Luck? Do The Rockies Have It? Do They Need it in Atlanta?


Luck? Do The Rockies Have It? Do They Need it in Atlanta? We all know that baseball players are ritualistic. But to be honest, it goes beyond that – it goes to superstitition. Now, my high school wrestling coach didn’t believe in luck. He gave the old line – luck is where opportunity meets preparation. But, we all have had that sinking feeling when the ROOT announcers says, “Hey, this guy from San Francisco hasn’t hit a homer all year-long…” and then the ball goes over the fence. Now, we know that there is no such thing as jinxes or such but…after watching the Rockies lose the chance to win a series against the Giants on Thursday with a tornado – as DLR was 3 innings into what was sounding (because we didn’t get to watch the game) like a potential masterpiece while Hudson was already through 70 pitches in the 3rd. And then because the team chose to send down Martin rather than either Barnes or Dickerson, a tired Tommy Kahnle came in and gave up 2 runs, and in the end…it was all a waste.

Last time out Jordan Lyles threw a true stinker. For those who have watched his career, the game looked and felt like his games in Houston, as he was out of sync, couldn’t find the plate and rather than getting the ball and dealing…he was walking all over the place as if he was fighting a case of poison ivy. That is not Jordan Lyles. But over the past week just about every great pitcher in baseball (and this year he has been one of them) got bombed even worse than Lyles – check the stats on Kersshaw, Cueto, Sherzer, Verlander, even the unbeatable Tanaka…all of them were just awful last week. So, no problem, back to the true Lyles. The team heads to Atlanta perhaps feeling a bit…well, out of luck. But with 3 cities and 9 games in 10 days…they cannot look backwards. Over the years the Braves have been daylight, wooden stakes, garlic, silver bullets, and everything else to the Rockies. In 1993 we managed to lose every single game to the Braves (which as an a severe anti-Giants person, was great because it kept them out of the playoffs that year). But over the past few years things have evened out a bit. But tonight is important. The Braves are not a good offensive team who survived in April with unrealistic pitching, and have been up-and-down for the Braves ever since. So, time for our first series sweep…and let’s see it on the road!


Rockies                                             Braves

1)      Blackmon                               Heyward (RF)

2)      Cuddyer                                 Upton, BJ (CF

3)      Tulo                                         Freeman (1B)

4)      Morneau                               Upton, J  (LF)

5)      Arenado                                Johnson (3B)

6)      Dickerson                             Simmons (SS)

7)      Pacheco                                Uggla (2B)

8)      LeMahieu                            Laird (C)

9)      Lyles                                      Floyd (P)


Against Floyd we have Blackmon (0-3), Cuddy (10/31), LeMahieu (0-2), Morneau (4/28), Tulo (0-2) Against Lyles we have Freeman (1-3), Uggla (2-3), J Upton (4-6), Go Rox!


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7 years ago

Luck? The worst… Extremely bummed for the young rising star at 3B, and for us all to miss watching him for quite a while

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