The Monkey’s plans for the Angels offseason

Each offseason since 2009, I have written this column, detailing my plan for what the Angels should do to improve the roster. Each offseason since 2009, the Angels have been blatantly ignoring my plan and they haven’t won a single playoff game in that time. Coincidence? I think not! Fine, if that’s really how you want to play it, Angels, then you have given me no other choice...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Season can't end soon enough for Colorado Rockies fans, expect more excuses from the front office soon

Franklin Morales couldn't help the Rockies score runs on Saturday.Every game counts.Baseball purists will talk about how important every game is in a 162 game season. They will point to several seasons in which it came down to the final game, and even on occasion the 163rd game in order to sort it all out.Don't tell a fan of the Colorado Rockies how important all 162 games...
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September 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Daily DraftKings Picks: Monday, Sep 1

Welcome to September, everyone! I apologize for the light posting schedule these last few days, both with the Daily DraftKings Picks and Daily SP Rankings. I’ve run into some unexpected technical difficulties that have prevented me from picking lineups, updating the necessary files, and generally maintaining the daily operations of the site that have run so smoothly all season...
Via Baseball Professor
September 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Time for the Colorado Rockies to change their model

Boone Logan had another horrible night for the Rockies.A bunch of Luke Skywalker's and Darth Vader's went home bitter on Friday night.While the Colorado Rockies seemed happy to sell extra tickets using a Star Wars Night gimmick, the play on the field looked all too familiar.After a lackluster performance on the mound from starter Franklin Morales, the bullpen came in and...
Via Rockies Review
August 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Morales scratched from start Friday vs. Reds

DENVER (AP) The Colorado Rockies have scratched left-hander Franklin Morales from his scheduled start Friday with his wife in labor. Instead, the team will send reliever Matt Belisle to the mound against Cincinnati. It will be Belisle's first start since May 25, 2008, when he was with the Reds. Manager Walt Weiss said he found out about Morales on Friday afternoon and there...
Via AP on Fox
August 15, 2014  |  Discuss

The Colorado Rockies believe in themselves, but no one else does

Time for Dan O'Dowd to be thrown off of the ship.Fire up the bus, the Colorado Rockies excuse tour is about to begin again.Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post continues his beatdown of the Rockies front office in several pieces over the past few weeks. However, he highlighted exactly where the frustration arises from Rockies fans in his piece on Sunday morning.Saunders quotes...
Via Rockies Review
August 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Daily DraftKings Picks: Monday, Jul 21

Last Friday we took our first stab at DraftKings daily fantasy offerings following their All-Star break acquisition of Prof-favorite, DraftStreet. It was definitely a learning process and I didn’t wager much at all on Day 1, and that’s probably for the best as my Official Lineup was above average but not spectacular. Actually, the lineup entry you see below was a slightly modified...
Via Baseball Professor
July 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Morales helps Rockies to 2-1 win over Padres

DENVER (AP) -- Franklin Morales was worn out and running on fumes by the time the sixth inning rolled around. Going from a starter earlier in the season to a reliever and back to a starter will tend to do that. Morales pitched effectively into the sixth -- his longest outing since May -- and Charlie Blackmon hit a two-run homer, helping the Colorado Rockies beat the San Diego Padres...
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July 09, 2014  |  Discuss

With season slipping away, Colorado Rockies make bold move, turn to Eddie Butler

Eddie Butler finally got the call. He starts on Friday for the Rockies.The Colorado Rockies front office is painfully patient.That should give a pretty good idea as to how important this homestand is for the Rockies. With the season hanging in the balance, and the clock on the Franklin Morales experiment coming to an end, the Rockies front office finally pulled the trigger. On Friday...
Via Rockies Review
June 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Is it time for the Colorado Rockies to start building for next year?

Time for Bill Geivett to shake things up for the Rockies.It is going to take a minor miracle for the Colorado Rockies to make the playoffs.One bad road trip and suddenly a fan base that was injected with optimism is jumping from the bandwagon as if it is filling up with smoke and flames. When things go bad for the Rockies, they go bad in a hurry.Suddenly a team that looked like it...
Via Rockies Review
June 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Reality of who the Colorado Rockies are surfaces as road trip finishes on Sunday

It's time for the Rockies to take Franklin Morales out of the rotation.This was their litmus test. This was their chance to show that they were different than in years past. This was the opportunity the Colorado Rockies had to prove the last of their doubters wrong.Instead, they emptied out the bandwagon and got everyone's minds focused on the Broncos before summer officially...
Via Rockies Review
June 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Predictable outcome in Atlanta as Colorado Rockies drop series

Franklin Morales was in for a tough matchup on Sunday.Even the greatest of optimists couldn't have realistically expected much different results from the Colorado Rockies on Sunday.The Rockies sent Franklin Morales to the mound in an effort to win the series in Atlanta. He was facing Braves right-hander Julio Teheran. The simple reality is that the pitching matchup alone was...
Via Rockies Review
May 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Franklin Morales isn't the answer for the Colorado Rockies in the 5th spot in the rotation

Franklin Morales isn't the solution for the Rockies rotation.If the Colorado Rockies are going to make a playoff run in 2014, Franklin Morales can't be a part of their starting rotation.It is easy to complain about a fifth starter. Every team in baseball would like to improve the back end of their starting rotation. There is a reason a guy is a fifth starter. He isn't...
Via Rockies Review
May 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Money Match Up of the Day: Eric Hosmer vs Franklin Morales

No one match up is the make or break in any baseball game but there are certain match ups in some games that could help decide the outcome in that game. In this daily piece at Pine Tar Press we will take a look at an intriguing competition between two players in that days Kansas City Royals game that we feel could help decide the outcome. MMOD Through 32 Games 43 for 126 5 HR...
Via Pine Tar Press
May 13, 2014  |  Discuss

The Morales of the story is that Franklin wants to be in the Colorado Rockies rotation permanently

Franklin Morales has been better than anyone expected for the Rockies.There is a reason why Franklin Morales was one of the first pitchers taken in your fantasy baseball draft during spring training.Oh wait. He wasn't? No one took him at all? Oh yeah. Everyone expected him to be in the bullpen with an ERA hovering around 5.50 for the Colorado Rockies.On Tuesday night, as the...
Via Rockies Review
April 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Franklin Morales helps Rockies beat Padres 3-1

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The Colorado Rockies got another unexpected outing from a starting pitcher who had been relegated to the bullpen. Franklin Morales followed a good start by Jorge De La Rosa with one of his own, helping the Rockies beat the San Diego Padres 3-1 Thursday. Colorado used Wilin Rosario's tiebreaking groundout in a three-run seventh to overcome Ian Kennedy, who pitched...
Via Fox Sports San Diego
April 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Franklin Morales states his case for staying in the rotation for Colorado Rockies

Franklin Morales was great on Thursday.It wasn't the typical gem, but it still qualifies as one.With the eyes of the Denver sports world waiting for the Avalanche's incredible come from behind win, Franklin Morales was quietly stating his case for a permanent spot in the Colorado Rockies starting rotation.For some reason, when Morales pitches, the sense of confidence and...
Via Rockies Review
April 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Rockies beat Royals, touch Guthrie for four runs in five innings

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Troy Tulowitzki homered, Franklin Morales struck out seven over five innings in a strong audition for a spot in the Colorado rotation and the Rockies beat the Kansas City Royals 8-2 Monday. Tulowitzki wrapped his third homer of spring training around the left-field foul pole off former Rockies teammate Jeremy Guthrie in the second. He finished 1 for 3 with a...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
March 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Tulowitzki, Morales lead Rockies past Royals

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Troy Tulowitzki homered, Franklin Morales struck out seven over five innings in a strong audition for a spot in the Colorado rotation and the Rockies beat the Kansas City Royals 8-2 Monday.
March 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Franklin Morales Gets One More Chance

Once upon a time, Franklin Morales was the future of the Rockies. That time was 2007 and 2008, but things have never really worked out the way they were supposed to for the Venezuelan lefty. Now though, he has a World Series ring, but more importantly, another opportunity to be a starting pitcher in the […]
Via Fangraphs
March 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Grading the offseason of every MLB team

For all intents and purposes, the 2013 MLB offseason is over. Sure, there are still three marquee free agents on the market, but Stephen Drew, Kendrys Morales, or Ervin Santana probably won't change much in the way of grades. At the beginning of the month, I looked at the winners and losers of this winter, and there have actually been some changes since then - most notably, the...
Via The Outside Corner
February 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Rockies and LHP Franklin Morales avoid arbitration

Franklin Morales and the Colorado Rockies have agreed to a one-year contract, avoiding arbitration. The team announced the deal Wednesday night. The Rockies acquired the 27-year-old Morales and right-hander Chris Martin from the Boston Red Sox in December for infielder Jonathan Herrera. Morales first signed with the Rockies in 2002 and pitched for Colorado from 2007-11. He spent...
Via AP on Fox
January 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Healthy Andrew Miller made Franklin Morales/Jonathan Herrera trade eaiser

There is one thing Boston Red Sox fans can infer from the trade of left-handed reliever Franklin Morales: Andrew Miller is getting healthier. Morales did a serviceable job for the Red Sox in their World Series-winning season of 2013. Morales’s numbers may not look all that fantastic (2-2, 4.62 ERA, 1.54 WHIP), but he did give the Red Sox some much-needed innings at mid-season and...
Via Beantown Banter
December 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Drew Stubbs and Franklin Morales headed to Coors Field as Colorado Rockies continue dealing

Franklin Morales will be back in purple pinstripes in 2014.Dealin' Dan is back in action.Colorado Rockies general manager Dan O'Dowd earned the nickname perhaps infamously back in 1999 when he took the reins of the club and almost immediately traded seemingly half of the roster. On Wednesday O'Dowd and Bill Geivett continued what has been an extremely busy off-season...
Via Rockies Review
December 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Rockies acquire LHP Morales from Red Sox for INF Herrera

The Colorado Rockies have reacquired left-hander Franklin Morales from the Boston Red Sox for versatile infielder Jonathan Herrera. It was the second trade the Rockies orchestrated on Wednesday. They also picked up outfielder Drew Stubbs from the Cleveland Indians for reliever Josh Outman. Morales is coming off a season in which he went 2-2 with a 4.62 ERA in 20 games for the World...
Via AP on Fox
December 18, 2013  |  Discuss
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