Morning Dump — Friday, February 18th


Earlier this week, Ubaldo was named as baseball’s MVP, but it wasn’t voted on by the Baseball Writers Association of America. This MVP award was determined by Forbes and the acronym stands for Most Valuable Pitcher. With the help of Baseball Reference, Forbes evaluated each pitcher based on their Value Over Replacement Player and their annual salary. Ubaldo only made $1.25M last season, easily making him the most valuable pitcher in baseball. His salary was roughly 5% of CC Sabbathia’s. Of course, this isn’t exactly news to Rockies fans. Still, the article is a good read.

Denver Post Feature

Jim Armstrong and pitching coach Bob Apodaca discuss the Rockies’ bullpen. The group has a chance to be one of the NL’s best.

The Rockies are confident Street will bounce back after blowing five saves in 25 chances in a season in which he struggled after getting two strikes, in part because he never developed a feel for his changeup, a key out pitch in his repertoire. But he’s a finesse pitcher who survives on pinpoint control with his slider and changeup. If he’s struggling with either and paying the price, Lindstrom could slide into the ninth inning.

This much already is clear: Lindstrom, who has lived in Denver for most of his career, is thrilled to be a Rockie, and Street and Betancourt are healthy and determined to have big seasons. — Jim Armstrong


Todd Helton answers questions in a mail bag. Somebody needs to introduce the Todd-father to Denver’s microbrews.

Jorge De La Rosa is fit.

The Rockies signed John Maine to a minor league deal. They’ve had scouts watching Maine all winter.

Wilin Rosario has a big future.

Ian Stewart has moved a full foot off the plate. I’m really liking Carney Lansford.

Troy Renck posted video of catching drills.

Casey Weathers and Greg Reynolds each has a new outlook on life.

That’s it for this morning. Enjoy your Friday!

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Tags: Baseball Writers Of America Bob Apodaca Carney Lansford Casey Weathers CC Sabbathia Denver Post Forbes Greg Reynolds Huston Street Ian Stewart Jim Armstrong John Maine Jorge De La Rosa Matt Lindstrom MVP Rafael Betancourt Todd Helton Ubaldo Jimenez Wilin Rosario