4 – 5 Dive

They had all their guys back.  They had 4 days of rest.  They had a gaping hole at the bottom of their rotation, but they were facing 3 teams with losing records in the middle of the summer at home.  It was time to make a move, and 9 days later the Colorado Rockies need a win over the Milwaukee Brewers this afternoon at Coors Field to break-even over a 10-game home stretch before heading off to the Land of Dixie for what promises to be a challenging adventure on the road.  Game-time is 2:10 pm MDT for the 50-55 Rockies, who now sit 6 games behind the surging Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West.

Jhoulys Chacin (9-5, 3.53) takes the mound for Colorado, one of four Rockies’ starting pitchers who’ve done their part with little support during the month of July.  He’ll be opposed by right-hander Donovan Hand (0-2, 3.41), who has yet to face Colorado in his brief career.  Hand has appeared in 16 games for Milwaukee, starting 4.  He took the loss Tuesday in San Diego, allowing 2 runs on 7 hits in 4 innings of a 6-2 San Diego triumph.  Chacin as usual is following a dismal performance by a Rockies No. 5 starter.  He too lost on Tuesday, turning-in 7 innings versus Miami, surrendering 3 runs on 8 hits in a 4-2 Marlins win.

Carlos Gonzalez is out of the Colorado lineup for the third consecutive game, with Corey Dickerson getting the start in left and batting 2nd and DJ LeMahieu also getting a rest.  Jonny Herrera is at 2nd-base and Yorvit Torrealba will catch Chacin.  Jean Segura takes a breather for the Brew Crew. Everybody moves-up a slot and Jeff Bianchi hits 8th at shortstop.

It’s cool and damp for some reason in Denver this afternoon, and another shower is likely in the middle innings of today’s contest.  The wind will blow out toward left-center at 6 MPH.  Temperatures will hover around 70°.  The game will be televised for fans unwilling to risk the weather, even for a $9.50 Coors Light.  Drew Goodman and George Frazier will have the call with side-kick Marc Stout on ROoT. Jerry Schemmel and Jack Corrigan have the radio on KOA 850 am.

MILWAUKEE (43-60)
Rickie Weeks (R) 2B
Norichika Aoki (L) RF
Jonathan Lucroy (R) C
Carlos Gomez (R) CF
Caleb Gindl (L) LF
Yuniesky Betancourt (R) 3B
Juan Francisco (L) 1B
Jeff Bianchi (R) SS
Donovan Hand (R) P
COLORADO (50-55)
Dexter Fowler (S) CF
Corey Dickerson (L) LF
Troy Tulowitzki (R) SS
Michael Cuddyer (R) RF
Todd Helton (L) 1B
Nolan Arenado (R) 3B
Yorvit Torrealba (R) C
Jonathan Herrera (S) 2B
Jhoulys Chacin (R) P

 


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GARY
GARY
7 years ago

Jonny H.has turned into a real rally killer all of a sudden.I think I jinxed him by singing his praises a week or two ago.Still a good win.Now off to Hades aka Hot ‘lanta where we generally forfeit 3 out of 4.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
7 years ago
Reply to  GARY

Yes, I have noticed he is a real drain on the offense right now. Cannot seem to get anything out of the infield.

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
7 years ago

What are the odds the Rox get shutout on this first game of road trip?

sabrchip
sabrchip
7 years ago

Oh hell, they’ll probably go out and hammer the Bravos and take 3 of 4….Wha?… Oh excuse me, I guess I dozed off there a moment….

Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago

Remember when we could’ve held onto Aaron Harang (who passed through Colorado only on paper) and dumped Garland? Harang’s ERA by month in Seattle:

April: 11.37
May: 4.01
June: 3.57
July: 4.30

Nothing special, but who wouldn’t take that over what Garland-Francis-Pomeranz-McHugh (I feel like I’m missing someone) gave us? Every conscious analyst would’ve bet on Harang over any of the other options. Not O’Dowd.

Bill
Bill
7 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Ag. You forgot Oswalt who pitched pretty good with the exception of having a 7+ ERA or is 8+?

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
7 years ago

Pacheco optioned, Charlie Culberson called up. Culberson can play three infield positions and a little outfield. Let’s see if he turns out better than Scutaro.

Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago

If this organization has any sense at all Pacheco will catch full time in the Springs. He has roughly zero value at any other position. As for the mystery starter here’s a thought sure to send chills up the spine of many of us: How’s Aaron Cook’s arm feeling these days?

roxnsox
roxnsox
7 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Cookie took himself off the Sky Sox team/won’t pitch for the rest of the year. (thankfully)

Colorado Thistle
Colorado Thistle
7 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

I agree about Pacheco. I think he’s a good hitter (with limited power) who profiles as a catcher. That is, if he can catch, which Rosario seems to keep proving he can’t.

If you could get Rosario to learn not to flinch, he might be a good 1st baseman for us. That’s probably too much to ask.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
7 years ago

I’m curious who’s going to be our #5 starter? I’m hoping Tyler Matzek.

Bob K.
Bob K.
7 years ago

Jeff Francis was recalled yesterday.

Bob K.
Bob K.
7 years ago

Forgot to say that Alex Rodriguez was signed June 13, 2013 and assigned to the Tri City Dust Devils. Just found it amusing.

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