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The Colorado Rockies brought rain to southern California, but as might have been expected, they brought way too much of it way too fast, and not in the right places, either.  The Rockies got washed-out with the San Diego Padres Sunday afternoon, slinking out of town with their tails between their legs after opening the post-All Star Break portion of the season with a pair of uplifting losses on Friday and Saturday.  Additional horrifying news came off the wire Sunday as well, with right-hander Chad Bettis, the sole bright-spot in a 5th consecutive dismal Rockies’ season, hitting the disabled list with dreaded “elbow inflammation.”  No word on impending visits to Dr. Andrews, or any of the other usual Signals of Doom.

Prior to the mai-tais and margaritas that got tipped-back over the break, the boys delivered one of their periodic glimpses of False Hope, sweeping the Atlanta Braves July 9 through 12, and cavorted off to the break with 3 All Stars headed to Cincinnati.  3 days under that ominous Marine Layer put a damper on any of those good feelings, but here we are coming upon a 6-game home stand that features the Texas Rangers of the American League for 3, an off-day Thursday, then 3 with the Reds on the weekend.  No inspirational news has emanated out of the front office to-date, but we’ve got RWO gossip columnist sd carp out there beating the bushes for any juicy tidbits there may be.

Lefty Chris Rusin (3-3, 3.98) gets the call for the Rockies tonight for a 6:40 start at the old ball park in Lower Downtown.  Nick Martinez (5-5, 3.43) takes the hill for the Rangers.  Martinez is a 25 year-old right hander out of Hialeah, FL, who’s just back to the bigs after a couple of refresher starts with AAA Round Rock before the break.  Martinez was last out July 1 against the Orioles, losing a 6-2/3 inning effort and allowing 3 runs on 7 hits.  Rusin got in on the good times against the Braves, giving up 2 hits and a walk in 2 scoreless innings in the 11-3 victory July 12.

Rusin will face a Texas lineup that features some fierce sounding names, even if they’ve been around the block more than a couple of times gathering baggage along the way.  1st-baseman Prince Fielder hits 3rd, 3rd-baseman Adrian Beltre cleans-up, and left-fielder Josh Hamilton hits 5th.  The Rockies are playing it straight.  DJ LeMahieu is back in the 2-hole followed by Troy Tulowitzki, Carlos Gonzalez, and Nolan Arenado.  Ben Paulsen gets the start at 1st against the right-hander.

Denver weather looks iffy.  Temperatures are dropping fast out of the 80°s and on down below 70°.  Thundershowers are lurking around, and the wind will whip away at up to 13 MPH, blowing out toward right.  ROOT Sports has TV, radio’s on KOA.

TEXAS (43-48)
Delino DeShields (R) CF
Rougned Odor (L) 2B
Prince Fielder (L) 1B
Adrian Beltre (R) 3B
Josh Hamilton (L) RF
Elvis Andrus (R) SS
Ryan Rua (R) LF
Tomas Telis (S) C
Nick Martinez (L) P
COLORADO (39-51)
Charlie Blackmon (L) CF
DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B
Troy Tulowitzki (R) SS
Carlos Gonzalez (L) RF
Nolan Arenado (R) 3B
Ben Paulsen (L) 1B
Nick Hundley (R) C
Brandon Barnes (R) LF
Chris Rusin (L) P

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sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago

SWEET – I’m the RWO gossip columnist. I like it! I’ll keep pounding the pavement.

Jeem – FYI – the first few tweets I saw about Chettis referenced elbow, but I think it’s ultimately come out that it’s a shoulder problem (hopefully just fatigue/tendinitis). He’s had some shoulder issues in the past. Not that it matters to us at the moment……but the initial long term prognosis is rest…..no Dr. Andrews.

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago

Things that make you go hmmmmmm…….the Royals activated the once very good Kris Medlen from the 60 day DL today. Why was he on the 60 day DL you ask? Well……it was due to his 2nd TJ surgery. What do the Royals plan to do with him you ask? Use him in the bullpen.

Hopefully someone in the Blake Street Clown Show is taking notes and will do the same with Chatwood.

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago

Let’s get this baby finished before the rain hits!

Roxnsox
Roxnsox
5 years ago

Since chat has died due to a dead team, (not that I check much as I usually watch on DVR delay so I can whip through the taco commercials and the crappy parts of the game), I will ask here. 1) why can’t a hitter as gifted as Gonzalez (no affectionate “CarGo” here) learn plate discipline? 2) has Arenado caught the disease since his All-Star experience? Love me my Deej and don’t you dare dis Charlie 🙂 Another of our… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago

We deserve to lose this one as well.

Roxnsox
Roxnsox
5 years ago

I agree with a remark I read on another article today: sit some of their butts down when they play stupid!

IggyRox
IggyRox
5 years ago

I’ve been a Rox fan since day 1, but a part of me wants them to lose this game. They deserve it. Lack of fundamentals, 4 man rotation, stupid is as stupid does. At some point something’s gotta give. Well, that point aint anywhere near today, but to lose tonight… to quote Pink Floyd, “all and all it’s just another brick in the wall”. Probably the great wall of China with the Montfort’s stubbornness and…

RocketMan
RocketMan
5 years ago

Up 7-zip and they can’t hold a lead. Kahnle, whatever talents he may have, doesn’t seem to be capable enough to bring in without a six or seven run lead. Bob Brenley is correct, the team is fundamentally flawed.

RocketMan
RocketMan
5 years ago

Cargo looks like he’s lost it again at the plate and Arenado needs a day or three off. He caught a bad case of ASG fever last week….

IggyRox
IggyRox
5 years ago

Would I be off the charts to suggest that hiring Buddy Black as the President would be a good move? Dicky would never do it, but I know that Buddy likes Denver, I used to work with his sister in law at the airport many years ago and she said he liked the town…. guess a guy can dream, can’t he?

No, not suggesting Black for a manager. Unless the legs under the table are strong, the table cannot stand.

IggyRox
IggyRox
5 years ago
Reply to  IggyRox

A lefty cannot drag a bunt down the third base line, Drew. Why are you broadcasting MLB? That being said, Cargo got a hit, but he SHOULD have been bunting against the shift.

Rox going to win this one.

IggyRox
IggyRox
5 years ago
Reply to  IggyRox

Or maybe not? lol

IggyRox
IggyRox
5 years ago
Reply to  IggyRox

Paulsen DRAGGED a liner to left field for the win. lol

RocketMan
RocketMan
5 years ago

Guys like Beltre (and Matt Kemp, Adrian Gonzalez, Brandon Crawford, etc., etc…) have always been successful in critical situations at Coors. Unlike any of the present home team guys…

Roxnsox
Roxnsox
5 years ago

Well, I’m glad Benny didn’t get sat! Nice redemption, kiddo.

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  Roxnsox

Good for Paulsen! Some redemption.

Bill
Bill
5 years ago

I’m in disbelief of what I’ve seen since they game back from the All-Star game break. Yes Rockies won the game. But the stupid mistakes are killing us: Rusin throw to 2nd when we had a five game lead. Neither Goodman or Huson said that Hundley was screaming “1st, 1st”. If he wasn’t where is this vaunted leadership I keep hearing about. Paulson’s play was pathetic and a few innings later DJ got saved by a replay. You all know… Read more »

Gary
Gary
5 years ago
Reply to  Bill

Then maybe I should start watching their comedy show stoned.

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  Gary

This may explain the moves (or lack thereof) coming from the Front Office. It also give me an idea for the left field upper deck. The “Stoned Zone.”

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

It’s all coalescing. The Stoned Zone. We have a push in Colorado to allow weed smoking in private businesses at the owner’s decision. Plus the Rox need to reach out to the baseball apathetic millennial stoner crowd. An idea whose time has come! Drinkers to the right, smokers to the left. Nine buck “gourmet” nachos for everyone. Nobody has to even pretend to watch the game …

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

And the thing is perched right at 5280ft above sea level. The Mile High Stoned Zone with $9 nachos (I love it – brilliant!). Perhaps it should be the Taco Bell Mile High Stoned Zone????

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

Kyle Parker, 3-5 with a HR last night. Hitting .368 in his last 10 games. Has he set the PCL on fire? No. But he’ll be 26 by October. (Remember, in general hitters start to decline at … 26). What are we waiting for? Gray and Parker. Now. Which brings me to an interesting comment by Tulo. I can’t find the link (maybe I saw it on one of the other Rox sites). In talking about how velocity is taking… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Amen brother – amen!

It’s really ironic – we won’t trade guys at the optimum time, so we don’t get maximum return. I’ve railed on that for years. But there’s another negative to our penchant of hanging onto guys too long – we stunt our own younger guys.

DonnyDinger
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DonnyDinger
5 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Agreed with sentiment. Shut down Dickerson, platoon Blackmon and Barnes, DFA Stubbs, trade CarGo? To really see, Parker has to be starting at a corner. Somebody blocking him has to go.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Ag – I’ve noted several times previously – I completely expect Parker to be a late bloomer due to his primary focus being football in High School in College.

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

Parker can take the Rosario platoon role at 1B immediately, plus get some time in LF or RF. At this point of the season, you’ve got to figure out if he has any future with the Rockies. We know Rosario has none. In fact, Rosario has zero trade value of he isn’t a catcher, at least part-time. Thanks, Walt, for refusing to let him catch a single inning this year, thereby eliminating any chance of getting anything for him in… Read more »

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