Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Two-Face

Aaron Eckhart would be proud of the 2009 Colorado Rockies. The Rockies are the real world creation of Eckhart's character "Two-Face" in The Dark Knight. 31 games into the season the Rockies have used 28 different starting line ups. Clint Hurdle might as well grab Grandpa's lucky coin and give it a flip to decide who to start in a given game. Seth Smith or Ryan Spilborghs? Coin says heads: Spilly gets the start in left. Clint Barmes or Ian Stewart? Coin says tails: Stewey gets the nod even though he lost his eye for the strike zone. We need a reliever to bridge to the 9th... Should we call up a AAA player or roll the dice with Corpas? Coin says heads; Matt Daley (yes, he is a real live baseball player) start warming up. At least each game is fresh, and it's hard to pick on any specific player to pick on when he is struggling, because the coin master Hurdle will just pluck him out of the line up and put him on the bench. Just last week against the Giants, I was happy with my seat along the third-base line near the foul pole because Spilly would be lurking near by. Problem was that Spilly was 300 feet away in right field, and I was stuck with Matt Murton to look at... cool... At least he hit a home run; good job buddy. The real two-faced approach comes with the offense. Just looking at the scores from the first five weeks of the season will show that it's rain or shine with the offense. Either Denver gets four tacos for a buck* with the puchase of a drink, or everyone goes home frustrated over a lackluster two run output. But even a casual fan notices this, so there is no need to write. Luckily I am crazy and have watched or followed along with every game this season. Last night's 12-1 victory over the Astros is a good in-game example. Ian Stewart has been on an ice cold streak of late, and refuses to swing at anything in the strike zone, even with two strikes. In his first at bat he looks lost as the final strike zooms to the upper/outside portion of the strike zone. Same reaction: shrug, say a few words to the umpire, then mope back to the dugout. What is there to complain about, have you been watching the game? Stewey batted eighth in the line up, and the umpires strike zone had already been established. If he had been watching his own pitcher, Ubaldo Jimenez, throw some backwards 'K's up with high fastballs, he should have known that it would go the same way for him. Next two at bats Stewey's pretty side comes in as he picks up 5 RBIs with two swings of the bat: solo bomb into the second deck in right, and a scud missle grand slam into the scenery in center. Fourth AB of the game? Strike out looking: two-faced Stewey. I would even say that his grand slam was lucky for the team. The inning started with the bases loaded and zero outs, with a run alread in from a Brad Hawpe single. Seth Smith grounded into a fielder's choice which left the bases loaded, and Chris Iannetta struck out. Bases loaded with two outs, and no runs in from the predicament- not exactly the pretty side of Two-Face; more like the monster Batman defeats. But Stewart's grand slam was the pretty side of Two-Face; the "White Knight" from the movie analogy. Which will we see throughout the season? I think Two-Face will make many appearances in the coming months.

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