Friday, February 20, 2009

Sit Down Francis

These record labels slang our tapes like dope
You can be next in line and signed, and still be writing rhymes and broke...

The old saying goes "in Spring Training there's a pennant behind every palm tree." In the Rockies' case it shoud be "in Spring Training there's disappointment behind every cactus."

Day one Rox full squad workout: day one of the bad news we could be seeing until October. "Ace" starter Jeff Francis was shelved for the whole year when his shoulder was deemed just a smidge crappier than it would've been last summer and he will go under the knife.

Francis, step it up! Rambo took care of his shoulder by ramming it against a tree! (How cool would it be then to see Francis just go ape shit and wreck shop on the whole complex? Disguising himself under the dirt at 2nd and just stabbing the hell out of Tulo when he runs by? Or sharpening some bats into wood splints and stabbing Clint Hurdle in the knees?)

Most Rockies' hard core fans saw this coming, as the addition of every pitcher from Jason Marquis, to Josh Fogg, to Greg Smith to Gaylord Perry was about covering their collective asses when (not if) Francis goes down. Dude, seriously, your name is Gay Rock!? But we digress...

Alot of the hard core fans aren't crying in their Monfort killed beef as the candidates to replace Francis might actually be a substainial step up from the dribble that he gave in 2008. Franklin Morales in particular could be primed to become the next thing. Jason Hirsh may be ready to match his power forward size with power numbers, and even Fogg and his ridiculous 'Dragon Slayer' moniker could be ready to play with his eight sided dice and inning eating numbers.
But as per the Rockies usual MO, they will face more injuries, the bullpen will meltdown, or the penciled starters will falter (JorgerDe La Rosa? Really?) Better bring the body bags.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ubaldo will be the ace this year. He has the goods. And I think MArquis will fare pretty well. After that, it is iffy.

10:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cook, Ubaldo, Marquis will be fine. I'm actually pretty happy with the starting rotation.

The bullpen is an entirely different story, but that hasn't changed since about 1997.

12:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What Spotwood you didnt like Chuck McElroy, Ron Villone, or Tim Harrikala? Jose Mesa, Gabe White- Yikes.

3:08 PM  
Blogger Broz said...

If Ubby can keep his control, he is ten times the pitcher Francis is. Jeff looked spotty (at best) last year so its good the reason was his jacked shoulder. Having Fogg back will pay dividends; the guy calms younger players and eats innings. I am convinced he was one of the main reasons they made the post-season run in '07.

8:24 AM  
Blogger @slushygutter said...

^^SU- consensus is Ubaldo is the ace. Marquis and Fogg hopefully stay healthy and get into the 7th each time. Nice reliever names. Bruce Ruffin?

^^Spot- I forgot about Cook. Nice-forget about the OD starter. He would be the prototype #4 starter on a team like NYY or LAA.

^^Broz- Francis seems so unmotivated at times. Maybe it is because he looks like your paper boy.

2:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Besides a catfight with the Padres for the 4th place crown, the Wockies have nothing realistic to play for. 75 wins would be a moral victory for these Wockies, and would shine compared to the 5 at-best victories the Donkos will have in 2009. Go Denver sports !!!!!

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