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Monday, June 17, 2019

Padres, Rockies set new modern era record with 92 combined runs in four-game series

Along with 92 runs, the Padres and Rockies combined for 131 hits of which 17 were home runs. Charlie Blackmon had four hits in the first three games and three hits on Sunday, overall going 15-for-24 with four homers and 10 RBI.

CraigK Posted: June 17, 2019 at 06:02 AM | 40 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Rennie's Tenet Posted: June 17, 2019 at 07:26 AM (#5852661)
Breaks the record of Brooklyn at Philadelphia (Baker Bowl), May 16-18, 1929: 4-7, 14-13, 20-16, 6-8. BB-Ref totals 88 runs, the full article says 89.
   2. Tom Nawrocki Posted: June 17, 2019 at 08:59 AM (#5852676)
Wade Davis threw 2 1/3 innings over the weekend, and allowed seven runs. He's getting $18 million this year and $17 million next year.

The Rockies bullpen is horrible, and what makes it more painful is that Jeff Bridich made a conscious decision to build it up by signing formerly famous 30-plus-year-old free agents to multiyear contracts. And they're all hot garbage.
   3. Nasty Nate Posted: June 17, 2019 at 09:14 AM (#5852686)
and what makes it more painful is that Jeff Bridich made a conscious decision to build it up by signing formerly famous 30-plus-year-old free agents to multiyear contracts. And they're all hot garbage.
Hey, that's a little misleading. Mike Dunn was never famous!
   4. puck Posted: June 17, 2019 at 10:27 AM (#5852721)
Dunn and Davis blew a 6 run lead in the 9th Friday, and the Padres ended up winning in extra innings. ESPN ran out some stat that said the road team had lost some 3000+ (I forget the #) consecutive games in that situation.

Ian Desmond now has now broken a 100 wRC+ and OPS+.

Hunter Renfroe has 23 HR.

Sunday's game was delayed by a sprinkler pipe bursting and flooding foul territory down the right field line.

It was weird series.
   5. puck Posted: June 17, 2019 at 10:29 AM (#5852725)
Fernando Tatis Jr is impressive though. He had a single up the middle Friday that had an exit velocity of 116mph.

I went to the Sunday game and he was even more impressive in person...he "barrels the ball" as they say.
   6. Tom Nawrocki Posted: June 17, 2019 at 10:53 AM (#5852738)
Ian Desmond now has now broken a 100 wRC+ and OPS+.


Yeah, I think I am on the verge of no longer hating Ian Desmond. Fortunately, Wade Davis and Mike Dunn and Bryan Shaw are all ready to take his place. Was there a reason Scott Oberg didn't pitch yesterday?
   7. Davo (Love Won The Battle Of Stalingrad) Posted: June 17, 2019 at 11:04 AM (#5852748)
Charlie Blackmon entered this series hitting .305/.361/.582.

He exits it with a slash line of .336/.385/.652!

Yeah, going 15 for 24 with 4 homers will do that!
   8. bunyon Posted: June 17, 2019 at 11:57 AM (#5852764)
Was there a reason Scott Oberg didn't pitch yesterday?

Cowardice.
   9. stanmvp48 Posted: June 17, 2019 at 12:24 PM (#5852783)
I wonder how much longer the major league career of Mark Reynolds will last
   10. bfan Posted: June 17, 2019 at 12:29 PM (#5852784)

The Rockies bullpen is horrible, and what makes it more painful is that Jeff Bridich made a conscious decision to build it up by signing formerly famous 30-plus-year-old free agents to multiyear contracts. And they're all hot garbage.


I understand Cody Allen is available.
   11. Tom Nawrocki Posted: June 17, 2019 at 01:05 PM (#5852801)
I understand Cody Allen is available.


Bridich is probably drawing up a three-year deal for him at this very moment.

Over the course of four 9th innings in this series, the Rockies allowed eleven runs.
   12. puck Posted: June 17, 2019 at 01:09 PM (#5852803)
Was there a reason Scott Oberg didn't pitch yesterday?

I wondered that too. He threw Thursday (24 pitches) and Friday (2 innings/30 pitches). But didn't pitch Tues/Wed or Saturday. So it seems like he was available.
   13. puck Posted: June 17, 2019 at 01:27 PM (#5852807)
I wonder how much longer the major league career of Mark Reynolds will last

1 for 28 as a pinch hitter this season. That seems amazing.
   14. Itchy Row Posted: June 17, 2019 at 02:08 PM (#5852826)
I wonder how much longer the major league career of Mark Reynolds will last
He has a 24-game streak of striking out no more than once each game, tied for the longest streak like that of his career. Of course, he usually doesn't get more than one PA. He's hitting .121/.231/.212/.443 in 33 AB over that streak.
   15. Moeball Posted: June 17, 2019 at 02:22 PM (#5852835)
I have heard multiple tales from players - I believe Pujols and Piazza, among others, come to mind - talking about the weirdness of road trips that go from Denver to San Diego. At Coors Field, you can really boost your stats with a big weekend series like the one that just happened, but you can also find yourself altering your swing to uppercut more, knowing how well the ball carries there. If you can just launch the ball into the air it has a good chance of carrying over the fence. But then you go to San Diego where the ball just doesn't carry very well and, next thing you know, you're only popping up and hitting routine flies. You have to completely retool your swing. It must be very strange to have to constantly tinker with your batting approach depending on where you're playing. Differing ballpark dimensions and characteristics - bug or feature? I don't know, but NBA players must be glad they don't have to deal with 8 foot high baskets in one arena and 15 foot high baskets in another!
   16. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: June 17, 2019 at 02:24 PM (#5852837)
1 for 28 as a pinch hitter this season. That seems amazing.


Abe Nunez managed a 1-for-26 as a PH in 2003, following a 5-for-35 in 2001 and a 5-for-43 in 2002, with minimal walks and power in all three. Of course, he was a glove-first shortstop being used incompetently by Lloyd McClendon, not a bat-first guy like Reynolds.
   17. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: June 17, 2019 at 03:19 PM (#5852857)
Reynolds seems like a singularly terrible type of player to use as a pinch hitter off the bench.
   18. Walt Davis Posted: June 17, 2019 at 06:03 PM (#5852953)
Coincidentally, the Rox bullpen is 2nd in the NL in WAA at 1.6 which is even better than it sounds given the average NL pen is at -1.3. The Rox are dead last by pretty healthy margins at 1B, 2B and, yes, PH (-1.7 WAA). That PH suckitude sounds very impressive given it's just 117 PA and it's not like they're getting killed by terrible Rfield. That's about a -10 oWAR pace. Might as well let the pitchers hit.
   19. puck Posted: June 17, 2019 at 10:02 PM (#5853028)
The Rox are dead last by pretty healthy margins at 1B, 2B and, yes, PH (-1.7 WAA). That PH suckitude sounds very impressive given it's just 117 PA and it's not like they're getting killed by terrible Rfield.


Where do you see the WAA by position? What's Philly's WAA as PH? They're last in the league with a .490 OPS. The Rockies are at .669.

Even with their recent hot streak,the Rockies' bats still are slightly below average with a OPS+ of 92 vs the league avg of 94.

I'm sure that would be a big surprise to most fans out here. But you always think of Arenado and Blackman and not how much of a drain the holes at 1B/2B groups are, etc.


   20. puck Posted: June 17, 2019 at 11:33 PM (#5853056)
Free agent signings under Jeff Bridich. There's amazingly little success here.

If you count just the contracts worth $10 million or more, there's 6 contracts and onliy one player has been above replacement. (Though most of the deals are still in progress.) Wade Davis has 1.3 WAR over 2018-2019, and will be paid $34 million for those seasons.


2014-15
----------
Daniel Descalso FA $2.6M/2yr -0.1 WAR
Nick Hundley FA $6.25M/2yr, 2.0 WAR
John Axford FA $2.6M 0.7 WAR
Kyle Kendrick FA $5.5M/1yr, 0.3 WAR


2015-16
----------
Jason Motta FA 1yr/$5M, 0 WAR
Chad Qualls FA 2yr/$6M, -0.2 WAR
Mark Reynolds FA 1 yr/2.6M, 1.5 WAR
Gerardo Parra FA 3yrs/$26M, -1.6 WAR
Ryan Rayburn FA 1 yr/$1.5M, -0.6 WAR

2016-17
-----------
Ian Desmond FA 5 yr/$70M, -2.1 WAR so far
Mike Dunn FA 3 yr/$19M, -0.1 WAR so far
Greg Holland FA 1yr/6M, 1.5 WAR
Mark Reynolds FA 1 yr/1.5M, 0.8 WAR
Ryan Hanigan FA 1yr/1.25M, 0 WAR

2017-18
------------
Chris Iannetta FA 2 yr/$8.5M, -0.2 WAR so far
Jake McGee FA 3 yr/$27M, -0.3 WAR so far
Bryan Shaw FA 3 yr/$27M, -0.1 WAR so far
Wade Davis FA 3 yr/$52M, 1.3 WAR so far
Carlos Gonzalez FA, 1 yr/$5M, 0.4 WAR


2018-19
------------
Daniel Murphy FA 2 yr/$24M, -0.2 WAR so far
   21. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: June 17, 2019 at 11:40 PM (#5853058)
Free agent signings under Jeff Bridich. There's amazingly little success here.
What's even more amazing is that, best I can tell, every single one of those deals looked at least questionable/pointless, if not downright terrible, right from the start. This isn't a matter of hindsight.
   22. Tom Nawrocki Posted: June 18, 2019 at 08:50 AM (#5853081)
Free agent signings under Jeff Bridich. There's amazingly little success here.


Thanks for putting that together. When you realize the team has been in the postseason the past two years, it's a testament to how strong the rest of the Rockies organization has been. It's not just that Bridich sets tens of millions of dollars on fire every year; the team also feels obligated to keep nonproducers like Parra and Desmond and Shaw on the field.
   23. Walt Davis Posted: June 18, 2019 at 05:49 PM (#5853313)
Where do you see the WAA by position?

On the main league page, below the team batting and pitching stats Philly PH at -0.9 WAA, 13th in NL. (On the b-r home page, click on "NL summary")

EDIT: It also allows you to load different stats into that table.
   24. Walt Davis Posted: June 18, 2019 at 06:01 PM (#5853315)
Daniel Descalso FA $2.6M/2yr -0.1 WAR

Well that post was exactly 6 months too late.

Totalling that I get (give or take) $300 M for 3 WAR (and counting although not necessarily in the right direction). Might as well have signed Bryce Harper.

For the "small" deals I get $54.4 M for 6.1 WAR which isn't good but isn't terrible. Which leaves the rest at $246 M for -3 WAR which is just mind-boggling.

And people say the Pujols contract was a disaster.

   25. puck Posted: June 18, 2019 at 07:04 PM (#5853333)
For the "small" deals I get $54.4 M for 6.1 WAR which isn't good but isn't terrible. Which leaves the rest at $246 M for -3 WAR which is just mind-boggling.

And people say the Pujols contract was a disaster.


Yeah, it's hard not to notice with the level to which the big ticket guys have been struggling. And to the other poster's point, yes, they all raised a lot of eyebrows when the deals were signed.

Bridich was quoted comparing himself and criticism from beat writers (and presumably fans and fangraphs type bloggers) to the situation of a patient criticizing a brain surgeon.
   26. Tom Nawrocki Posted: June 18, 2019 at 09:51 PM (#5853410)
They DFA'd Mike Dunn today, which is a good sign. He was on the third year of a 3 yr/$18 mm contract, and put up a 5.93 ERA over the life of it.
   27. puck Posted: June 18, 2019 at 10:39 PM (#5853434)
That's good. He had a vesting option for 2020...60 games, $7 million for 2020.
   28. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: June 18, 2019 at 11:18 PM (#5853450)
Bridich was quoted comparing himself and criticism from beat writers (and presumably fans and fangraphs type bloggers) to the situation of a patient criticizing a brain surgeon.
Well, he's right to the extent that if he were a brain surgeon, none of his patients would criticize him. Because they'd be dead.
   29. Tom Nawrocki Posted: June 19, 2019 at 08:37 AM (#5853497)
Blackmon had three more hits last night, giving him 18 hits in his last five games.
   30. Tom Nawrocki Posted: June 19, 2019 at 10:12 AM (#5853512)
In other Rockies news, Mark Reynolds pinch-hit last night and struck out, of course. He's got more strikeouts than total bases.
   31. DCA Posted: June 19, 2019 at 11:08 AM (#5853532)
To be fair, you can be a decent player and still have a slugging percentage lower than Reynolds' K percentage. Although not if hitting for power is your only real skill, as it is for Reynolds.

Actually would be a fun question, who is the best player to have more K than TB in a season?
   32. Tom Nawrocki Posted: June 19, 2019 at 11:25 AM (#5853541)
Chris Davis does it fairly regularly, but you asked about the "best" player. Rob Deer managed 1.1 WAR in 1991, when he had 175 strikeouts and 173 TB.
   33. Davo (Love Won The Battle Of Stalingrad) Posted: June 19, 2019 at 11:36 AM (#5853546)
You know, once you throw out Chris Davis’s 0 for 38 start, he’s actually hitting .202/.275/.357.
   34. DCA Posted: June 19, 2019 at 11:42 AM (#5853548)
Okay, here's the answer. 10 live ball seasons with K >= TB qualified for the batting title. Including two in progress.

The "good":

Rob Deer 1991, 179/314/386, 175 K, 173 TB, 92 OPS+, 1.1 WAR
Carlos Pena 2012, 197/330/354, 182 K, 176 TB, 93 OPS+, 0.6 WAR
Benji Gil 1995, 219/266/347, 147 K, 144 TB, 57 OPS+, 0.3 WAR
Wil Myers 2019, 224/322/408, 93 K, 93 TB, 96 OPS+, 0.1 WAR
Drew Stubbs 2012, 213/277/333, 166 K, 164 TB, 63 OPS+, 0.1 WAR

The bad:

Chris Davis 2017, 215/309/423, 195 K, 193 TB, 96 OPS+, 0.0 WAR
BJ Upton 2014, 208/287/333, 173 K, 173 TB, 75 OPS+, -0.3 WAR (he also did it in 2013 but was so bad he didn't qualify for the batting title)

The ugly:

Roughned Odor 2019, 178/256/347, 77 K, 76 TB, 54 OPS+, -0.7 WAR
Dan Uggla 2013, 179/309/362, 171 K, 162 TB, 85 OPS+, -1.1 WAR
Chris Davis 2018, 168/243/296, 192 K, 139 TB, 49 OPS+, -2.8 WAR (also doing it in an equally putrid 2019 but not enough PA for batting title)
   35. Fernigal McGunnigle Posted: June 19, 2019 at 11:43 AM (#5853550)
You know, once you throw out Chris Davis’s 0 for 38 start, he’s actually hitting .202/.275/.357.
"Fun" Chris Davis fact: in March/April he hit 176/253/353. Since May 1 he's hit 149/238/234. IOW, he was a significantly better hitter in the five weeks when he went 0 for 38 than he has been in the 7 weeks in which he did not go 0 for 38.

His OPS+ for May was 46. Thus far in June it's -5. He's about as toasty as toast gets.
   36. puck Posted: June 20, 2019 at 12:44 AM (#5853913)
Charlie Blackmon only had 1 hit tonight.

Wow, his home stats so far this year:

.452 avg, .504 OBP, .983 SLG, .452 BABIP.

The team has a .365 BABIP at home this season. 5 regulars have an OPS of 1.000 or better at home.
   37. Tom Nawrocki Posted: June 20, 2019 at 07:55 AM (#5853924)
Wade Davis pitched the ninth and gave up a single and a homer, but eventually got three outs as well. Fortunately, the Rox had a three-run lead already, so Davis got the "save."

Bryan Shaw came in to pitch the seventh after the Rockies had just taken a 5-2 lead, and went HBP-single-pop out-single before being mercifully removed. It's mind-boggling that these guys are still being used in critical situations.
   38. puck Posted: June 20, 2019 at 10:46 AM (#5853995)
And continuing another theme, Mark Reynolds PH and struck out. He's now 1-30 as a PH.

Shaw seemed to be doing a little better this year though his peripherals were not as good as his ERA. Maybe Bud shouldn't pitch him every other game? He's on pace for something like 87 games and 92 innings.

Who's actually pitching well out of the pen? Oberg for sure, maybe McGee (he's pitched so little), Bettis seems actually to be doing well in the pen. Estevez maybe?
   39. Don August(us) Cesar Geronimo Berroa Posted: June 20, 2019 at 11:00 AM (#5854003)
.452 avg, .504 OBP, .983 SLG, .452 BABIP.


He's got nothing on Yelich: .433/.533/1.073 at home and "only" .288/.379/.536 on the road.
   40. Tom Nawrocki Posted: June 20, 2019 at 11:03 AM (#5854006)
Shaw's been better than last year, but he couldn't conceivably have been any worse. He gave up a career-high .372 BABIP in 2018, and has the second-lowest BABIP of his career this year. His strikeouts are way down this year, for what that's worth.

He's now pitched exactly 100 games in a Rockies uniform, and his ERA is over 5 (in addition to a healthy number of unearned runs). To me, he looks like a fat guy who's just hoping the batter hits one of his meatballs at somebody.

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