Baseball Toaster Bad Altitude
Astros 6, Rockies 2
2005-06-23 04:51
by Mark T.R. Donohue

I don't really have anything to say about this one. I could make something up about having boycotted the game in protest of the Rockies' sublime ineptitude, but you guys are smarter than that. I was watching the "X-Files" marathon on Sci-Fi.

The Post this morning has a real depressing piece about Todd Helton's struggles. Dan O'Dowd: "I really don't know why it's happened." Troy Renck notes that there's no obvious flaw in Helton's swing or approach. Nonetheless, three of Helton's eight worst offensive months ever have come this year. He's hitting .149 against lefthanders. He's still not asking for a trade (registration required), though.

Todd Greene and Aaron Miles aren't quite ready yet, so Ryan Shealy will get a couple more major league swings.

The Marlins have interest in Brian Fuentes, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Shortstop Josh Wilson and righty Yorman Bazardo are what they're offering. The Rockies almost certainly don't want to deal Fuentes, but Florida might have interest in one of Colorado's starters, Jennings, Chacon, or Kennedy. Keeping that in mind, Wilson is an OBP-friendly guy with a bit of speed and not a lot of power. His future in the big leagues might be as a second baseman. Bazardo is young (20) for AA but his strikeout rates are teeny for a guy said to throw 98. I wouldn't sacrifice Fuentes for that combo but anything the Rockies could get for Jennings or Kennedy would be a positive.

It doesn't have anything to do with the Rockies or baseball, but it's Joss Whedon's birthday. Well, it matters to me.

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