Bully Call

Eric Young Jr led-off for the Colorado Rockies and lofted a short single to right-field on St Louis Cardinals’ rookie right-hander Shelby Miller’s (5-2, 1.58) 5th pitch.  Young stole 2nd on Miller’s 11th pitch, while he was in the middle of dispatching Dexter Fowler, and 102 pitches later Miller had retired 27 consecutive Rockies, leading the Cardinals to a 3-0 victory over Colorado Friday night at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. At one point RoOT Sports’ play-by-play man Drew Goodman tasked researcher Doug Marino to check into who was the last person to accomplish the feat, but no report was forthcoming. The question now becomes has this ever been done before?

Jon Garland (3-3, 4.83) once again delivered exactly what Rockies fans were begging for all of 2012, 5 innings of sufficiently competent pitching to keep the team close enough for the offense to exert its will.  Unfortunately since manager Walt Weiss rolled-out the A-team lineup last Sunday, the Blake Street Bullies have turned disturbingly passive, managing only 5 runs in 4 games since Monday’s off-day.  Miller struck-out 13 Colorado batters, 9 looking.  Only 3 Rockies’ batters managed to drive the ball into the outfield.  Miller was awesome— what can you say about a 29:84 ball-to-strike ratio, yet you hate to give the dreaded “tip of the cap” after such a meek performance by your side.

Recent talk has centered on Colorado’s conservative approach to its early-season bangs and bruises. Dex has missed time, so’s Troy Tulowitzski, Todd Helton and now Michael Cuddyer.  Not to mention today’s starter Jhoulys Chacin’s (3-1, 2.56) stint on the DL.  The caution seems to have taken the starch out of a squad that started the season on a 3 out-of 4 pace and is now sinking like a stone, managing only 1 out-of 3 over the past 18 games (6-12).

Chacin is being asked to be a Stopper today, what you need from your “ace.”  The test won’t be easy because the Cards are rolling-out theirs as well.  Adam Wainwright (4-2, 2.72) has been a horse for St Louis since 2007, logging 84 wins against 50 losses, including a 2011 season lost to injury.  He got banged-around a bit a week ago at Milwaukee, giving-up 5 runs and 11 hits in 5-1/3 innings of a St Louis win over the Brewers.  Chacin pitched Sunday, returning from a tweaked lower-back to take the loss as the Rockies fell to Tampa Bay 8-3.  He surrendered 6 runs, 5 earned, but lasted 7, allowing 8 hits.

Cuddyer is out again this afternoon, bound to invite speculation about the severity of his sore neck. Weiss will play the Torrealba card, perhaps hoping Yorvit will direct some of his screaming and intensity toward the rest of the Rockies’ offense.  EYJ will be in right again, and RWO favorite Reid Brignac will spell Josh Rutledge at 2nd-base.  Carlos Beltan gets the day-off for St Louis, with Matt Adams on at 1st-base and Allan Craig moving to right-field for Cards’ manager Mike Matheny.

It’s going to be windy in St Louis under mostly cloudy skies.  It’ll be a cross-wind at 18-20 MPH, gusting from left-to right.  Despite the 12:15 MDT Saturday afternoon start there are no demoralizing blackouts. If I’ve got the RoOT road rotation right, it’s Jenny with the Cowboy on the postgame, Marc Stout prowling the stands and Drew and George in the booth.  Jerry and Jack will be on radio KOA 850 am.

COLORADO (19-16)
Eric Young (S) RF
Dexter Fowler (S) CF
Carlos Gonzalez (L) LF
Troy Tulowitzki (R) SS
Todd Helton (L) 1B
Nolan Arenado (R) 3B
Reid Brignac (L) 2B
Yorvit Torrealba (R) C
Jhoulys Chacin (R) P
ST LOUIS (22-12)
Matt Carpenter (L) 2B
Jon Jay (L) CF
Matt Holliday (R) LF
Allen Craig (R) RF
Yadier Molina (R) C
Matt Adams (L) 1B
David Freese (R) 3B
Pete Kozma (R) SS
Adam Wainwright (R) P

 


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ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
7 years ago

Wow. Just turned on today to see no hit through 7. My God, can we get any lower?

EdtheUmp
EdtheUmp
7 years ago
Reply to  ProgMatinee

48 at bats…15 innings…no hits, one walk

EdtheUmp
EdtheUmp
7 years ago

all that our tv idiots can talk about is how chacin got squeezed and wainwright is getting EVERY borderline pitch…

how about realizing the ford strike zone is for the fans…it is not exact…god, i hate our announcers

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
7 years ago

This team is so gut and heartless. I think they gave up already. Not sure what it might take to turn them around. Just to think we had a 8 game winning streak just 3 weeks ago. Easy come easy go, I guess.

Though Pomeranz and Chatwood look like they deserve a spot on the roster, last time I checked you need to score runs to win.

Bill
Bill
7 years ago

If you drink the purple Kool-aid you got to feel good. Twice as many hits and 3 times as many baserunners as Friday. Of course until a few days ago I had never heard of Shelby Miller. 5 runs in 5 games and we actually won one of those. One run in the past 27 innings. Yikes. Gotta disagree with Prog. Just because they can’t hit does not mean they are gutless and heartless. Lots of good hitters all in… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago

Yes, lots of guys are in a hitting slump all at once. Yes, we’ve faced a string of really good pitchers (Kuroda, Sabathia, Miller, Wainwright — even Phelps, who beat us Wednesday, has been surprisingly good in his stint last year and so far this year). But there’s this too: we started a lineup featuring Eric Young Jr (career OPS+ of 77) as our rightfielder/leadoff man, along with Brignac (career OPS+ 62) at 2B and Yorvit (career OPS+ 82) batting… Read more »

Doc
Doc
7 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

In order to maintain a slight degree of positiveness, I have to believe that WW has little to do with Brignac other than following orders.

Bill
Bill
7 years ago

Doc brings up a good point. Brigniac was one of the few guys that was brought into the organization this year. He may be on the team and playing, albeit sparingly, because DoD and Geivett want him to ply. With the elephant in the room, that is Geivett in the clubhouse, we have no idea what role he has. Maybe lots, maybe none at all. Last year I think the Rockies season turned in mid-May. Two days in a row… Read more »

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