Apr 8, 2015; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Francisco Rodriguez (57) reacts after giving up a home run to Colorado Rockies pinch hitter Wilin Rosario (20) in the tenth inning at Miller Park. Rodriguez was charged with the loss as the Rockies beat the Brewers 5-4 in 10 innings. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
Here’s what we know about the 3-0 Colorado Rockies after they swept the Opening Series in Milwaukee and are now heading home to Denver to take on the Chicago Cubs Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
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What a sweet, sweet come-from-behind, extra inning victory THIS was tonight, y’all!
The undefeated season is intact!
Bring on the Cubs!
We can still technically go 162-0!
Don’t kill the buzz yet, bro!
Here’s what we know, three games into the season…
Eddie Butler did what Rockies starters need to do.
Eddie Butler did what Kyle Kendrick and Jordan Lyles each did and/or need to consistently do – bend, but don’t break.
Butler went 5.2 innings and allowed four hits, four walks, and a home run, but only two runs, and he left the game losing 2-1.
You’d love him to go deeper into the game and have better command, but if Rockies’ hurlers can get 17 outs and leave with the team down one run on days when they don’t bring their best stuff to the mound, well, the lineup will give this club a lot of chances to win games late.
Bend, but don’t break. I’d say Butler’s earned another start.
The Brewers probably threw too many strikes.
The Brewers got hit very hard this series and it was a bit of a wake-up call for their pitching staff (20 runs allowed in three games ain’t ideal), but maybe they were throwing too many strikes.
Corey Dickerson’s two home runs were each on 0-2 pitches. If you’re Milwaukee’s pitching coach, that’s unacceptable.
LaTroy Hawkins needs to miss more bats.
Hawkins gave up four really crappy, but very well-placed, singles that led to two runs in a blown save in the ninth inning and necessitated the extra frame. They were weak seeing-eye hits, for sure, and Hawkins didn’t get ripped at all, but the bad luck does make you think about something.
Last year, Hawkins struck out just 5.3 batters per nine innings, which is below his career average (which is just 5.98, anyways), and very low for a late-inning reliever.
His ground ball rate, at 46.7% (below his career average of 47.7%) wasn’t anything to write home about, either.
Ideally, the Rockies need a closer who can miss bats, especially like tonight when Hawkins was pitching with runners on, knowing they’ll often come in to one-run games, or situations with multiple men on base.
Hawkins did well enough last year despite low K and GB rates, but if he keeps pitching to contact like he did tonight, the possibility will always be there for things to potentially go off the rails.
Call to the Pen
Disregard everything I’ve ever said about Wilin Rosario!!!
This. Disregard this. I’M SORRY, WILIN.
Just kidding, I still think what I wrote in that post.
But damn, can he hit. That power…
But yeah, we should trade him. He still has a lot of value!
Somebody would surely give us something good for him! And he’s not going to hit a pinch-hit home run every night!
Some random numbers…
- Adam Ottavino is on pace to throw 108 scoreless innings in 108 appearances, and strike out 162 hitters.
- LaTroy Hawkins is on pace to save 54 games, and win another 54 games, but with an ERA of 9.00. Small sample size fun!
- The Rockies have now hit five home runs as a team in three games. On the road.
We tweeted that in the ninth inning, so you can now make that 20 runs, 38 hits, 16 doubles, and five home runs.
Good lord, indeed.
Rockies are 3-0, this is really happening, we come home Friday and maybe things will stay fun for a while. Go to sleep.