Rotation Set For Second Half

July 12, 2009 | 11:44 am | 9  

Aaron Cook and Ubaldo Jimenez will start the first two games of the second half, with Jason Marquis slotted fourth because he’s headed to the All-Star Game on Tuesday. Giving Marquis extra rest after he possibly pitches in the All-Star Game at St. Louis puts Marquis on course to start a series against the Giants and fall back in line behind Cook and Jimenez .

As a result of this scheduling, Jason Hammel, who will start the third game after the All-Star break at San Diego will then pitch on the seventh day when he makes his next scheduled start July 25.

The Rockies rotation coming out of the break:

Date………. Pitcher…………… Opponent
July 16……. Cook…………… at San Diego
July 17…… Jimenez………. at San Diego
July 18…… Hammel………. at San Diego
July 19…… Marquis………. at San Diego
July 20…… De La Rosa…… Arizona
July 21….. Cook…………… Arizona
July 22….. Jimenez……….. Arizona
July 23………………………. Off
July 24…. Marquis………… San Francisco
July 25…. Hammel………… San Francisco
July 26…. De La Rosa…… San Francisco

Manager Jim Tracy said this alignment also enables the Rockies to start four right-handers against the predominately right-handed hitting Mets at New York on July 27-30 and then open the three-game series July 31 at Cincinnati with the left-handed De La Rosa against the Reds, who are more left-handed hitting oriented.

9 Comments »

  • Brian H | July 12, 2009 | 6:29 pm

    So, what about the possibility of Morales replacing Hammel as a starter? Hammel has been great outside of Denver, but aside from a weak Mariners squad he took care of in Denver, he has yet to get lit up at home.

    I don’t mention DLR as his stuff is the better of the two (comparing with Hammel). Both are inconsistent, but DLR can give you some nice outings.

    Morales has looked good. He’s a solid lefty. He’s shown that he can pitch effectively at Coors this year.

    How about putting Hammel in the ‘pen and starting Morales?

    What is the possibility of that happening?

  • Jack Etkin | July 12, 2009 | 6:39 pm

    Brian H,
    I would say there’s no chance of that happening. Morales is adapting to his relief role and gives the Rockies a rare weapon _ a power lefty with a fastball that can reach 94 mph. The Rockies are quite content with what Morales has given them out of the bullpen, and he’s happy there. It’s a good fit, since he may be better suited to pitching in shorter bursts and not having to worry about what happens the second or third time through the lineup, which he is prone to do as a starter.
    Also, in the wake of Embree’s injury, Morales is the only lefty in the bullpen, maybe the strongest argument yet for keeping him there at this time.

  • Cisco Kid | July 12, 2009 | 7:18 pm

    I don’t like the fact we have Hammel & DLR starting in 2 of the 3 games against the Giants. With such an important series, you don’t want to have your 4 & 5 starters going. With the off day on Thur. 7/23, why not skip DLR and have Cook start on Sun. 7/26, which would be his normal day to start?

  • Jack Etkin | July 12, 2009 | 9:03 pm

    Cisco,

    Yes, it’s an important series with the Giants, but it’s a series in late July not September. And when the Rockies are done with this series, they’ll still have 10 games left with the Giants in August and September.
    Tracy and Apodaca are thinking beyond this first series with the Giants and looking toward the NY, Cinci, Philly road trip that follows _ the last three-city trip of the year _ and want to get the rotation aligned for the beginning of that trip in what they deem the most optimum way.
    Giving pitchers an extra day of rest in the second half is usually wise, which is the case if Cook starts the first game at NY on July 27. Jimenez, too, benefits from the off day and goes into his start at NY with an extra day of rest.
    Tracy obviously likes having Cook, Jimenez and Marquis lined up in order, and that worked relatively well in the first half. I don’t think it’s worth deviating from the plan for a series in late July, given there are so many games remaining after that, including 10 with the Giants.

  • Brian H | July 12, 2009 | 10:26 pm

    So once Corpas gets back, who is going to be the victim, and what will our second half ‘Pen look like?

    Closer – Huston Street
    Setup – Franklin Morales/Manny Corpas
    Long Relief – Josh Fogg
    7th Inning guys – Matt Daley, Juan Rincon, Joel Peralta, Matt Belisle.

    Who gets the axe? If Belisle returns to form, will this be the end of Josh Fogg in long relief? Or will they send someone down who is going through a rougher patch (I would say Daley is the most likely victim after Belisle).

    I do see that lack of a left handed specialist – maybe Morales can suit that role. But can he handle a 2 on the corners with no outs in the 7th type of situation?

  • Agbayani | July 13, 2009 | 12:04 am

    Tracy has zero confidence in Fogg, so I’ve got to assume he — even more than Belisle — is the odd man out.

    Daley strikes me as a guy with good control, a somewhat deceptive delivery, and a legitimate strikeout pitch in his slider. He might be Scott Dohmann with better control. That’s actually a pretty good bullpen pitcher. But he’s learning on the job. He hangs quite a few sliders (remind anyone of Dohmann?) — he got away with that in AAA, but he’s not getting away with it in the big leagues.

    I like Morales in the pen. It’s the old Earl Weaver: let a young guy with electric stuff ease into the big leagues in the bullpen. I do have to say that I’m mystified by moving Hammel ahead of de la Rosa in the post-Break rotation. They both pitched (poorly) today, but de la Rosa has clearly been the better pitcher, and he really neutralizes the only significant offensive weapon (Adrian Gonzalez) on the Padres. Weird.

  • biondino | July 13, 2009 | 10:35 am

    Tracy has gone on record saying he has a huge amount of confidence in Fogg, and it’s true that Fogg’s specific long relief skills have been almost redundant in the last 6 weeks thanks to the success of the starters.

  • Reader f/k/a Mike | July 13, 2009 | 2:19 pm

    Re: Tracy on Fogg. I wonder if he meant it, or if he changed his mind. I was surprised Fogg didn’t get in early yesterday.

  • Jack | July 14, 2009 | 11:42 am

    Looks like Corpas’ rehab is going well. Pitched an inning saturday and gave up no hits, walks, or runs and got 1 strikeout. Pitched again on Sunday and gave up one hit but no walks or runs and got 1 strikeout in 2/3 inning worth of work.