2 of 5; Short and Bad

The Colorado Rockies finally got a break last week after 40 games in 42 days, in fact 3 of them in 8 days, and they dutifully slept through all but 2 of them.  Cincinnati’s Homer Bailey slapped them around on May 11, and 2 days later they had no appetite for James Shields of the Kansas City Royals, who struck-out 8 of them.  Wednesday it was wiley Jason Vargas whiffing 8 more of them, as between them Kansas City pitchers set down 23 Rockies on strikes in a 2-game sweep.

They came home for another breather on Thursday, and got a slick performance out of Jorge De La Rosa and a 3-1 victory over the San Diego Padres on Friday.  Saturday, having tired of the strike-out stigma, they tried double-plays, and hit into 5 of them, sufficient to preclude any chance of stealing a win that was within reach despite falling behind Jordan Lyles’ troubles 6-1 early.  And Sunday it was free-agent roulette, with LaTroy Hawkins blowing a 6-4 9th inning lead and Justin Morneau bailing him out with a bottom-10 center-field blast.

Wilin Rosario re-materialized for the Sunday contest, displacing Michael McKenry, and tonight it will be Big Money Michael Cuddyer returning from the Disabled List as Colorado opens a 3-game set with the Division rival San Francisco Giants at Coors Field in Denver, 6:40 pm MDT.  Friday it’s off to the Land of Cotton for 3 with the Braves on the front-end of a tough 3-city trip through the ATL, Philadelphia, and Cleveland.  You may recall a previous Rockies’ road trip that opened-up in Georgia:  Abandon Hope All Ye Who Enter Here.

Reliever Chris Martin was optioned to Colorado Springs to make room for Cuddyer.  Left-hander Frankie Morales (3-3, 5.40) will get tonight’s start, matching-up against lefty Madison Bumgarner (5-3, 3.25) of the Giants.  Morales was bad in his previous outing, giving-up 4 runs on 8 hits and 4 walks in 5 innings to the Royals on Tuesday.  Bumgarner beat Colorado in San Francisco on April 11, then the Rockies got him-back at Coors on the 22nd.  He’s won his last 3, most recently knocking-off the Braves last Wednesday despite lasting only 5 and surrendering 4 runs on 7 hits.

Cuddyer slides back into the Colorado lineup in the 2-spot, at 1st-base with Morneau getting a break against Bumgarner.  Charlie Blackmon will also get a breather against the left-hander.  Brandon Barnes leads-off in right-field.  Drew Stubbs will hit 7th in center.  Buster Posey gets the breather for the Giants against Morales.  Hector Sanchez will catch and bat 5th.  Michael Morse is covering for the injured Brandon Belt at 1st, and he cleans-up.  Erstwhile Rockie Tyler Colvin is in left-field, hitting 8th.

Denver weather is currently confounding the prognosticators, with thundershowers hovering over downtown despite a 0% chance of precipitation.  Game-time temperature is supposed to be about 70º, dropping into the mid-60ºs as the evening progresses.  More thundershowers are possible later in the game, and the wind will blow-out toward left-center at 8 or 9 MPH.  A broadcast will be available via the usual suspects, TV on RoOT Sports, radio 850 am KOA.

Gregor Blanco (L) CF
Hunter Pence (R) RF
Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B
Michael Morse (R) 1B
Hector Sanchez (S) C
Brandon Hicks (R) 2B
Brandon Crawford (L) SS
Tyler Colvin (L) LF
Madison Bumgarner (R) P
COLORADO (25-20)
Brandon Barnes (R) RF
Michael Cuddyer (R) 1B
Troy Tulowitzki (R) SS
Carlos Gonzalez (L) LF
Nolan Arenado (R) 3B
Wilin Rosario (R) C
Drew Stubbs (R) CF
DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B
Franklin Morales (L) P


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7 years ago

Wow, they sent Martin down…perhaps they needed to get some packages delivered in the Springs?

7 years ago

Frankie Mo hasn’t delivered too well the last 3 or 4 starts after a promising start. If he struggles tonight, it should be time to get serious about bringing up a new starter. If up to me, I bring up Tyler Matzek. He can’t be worse than Kerosene and has a higher ceiling. We can’t continue to throw away 1 in every 5 games staying with Kerosene like we threw away two games every five starts last year. We need… Read more »

7 years ago

Good info Jeem.

The formerly generally anemic Giants had become something of an offensive force for most of this year – but missing Belt and Posey (for at least part of the night) will help. I do see that the very underrated Angel Pagan is back.

7 years ago

New Post with updated stats heading into this series. I will update again for the road trip as well as do a 30% of the season before Atlanta since they will be at 30% Giants are physically hurting. You have to jump them this series. I was against sending Martin down with 3 left at home, but at home he has struggled as I discovered doing the stats. Good arm, good future I think as a 6th and 7th arm.… Read more »

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