Quick hits: Home woes

June 16, 2009 | 10:23 pm | 4  
  • Jorge De La Rosa is 0-5 with an 8.28 earned-run average at Coors Field this season. He is 2-2 with 4.02 ERA on the road.
  • De La Rosa’s only previous appearance against the Tampa Bay Rays — a start in 2007 while a member of the Kansas City Royals — also ended 12-4, this time with De La Rosa on the winning end.
  • Rockies reliever Josh Fogg’s 3 1/3 innings equaled the longest outing for a relief pitcher this season. Matt Belisle also pitched 3 1/3 innings May 16 against Pittsburgh.
  • Matt Daley allowed a run for the first time since being activated from the disabled list June 5. He had pitched 3 1/3 scoreless innings before allowing a single and a two-run home run to start the eighth inning.
  • Rays pitcher Jeff Niemann is 0-for-4 with four strikeouts since high school. He struck twice Wednesday and twice against Florida last month.
  • Dexter Fowler and Ian Stewart each had sacrifice flies in the game. The Rockies lead the majors with 29 sac flies.
  • Brad Hawpe hit two doubles for the second straight game and has five doubles in his past three games, giving him 23 for the season. Hawpe, who went 2-for-3 and had his third straight multi-hit game, raised his average to .342. Hawpe’s average has not been below .330 since May 23 (.326).
  • Rockies pitchers allowed five homers (four of them with the bases empty) matching their season-high. They also gave up five homers on Opening Day at Arizona on April 6. This is just the second time the Rockies pitchers gave up three or more homers at home; they surrendered three homers to the Padres on April 29.
  • The Rockies have gone three games without hitting a homer, the last coming on Friday when Troy Tulowitzki homered in the fourth inning off Jarrod Washburn of the Mariners.
  • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, over the past 18 seasons (1992-2009) the only manager other than Jim Tracy to guide a team to a winning streak of more than 10 games after an in-season managerial change was Phil Garner. In 2004, the Astros won 12 straight under Garner after he replaced Jimy Williams.
  • The Rockies (31-33) and Jim Tracy, 575-577 all-time as a manager, unsuccessfully attempted to reach .500 on Tuesday. The Rockies were last at .500 on April 15 when they were 4-4.
  • Since 2005, there have been six winning streaks of 11 or more games in the majors. The Rockies and Red Sox have combined for four of those six streaks. The Rockies are also the second club in the past five seasons to have a winning streak of 10 or more games that began with the team more than 10 games under .500. The Indians had a 10-game winning streak in 2008 that started when they were 12 games under .500 (55-67).

4 Comments »

  • chris | June 16, 2009 | 10:53 pm

    Steve,
    Jorge De La Rosa has not shown as much improvement as people in the organization thought he would have coming into the beginning of the season. When does Jim Tracy pull him from the rotation and give Josh Fogg a chance or where has Franklin Morales been? Also, what are some possible replacements down in Colorado Springs that may be ready to come up to the club? I think De La Rosa is too shaky to consistantly come out every outing and be successful and his time now should be in the bullpen.

  • Steve Foster | June 17, 2009 | 12:01 am

    Tuesday was disappointing regression after two strong starts. De La Rosa has not responded well in pressure spots. One pitch after the missed foul pop, he allowed a two-run triple, which seems to follow a pattern form him.

    Morales was officially activated from the disabled list late last week and optioned to Colorado Springs. Morales struggled in his rehab starts, but was solid in starts with the Rockies earlier this season. Like De La Rosa, he maybe be better in the bullpen in the short term. Fogg would obviously be a temporary solution, although there is always the potential for the trade. As for what is down on the farm, the likely candidates at Triple A – Jason Hirsh and Brandon Hynick — have been inconsistent. Help from the minors could be rushed from Double A where Jhoulys Chacin and Esmil Rogers have pitched well enough to at least earn consideration.

  • Karl | June 17, 2009 | 6:34 am

    His majority of his starts have been quality ones i.e. 6 innings and 3 runs or less I believe. But when he blows up, he blows up like last night. It’s very frustrating as a fan to watch, I can only imagine what the players and coaches go through during the game. They are professionals, but I wonder if as a hitter they are affected mentally to try to press because they know they have to come through and get DLR a lead before he has one of his meltdowns.

    I would say he gets 2-3 more starts because the rest of the staff has done so well of late (and he did too in last two outings) but then he gets moved to the bullpen. Who knows, maybe Tracy has seen enough and Fogg will be a spot starter and DLR will move to the bullpen or will be packaged in a trade.

  • WillM | June 17, 2009 | 9:57 am

    I was at the game. DLR appeared to mix his speeds OK. I assume he was leaving the ball up over the plate. True?