Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Corey Dickerson continues to impress with the bat; Colorado Rockies win, then sign Jorge De La Rosa to extension

The Rockies were wise to re-sign Jorge De La Rosa.
The Colorado Rockies launched the ball out of the park all afternoon, then finished off the night with the announcement that they have re-signed Jorge De La Rosa to a 2-year $25 million deal.

On the field, Christian Bergman continued to look like a very impressive 20th round draft pick, and the offense poured on the runs in a way that was reminiscent of the Blake Street Bombers.

While the Rockies season has been nothing short of awful, the results of the games simply don't matter anymore. However, looking forward to the years to come, the Rockies and their fans are interested in seeing who is going to be a contributor and who isn't.

Corey Dickerson is certainly making a case for himself being a valuable member of the lineup. What has been the most surprising part of Dickerson's game has been his incredible power. He is obviously strong, but he isn't built like a Matt Holliday or a Larry Walker. Dickerson is strong, but he isn't a horse. However, when he hits a ball, it goes just as far.

On Wednesday afternoon, Dickerson launched two home runs, one of which went near the top of the mezzanine level in right field. It was an absolute no-doubter. His second home run was an opposite field shot to the deepest part of the park in left-center field. The ball seemed to just keep going.

Dickerson is impressive with his sheer power, but he also continues to be impressive when it comes to his plate coverage. On more than one occasion, Dickerson has not only swung at, but he has connected with, and gotten hits on pitches that literally bounced. Balls that are over a foot off of the plate have been directed into the outfield for base hits.

While Dickerson knocked two bombs, Nolan Arenado did more of the same that everyone has gotten used to. He made a great play at third base, one that most players never could get to, but he made the play look simple. It most likely won't make any highlight reels because it is simply one of the many plays that Arenado continues to make.

Later, Arenado smashed a three-run homer that barely got over the left field wall. Arenado is impressive at the plate because he doesn't hit moonshot home runs, he hits line drives that barely get 15 feet off of the ground. Oftentimes Arenado hits balls so hard that they should be home runs, but hit off of the top of the fence because they simply never get the height underneath them to get over the wall.

Michael McKenry also launched a home run in what became a nine-run barrage that helped the Rockies to a win.

Unfortunately for the Rockies, the final score on the field is of the least importance for the final month of the season. What individuals do on the field is what should be focused on the most as the Rockies play out the string. While the overall season has been awful for the Rockies, there are a few positives that have been something to be happy about for the Rockies. Dickerson, Arenado and McKenry all fit into that category for the Rockies.

The off the field news overshadowed what happened on the field, however. The Rockies announced on Wednesday night that they had reached an agreement with Jorge De La Rosa on a two-year $25 million extension that will keep the left-hander in purple pinstripes through 2016.

The move is a good one. While the team should have completed this deal about 10 months ago, the fact that they got it done, and frankly, didn't overpay, is a very good thing for the Rockies. De La Rosa is just four wins shy of holding the Rockies all-time wins record. He has essentially been the one guy who gives the team hope of winning every fifth day.

The Rockies nearly played with fire, allowing the season to end and watching their only reliable starter walk away to free agency in the winter. However, they were able to complete the deal without having to compete with other teams and end up spending more money than they did.

Some might say that the statistic that is most overrated in baseball is a pitcher win category, it is hard to deny that De La Rosa's wins aren't earned. His stat lines aren't always the most impressive, but he pitches his team on a path to victory. Many times, De La Rosa will give up a couple of hits in the inning, and even a run, but when he seems to be in big trouble, he always seems to be able to work his way out of it.

A good pitcher doesn't just have good stuff, a good pitcher can work around a tight situation and minimize the damage. That is De La Rosa to a "T."

The move for the Rockies gives them someone to build their rotation around. He is able to provide a couple more years of solid pitching in order for the team to develop their prospects, in hopes that they can actually get that accomplished this time around. If Tyler Matzek continues to grow, then Tyler Anderson, Jon Gray and Eddie Butler come to the big leagues and do what they are supposed to do, the Rockies might actually have a fighting chance. However, they couldn't afford to take the risk that one or more of those prospects wouldn't be good and that they would be in a similar situation to the 2014 season in which they are forced to go to pitchers who aren't ready.

De La Rosa provides an arm that is reliable and very good. The decision to sign him was a good one for the Rockies.

Follow me on Twitter @RockiesReview. Like me on Facebook, search "Rockies Review"

1 comment:

  1. Arizona firing their GM makes me wonder why DkMoFo hasn't considering O'dowd is a vastly inferior GM with a much longer tenure of failure. Quite a few articles mentioning the hows and whys of Towers' ineptitude, leading to losing seasons and termination;

    1) Want's "their guys" more than talent. An emphasis on "tough, gritty players" that would lockstep to organization orders meant discarding stars, dumping prospects and ruining players (injuries, bad pitching) who didn't fit the profile.

    2) Focusing on role players instead of well-rounded players. One guy may swing a power bat, thus filling the middle-of-the-order role, but doesn't get on base or bring his glove. Plenty may be "inning eaters", but aren't any good while doing it. Highly mediocre backups with no potential or ability to contribute. etc.

    3) Following misguided and failed strategy into the abyss. There are lots of veteran cast-offs or willing minor league-lifers that will lockstep or find a niche. These are talentless players, but became the basis for all Arizona tried to accomplish at the expense of real, well-rounded talent and potential Arizona would have none of.

    4) Some complaints or suggestions they should have used more statistics and analytics in player selection, though the myth of sabermetrics is often an easy marketing ploy and recommendation.
    I'd point out; Those that can't identify talent try to find metrics they can identify - or - stats are for those that have no clue to pretend like they do (it's fantasy sports!) - or - there are lies, damn lies and statistics.