Tag: Troy Tulowitzki

So what could we get for $172 million?

Maybe they just haven’t spent enough money. It’s brainstorming, folks. There are no bad ideas.

Okay, I take that back. There are some bad ideas. Turns out some of them are really atrocious, actually. On the plus side, it feels like a bunch of them have already been tried. Sooner or later they have to run out, right? Hello?

The Rockies rocked Tyler Cloyd early last night, scoring five times in the first three innings as the Phils fell 5-3.

Colorado jumped out to an early 3-0 lead with the help of a two-run homer by Troy Tulowitzki in the first. They scored another on three hits in the second and Wilin Rosario added a solo shot in the third. The Phillie offense managed three hits in the game, all singles. One was a bloop into left center and another was a seventh-inning infield single by Cody Asche, which was his first career hit against a lefty.

The Phillies are 55-70 on the year after losing 5-3 to the Colorado Rockies last night. The teams have split the first two games of the four-game set. The Phils are 7-22 since the All-Star break, which is the worst record for any team in either league.

Cloyd got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing five runs on eight hits and a walk. Five of the hits went for extra-bases, three doubles and two home runs. He struck out six.

Cloyd ups his ERA for the year to 4.02 with the outing. Lefties are getting on base a lot against him, on-basing .371, and righties are showing a lot of power. Righties are hitting .284 against him with a .543 slugging percentage and 12 extra-base hits, including four home runs, in 87 plate appearances.

The Rockies got to him early last night, scoring five runs in the first three innings.

He walked the leadoff man Dexter Fowler to start the game and Troy Tulowitzki hit a long home run to left with one out. 2-0. Michael Cuddyer followed that with a double to center, moved up to third on a ground out and scored on a wild pitch.

Tulo is 3-for-7 with a walk and two home runs in the first two games of the set.

Charlie Blackmon doubled with one out in the second and scored on two-out single by Fowler, extending the Colorado lead to 4-0.

With two outs in the third, Wilin Rosario hit the first pitch of his at-bat out to center. 5-0.

Last night was Cloyd’s first outing since June. In June he made three starts and threw to a 1.45 ERA. He didn’t allow a home run in 18 2/3 innings. Last night he allowed two in his first three frames.

The Colorado lead was cut to 5-3 when he pitched the fourth, striking out Blackmon and Fowler as he set Colorado down in order.

He allowed a two-out single to Cuddyer in the fifth and a one-out double to Nolan Arenado in the sixth, but kept the Rockies off the board in both frames.

Cloyd went three scoreless frames after the third innings, allowing a single and a double.

Zach Miner started the seventh. He allowed a leadoff single to Fowler, but Ruiz threw Fowler out trying to steal second and Miner retired the other two batters he faced.

Fifth appearance of the season for Miner, who dropped his ERA to 3.12 with the outing. Four of them have been really good and he was charged with three runs in a third of an inning in the other. Lefties are 1-for-9 against him so far, but righties have hit the righty hard. 7-for-23 (.304) with a walk, a double and a home run.

Cesar Jimenez threw the last two innings. He set the Rockies down in order in the eighth. He allowed a single and a walk in the ninth, but got right-handed pinch-hitter Charlie Culberson to fly to center with runners on first and second to end the frame.

Two innings is the longest outing for Jimenez since 2008. He has a 0.00 ERA and a 1.00 ratio after five appearances and six innings with the Phils this year.

Nice day for the pen as they go three scoreless frames in relief of Cloyd, allowing two hits and a walk. Jimenez threw 30 pitches and seems unlikely to be available for tonight’s game.

The Phillie lineup against lefty Jorge De La Rosa went (1) Rollins (2) Ruiz (3) Utley (4) Brown (5) Michael Young (6) Ruf (7) Asche (8) Mayberry. Ruf in right and Mayberry in center. Ruiz hits second for the second straight day, which makes more sense against the lefty. Not a big fan of the Ruf needs reps in right field thinking. I’m going to be pretty surprised if Ruf is able to play right. Mayberry shouldn’t be playing center field every day, no matter who is hurt. The righty Wells on the bench against the lefty with the lefty Asche playing third and Young at first. Asche makes his first career start against a lefty.

The Phils were down 3-0 when they hit in the first. Ruiz walked with one out, but Utley and Brown went down behind him.

Down 4-0, they went in order in the second.

Down 5-0, Mayberry blooped a single into left to start the third. Cloyd bunted him to second with the first out. Ruiz was next and hit a ball pretty hard to first, where Helton didn’t handle it for an error that allowed Mayberry to score (5-1) and Rollins to take third. With runners on the corners and one down, Utley lined a single to right. 5-2 with men on first and third for Brown. Brown hit a line drive into center that Fowler caught for the second out. Ruiz tagged at third and scored on a weak and up the line throw from Fowler, cutting the lead to 5-3. Young struck out to end the inning.

A lot of good fortune in the inning helps get the Phils back in the game. Mayberry starts it off with a bloop to left. Big error by Helton on Ruiz’s ball. Weak throw by Fowler helps Ruiz score from third on Brown’s line drive to center.

The Phils didn’t have a base-runner in the fourth, fifth or sixth.

Asche reached on an infield single off of De La Rosa with one out in the seventh and Mayberry walked behind him. Frandsen hit for Miner and righty Matt Belisle took over for De La Rosa. Frandsen flew to center for the second out and lefty Rex Brothers came in to pitch to Rollins. Rollins ripped a ball down the third base line, but Arenado made a great play, fielding the ball and making an off-balance throw to first where Helton tagged Rollins out to end the inning.

Helton missed the tag on Rollins at first, but Rollins didn’t argue and neither did Sandberg. Very nice play by Arenado.

The Rockies bring the lefty Brothers in to pitch to the switch-hitter Rollins after the righty Belisle retires the only batter he faces. Rollins has been terrible against both righties and lefties this year, but a little worse against lefties. 233/295/300 against lefties and 249/304/346 against righties. He has very similar numbers against lefties and righties for his career.

Brothers was back for the eighth. Utley walked with one out. Brown was next and grounded to short with Utley forced at second. Brothers and the home plate umpire had an issue around whether Brothers was stopping before he came to the plate, which resulted Brown being balked to second and then to third. Young struck out swinging to leave him there.

The first two games of the set have featured the balk more prominently than I would have guessed. Whatever it takes to keep the interest level of the fans sky-high, I suppose.

Righty Rafeal Betancourt got Ruf, Asche and Mayberry in order in the ninth.

Rollins 0-for-3 with a walk. Arenado took a hit away from him in the seventh with a nice play at third. He’s hitting 252/314/397 over his last 2,965 plate appearances going back to the start of 2009. From 2004 to 2008, he hit 286/342/468 over 3,618 plate appearances.

Ruiz 0-for-3 with a walk. 6-for-his-last-11 with a walk, a double and a home run.

Utley 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI. 2-for-his-last-18 with two singles.

Brown 0-for-3 with an RBI. First game without a hit or a walk since his return. 306/364/510 in 55 PA since coming back.

Ruf 0-for-4 and struck out twice. Went 0-for-3 with a strikeout against the lefty De La Rosa, although he hit the ball hard to short in the second inning. The righty Betancourt struck him out looking 0-2 in the ninth. He’s still pounding righties with oddly bad numbers against lefties. 5-for-33 (.152) against lefties with strikeouts in about 35.1% of his 35 PA.

Asche 1-for-4 with an infield single. Went on a tear from August 6 to August 12 in which he went 8-for-23 with a walk, two doubles and two home runs. Since then he’s 3-for-21 (.143) with a walk and a double. Hit an 0-1 pitch up the middle in the seventh inning against De La Rosa for his single with Tulowitzki fielding on the second base side of second and throwing to first late. Asche is 1-for-6 against lefties for the year.

Mayberry 1-for-3 with a bloop single to left and a walk. 3-for-his-last-8 with two walks and a home run, but hitting just 160/222/300 over his last 54 plate appearances. His numbers against lefties are getting better (264/321/472 now) and I would expect them to continue to do so. His numbers against righties (236/292/394) are bad and I would expect them to continue to be.

Lee (10-6, 3.19) faces righty Juan Nicasio (7-6, 4.94) tonight. The Phillies are 0-5 in Lee’s last five starts and 1-7 his last eight times out. He has a 5.17 ERA in his six starts since the beginning of July and has allowed nine home runs in 38 1/3 innings in those outings. Nicasio faced the Phillies on June 14 and was charged with five runs in 5 2/3 innings. He has a 3.95 ERA in his ten starts in Colorado and a 5.76 ERA in his 13 starts on the road. Part of that is bad luck as he’s allowed a BABIP of .248 at home and .319 on the road, but he’s also struck out about 21.5% of the hitters he’s faced at home and only about 12.1% of the hitters he’s faced on the road.

Taking stock of the Rox

My hot-or-not opinion on the eight Rockies who have the most plate appearances over the past 14 days:











Fantastic year
for Helton all-around.  If you’re looking for a flaw, he slugged just .372 against lefties, but hit
.311 against them with a .369 on-base percentage.  He hit .300 or
better every month and on-based at least .400 in each of the last four
months of the season.  He was on a huge tear to end the season, going
14-for-30 (467/529/667).  Bright spot number two may be that he has just one home run in his last 119 plate appearances.




Hit 342/421/619
in the second half, so he’s got to be playing pretty well. 
411/488/781 over his last 84 plate appearances.




Hit .322 with a
.379 on-base percentage in the second half after hitting .225 with a .309
on-base percentage in the first half.  Just two home runs on the
season, but has hit 321/372/389 since the start of August and is
8-for-his-last-22 (364/360/545).
Hawpe 285 384 519 The
lefty Hawpe struggled against left-handed pitching this season, hitting
.243 with a .337 on-base percentage (he hit .303 with a .403 on-base
percentage against righties).  He smoked 42 doubles on the year,
which tied him for fifth in the NL.  After a 320/396/577 first half,
though, he hit 240/370/442 in the second half.  He hit just .208 in
September in October, but managed a monster .394 on-base percentage in
those months by drawing 21 walks in 94 plate appearances.  He
finished strong, going 8-for-his-last-24 with three home runs.  He
was ice cold before that, though.  Going into those last 24 at-bats
he was 7-for-47 (.146).
Gonzalez 284 353 525 The
23-year-old lefty fared well against left-handed pitching this season,
hitting 276/343/466 against them.  Like Fowler his numbers at home
were a lot better than his numbers at home.  He hit 305/361/582 at
home and 263/344/467 on the road.  Most of the action he saw on the
year came in the second half — after hitting 202/280/333 in 94 plate
appearances before the break he hit 320/384/608 in 223 plate appearances
after the break.  He went 9-for-28 (333/357/593) to end the regular






Stewart hit .178
against lefties on the season.  Twenty of his 25 homers on the year
came against right-handed pitching.  He’s 3-for-his-last-20 with
three singles.




Career highs for
Barmes in home runs (23) and RBI (76).  Hit 279/323/478 before the
break but trailed off after, hitting just 205/259/394.  He was
atrocious away from home, hitting 207/251/380 for the year.  He went
5-for-28 to end the season (.179).
Fowler 266 363 406 The
switch-hitter Fowler didn’t do much against righties this year, hitting
240/357/372 against them compared to 321/377/482 against lefties.  He
also hit just 236/331/387 away from home.  He comes into the series a
chilly 4-for-his-last-25 (160/222/280).

Assuming the Phillies start Lee and Hamels in games one and two, I would guess there’s about zero chance you see those eight players on the field for Colorado in both of the first two games.

Here are some of the other players that could be a factor for Colorado and what they’ve done recently:

Righty Ryan Spilborghs always kills the Phils, he has a career line of 420/464/660 against the Phillies in 56 plate appearances. He didn’t hit either righties or lefties well this year, though, and managed just a 241/310/395 line for the season. 3-for-23 to end the year.

Righty Chris Iannetta hit just 228/344/460 this season, but his 296/406/580 line against lefties should scare you. He’s another Rockies player that was much better at home than away from it, hitting 295/389/576 at home and 167/302/353 away. He went 5-for-16 (.313) to end the season.

Garrett Atkins is yet another of the Colorado righties. He hit an ugly 226/308/342 on the year, but 268/363/428 against lefties. He hit .200 with a .298 on-base percentage away from home. He was also 5-for-16 to end the season.

Lefty Seth Smith put up nice numbers against both lefties and righties on the season, hitting 293/378/510 overall. He didn’t see much time against lefties, though, getting just 69 of his 387 plate appearances on the year against them. He comes into the post-season 5-for-24 (.208) over the last 14 days.

Lefty Jason Giambi had a terrible year overall, hitting 201/343/382 between the A’s and Rockies. He smoked the ball in limited time with the Rockies, though, hitting 292/452/583 over 31 plate appearances. 1-for-9 with five strikeouts in the last two weeks of the season.

24-year-old switch-hitter Eric Young didn’t do much with the bat this season, hitting just 246/295/316 in 61 plate appearances. He was 1-for-10 in the last two weeks of the season. Really fast, though.

Finally, the Rockies were just a miserable offensive team on the road this season. Overall they hit 235/319/399 on the road and 287/367/482 at Coors Field. Iannetta (.656), Spilborghs (.644), Atkins (.624) and Barmes (.631) all had an OPS for the season that was under .700 away from Coors.

West obsessed

Still a few games left to play, but it looks almost just about sure the Phillies will be playing the Rockies of the Dodgers in the first round of the playoffs. Here’s how the offenses for the three teams compare for the year, since the All-Star break and for the month that just ended:

Team G R R/G
COL 158 788 4.99
LA 159 767 4.82
PHI 158 805 5.09

Second Half
COL 70 346 4.94
LA 71 324 4.56
PHI 72 345 4.79

COL 27 134 4.96
LA 27 132 4.89
PHI 30 140 4.67

The Rockies have been a little better than the Dodgers offensively.

Ignoring the Phillies offense thinking only about which offense the Phils’ pitchers would fare best against, I still like the Phillies chances against the Rockies a little better than the Dodgers given the Phils seem sure to start lefties Lee and Hamels in the first two games of a short set.

Here’s what the Rockies and Dodgers have done against lefties this season — their average, on-base percentage and slugging against them as a team as well as their rate of getting hits, walks, doubles and triples and hitting home runs per 100 plate appearances:
























The Rockies did hit for a little more power against lefties this season, but the Dodgers got hits and walks at a higher rate. LA’s .358 on-base percentage against lefties is particularly impressive.

Here are the Rockies hitters that have at least 50 plate appearances this year with an OPS of .850 or better against lefties:





Iannetta 299 407 597 1.004
Tulowitzki 268 379 530 .909
Fowler 326 379 492 .872
Smith 259 368 500 .868
Gonzalez 294 356 510 .866

Iannetta hasn’t played nearly as much as Torrealba recently. Smith is a left-handed batter who has only had about 18% of his plate appearances against lefties this season. Fowler and Gonzalez can’t both play center field at the same time — Fowler has appeared only as a center fielder this season while Gonzalez has appeared at all three outfield positions, but mostly center and left.

Tulowitzki is just great.

Lefty Brad Hawpe plays right field just about all the time and has hit 252/348/453 against left-handed pitching this year.

Here’s how the list for the Dodgers looks:





Kemp 365 431 620 1.052
Blake 317 441 564 1.005
Ramirez 274 384 521 .904
Hudson 295 363 496 .859

Kemp, Blake and Ramirez are all terrors against lefties. Blake has been out with a sore hamstring, but he should be back this weekend.

Furcal and Pierre have both also been good against lefties this season, but don’t quite have their OPS against them up to .850. Furcal is hitting 298/363/454 against them and Pierre 316/412/398.

Loney and Martin both did a great job of getting on base against lefties this year, but with little power. Loney on-based .373 against them and Martin .411.

On the plus side, Andre Ethier had a fantastic year in which he hit 31 home runs and drove in 105 but was terrible against lefties. In 186 plate appearances against left-handed pitching this season he hit 189/280/341.

Jamie Moyer is out for the season. That is very disappointing — both because it would have been nice to see him help the team in the post-season and because there was a very good chance he was going to be able to given how well he had been pitching. Moyer looking up from his knees, badly injured, to see if Victorino had caught the ball in center wasn’t really the last memory of his season I was hoping for. It is, however, a good reminder of what he has given this team. After a terrible first two months this year he had thrown to a 4.06 ERA with a 1.22 ratio over his last 108 2/3 innings.

This article says that Myers was available last night, that Park will be back “very quickly” and seems to suggest that Myers may be on the post-season roster.

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