10 Antidotes for Downhill Trip

The Colorado Rockies return to Coors Field tonight to begin a 10-game homestand with the RWO in abject crisis, torrents of blood gushing from cut throats, wrists, and gunshots to the skull.  The Arizona Diamondbacks are in town tonight, and they send rookie right-hander Chase Anderson (3-0, 4.02) to the mound to oppose Colorado ace Jorge De La Rosa (6-3. 3.66) in a game of skill and chance commencing at 6:40 pm MDT in downtown Denver at the old ballpark.

The Rockies are coming off a 2-7 swing through parts east.  They dropped 2 of 3 in Philadelphia and were swept in 3 in Cleveland.  The Phillies shut them out on Monday, they struck-out 55 times in 6 games, and got walked-offed both Wednesday and Sunday.  It was the longest road stint of the season, it started in Atlanta, also known as Hell, and 3rd baseman Nolan Arenado was lost to a broken finger on the second day of the journey.  Nevertheless, the RWO demands perfection.  The season is over, no one’s job is safe, and there’s no continuing reason to follow baseball in 2014.

Undeterred, the affable and effusive De La Rosa will take to the hill tonight with the notion of leading his teammates out of the abyss and on to greater glory, as the Rockies head into the summer portion of their schedule buried in a 28-28 hole, trailing the San Francisco Giants by 7 and Los Angeles Dodgers by a game and a half.  The Diamondbacks are in for 3, the Dodgers follow for 3 more on the weekend, and next week the hated Atlanta Braves hit town for 4.  De La Rosa delivered the sole victory the club managed for the week when he defeated Philadelphia Tuesday, allowing a run on 6 hits in 6 innings. The left-hander has not lost since April 16, and he’s driven his ERA from 7.58 to its current level in the mid-3s.  Anderson was activated by Arizona May 11 in Chicago, and he’s won all 3 of his major league starts, including an appearance Wednesday against San Diego, when he allowed a run on 8 hits in 5 innings.

Colorado manager Walt Weiss, hanging on to his job by the thinnest of threads, has no option but to run a whole bunch of his Zero Progress Guys out against the last-place Dbacks.  Justin Morneau moves-up to the 3-hole, with Troy Tulowitzki cleaning-up and washed-up Carlos Gonzalez hitting 5th.  Charlie Culberson is back at 3rd-base for Arenado.  Arizona’s Kirk Gibson has moved the dangerous Aaron Hill up to the 2-spot.  Nick Evans is hitting 6th at 1st base (what’s up with Goldschmidt?), and somebody called Ender Inciarte will hit 8th in center-field.

It’s cloudy and windy in the Mile High City as rush-hour develops, but clear skies are scheduled to return with temperatures falling rapidly from the mid 80ºs on down into the low 70ºs as play progresses.  Wind will be brisk, whipping in from left-center at 12 MPH.  Even Mr Sunshine, Drew Goodman, has been trashing on the Rockies as they’ve dropped 4-straight.  He’ll bring you the play-by-play on RoOT with one of his trusty side-kicks.  Radio is on KOA 850 am, featuring Jerry Schemmel and Jack Corrigan.

ARIZONA (23-36)
Gerardo Parra (L) RF
Aaron Hill (R) 2B
Martin Prado (R) 3B
Miguel Montero (L) C
Cody Ross (R) LF
Nick Evans (R) 1B
Chris Owings (R) SS
Ender Inciarte (L) CF
Chase Anderson (R) P
COLORADO (28-28)
Charlie Blackmon (L) CF
Michael Cuddyer (R) RF
Justin Morneau (L) 1B
Troy Tulowitzki (R) SS
Carlos Gonzalez (L) LF
Wilin Rosario (R) C
Charlie Culberson (R) 3B
DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B
Jorge De La Rosa (L) P


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6 years ago

I wish they would just DL Cargo and move on. He is taking up a spot.

6 years ago

Season over. If DLR can’t beat a no name pitcher then we are

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