Quick hits

April 26, 2009 | 4:32 pm | 5  

Jason Marquis is the Rockies’ only starter with a win in 14 games dating back to April 10. He won that day against the Phillies, April 15 at Chicago and Sunday against the Dodgers.

–Marquis has pitched at least seven innings in three of his four starts, including 7 1/3 Sunday, the most by any Rockies starter. The only other starter to work seven innings was Ubaldo Jimenez, who went that distance in his first start April 7 at Arizona. Marquis halted a three-game losing streak for the second time this season. He also did it April 15 at Chicago.

Ryan Spilborghs two-run homer in the third was his first homer of the season and ended a homerless string of 58 at-bats this season and 121 overall since July 4 last season when he hit two in an 18-17 comeback win against the Marlins.

–The Rockies scored five runs in the fifth, equaling their total in that inning in their first 15 games. And the five runs matched the Rockies’ biggest inning of the season; they scored five runs in the third April 10 against the Phillies. The Rockies won 10-3 that day and matched their season-high run total.

–Reliever Ryan Speier is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Monday. He’s on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring. While Speier is eligible to be activated May 4, it’s likely he’ll make a couple rehabilitation appearances before rejoining the Rockies to work out some mechanical issues. Speier said his hamstring problem arose from closing off his front foot when landing.

–While working a combined 12 innings and losing his past three starts, Ubaldo Jimenez has thrown 295 pitches and just 165 for strikes.

–The Rockies lost their first five games this season with the Dodgers, just as they did a year ago. The win, just their third in the past 13 games, enabled the Rockies to avoid being swept by the Dodgers on successive weekends in three-game series.

–The Rockies are 3-3 in games started by left-handed pitchers and 3-8 in games started by right-handers.

Orlando Hudson went 0-for-4 with a walk, ending an 11-game hitting streak that matched his career-best.

James Loney went 7-for-11 with four doubles and three RBI in the three-game series. Lifetime at Coors Field, he’s 29-for-80 (.363) with four homers and 30 RBI.

Triple-A Colorado Springs second baseman Eric Young Jr. has 11 stolen bases in 12 games. The Sky Sox record for stolen bases in a single season was set by Wayne Kirby in 1992 with 51.

5 Comments »

  • Kyle | April 26, 2009 | 6:43 pm

    Jack,Tracy-

    What is it going to take to get Tulo and Iannetta going with the bat? Do you think Iannetta’s participation in the WBC ( I really enjoyed the tourny) is playing any part in his early struggle?

  • Trey | April 26, 2009 | 8:00 pm

    When will we see Eric Young at Coors field this year? Or any of the other hitters? On a side note In Side The Rockies is GREAT!!! Thanks. I cant belive you guys actually respond to us!!!

  • Tony Benjamin | April 26, 2009 | 8:02 pm

    Hello Kyle,
    I’m not Tracy or Jack, but here’s my take.
    Chris and Troy are in pretty deep batting slumps, obviously.
    I’m not smart enough to know whether their problems are mechanical or mental. Or when the second overtakes the first.
    I am confident, that both will come around.
    Your question about the WBC is interesting. I think Chris wouldn’ve hit this wall regardless. But that’s just my opinion.
    Best,
    Tony B.
    ps: JE just stole home for Boston. Now, that’s aggressive baseball.

  • Mike | April 26, 2009 | 11:50 pm

    Helton and Atkins aren’t hitting either–their batting averages don’t look as putrid, but their overall numbers are nearly as bad due to low walk rates and a lack of power on Helton’s part.

    Ianetta and Tulo are both young players who are probably still adjusting to the league. (You know, batter succeeds, league alters strategy, batter adusts, and so on.) Perhaps this has something to do with it. It’s interesting that Tulo’s walk rate is so high so far. IMO his weakness tends to be a habit of chasing bad pitches, so perhaps he’s working on it and overcompensating.

    It is still early in the season as well. Check out Derek Lee, Jimmy Rollins, and Russell Martin.

  • Will | April 27, 2009 | 12:14 pm

    I agree that Tulo has started chasing the high pitches again, which he managed to lay off of when the season started. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that he hit well early, and now not so much.