It was no-doubt an innocent comment, an expression of the type of approach the Colorado Rockies need to take toward defending their home turf. Nevertheless, Walt Weiss used the term “bully,” and somebody like me said “Ooh, ‘Blake Street Bullies,’ it has a RING!,” and a perhaps unfortunate nickname was born. For so far in 2013 the Rockies are the very embodiment of bully, beating-up on the Unfortunate (Padres), and cowering in abject fear of the Superior (Giants). This afternoon they’ll send the least bully-ish of their starters, Jorge De La Rosa (0-1, 6.10), out to finish-off a 2nd-straight weekend sweep of the San Diego Padres, at 2:10 pm MDT in San Diego’s Petco Park. The Padres will counter with Clayton Richard (0-1, 8.68). Neither left-hander faced the opposition in last weekend’s series in Denver.
De La Rosa, making his 6th start since returning from Tommy John surgery late in 2012, is still searching for the old Mojo. He was rescued from a 3rd encounter with Ryan Braun of the Brewers in Colorado’s 1st 2013 win on April 2 in Milwaukee, then surrendered a 3-run bomb to Hunter Pence in the opener of the Rockies’ lay-down in San Francisco. Richard, meanwhile got blasted for 7 runs in 4-1/3 at New York on April 3, then got no decision after 5 innings of 2-run action against the Dodgers on Tuesday.
Weiss is going with the Yorvit lineup for Sunday’s day-after-night game. Torrealba will be catching DLR and hitting 8th. Speed-merchant Eric Young Jr is in left for Carlos Gonzalez and Jordan Pacheco is on for Todd Helton at 1st. Bud Black has swapped Chris Denorfia and Everth Cabrera in his top two slots against the left-hander. Cameron Maybin is in for Will Venable in center and Alexi Amarista is at 2nd-base.
The Blake Street Bullies label has served the Rockies well in cities without famous bridges. Their play has been aggressive, and they’ve delighted loyal fans who suffered through the turgid summer of 2012 with a
7-4 start. 7-4 works out to 103 wins, Cameo.
Skies, temperature and relative humidity will be virtually identical to Saturday’s in San Diego for the contest, partly cloudy, 60°, and 65%. The wind has swung-around and will blow out from 1st to left at 13 MPH. Marc Stout made the California trip with that birthday partyin’ ROOT crew. Jerry and Jack are playing it cool over on KOA 850 am.
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