Rockies Notes: Scutaro Trade Edition

The Rockies haven't made a ton of headlines this year and that didn't all of a sudden change this week, but the Rockies did make another trade that will save them money. Carlos Gonzalez keeps getting hits at Coors Field and Josh Rutledge taking over the number two spot in the lineup.

  • The Rockies traded Marco Scutaro to the San Francisco Giants this weekend in a move most could see coming. Scutaro, a veteran acquired from Boston last offseason for Clay Mortensen, was a luxury on a team like the Rockies and an expensive one at that. Shedding veterans Scutaro and Guthrie will save the Rockies $2.2M. 
  • Tommy Field was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs to take Scutaro's spot on the roster. Field played 16 games with the Rockies last September and this season hit .254 with seven homers and 35 RBI in 91 games for Colorado Springs.
  • The Rockies acquired Charlie Culberson from the Giants in the deal. Culberson, 23, is a big second basemen with decent power, but lacks any kind of approach at the plate. His career minor league OBP is .310 and his highest OBP outside of Single-A is .293. Over the last two seasons at Double-A and Triple-A, Culberson struck out 205 times in 228 games. A former supplemental first round pick by the Giants in '07, Culberson's prospect status at this point is underwhelming. 
  • Nolan Arenado went 0-for-3 with a walk as the Drillers lost another game on Sunday. Arenado hasn't lived up to lofty expectations placed upon him prior to the season, but looking closer at his numbers might help identify his struggles. Arenado's splits are telling: .244/.311/.342 line in 307 at-bats against righties, .329/.375/.542 line in 79 at-bats against lefties. 
  • Carlos Gonzalez went 1-for-4 with a double in the sixth to extend his home hitting streak to 28 games, the second longest in franchise history. The streak began May 20. Larry Walker hit safely in 30 straight home games in 2002. Gonzalez had been tied for second with Eric Young and Neifi Perez, who both hit in 27 consecutive home games -- Young in 1996 and Perez in 2001.
  • Jhoulys Chacin, who has been on the disabled list since May 2 with a nerve irritation in a right pectoral muscle, made his first rehab start July 29 for high-A Modesto (Calif.). Working on a 50-pitch limit, Chacin lasted just 2 1/3 innings and gave up seven hits and five runs. Barring any setbacks, he is scheduled to make two starts for Class AA Tulsa and one for Class AAA Colorado Springs and elevate his pitch count to 90.
  • Matt Belisle has allowed two home runs in 53 innings. Clint Barmes of the Pirates homered on April 24 off Belisle, who didn't yield another homer until Saturday, when he surrendered one to Cincinnati's Scott Rolen.
  • After hitting eighth 11 times and seventh twice, Josh Rutledge was moved to the second spot Saturday. Jordan Pacheco has batted second 11 times this season and could have returned to the spot following Scutaro's departure, but Rutledge can run, which is not a strength of Pacheco's. 
  • "Do I think Jordan Pacheco can hit second? I know he can," manager Jim Tracy said. "He's not a fast baserunner, but he's a very smart baserunner. But to seize the opportunity to find out in fact if there's an additional option available, that's kind of what I'm searching for. Having a speed guy in that spot is intriguing to me." 
  • "I am very intrigued to see how [Rutledge] pans out in that spot in the lineup," Tracy said. "We've seen him hit the fastball very well, and he also does a pretty good job of hitting the mistake breaking ball."
  • The Rockies are 3-14 in Sunday games this season and 9-33 going back to the start of the 2011 season, during which they set a modern day major-league record with 17 consecutive Sunday losses. They have lost six of their past seven and are 4-11 since the All-Star break.

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