Chacin Returns

Right-hander Jhoulys Chacin (3-0, 1.46) returns to the mound this afternoon after a stint on the 15-day Disabled List.  He’ll match-up against the Tampa Bay Rays’ Alex Cobb (3-2, 2.55) as the Colorado Rockies look to take 2 of 3 from the Rays in the weekend series.  Chacin had just finished 6 shutout innings against the Diamondbacks on April 19 when he felt discomfort in what was at first believed to be an oblique, but turned-out to be a general, mild strain, after Miguel Montero grounded-out leading-off the 7th.  A point of much discussion the past several days, the Rockies are being ultra-cautions with physical issues this season, and they shut Chacin down for two starts to ensure he is sound.  Cobb is a 25-year old righty in his 3rd MLB season.  He’s been steady so far in 2013, but got knocked about a bit (4 runs and 10 hits) in a 5-2/3 inning appearance Tuesday in Kansas City.

Chacin was replaced in the rotation by 23-year old right-hander Tyler Chatwood, who held Atlanta to 4 runs in 6 innings on April 24, then shut-out the Dodgers for 6 on Tuesday, leading to no shortage of intrigue over who gets sent back to the Sky Sox to make room for Chacin.  Neither Jeff Francis nor Juan Nicasio have inspired a great deal of confidence, energizing the roster-move speculation.  The Rockies have quashed fans’ need for intrigue, however, as Chatwood and Ryan Wheeler, up for Todd Helton, were optioned back to Colorado Springs.

Colorado manager Walt Weiss has penciled-in what looks to be the “permanent” first-team lineup (for a Sunday afternoon!), with Nolan Arenado moving-up to the 2-slot and Helton coming-off the DL to hit 6th at 1st base.  Tampa Bay has Jose Lobaton and Sean Rodriguez back in their lineup at catcher and shortstop respectively.  And speaking of respect, His Honor James Loney will hit cleanup.

It’s going to be a mid- to high-50°s day under partly cloudy skies and 36% relative humidity over at 20th and Blake this afternoon.  The wind has shifted around a bit to the south, and will blow across and out from right to left at about 7 MPH.  George and Drew will have the Vinny dolls today (I promise) for TV on ROOT sports.  Radio’s on 850 am KOA.

TAMPA BAY (13-15)
Desmond Jennings (R) CF
Matt Joyce (L) LF
Evan Longoria (R) 3B
James Loney (L) 1B
Kelly Johnson (L) LF
Ryan Roberts (R) 2B
Jose Lobaton (S) C
Sean Rodriguez (R) SS
Alex Cobb (R) P
COLORADO (17-9)
Dexter Fowler (S) CF
Nolan Arenado (R) 3B
Carlos Gonzalez (L) LF
Troy Tulowitzki (R) SS
Michael Cuddyer (R) RF
Todd Helton (L) 1B
Wilin Rosario (R) C
Josh Rutledge (R) 2B
Jhoulys Chacin (R) P

 


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Bill
Bill
7 years ago

That really ticks me off. I’m guessing that since this is already an option year for Chatwood he can be moved up and down all year, while they haven’t used an option on Nicasio this year. And I’m guessing that Francis has too many years of ML service he can refuse any demotion. Eventually DoD or Geivett will have to pull the trigger and have the best pitchers on the big league staff. I think that includes both Chatwood and… Read more »

Jaredean
Jaredean
7 years ago

Wow, Arenado hitting second… Hope it doesn’t mess with his head, because I really like how the kid approaches every at-bat.

Miketober
Miketober
7 years ago

All we need is another 3 solo homers and we are right back in this one.

Miketober
Miketober
7 years ago

They say you win 54, lose 54, and determine your fate with the other 54. I’d say this game was one of the 54 the Rox were bound to lose. Rays had at least 4 hits just beyond outstretched gloves or that dropped between outfielders and/or foul lines. I think the Rockies may have even outhit the Rays, but couldn’t put anything together.

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
7 years ago

Todays game was lackluster, boring, and bordering on pathetic. RISP is an issue that really needs to be addressed. Plenty of stat guys on here. What were the Rockies in this series? Not very good. And as Jeem has pointed out, today was the A team. Chacin didn’t do much to help. That 1st inning was a fiasco. 23 pitches with only 3 singles. Throw in the walk and the wild pitch and the Rays were spotted 3 runs. I… Read more »

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
7 years ago
Reply to  Mike Raysfan

I believe I heard the Rox were 4 for 30 with RISP for the series- not good.

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
7 years ago

Speaking of pitching, Guthrie threw a complete game shutout yesterday. He is now 9-0 in his last 17 starts. The well known sports network (that doesn’t have MLB in their title) that uses former MLB players for their talking heads was singing the praises of Guthrie and pointing their fingers at the Rockies as being the problem when he was here.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
7 years ago

Very inconsistent right now. They haven’t won consecutive games since April 20. Starting rotation is starting to show its true form.

Bill
Bill
7 years ago

I only watched the first few innings and the last inning and a half and took a well deserved nap in between. But a couple of things disturbed me. One, I hadn’t realized that Chacin didn’t have any rehab starts, just a 6 inning job in extended spring training. It showed in the first inning. I didn’t see the 6th (is that where the Rays scored the next 3?) so can’t comment on that. Also all weekend Frazier and Goodman… Read more »

Miketober
Miketober
7 years ago
Reply to  Bill

I only recall one Rays hit where the OF may have been too deep. The rest were solid singles up the middle or over Rutledge’s outstretched glove. Maybe if Michael Jordan was playing 2B it may have been a different story…

Julie Gilkey
Julie Gilkey
7 years ago
Reply to  Miketober

Maybe DJ Lamahieu?

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