3 and Out

The Colorado Rockies will be winding-up their 2014 season this weekend with a 3-game set against the Los Angeles Dodgers that starts tonight at 8:10 at Dodger Stadium in LA.  Nothing is at stake.  The Dodgers have clinched the National League West and the Rockies have a commanding 3-game lead over the Dbacks for 4th (as if there were a greater prize).

Bob from W Va lays-out the nut-case scenario in his comment in the most-delightful Wednesday debut of closet journalist roxnsox, but the more rational view notes the big playoff development involves the St Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates, who find themselves a game apart in the NL Central.  St Louis will get to do some scoreboard watching, opening its final weekend in Phoenix with a 7:40 MDT start against the Diamondbacks.  Pittsburgh’s Josh Harrison will step-in against Mike Leake of the Reds at 5:10.  The Pirates are up a game on the other Wild Card contender, the hated Giants, who go up against the Padres starting at 8:15 in San Francisco.

Over in the American League Detroit and Kansas City continue to duke it out over the AL Central title. The Tigers are up by 2 games and host the Minnesota Twins at 5:08 MDT in the Motor City.  KC is in Chicago, taking on the White Sox at 6:10.  Oakland trails the Royals by a game for the 2nd card with the Mariners still in the hunt, 2 behind the A’s.  Oakland is in Arlington to face the Rangers at 6:10.  Seattle is home vs the West Division champ Angels starting at 8:10.

Jordan Lyles (7-3, 4.15) gets the call for the Rockies tonight, and he’ll face Roberto Hernandez (2-3, 4.74) of LA.  Lyles was out a week ago in the 15-3 shellacking of the Dbacks and got the victory.  He went 6, allowing 2 runs on 9 hits.  The faux Fausto Hernandez went 4 in Chicago against the Cubs on Saturday.  He gave up 2 runs on 6 hits and didn’t figure in the decision.  Hernandez faced the Rockies on September 15 with similar results in 3-2/3 innings.

Lineup No. 160 for Rockies’ manager Walt Weiss features only five of the regulars he penciled-in for lineup No. 1 six months ago.  Charlie Blackmon leads-off in left-field and Justin Morneau hits 3rd at 1st base. Big Money Michael Cuddyer is cleaning-up in right, the Bull is behind the plate hitting 6th, and Zero Improvement Guy DJ LeMahieu hits 8th at 2nd.  Don Mattingly is keeping his regulars sharp, but Hanley Ramirez and AJ Ellis are getting breathers in favor of Justin Turner and Drew Butera.

It will surprise no one to hear that the temperature in Chavez Ravine at game time will be 70º, however it will be dark.  The wind will blow across from 3rd toward right at about 6 MPH.  Drew and Jeff have the call on ROoT.  Three more for Jerry and Jack on 850 KOA am.

COLORADO (66-93)
Charlie Blackmon (L) LF
Rafael Ynoa (S) 3B
Justin Morneau (L) 1B
Michael Cuddyer (R) RF
Drew Stubbs (R) CF
Wilin Rosario (R) C
Josh Rutledge (R) SS
DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B
Jordan Lyles (R) P
LOS ANGELES (91-68)
Dee Gordon (L) 2B
Yasiel Puig (R) CF
Adrian Gonzalez (L) 1B
Justin Turner (R) SS
Carl Crawford (L) LF
Andre Ethier (L) RF
Juan Uribe (R) 3B
Drew Butera (R) C
Roberto Hernandez (R) P

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Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
6 years ago

Normally it is sad to see a baseball season come to a close as we all love the sport so much. However, as a Rockies fan this has been torture. I’ll watch the playoffs with more interest than normal since NY, Boston, and Atlanta are done. There is a chance for some new blood in the winner’s circle come November. I am thankful that we will all be sharing the winter together with the hot-stove league just ahead. However, I… Read more »

roxnsox
roxnsox
6 years ago

Go! Pirates! Make the Cards a Wild Card and thus their road a little tougher. New blood, PLEASE, as Bob says.

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
6 years ago

Well Jeem, my worst case scenario for the Pirates is out the window already. The best the Giants can do is tie the Pirates after losing last night, so the wild card game will be in either Pittsburgh (head-to-head) or St. Louis (better record). Nice to see KC win and Detroit lose, closing that race to a single game lead for the Tigers.

Everyone can catch Clint Hurdle and the Bucs at 11:00am today (MDT) for free on mlb.tv.

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