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  1. Is there any reason to think Ubaldo is going to bounce back though? They could be in a world of hurt if he doesn’t.

    Comment by B — May 27, 2011 @ 4:07 pm

  2. The rockies aren’t 13-23

    Comment by Greg — May 27, 2011 @ 4:10 pm

  3. never mind. Misinterpreted the wording

    Comment by Greg — May 27, 2011 @ 4:12 pm

  4. but Tracy will panic, and forget what it was that made him such a breath of fresh air following the micro-management that Clint Hurdle was prone to.

    When Carlos Gonzalez was called up Tracy let him .218 with a ton of Ks for a month, all the while leaving Stewart in at 3B hitting .215 in both cases he said it was because both were astronomical improvements on defense, and that they should be given time to work out how to hit.

    Comment by Mr. wOBAto — May 27, 2011 @ 4:12 pm

  5. His start against the Giants he was 7 innings 7ks 1BB, his next start he went 8 innings and gave up 2 hits so there is a decent chance he returns to form

    Comment by Mr. wOBAto — May 27, 2011 @ 4:16 pm

  6. What are you basing “Eric Young is not going to be the part of any positive solution” on?

    Comment by Kevin — May 27, 2011 @ 4:17 pm

  7. Wow, really? The first sentence of the article.
    You didn’t even read the whole sentence or you just completely failed to understand it.

    “Since starting the season 11-2, the Colorado Rockies are just 13-23.”

    Way to be.

    Comment by Jim Lahey — May 27, 2011 @ 4:22 pm

  8. Reading is hard.

    Comment by Nik — May 27, 2011 @ 4:30 pm

  9. I agree Kevin, while his glove may not play well, EY has offensive upside. Especially with Fowler not making much of a difference, Young has a chance to be a nice top of the order guy with some wheels. When your two best players are underperforming substantially, it makes the rest of your team look worse generally and thats the case the Rockies are in.

    Comment by chris — May 27, 2011 @ 4:30 pm

  10. His wOBA at the Major League level is .276. His most optimistic preseason projection was for a .325 wOBA. He is playing well in the Springs, but he is repeating the level, and at 26, is no longer a prospect. Also, his BABIP in the Springs is .423, and while he has generally had higher BABIP’s, his career high for a season is .353. When his BABIP comes down, so too will his performance. And even if his offensive play manages to stay at a high level in the Majors, he will likely give it all back on defense.

    Comment by Paul Swydan — May 27, 2011 @ 4:34 pm

  11. Off the top of my head despite stealing bases and getting on base in the minors he has shown no ability to do so in the Majors, he has little to no power, and there are very few who think he can be more than an average defender.

    If you think a player that doesn’t get on base, doesn’t hit for power and doesn’t field well is going to help turn a franchise around you might just be Ed Wade.

    Comment by Nik — May 27, 2011 @ 4:34 pm

  12. Felipe Paulino was out of options, so the Rockies couldn’t send him down to the Springs to work out his issues. Given that, sending Paulino out to the hill in high pressure situations was killing the Rockies chances.
    Ian Stewart was given a second chance to return to the Rockies after his send down to the Springs, and he just absolutely stunk up the place. Granted, Wiggonton and Lopez have been almost as atrocious. Now, if the Rockies were to call up Chris Nelson instead, would you call that a panic move? I actually think Nelson could contribute more than EY2.

    Comment by kevin — May 27, 2011 @ 4:48 pm

  13. It’s my understanding that Paulino cleared waivers and was not on the 40-man roster when traded. And, for the record, I definitely agree that Nelson would contribute more than EY.

    Comment by Paul Swydan — May 27, 2011 @ 4:58 pm

  14. Smith could be a star if he appeared in the lineup on a daily basis. You can’t expect a guy to hit lefties if he never faces them. Clayton Kershaw is one thing, but Randy Wolf is another. He almost leads the majors in doubles (15) with siginificantly fewer at bats than anyone ahead of him with 16 doubles.

    Comment by Seth — May 27, 2011 @ 5:20 pm

  15. jose lopez doesn’t play bad defense at third. Just saying

    Comment by William — May 27, 2011 @ 8:48 pm

  16. Wow, really? Scroll down an inch.
    The dude corrected himself.
    Way to be an ass.

    All this in a joking tone, of course. :)

    Comment by Daniel — May 28, 2011 @ 3:00 am

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    Comment by herve houchoua — May 28, 2011 @ 3:27 am

  18. So where are all those people, especially Rockies fans, who were all gun-ho about how Tulo is a better player than Albert Pujols already? What about his swing change???

    Comment by Phillie697 — May 28, 2011 @ 4:19 am

  19. The irritating thing about this article is it seems to be based on personal bias rather than statistical analysis. The Eric Young analysis in particular is atrocious; the link goes back to his *Dad*, where for some reason the ZIPS projection for Eric Young Jr still sits.

    That ZIPS projection shows a player with tons of speed, over 30 SB and under 10 CS, but modest OBP skills. Bill James has him at close to 80 SB in 440 AB. I suggest that even the ZIPS projection shows some offensive upside.

    Maybe you were looking at his Dad’s stats?

    The defensive liabilities in the OF were evident last year, but not as a 2B. Since this is small sample size, and he was working on his defense in Triple-A, I think hold on & see if it’s improved; I notice the Rockies has him at CF last night, so they must think it is better.

    We can hardly blame Eric Jr for crushing Triple-A pitching while he worked on his defense. It is to his credit.

    Paulino was out of options; I believe they recalled the waivers when a claim was placed and worked out a trade; the Jays did this with Purcey earlier this year, too; they worked out a trade with the team that placed the claim. When a club is struggling, you can’t ignore the poor results of the worst performers.

    What would be frustrating for the fans and the whole organization is to stand pat with poor performances while players at lower echelons are screaming for promotion. Bringing guys up just inspires the minor league players that there is hope of a call-up, while tolerating abysmal performances by major league players just brings everyone down.

    Comment by BMac — May 28, 2011 @ 5:27 am

  20. I agree – he’s had a bad month, so now he stinks.

    Comment by Drew — May 28, 2011 @ 5:38 am

  21. Seeriously how the hell does that guy still have a job?

    He must have pictures of Drayton McLane and Ed Montgomery performing some Ace & Gary roleplay.

    Only reasonable explanation.

    Comment by Kevin — May 28, 2011 @ 5:44 am

  22. The accidental Eric Young, Sr. link is unfortunate, but if you actually look at Dad’s page, you’d see a career .359 OBP and, aside from the lack of power, some solid overall offensive numbers (.339 career wOBA, perhaps pumped up a bit by playing in Colorado in the 90’s).

    In any case, I fail to see any “personal bias” in this article. It really doesn’t seem like a stretch to say Eric Young, Jr. won’t be a solution to your team’s woes.

    Comment by Drew — May 28, 2011 @ 5:50 am

  23. He was claimed in waivers and then was pulled back in order to make the trade. The other part of this that wasn’t mentioned in the article was the pitching of Matt Daley and Rex Brothers in AAA. Both have been eating up scoreless innings for the Sky Sox. When Paulino is serving up walkoff’s left and right (4 in two weeks I believe) and you have a commodity in the AAA level you don’t stand pat while your club is in free fall. While I don’t know if really agree with moving Morales yet, I do think the Paulino move came from the circumstances that were created with his pitching, Daley and Brothers’ pitching in AAA, and Paulino’s lack of options.

    Comment by Jason — May 28, 2011 @ 11:31 am

  24. THE solution? Unlikely. Part of a solution? Much more likely. Hell, I don’t think Desmond Jennings would be THE solution if he magically appeared on the Rockies roster.

    Comment by Kevin — May 28, 2011 @ 12:32 pm

  25. .165 May BABIP

    Comment by BlackOps — May 28, 2011 @ 4:29 pm

  26. tulo’s WAR: 1.7
    albert’s WAR: .9

    Comment by fredsbank — May 28, 2011 @ 4:37 pm

  27. no, he wouldnt, because the outfield is the least of colorado’s worries

    Comment by fredsbank — May 28, 2011 @ 4:46 pm

  28. Very poor analysis by a wannabee manager. When you base everything on stats in the first two months of a season, you are treading on dangerous ground. Points made by BMac in above post are much more savvy than Swydan’s. I found Swydan’s article very irritating and not well thought out.

    Comment by Russ Stichler — May 28, 2011 @ 9:51 pm

  29. Getting rid of Paulino was the least panicky of all these moves.

    EYJ is just Jonny Herrera without the glove. Maybe he can hit/get on bse better than he has so far in his career, but I doubt it.

    Ian Stewart should be back on the roster by now. Too bad he’s out with hamstring issues.

    The one move that needs to be made is getting Iannetta out of the 8 hole. Seriously, he has to atleast hit before Wiggington.

    Comment by Reif — May 29, 2011 @ 11:14 am

  30. Paulino might have had good FIP/xFIP numbers, but that’s not telling the whole story. His fastball was often in the middle of the plate and very hittable. Especially with Daley pitching well in the offensively inclined Colorado Springs environment, there was no reason to let him continue to hurt the team. Morales was having better luck, but his walk numbers were a little disturbing. I think he will be good some day, but a team that expects to contend can’t wait around forever.

    Comment by Jeremiah — May 29, 2011 @ 12:22 pm

  31. We need more juice up in Mile High.

    Comment by Todd Helton — May 29, 2011 @ 6:52 pm

  32. “but as their combined -0.729 WPA in those 15 starts demonstrates, their net offensively was a negative.”

    To me that indicates that they just choked in a few high leverage batting opportunities. With a .310 BA, chances are their WAR was a positive, at a rate higher than 2 per season. But what was their wOBA(+)? Hitting in the clutch is luck, not skill, especially given a 15 game sample.

    Comment by Bob Bobson — May 30, 2011 @ 8:17 am

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  34. I think the rockies r so confused as to what is wrong and how many things r going wrong they r joust plugging holes and hope the bleeding stops soon.fan frustration abounds!!!

    Comment by steve lynn — May 30, 2011 @ 8:33 am

  35. When has Felipe Paulino every pitched to his periphials? At some point his performance should dictate how good he is

    Comment by Tim E. — May 30, 2011 @ 6:41 pm

  36. Sending Stewart back down was a no-brainer – it wasn’t just his stats but how he looked at the plate. He started 0-2 every time up and 3 of hits were a bunt, a squib to 3rd that got him on because of the shift, and a fly ball that the OF let drop for a cheap double. Paulino likewise had to go. More evident of the panic i think is the lineup juggling. Whatever the problem they appear to be getting worse by the day. Another lame effort in LA tonight.

    Comment by Luke — May 30, 2011 @ 11:20 pm

  37. I’m not sure what people mean when they say they think Ubaldo Jimenez will “bounce back” but he will never be as good as he was the first two months of last year ever again. Not only that, but as good as his first 2 months were, he still didn’t finish top 5 in ERA or WHIP, wasn’t tops in really anything. that tells me his last few months were just “good”. Which is kinda how he was before his amazing 2 months or whatever it was.

    Comment by Antonio Bananas — May 31, 2011 @ 3:16 am

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