Chatacular in Chicago!

All RWOers can look forward to going to the office tomorrow with an extra bounce in their steps.  Just like the Rockies are going to have a happy flight to Cincinnati for a three-game set starting tomorrow.  The Rockies played clean baseball and probably played the best game all year in a 2-0 shutout over the Chicago Cubs.

Tyler Chatwood mowed down the mighty Cubs lineup like they are still in AAA league.  He gave up only two hits and a walk over seven shutout innings.  He joined Chettis and Christian Bergman in giving the Rockies impressive performances by the starting pitchers against the hottest team.  The rotation gave up only two runs total over three games.  That allowed the Rockies to use their bullpen to close out the games.  Take away David Hale’s three-run dismal effort and the bullpen has allowed only two runs over three games.

Nolan put in routine work at the office today.  He hit two solo homers to provide the margin of victory.  The defense helped the pitchers in support of the shutout.  CarGo made a sliding and difficult catch against the brick wall along the foul line. In the ninth, Tulo2.7 stabbed Dexter Fowler’s one-hopper bullet and got him for the first out.  Who needs the original Tulo??

The Rockies improved to 3-1 in series play on the season and 7-5 overall.  It is quite a feat when you win two consecutive series against the hottest teams coming into the series.  That will be ten times more impressive if that happens in late summer.  They will be in second place half a game out of first after tonight’s game between the Dodgers and Giants.

Colorado will have Jordan Lyles, JDLR, and Chettis in the three-game series starting tomorrow night.  They hope to continue their momentum to keep picking up series wins and road wins.  Take away the two bad games against San Diego and the Rockies are playing better than projected.  Caveat – that normally happens in April.  Let’s see that in July and August.

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Agbayani
Agbayani
4 years ago

I feel great for the kid! Chatty coming off his 2nd TJ surgery – that’s one tough guy. And he’s managed to slightly transform himself again. He came up as a very hard thrower with a big curve. After a year with the Rockies, he became a power sinker/slider guy with a big groundball:flyball ratio. Now? The slider is gone as a way to save his arm, and he’s figuring out how to pitch effectively up in the zone —… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
4 years ago

Went to the Royals @ A’s game today in Oakland. Ratty old Stadium, but fantastic experience. Great fans. Knowledgable fans. Passionate fans. A rare almost sellout today (lucky for the A’s the Warriors weren’t playing). As promised, paid close attention to foul territory. Salvy Perez caught one foul leaning over he wall near the 3rd base dugout that wouldn’t have been an out in the other 29 Parks, otherwise it was a non-factor. It did give me an idea of… Read more »

JulieG
JulieG
4 years ago

Wolters is legit, no doubt about that. Amazing mobility and reactions for a catcher and excellent speed on the base path. I am pleasantly surprised.

Agbayani
Agbayani
4 years ago

Carp, I haven’t been to the A’s stadium in about 15 years, but it was, umm, uninspiring even then. It had one redeeming quality – some nice views. Then they built “Mt. Davis” for the Raiders (seats in the OF worse than the Rockpile – I sat there once) and took that away. It’s good to see some of the crappy parks every now and then to appreciate what we have here. As for Castro: he earned that spot, but… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
4 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Absolutely agree regarding Motte. If he’s not injured, he pitched the 8th. The Cubs know him well from his St Louis years…..so it probably doesn’t end well.

Disagree regarding Motte vs. Qualls. This should be a side bet. Who will be worse in 2K16???? Let’s revisit from time-to-time.

I sort of get the need to sign one of those two. But even with the benefit of hindsight, I don’t get signing both.

Agbayani
Agbayani
4 years ago

Kyle Freeland: 7 IP, 1 R (unearned), 1 BB, 5 K. Jordan Lyles, you better step up your game … he’s breathing down your neck. Eddie Butler: 6 o.k. innings, followed by a bullpen blowup.

Bob K.
Bob K.
4 years ago

Matt Flemer was a free agent signing in 2012. He spent last year at AA New Britain where he went 7-11 with an ERA of 3.87 and had 1 complete game. He started this year at AA Harvard where he was 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA. He was promoted to AAA Albuquerque on April 16, 2016.

http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=607343#/career/R/pitching/2016/ALL

Pooter
Pooter
4 years ago

I am very excited about the return of Motte! I think he will be a great addition to the bullpen. As of today, what would you now do with Reyes if the Commissioner said there was not a suspension? I would send Adames down and have him take over his spot on the bench. If Story continues to swing and miss it might be nice to have a contact guy in the lineup. Also, DJ has not hit in the… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
4 years ago
Reply to  Pooter

Reyes never plays another game as a Rockie. Mark it down and take it to the bank! It’s as sure as the stock market ticking over 18,000 today.

Pooter
Pooter
4 years ago

That would probably be the best option. In a small sample size and from my view from MLB TV I have noticed a good team chemistry so far the season. Examples, did you see Arenado get fired up when Story made that great defensive play yesterday? Also, Cargo getting fired up about Nolan’s bunt in game 1 of the Cubs series. Get Motte and Ottavino in here and lets make a playoff run!!

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