The Colorado Rockies had a bit of a good thing going. Nolan Arenado had returned on July 3, Carlos Gonzalez was back Friday and Brett Anderson was coming back to take Sunday’s start. Frankie Morales and 4 relievers had limited the San Diego Padres to a single run Tuesday, Troy Tulowitzki and Drew Stubbs provided some stick on Wednesday, and Jorge De La Rosa added a new injury to his resume on Friday, but also limited the Minnesota Twins to a run in 6 innings of a 6-2 Colorado victory. They had 3-in-a-row going, their top-drawer offense and defense back at full strength, and an anemic Twins squad at-the-ready for a flourish before a couple days off. Then manager Walt Weiss turned to his “Killer” B’s to back-up shaky appearances by Tyler Matzek and Anderson on Saturday and Sunday, and before you could say “Home Run Derby” the 3 wins faded into 2 losses and a break-even, worse than kissing your sister week.
Undoubtedly the bullpen is over-worked. The starting staff, other than DLR, has brought nothing. Jhoulys Chacin, Tyler Anderson, and Juan Nicasio, the hold-overs from 2013, have been invisible, and the group brought-in to supplement them all have broken hands, but Matt Belisle, Rex Brothers and Chad Bettis have all been Killer B Bad all season long, fresh or wasted. It’s the same old story, Ferrari in the field, Pinto on the mound.
Owner Dick Monfort had a nice week, b_tch-slapping a couple of the fans who line his pockets on those tasty nine-dollar Coors Lights they sell up there on the rooftop. And he’s started to wonder if maybe, just maybe, the BIB and his cronies may be a bit over-matched at this business of orchestrating a baseball enterprise. Useful musings for the opposition to contemplate with July 31 a couple short weeks down the road.
But there are still 67 to go! Bag 41 of them and break even. Buy the BIB that 3-year extension he so desires.