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.