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Rockies Catcher Conundrum: A Bad Choice Either Way?

Immediately after last night's Rockies loss, Keith Law tweeted:

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As much as I'd like to bust out the #poseyed tag again, I think tonight the Rockies got #olivoed ... or just #jimtracyed

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The Rockies did get Olivoed as he essentially cost the Rockies the game with his poor throw to third base that wound up in the outfield and scored the winning run. No one should blame Jim Tracy for this one, though.

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And right after that another one from Keith:

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BTW, Olivo, since August 1st: .133/.148/.150.

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But let's look at the alternative to having Olivo play: .163/.288/.186. Those are Chris Iannetta's numbers for August. And for the season Iannetta is hovering around the Mendoza line with a .203 batting average.

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Neither catcher is playing well right now, but Olivo has really taken a dive since the start of the second half of the season. He's hitting .160/.192/.150 post-All-Star Break after hitting .325/.377/.548 before the All-Star Game. Their road numbers are just as horrible, but as we know the Rockies fail to hit on the road.

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It's really a no-win situation for Jim Tracy when starting a catcher. Well, at least until a third catcher spends time with the team this month.