Tropical Trouble

0 FOR FLORIDA AND HEADED FOR THE APPLE

The Colorado Rockies had the flames of hope firing as late as Thursday afternoon, rolling into Miami dressed like the Cincinnati police and on a 4 winning streak, winners of 5 of 6 on their just completed home stand and 8 of their last 10.  Then they commenced to losing to the Marlins, generally declining to score, dropping 3-straight and needing a win tonight in the final game of a wraparound weekend series to avoid being swept in the Magic City.  Jorge De La Rosa (3-4, 7.61) gets the opportunity to be a stopper as he faces-off against right-hander Paul Clemens (6-4, 4.30 in AAA New Orleans), making his 6th MLB start and first since 2014.  The Rockies are off to the Bronx for 2 with the New York Yankees tomorrow afternoon and Wednesday morning, then return to Denver for 4 with the Diamondbacks over the weekend.

Colorado blew into Miami on the heels of victories over the Yankees sandwiched between Monday and Thursday off-days.  DLR got a win in his first try back in the rotation on Tuesday as the Rockies ran-out to a 9 run lead they nearly gave back to a 7-run New York 8th inning.  Gerardo Parra went down with a sprained ankle he suffered in an outfield collision with shortstop Trevor Story and landed on the 15-day DL, replaced from Albuquerque by Brandon Barnes.   Chad Bettis shook-off his recent slump the following afternoon in a 6-3 triumph, but Friday Colorado managed only a run behind a 6-inning/2-run appearance from Jon Gray and lost 5-1.  Tragedy struck early on Saturday when ace Tyler Chatwood strained a muscle in his back struggling through the 2nd inning and yielded to Eddie Butler, who apparently responded to the news from bullpen coach Darren Holmes with a “you can’t be serious!”  Eddie sure wasn’t, immediately surrendering the 2 runs Chatwood left on the bases, then giving back a 3-run lead the offense wasted on him with a 6-run 3rd that closed-out Colorado’s scoring for the weekend.  They got another nice start from Tyler Anderson Sunday in his first MLB road test, but Anderson took a loss when Miguel Castro relieved him to retire left-handed swinging Marcel Osuna but served-up a 3-run gopher.

Chatwood hit the DL on Sunday morning, and no one in the organization seems the least bit concerned, even with simple fans like you and me out-right terrified.  Scott Oberg got a nice cross-country plane flight and delivered a rare a gopher-less 7th for his trouble, but headed back west this morning as Butler gets ironically awarded with a return to the rotation and Jordan Lyles returns to be the long man.  Butler, in his defense, continues to get jerked back and forth by the Rockies who seem dead-determined to ruin his development.  Maybe they can trade him to San Diego in carp’s proposed Wil Myers deal— the Padres’ll get him straightened out and winning 14 games a year in no time, 6-per against us, of course.

DLR lasted 5 in his start Tuesday, shutting-out New York on 3 hits, 2 walks, and a strikeout.  The lefty threw 90 pitches, 51 for strikes.  Clemens started Wednesday in Round Rock and somehow gave-up 5 runs on 2 hits and 4 walks with 7 Ks.  He avoided the decision.

Rockies’ manager Walt Weiss has full confidence in his hitless wonders, who supposedly held a players-only meeting following yesterday’s loss, a time-honored tactic sure to unleash a relentless barrage.  The usual suspects will go 1 through 5; Ryan Raburn hits 6th in left-field for Parra, Mark Reynolds is at 1st hitting 7th, and Bob K’s favorite, Nick Hundley, will be 8th and catch De La Rosa.  Ichiro makes a leadoff cameo in Don Matingly’s Miami order.  Rockies’ nemesis Chris Johnson will hit 5th at 1st base and Derek Dietrich, on for the suspended Dee Gordon and proving to be almost as big of a pain, will hit 7th.

TV is on ROOT as usual, where Josh Fogg has been sitting in with Drew and Jeff all weekend, and if it’s been an audition, as far as I can tell the Dragon Slayer has got the job.  Radio’s on KOA 850 am.

COLORADO (32-36)
Charlie Blackmon (L) CF
DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B
Nolan Arenado (R) 3B
Carlos Gonzalez (L) RF
Trevor Story (R) SS
Ryan Raburn (R) LF
Mark Reynolds (R) 1B
Nick Hundley (R) C
Jorge De La Rosa (L) P

MIAMI (37-32)
Ichiro Suzuki (L) LF
Martin Prado (R) 3B
Marcell Ozuna (R) CF
Giancarlo Stanton (R) RF
Chris Johnson (R) 1B
J.T. Realmuto (R) C
Derek Dietrich (L) 2B
Adeiny Hechavarria (R) SS
Paul Clemens (R) P

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rockymountainhigh
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Butler, in his defense, continues to get jerked back and forth by the Rockies who seem dead-determined to ruin his development. Maybe they can trade him to San Diego in carp’s proposed Wil Myers deal— the Padres’ll get him straightened out and winning 14 games a year in no time, 6-per against us, of course.

Yes, that is what will happen. Love your call, jeem.

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Good point on Eddie. Boooo. Poor kid. Also – not a rhetorical question, a real one – why does a player of Carlos Gonzalez’ talent – and supposed baseball intelligence, which should include pitch selection – continue to flail at pitches out of the zone? I’m disgusted at how many years I have seen this. And don’t give me the line (I’m talking to you, Root announcers apologists) that he has a “good back of the baseball card.” This should… Read more »

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I’m with you, rns, regarding CarGo. He is always flailing with 2 strikes. Even on full counts. Reminds me of Clint Barnes always waving in the other batter box. He like CarGo never learn despite seeing it hundreds of times. I’d I was managing the Rockies I bat cargo #7 against southpaws.

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I like the Eddie Butler commentary Jeem! For the record, I’m not anti-Butler. I maintain he’s a really solid relief pitcher waiting to happen. But let’s give the Rox a little credit here….if there was ever a year to give him every chance possible to be a SP, it’s this year. As far as I’m concerned, keep running him out there as long as he’s physically healthy and not doing so badly that his confidence will be shattered. Same is… Read more »

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I’d like to give props to young Anderson, though, who’s been a long time coming. And – yes – DLR – again not bad. Especially making these comments in light of losing Chatwood who was finally fulfilling his promise, and my just seeing that Lyles was called back up. Sigh.

Live update as I type: Charlie!!! Insurance!!! Don’t you guys just freaking need a win…. hold on….

roxnsox
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I wasn’t watching that closely tonight, apparently, as I didn’t realize until late that ALL the runs in the game were on solo homers. Whaaaat 😉 Major league record. Anyway, the Rox can fly to The City tonight with a better feeling. Maybe even get one in the Bronx.

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One from the Bronx would be nice. I’d take 1 of 2 in a NY minute (sorry for the bad pun).

I’ve noted previously that Tyler Anderson is my “bonus” pitcher. I’ll say this…..I can see why that rather wacky, prolonged hesitation in his delivery wreaks havoc on hitter’s timing. I can also see how if he (Anderson) gets out of sync with his delivery, it’s not going to be an easy fix.

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Nice outing from Mike Nikorak for GJ tonight.

Super intriguing Breilimg Eusebio pitched for Boise last night. 7Ks, no walks. He dis give up 4 runs I believe. His K/9 and K/BB rations in the DSL were ridiculous last year. He’s worth keeping an eye on this summer.

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There was much gnashing of teeth this offseason when the Rox signed Qualls and Motte. I certainly had my share. Hate Qualls. Still do. He’s used up. Motte though…….has some upside. It’s highly debatable that he’s worth what the Rox paid…..but if he can stay healthy for awhile and build some arm strength and get in sync, he can very servicable.

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Old Faithful Cargo is heating up. I have a standing promise from last season. If we trade Cargo for a good return (I realize that’s subjective), I’m buying a Cargo jersey.

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BTW…..the Rox (for the moment) have 39 men on the 40 man roster after out righting Tyler Matzek (who will remain with the organization). Discuss amongst yourselves……..

Bob K.
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Ottavino is nearly ready to come off of the 60 day DL and needs a 40 man roster spot available.

NOCOgary
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NOCOgary

I would think Butler is pitching for staying on big league roster with his NY start.I don’t see much there after all the chances to make his mark.If Rusin is healthy and Bergman returns,I say Butler is odd man out.Rusin is Josh Fogg acceptable as a #5 and Bergman is best as the long man. Anyone notice how hot the division has been this week? Giants running away with 9 straight,Dodgers 5 in a row,ROX back on track[6-4],Snakes 8-2,and lowly… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp

NOCO – I believe Gray has the start today, and I’m thinking he’ll embrace NY.

You’re so correct about the NL West. With the Mets, Pirates, and Cardinals all “floundering” to some extent, the West is clearly the best so far.

NOCOgary
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As usual my facts are a bit shakey,but I will stick by my premise.Oops,maybe not.Gray removed with injury.He looked to be short arming everything.No extension over front/plant foot.This injury bug to our two top starters couldn’t come at a worse time as the team seems to be beating the annual June swoon!

roxnsox
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roxnsox

Isn’t it kind of an old familiar song? Rays of light, pitchers start getting hurt? Gosh, I don’t even remember but I seem to hear an old tune in the distance. Too bad Lyles is still being given a shot.

NOCOgary
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By the way Carp it is I,your old friendly contrarian previously known as Gary.Site has made me jump threw hoops just to be heard.

sdcarp
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sdcarp

Boy……spend an exhausting day in meetings and you miss a bunch! Jon Gray lifted due to arm fatigue. I’d DL him until after the AS break. It’s not worth the risk. Otto sent to AAA. Again, I’d be super careful and leave him there a while. He’s need just enough innings to be ready to role next April. Looks like we had a well distributed BP meltdown. Don’t fret RWOers. We came within an eyelash of a 3-3 road trip… Read more »

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I’m at Coors tonight. So if anyone can start a new thread, thanks.