April 22, 2013
Talkin' Baseball: Free Game Of the Day, The Rockies, & Mattingly
The Colonel: I noticed that in the days when I wasn't a subscriber. I like their thought process in this, "Let's gin up interest by showing Minnesota vs Miami!". MLB sure knows how to sell their products to customers.
49er16: I believe it's one of the reasons why baseball has struggled in ratings. The league doesn't do a good enough job selling their product. For one they barely market the players and as we've seen in the NFL, it doesn't matter where players play, people will watch them. Now a lot of that has to do with talent but also a lot of that has to do with how the NFL markets their teams and players. Every NFL team (including the Jaguars) play a national game during the year. MLB doesn't do this and I believe this has hurt the league in the long term.
The Colonel: Sure. You're not going to sell Andrew McCutchen if people can't see him but can see the old, crappy Phillies on Sunday night. I know the MLB Network will air Pirates games or Royals games but they're usually day games in the middle of the week. I doubt people are going to take time off work to watch any team play in the middle of the day on TV.
49er16: And of course MLB when they sold their TV rights to ESPN, allowed ESPN to carry more Yankee and Red Sox games! Nice work fellas. Enjoy lagging behind not only the NFL but the NBA as well.
The Colonel: Do we take the Rockies as serious contenders right now or do we wait until the weather warms up and then see what the Rockies pitchers do in that ballpark?
49er16: Well I've always said that as long as Tulowitzki stays healthy they should be at least competitive. Him along with Carlos Gonzalez and the improvement of Dexter Fowler makes that a decent lineup. Right now though I'm not taking them seriously until the weather in Denver warms up. They've played freezing games at Coors so far and their road record isn't exactly great.
The Colonel: I do love how out of the Rockies 5 loses, 3 of them came against the Giants. I'm with you though I want to see how well those pitchers play in warm weather at Coors Field. I'm also waiting for Gonzalez to come back down to Earth on the road. He's the biggest example of the Coors Factor that you can find.
49er16: I know the Dodgers have been devastated by injuries but I'm more convinced than ever that Mattingly doesn't make it through this season. His contract runs out after this season so they can fire him and not have to pay him a ton of money not that it matters to the Dodgers. I'll give him till the All-Star break when everyone should be back and if they don't improve they'll fire him.
The Colonel: I was always surprised the Dodgers spent all this money on players and didn't just fire Mattingly before the season started and made a run at Terry Francona. I mean why not? Mattingly only had a year left on his deal? Why save the money to keep a bad manager? Why put together this super team and not go after a great manager like Francona? It's never made sense why they kept Mattingly? When the news ownership of the Warriors got the team they immediately fired Keith Smart. The Dodgers ownership should have done that to Mattingly this year.
49er16: My theory is that they bought all this talent and said to themselves, "anyone could manage this team". That's the only reason why they didn't go after a real manager. Hubris. And who will they go after after Mattingly is eventually canned? Francona is off the market. Buck Showalter is off the market. I guess they can try and go after Mike Scioscia?
The Colonel: I want to see them hire Bobby Valentine. That would be great. His ego in Los Angeles. One thing's for sure I doubt they hire another unproven manager again.
49er16: Man what happened to the A's this weekend? Their offense was completely shut down and their pitching didn't exactly look great on Friday and Sunday. I guess beating up on the Astros will make any team look good.
The Colonel: It's early but Josh Reddick has crashed back down to Earth and left a smoldering crater. I've also have never really trusted that pitching staff and so far the numbers show they are a middle of the pack pitching group. And you can't blame BABIP because it's around the average right now.
49er16: Has the AL West been overrated by everyone? Yes the Rangers appear fine until you see they've played Seattle a bunch of time and Houston and the Cubs. Or is this just another small sample size?
The Colonel: Everything is at small sample size theater right now, but I still believe in the long run the AL West is overrated. The Angels rotation and bullpen are mediocre. The A's are still starting Eric Sogard and Josh Donaldson in the infield. The Rangers rotation has two converted relievers in their rotation. I'm sure all three of those teams will be in contention at the end of the year they're just not as good as everyone else thinks they are.
49er16: I'm sure it wasn't a coincidence that Lincecum pitched his best game in a while with Posey behind the plate?
The Colonel: Nope. Just like how it wasn't a coincidence that it was 4/20 that day. LET TIMMY SMOKE!