Continue Home Resurgence vs. Mets 05/15/2014

No Sunday lineup today.  Nice to see the Sunday lineup stay in the circular file for a while.  Yesterday the Rockies took advantage of the weak link in the Mets’ rotation (spot start by Verrett) to clinch the series against New York Mets.  This afternoon they face off against Jason deGrom who will be opposed by Tyler Chatwood who needs to prove he can pitch at Coors as well as on the road this year.

CarGo once again moved down a spot to the five-hole.  Walt Weiss should just as well swap Mark Reynolds and CarGo in the lineup and taking the heat off him in the sixth spot.  CarGo is the only hitter that can’t seem to get his bat going lacking an RBI and a HR in almost a month.  Charlie Blackmon has found his groove since coming off the DL.  Trevor Story continues to show that he has a consistent swing.  As sdcarp says, he knows the strike zone even better than the umpires do.  Unlike Clint Barnes who  could never lay off dirt balls in the other batter’s box, Story has been making the pitchers throw the ball back over the plate.  Nodo, Gerardo Parra, Reynolds, and DJLM all are having good seasons at the plate.   Tony Wolters takes a pass since he has been a rookie just a month.  But he has been superb in play calling, digging dirt balls, and working with the staff far beyond his experience.

With Jordan Lyles and JDLR out on the DL, the rotation has somewhat stabilized.  Jon Gray and Chettis are emerging (subject to further analysis by RWOers) as the top two of the rotation.  Chatwood is a solid middle of rotation as long as his elbow holds up.  Chris Rusin and Eddie Butler are doing just enough but just a bit inconsistent.  The hitters can help the rotation a little bit by keeping the pedal to the metal; too often Colorado scores early and often and then put the bats away in the fourth or fifth inning.

After today’s game at 2:10 MDT, the Rockies head out on the last three-city road trip of the season visiting St. Louis, Pittsburgh, and Boston.  All trips the rest of the way will be two cities each except for one visit after the ASG for one set before coming back home.

P.S.  I’m back from my vacation and I plan to get the RWO site updated regularly.

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sdcarp
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sdcarp
4 years ago

Damn…..sweep of the Amazin’s!!!!!!

EdtheUmp
EdtheUmp
4 years ago

I cannot believe the Rox got back above .500!! Nice going! See what above average pitching does for a team.
Now for the bad news…St Louis, Pittsburgh, Boston…yikes!!
What do the RWOers predict for this road trip?
4-5 would be acceptable to me…5-4 would be heaven.
I believe reality has a way of finding the Rox on the road…3-6 is my prediction.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
4 years ago
Reply to  EdtheUmp

Ed – we should see Jamie Garcia, Wainwright, and Wacha in that order from St. Louis. Garcia is having a nice season so far and is the proverbial soft-tossing lefty that historically baffles the Rox. We’ll also catch Gerrit Cole in Pittsburgh for sure (he pitched today). The Red Sox SPing hasn’t been good (including David Price), but they’re an offensive juggernaut. Here’s something cool…..if Gray pitches Thursday in St. Louis, then he’ll definitely get a start in Boston. Ed… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
4 years ago

Or Leicester City winning the BPL or an 18 year old winning a Formula One race?

Doc
Doc
4 years ago
Reply to  EdtheUmp

I’m thinking heaven, Ed.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
4 years ago

I’ve watched the “highlights” from today’s Jays/Rangers slugfest (literally) several times. It’s sort of funny watching Tulo attempting to be a tough guy. He’s not…..it’s an obvious charade.

BTW – is Odor’s punch the cleanest, hardest connected punch in baseball history?

Bill
Bill
4 years ago

1st game I’ve attended since July 3rd or 4th of 2014 (Fireworkds night). First of all, it was alot colder today. The hits Chatwood allowed, with the exception of the HR by Cespedes, were as RMH suggested not hit hard and at least some can be attributed to the Mets hitting against the shift. What worry me more about Chatty is the walks. Almost always a problem with Rockies pitchers. 4 strikeouts and 3 walks (including one to the other… Read more »

EdtheUmp
EdtheUmp
4 years ago
Reply to  Bill

On running out of the baseline…there are a few guidelines but the most important is IF the runner runs more than 3 feet from a direct line to the next base and attempts to avoid the tag he is to be called out. The play is not reviewable.

EdtheUmp
EdtheUmp
4 years ago

Oops, I “left” the comment and came back to add more but the comment disappeared! I was able to get it back but could not continue writing, so… An attempt at a tag must be made (Nodo gave it a weak effort but it was still an attempt and the 3 foot requirement is to be interpreted as an “arms length” so the fact Nodo was unable to reach him makes it “running out of the baseline”. From an umpire… Read more »

Bill
Bill
4 years ago
Reply to  EdtheUmp

Hey Ed. Thanks. I now understand the rule. Not always called that way in the softball beer league I used to play in. I’m not sure if Nolan understood the rule but he did figure out that he needed to get at least one out on the play so after missing on the tag he got the runner at first. And the Denver Post answered my question about the quality of the field. Hockey games and high school baseball games… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
4 years ago
Reply to  EdtheUmp

Ed – forget this silly, trivial stuff. How do you handle Odor vs. Joey Bats?

EdtheUmp
EdtheUmp
4 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

I’m with Odor on this one…notwithstanding the lingering bat flip saga, this is a classic case of “unwritten rules”. Joey B clearly slid in illegally, with the new “Utley” interpretation and was , also, clearly going to be called out and a double play called which is the correct call. I don’t like the “Utley” rule as I am a purist from the “old school” game but with the salaries now being paid, MLB had to start to do something… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
4 years ago

Per Ed’s challenge, upcoming road trip prediction: As Ed (and many others) have noted – this is a classic, historic setup for a massive Rockie road trip failure. This fact is not lost on me. But also not lost on me is the fact that we’re seeing some fundamental change within the Club. First and foremost, the current youth movement also equates to a better talent movement. So we’ve got that going for us. But not only is the talent… Read more »

Pooter
Pooter
4 years ago

As the roller coaster ride of a season rolls on I have to say that today I am pretty excited about this team’s chances! Butler and Gray seemed to have figured it out with Gray looking like the ace that the Rockies have long needed. Bettis and Chatwood pitch like hungry bulldogs that possess the short memory that is required at Coors. The bullpen looks great with Estevez throwing gas, resurgence of Boone, and McGee piling up saves. Reinforcements are… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
4 years ago

The Amatuer Draft is about 3 weeks away, and more-and-more Mock Drafts are surfacing. Here’s a very, very fast rising name to keep an eye in regards to the Rox and their #1 (#4 overall) pick, Micky Moniak: Last year I had an extremely strong opinion that the Rox should take the best available player and that players should be one of three SSs (Swanson, Bergman, or Rodgers). Of course the Rox did in fact come through and draft the… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
4 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

I should have said “best HS offensive player.”

Agbayani
Agbayani
4 years ago

Tyler Matzek: comes in for Modesto last night to face one hitter (a lefty I imagine). 4-pitch walk. Last week he made his first appearance. You guessed it – a walk. The only report I saw on that had his fastball at 81-82, obviously just trying to aim it rather than throwing free and easy. This is getting sad. Having made it back from this once before, I harbored some hope he could do it again. Not looking likely. Meanwhile,… Read more »

EdtheUmp
EdtheUmp
4 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Poor Tyler, I hope he has something to fall back on as he is just a few short days (weeks?) from being DFA’d, IMHO. Talent galore but if any of us EVER needed to be convinced, the mental part of the game is paramount in succeeding over the long run. Too bad, I liked his potential, and after his recent failures that is all it was…potential.

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