1 Out of 3 is Bad

REDS VISIT AHEAD OF SO CAL TRIP

The Colorado Rockies finished MLB season week 7 pretty much the same as week 6, 2 wins against 4 losses, making it 4 out of 12 dating back to the start of the journey east, and while .333 is an excellent batting average, it doesn’t cut it as a winning percentage, and Colorado has fallen behind the recently departed San Francisco Giants in the National League West by 7-1/2 games.  They open a 4-game set with the Cincinnati Reds this afternoon at 2:10 MT at Coors Field in Denver looking for some relief after a tough stretch against contenders, then head to San Diego for three with the Padres ahead of 3 in LA.

The Rockies lost to San Francisco yesterday 8-3.  Chris Rusin (1-3, 4.75) got roughed-up for 6 over the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th putting Colorado in a hole early.  The Rockies had numerous opportunities to take the fight back at the Giants but came-up short in the 2nd on some shoddy base running, in the 3rd with one out and a man on 2nd, in the 4th with one out and runners on 1st and 2nd.  Johnny Cueto (8-1, 2.31) and three SF relievers took it from there.  Trevor Story and Carlos Gonzalez had homers for Colorado.

For the week the Rockies got slick pitching performances out of Jon Gray in Boston Thursday, and Tyler Chatwood Friday night against San Fran for wins, but the hurling was ugly in the losses.  Jorge De La Rosa, demoted to the bullpen in favor of Rusin (we’ll see how long that lasts), returned from the DL on Tuesday to get strafed.  Chad Bettis, who goes today, got battered for 4 in the 4th and 3 in the 5th by the Red Sox Wednesday.  Carlos Estevez spoiled an exhilarating 7th inning comeback Saturday, bringing it around to Rusin’s Sunday train wreck.

Cincinnati rolls into town a bloody mess, losers of 9 of their last 10, pulling-up the rear in the NL Central.  They’re throwing right-hander Dan Straily (2-2, 2.98) at us this afternoon.  Straily faced the Rockies in Ohio back on April 18, and he gave us a hard time, allowing only a run on 2 hits over 5 innings.  He took a loss Wednesday in Los Angeles despite a line of 3 runs on 3 hits over 7 innings with 11 strikeouts.  Bettis (4-3, 4.90) will make his 11th 2016 start, and his numbers reflect the performance— he tends to give up about 5 a game, but has been good enough to win 4 times.

The Reds will have their familiar group in the first four spots of their order, then left-fielder Adam Duvall hits 5th ahead of 3rd-baseman Eugenio Suarez.  Billy Hamilton has extricated himself from the 9-hole, and the catcher hitting 8th will be Tucker Barnhart.  DJ LeMahieu is back in the 2-hole for the Rockies.  Story will hit 6th.  Nolan Arenado gets a day off, so Daniel Descalso is hitting 7th, and no. 8 man Dustin Garneau will catch Bettis.

It’s a partly cloudy Memorial Day in the Mile High City.  Game time temperature will be pushing 80° with wind blowing in from right at 5 MPH.  ROOT will entertain the television viewers, with 850 am KOA doing the verbal thing on radio.

CINCINNATI (16-34)
Zack Cozart (R) SS
Joey Votto (L) 1B
Brandon Phillips (R) 2B
Jay Bruce (L) RF
Adam Duvall (R) LF
Eugenio Suarez (R) 3B
Billy Hamilton (S) CF
Tucker Barnhart (S) C
Dan Straily (R) P

COLORADO (23-26)
Charlie Blackmon (L) CF
DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B
Carlos Gonzalez (L) RF
Mark Reynolds (R) 1B
Gerardo Parra (L) LF
Trevor Story (R) SS
Daniel Descalso (L) 3B
Dustin Garneau (R) C
Chad Bettis (R) P

 

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sdcarp
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sdcarp
4 years ago

Bottom 7th

Grizzled veteran Parra swings at the first 3 pitches he sees, all balls, for a K.

Rookie Story has a brilliant at bat, wastes 5 balls, takes a walk.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
4 years ago

This seems like a well dispersed, team-wide funk!

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
4 years ago

If the rox don’t win next three games; I declare the annual slide into oblivion has officially began.

I only have four words – bullpen is in shambles. Three days in a row they have up multiple runs over multiple innings.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
4 years ago

I’m in a real personal dilemma on this. I could easily write a long list of failures from the last 3 games. Easily. But then I think about the Astros. After years of futility (and therefore high draft picks) they slowly built the Farm system everyone in baseball envied (and still do to some extent). It looked as though they’d be a force to be reckoned with from about 2017 onward. Then a strange thing happened. They got off to… Read more »

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sdcarp
4 years ago
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Signals to watch for that indicate we’re doing things the “correct” way: 1. Stick with guys like Estevez and Castro and let them take their lumps (within reason). 2. Get Hoffman 25-30 innings of Major League experience. 3. Make sure that the group of strong SPers in Hartford get time in ABQ instead jumping them straight to the Majors. ABQ is such an upgrade over Colorado Springs in many ways. Having these guys pitch at 4000-5000 ft (ABQ, Reno, SL)… Read more »

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sdcarp
4 years ago
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Meant to say “without” the extreme of CS (Colorado Springs) in #3.

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