Buckle Up!

Well, well, well here the Rockies go again for the second straight year contending for a postseason birth.  In 2017, they were way out front and faded almost out of the picture.  In 2018, they are doing it differently.  This time they are in a pack of eight teams and only five will make the playoffs.  They believe in themselves that they plan steal the NL West pennant.  They don’t want this silly one-game wild card playoff.  They want more ever since Nado told a sportswriter that he was tired of losing in late June.  The fans continue to criticize a multitude of things, but end up drinking some more Purple Kool Aid after games.

The difference between 2018 and 2017 is the rotation itself.  A year ago, they were young rookies and tired down the stretch.  Now they are digging in and getting stronger for the stretch run.  The bullpen slowed down leaking water and is showing signs of life to support the rotation in the late part of the games.  We also had a rookie RH power pinch hitter last year, but the front office wised up and went after Matt Holliday to bring his World Series experience to the team.

After a miraculous 5-1 trip out east against first place teams, they returned home to face the stupid Friars from San Diego. Of course, Colorado stooped down to San Diego’s level losing the first game of the series 4-3.  Ed “Smokes and Mirrors” the Ump, started calling me “Black Cat” cuz the Rockies seems to lose more often than not when I attend the game in person.  Roxnsox promoted Ian Desmond from UAI to FTM (Fair to Middling).  The next night the Rockies disposed of the Friars properly winning 6-2.  Then they went back into a cocoon losing to SD 3-2 in the rubber game.  NO WAIT! The ball hit by FTM went yard with two outs for a 4-3 walk off of this stupid team.

Everybody are shaking their heads in disbelief after yet another Rockies victory.  The opponents have outscored the Rockies and the Pythagorean wins, ZiPS, Steamer, and so on are projecting major fail down the road.  Colorado has won in walk off fashion three times in the last two weeks.  They are turning deficits after the eighth into victories with the odds (think wiping out the fed deficit of trillions within the next two years) are lottery like against them.  Matt Holliday was activated to the big club Thursday starting in LF.  Nothing was hit towards him and he went 0-3 replaced by MF Parra for defensive purposes late game.  St. Louis Cardinals are in town for a three-game set this weekend.  They are the hottest team in baseball now.  Wasn’t Oakland A’s the hottest team when they got swept by the Rockies last month?

Colorado sits at a season high 13 games above .500 with a 70-57 record.  Arizona has refused to let Colorado sit on the West throne leading them by a single game with a 71-56 record.  The Dodgers are fading away mostly due to their bullpen having a dumpster fire of their own and fell back 3.5 games behind the Rockies.  In the unwanted race for the wild card birth, they are sitting in WC2 spot a half game behind the Cardinals.  Washington, Pittsburgh, and San Francisco are practically out of the post season race.

I continue to drink lots of Purple Kool Aid despite “Smokes and Mirrors” advice against it.  I’m on the Rockies bandwagon defying the low expectations.  I believe Jon Gray, Kyle Freeland, and German Marquez will drive us with an eight-cylinder truck to the NL West pennant heist.  I’m calling one walk off hit from Holliday before the season is over.  I have plenty of Purple Kool Aid for those who want to join me on the bandwagon.

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roxnsox
roxnsox
2 years ago

I’m sipping a little purple Kool-Aid too. Not swilling it yet. Just wanted to mention that I really love Dahl having shoved Parra out of the starting lineup. Gerardo is worth something as PH and late defender, but this kiddo has got to play.

Anybody got an opinion on the outfield and base running misplays, however? I’m betting on inexperience rather than lack of ability. Cuz that’s what I want it to be. Five-tool player…right? Right?

sdcarp
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sdcarp
2 years ago
Reply to  roxnsox

Regarding misplays, there’s been several this weekend. Cardinals RFer, a notorious bad defender, has at least 1. But the Cards CFer, who looks legit, has misplayed at least 2 balls. He’s athletic enough to makeup for the initial misread. I wonder if the smoke in the air, mixed with the lights, is making it difficult.

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sdcarp
2 years ago

Hey Ed………..happy Holliday!

Agbayani
Agbayani
2 years ago

Absolutely anything can happen when you’re tied for 1st (BOTH division and wild card) when the calendar turns to September. So yes, I’m in! Roxnsox, as for Dahl: ever since they called him up in 2016 at age 22 and he made an immediate impact, I’ve been a huge Dahl fan. The only thing holding him back has been injuries, and two of those – the ruptured spleen from an outfield collision, and the injury this year from sliding hard… Read more »

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sdcarp
2 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

I made this comp. for Dahl several times as he was coming through the minors – Jim Edmunds.

roxnsox
roxnsox
2 years ago

Big DADDY! (got it ignited, anyway:)

Agbayani
Agbayani
2 years ago

I nominate Kevin Gausman to replace Anderson. Maybe J.A. Happ. Or if we’re willing to give up more, Chris Archer? Oops. Those ships have sailed, right into other teams’ laps ….

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sdcarp
2 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Gausman is pitching well (in the Port of Atlanta).

Jeem
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Jeem
2 years ago

I call “Anderson to the DL” shortly. To my recollection, every time he’s had a stretch of being bad it’s turned-out he was hurt.

Hey everybody, no post from me this week– in the wringer with work and also some family issues roiling-up.

Agbayani
Agbayani
2 years ago

You know when Tyler Anderson’s next turn comes around? September 1. You know who should never start another game this season with expanded September rosters allowing for bullpen/starter-by-committee/Tampa Bay-style “opener” games just around the corner? Why, Tyler Anderson, of course. Do it, Jeff and Bud! Go bold in September. It’s Gray-Freeland-Marquez and a Gang of 15.

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sdcarp
2 years ago

Time for another sdcarp trivia question – once again, please don’t cheat by using the magic google machine: 2009-2015 Texas Rangers – After decades of basic futility (minus when Nolan Ryan pitched), the Rangers went to the playoff 4 times in the 09-15 era. Won 2 AL Pennants. Won 612 games (3rd most of the AL teams in this time span). 2016-2017 Washington Nationals – Playoff appearances both seasons. Arguably best team in NL for significant stretches of both of… Read more »

Jeem
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Jeem
2 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

Mike Maddux

sdcarp
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sdcarp
2 years ago
Reply to  Jeem

Right on Jeem – best Pitching Coach in the game.

Jeem
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Jeem
2 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

You should have posed it under an alias– I’d’ve been clueless.

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