Analyzing The Colorado Rockies’ Fifth Straight Loss

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Apr 21, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies center fielder Drew Stubbs (13) reacts in the dugout in the ninth inning against the San Diego Padres at Coors Field. The Padres defeated the Rockies 7-6. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Rockies dropped a 7-6 game to the San Diego Padres Tuesday night. What do we know about this team after losing yet another home game?

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The Colorado Rockies have now lost five games in a row after Tuesday night’s fade to defeat against the Padres. Even though the club had a 5-2 lead heading to the seventh, the bullpen couldn’t hold it and the Padres won 7-6.

Remember what I wrote this morning, about what the Rockies can do to get rid of their losing streak? And focusing on Drew Stubbs, Tyler Matzek, Rafael Ynoa, and Carlos Gonzalez? Well… the losing streak didn’t end. And of those four, mixed results came back from Tuesday night’s game.

Some analysis on them, and everything else, from Tuesday night’s game:

  • Matzek threw…. OK. He only allowed two runs, but he only went five innings and forced the Rockies to open the bullpen early the day after the ‘pen threw seven innings. Oh, and he walked six in five frames. Yikes. The team can use better from him (and the rest of the rotation).
  • Ynoa was 1-for-3 and scored a run on Charlie Blackmon‘s triple. He threw out a Padres base runner early in the game cutting off a throw from the outfield, but he did also make a fielding error. Not a terrible game, and again, he won’t replace Nolan Arenado; he just needs to be good enough. Today, he did fine.
  • Stubbs was non-existent. At 0-for-3 with two more strikeouts tonight, Stubbs is now 0-for-12 with seven strikeouts this year. Something’s wrong with his approach at the plate, and the Rockies need to start thinking about alternatives if Dickerson is going to be out for any length of time (and really, even if he isn’t).
  • Gonzalez was also unfortunately non-existent, going 0-for-4 and seeing his slash line drop to .189/.214/.321. He’s a very streaky hitter anyways, so he’ll come back around at some point. Let’s just hope that point is, well, soon.
  • Brooks Brown allowed a run tonight on three hits in 1.2 innings. He left a few balls over the plate near the end of his second inning, and admittedly, Walt Weiss might have left him in a batter or two too long. Nevertheless, he’s now allowed three runs on seven hits and a walk in his last 3.2 innings pitched.
  • Rafael Betancourt also allowed a run on two hits while recording just two outs, but really got burned on hitting Yonder Alonso on a two-strike pitch in the eighth inning.
  • Boone Logan blew up in the eighth inning after Betancourt’s departure, allowing three runs on three hits and recording just two outs. That was enough to take the loss for Logan, who for some reason stayed in the game to face right-handed batters Wil Myers, Derek Norris, and Matt Kemp to end the eighth.
  • Brown and Logan weren’t Weiss’ only… interesting… managerial decisions. When Betancourt came on in the seventh, Weiss removed DJ LeMahieu in favor of Daniel Descalso in a double switch. Weiss was playing the last-to-hit card on the lineup move, but taking the club’s hottest bat out of the game in favor of the .133-hitting Descalso is a tough move to make.
  • Rockies pitchers have now allowed 41 runs in their last 42 innings, dating back to the start of the series in L.A. against the Dodgers.
  • The Rockies claim 22,600 attended Tuesday night’s game. Doubtful.

It’s a long season, right? I mean, the team is still .500 and that’s pretty good, despite the five-game skid?

Just nod and pat me on the head.

The Rockies and Padres play again Wednesday night at 6:40 pm MT, before finishing their series Thursday afternoon.

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