Black said that he did consider Betts and Freeland’s past history (Betts is 0-for-8 against Freeland in his career) but Black said that “there were some good swings [from Betts] in that 0-for-8, for sure, but I think it was more about where Kyle was physically more than anything.”
Black also pointed out that Betts was 0-for-3 against Estevez before he delivered what ended up being the game-winning hit.
Black said that he thinks that a “big part” of Estevez’s problems lately have been pitch location.
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So, why Carlos Estevez?
Even with Betts not faring well against Estevez, why didn’t Bud Black turn to one of his most reliable relievers in 2020 or the club’s trade deadline acquistion: Yency Almonte and Mychal Givens? They haven’t pitched since Sunday and last Friday, after all, so they should be available.
But, seemingly, neither one of them were.
"“[Givens] and Almonte are both getting closer to returning,” said Black. You notice, both of those guys haven’t pitched in a while but, again, I tried to give those guys another day [off] but they’re part of our bullpen when we have a lead but they’ve been down for a few days.”"
Now the question is this: Why are Givens and Almonte not available in a tie game in the 7th inning in the first game of a four-game series against your biggest rival at home in a series that could make or break your season, that is already on the precipice of being over?
Are they injured? Are they having some other issues that we don’t know about? Or did Bud Black really want to give each of them another day off, when they had three and five days of rest entering the game (meaning they should not be tired)?
Some of those reasons are understandable. Some are not.
Now, with the loss, the Rockies find themselves behind four teams for the final National League Playoff spot: the Phillies (who have the final spot), the Cardinals, Brewers, and Mets. Only two games separate the four teams but the Rockies, with the way they have been playing lately, do not look like a team that should be anywhere near the playoffs, even with it being expanded to 16 teams.