Every Friday, the Getting Blanked crew makes a prop bet of sorts with one another having something to do with baseball games over the weekend. Of the four competitors, whoever wins the prop bet is able to dole out a punishment on the colleague of their choice. This week’s punishment was watching and recapping Wednesday night’s Colorado Rockies and San Diego Padres game. We call this #PropHate.
Three of the five teams that comprise the National League West division are notable. The defending champion San Francisco Giants are staggering through their schedule, losing to teams like the Mets while fielding a roster of Quad-A players filling in for injuries and watching their previously dominant starting rotation crumble before their eyes. The Los Angeles Dodgers have bought every free agent and acquired every regretful contract that ever existed over the last ten months, and they still struggled mightily in the early going before the promotion of Yasiel Puig and resurrection of Hanley Ramirez brought them back to life. The Arizona Diamondbacks lead the division, thanks to the holy triumvirate of above average pitching, great team defense and America’s First Baseman, Paul Goldschmidt.
Then there are the Colorado Rockies and the San Diego Padres.
Here are the best things you can say about these two teams:
Padres: Their stadium sure looks nice, and I hear that the climate in San Diego is wonderful.
Rockies: They haven’t lost as many games as I would’ve thought they’d have lost.
For the purposes of deciding postseason baseball and eventually a champion of the 2013 season, Colorado and San Diego might as well not play baseball against each other. It’s a meaningless tilt. But the system of baseball’s regular season schedule is built in such a manner that even the least important games of the summer, which will have no real bearing when things matter in September and October, must be played out.
Hitting in Colorado is no good for a player’s perception. Some fans feel Colorado is such a hitter’s paradise that any big leaguer worth his salt must put up huge, crooked numbers there. Doesn’t matter the talent of the player, the thin air does all the work.
As such, players like Matt Holliday are unfairly maligned as home park mirages…right up until the moment that they move into more hitter-neutral environments and resume putting up the same numbers as they did in the Mile High City.
Carlos Gonzalez was once traded for Matt Holliday, and now occupies the same space in the minds of many fans – CarGo is good but he’s only “Coors Field good”. Take him away and the strikeouts would climb as the other offensive numbers suffers, seems to be the knock. It isn’t fair to penalize Gonzalez for his home park, though it absolutely influences his performance at the plate.
More than just thin air is working in the Rockies outfielder’s favor in 2013 – he’s off to the best start of his career, leading the National League in home runs with 21 while walking at a career high rate. Getting Blanked spoke with Gonzalez about learning from the best, getting better with age and managing mom’s expectations.
The languid pace of these slightly bizarre Rockies marketing videos is almost refreshing. Though, without any actual game footage to lean on, what else was the ad company going to use to sell the team? Ummm, rocks! And height! And the height of rocks! It’s all deadly, really.
Just think about creating a similar piece now. It would be all smash cuts and WUBWUBWUB dubstep beats and that infernal dinosaur making children cry and haunting the dreams of young and old alike.
For fun, hit the jump for a more EXTREME video of extreme sports in action. Rockies baseball, just like base jumping (except significantly more religious.)
The Rockies and Braves are currently playing a game in, let’s say, less than ideal baseball conditions. As you can see above, today’s make-up game (after last night’s game was snowed out) could go down as one of the coldest baseball games in history.
Baseball isn’t really made for the cold weather. Imperfect contact stings the palms while all the standing around could, potentially, increase the likelyhood of strains or muscle pulls. Plus, it just looks weird.
Below is a GIF of Dan Uggla’s second inning Frozen Christmas Home Run, which really deserves further investigation.
Last week, there was much laughter and mirth at the expense of the Minnesota Twins as a bout of April snow threatened to postpone some games in Minnesota and Colorado. The Mets/Rockies series was impacted significantly by the weather, as the were forced to play a doubleheader after one game was snowed out. Even that doubleheader required a bridge of shovels and snow removers to bring the playing surface and seating areas up to snuff.
And here we are again, closer to May than March, battling snowy conditions once again. Tonight’s Marlins/Twins game got the axe due to snow and it appears the Rockies/Braves battle in the mountains might be threatened as well.
Unlike previous subject of winter-based derision Target Field, Coors Field in Denver is more of a moving target. The weather in Denver is unpredictable. It’s in the mountains, for heaven’s sake! Sometimes it will snow out of the blue and then it will be fine, sunny and clear.
The Rockies and just about everybody involved with the team worked hard today to clear the field of snow (!) so the Rockies and Mets might get their doubleheader in today. Doubleheader, you say? Yes, because yesterday’s game was snowed out, you see.
UPDATE: According to a source for Ken Rosenthal, the Rockies will designate Harang for assignment, so they basically traded for a pitcher they never had any intention of keeping. Colorado has already held discussions with several teams about the right-hander.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired catcher Ramon Hernandez from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for pitcher Aaron Harang and cash considerations. According to Jon Heyman, the Rockies will receive $4.25 million from L.A.
Hernandez, who signed a two-year, $6.4 million deal after the 2011 season, was designated for assignment by the club at the end of spring training. In his career, he has a .264/.327/.417 slash line with 166 home runs for five different teams. The Dodgers currently have catchers A.J. Ellis and Tim Federowicz on the 25-man roster.