Rockies could keep Rogers longer than expected

April 6, 2010 | 8:35 am | 6  

Esmil Rogers made the Rockies Opening Day roster because manager Jim Tracy wanted a reliever capable of working multiple innings. The Rockies did not feel Justin Speier could provide that.

The assumption at the time was Rogers’ time on the roster would be short-term. The thought was he would be sent back to Triple-A Colorado Springs when lefty Joe Beimel shows he is ready to handle the work routine, which should be within the next two weeks.

Don’t be so quick. Beimel is a situational lefty, not a long reliever. If keeping Rogers was built around the need for a long man, a role the Rockies had expected Greg Smith to fill until he had to move into the rotation, than it would seem to be a contradiction to send him out when Beimel is activated. That would, after all, leave the Rockies without a long reliever.

Rogers, and fellow right-handed relievers Matt Daley and Manny Corpas are the relievers with options. Could the Rockies have to do soul-searching about Corpas sitaution when it comes time to make an adjustment to the bullpen? Would he benefit, possibly, from a refresher course? Corpas is guaranteed $6.5 million combined this year and next year, but the Rockies are in a chance to win a pennant and are past the stage of making roster decisions based off who makes what.

SMITH WAS only 7-16 with Oakland two years ago, but do consider that the A’s averaged only 2.88 runs per start for Smith, which was the worst support in the majors for a pitcher in any season during the last decade. Second lowest support was Kip Wells with Pittsburgh in 2005 at 3.07 runs per start.

Smith does little things to help himself. He did not commit an error in 2008, and he had 16 pickoffs, which is the most for a pitcher since 1987, the first year that the stat on pickoffs was officially maintained.

6 Comments »

  • David Martin | April 6, 2010 | 10:23 am

    I desperately want to see 2007 Manny Corpas, but I don’t think it would hurt anything at this point to send him to Colorado Springs for a month. You can always call him back if someone gets injured or you need to make a move. Matt Daley is nails…he needs to stick around. Frankly, I wouldn’t mind giving him the ball in the 9th inning while Street works to come back.

  • robba | April 6, 2010 | 10:37 am

    Great analysis, Tracy. Just the kind of informed opinion that keeps me hanging around this site. As you and David Martin infer, Corpas could indeed be the odd man out, and be on the I-25 South commute. Nice to see Daley start off the regular season with a positive outing. Betancourt, too.

  • SABRchip | April 6, 2010 | 12:35 pm

    When Beimel returns, doesn’t this hasten Flores departure?
    Is the bullpen better with Flores or Corpas?
    I know righty/lefty is a concern but Flores doesn’t show me a lot. Statistically speaking, having “a” lefty for the lefty matchups works, but what did he do vs. lefties yeasterday?
    I’m thinking that unless his workload is increased, he won’t be very effective. Corpas, too, needs more work so a trip down south wouldn’t hurt but how are his options?

  • Karl | April 6, 2010 | 2:16 pm

    Let’s give it a week, but I like the train of thought. A lot will change over the course of the season. As we have seen a bad april doesnt kill the team, but it sure can make for a hellacious climb, so hope Flores figures it out (again only one outing) or Corpas can get his stuff back. No or any thought to J. Chacin filling the long role instead of Rogers in a month?

  • Flood21 | April 6, 2010 | 3:55 pm

    I’m not sure I see exactly what Flores gives the Rockies that Beimel won’t provide as soon as he’s ready to go. In his post-game remarks Monday Tracy almost praised Flores because, while he walked a batter and surendered a hit to the only two hitters he faced, did not give up the lead. That’s a pretty low standard, it seems to me. Keep Rogers as the long man and option Flores when Beimel returns.

  • Redhawk | April 6, 2010 | 6:19 pm

    Beimel and Flores are basically the same guy. If Beimel has a slider now…well, he’s even better, and could actually get out righties, which he had a hard time with in the past.

    Corpas, however, has options, and hasn’t been great in along time. Maybe a trip to the Springs might do him some mental good.

    Still….I’ve never liked Flores, Spring Training stats don’t count, and why do the Rockies need two LH specialists?