couldn’t turn away from it, either.

But for those who were fortunate, or smart enough, to tune out, here’s a recap…share my pain, Cubs fans!

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Cardinals Suffer Historic Collapse

By bullpenbrian - July 9, 2010 - 12:01 am Leave a comment.

Cubs are a wash meaning it’s time to take pleasure in the Cardinals’ struggles!

St. Louis was swept 3-0 at Colorado this week…and in historical fashion, too.

Tuesday night the Cards suffered the worst ninth-inning collapse in modern baseball history–the Rockies scoring nine-times to erase a six-run deficit en route to an amazing 12-9 victory.

Wednesday night wasn’t any easier. The Cards leading 5-0 before letting the Rocks mount another late-inning rally.

This time Dexter Fowler’s three-run shot in the eight tied the game 7-all before Chris Iannetta’s dramatic home run in the ninth gave the Rockies an 8-7 win.

No luck for the birds on Thursday, either. Ubaldo Jimenez–arguably the best pitcher in the NL–shut St. Louis down over eight innings allowing a single run.

Meanwhile, the Rockies score four-runs off ace-hurler Chris Carpenter, win 4-2, sweep the series, and send the Redbirds to Houston wondering just how good they really are at (45-40).

At the very least, still better than our Cubs!

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MLB Needs 150 Game Season

By bullpenbrian - October 13, 2009 - 12:23 am Leave a comment.

I know it will never happen, but I’ll suggest it anyway.

Why not shorten the baseball season by 12 games?

The season could start later in the spring and finish earlier in the fall.

Then, perhaps, we wouldn’t be left watching the postseason play out in 30-degree weather, or in early November for that matter.

The owners will never go for it, though: too much money to be lost in those precious 12 games.

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Colorado Rocks!

By bullpenbrian - October 4, 2009 - 12:20 am Leave a comment.

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I’m hearing many baseball experts project St. Louis as the team to beat in the NL.

No doubt the Cardinals are a tough bunch, but I think the Rockies are a better club.

Colorado has posted both the best second-half record of any NL club (45-27) and the best record since September 1 (20-9).

Not to mention, the fact Colorado still has an opportunity to win the division despite trailing the Dodgers by 15 games this season is simply amazing.

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Cubs In Need Of Rocktober

By bullpenbrian - August 25, 2009 - 1:00 am Leave a comment.

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Remember Rocktober?

The 2007 Rockies posted a 20-8 mark in September, won 14 of its last 15 games, including 11 in a row, and overcame a 6-game deficit in the Wild Card standings to force a one-game playoff against the Padres.

Colorado‘s run was the fifth greatest comeback in MLB history, and that’s pretty much what the Cubs have to do to reach the postseason this year.

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Fourth Inning Cubbie Blues

By bullpenbrian - August 11, 2009 - 9:00 pm 2 comments.

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I’m turning the light out on this road trip.

It’s only the fourth inning, but the Cubs already trail 8-0.

Yes, I know it’s Colorado, a park where supposedly you’re never out of the game, but the Cubs can’t score, or at least is seems that way with Aramis out of the lineup again.

Bases loaded in the top of the first, no runs. Bases loaded in the top of the second, no runs.

Score after two innings: Cubs 0, Rockies 6.

And with Gorzelanny down Lou’s trying to limit the damage with fresh meat, Emailin Caridad, who’s making his major league debut.

Shame on me if the Cubs stage a game-tying rally, but I’ve got a feeling their chances are about as good as they’ve been with RISP.

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Lou Ejected In Colorado

By bullpenbrian - August 10, 2009 - 2:33 am 2 comments.

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Hard to believe the Cubs scored just five runs on 17 hits.

Since July 1 the Cubs were 14-0 when collecting 10 or more hits, but that undefeated streak is history.

Wouldn’t expect Lou to get suspended for his tantrum…he had every right to go bananas.

For certain, the bad call cost the Cubs a run, but it did give us a classic Lou explosion! Loved it too!

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