RMH, SUICIDAL WEDNESDAY, FIRING-UP BAND WAGON
The Colorado Rockies defeated the Atlanta Braves Sunday afternoon 7-2, completing a 4-game sweep and finishing week 15 of the 2016 MLB season 5-2. The Rockies have nudged their home record into winning territory at 25-24, and they’ve won 7 of their last 10, although 6 of those wins were over the Braves, who don’t exactly run Glavine, Smoltz and Maddux out at you these days.
RWO editor-in-chief RMH, who earlier in the week was disseminating misinformation and in-fact bald-faced lies (Colorado split with Philadelphia before the break, and took the series in Atlanta), has recovered from being apparently stunned while attending the Rockies’ 11-3 loss to Tampa Bay on Wednesday, firing-off 2 columns in 2 days, and whooping-up the RWO faithful for a ride on the proverbial band wagon from here on to October.
Colorado opened the week with a 7-4 defeat of the Rays behind Tyler Anderson, then fell Tuesday and Wednesday, getting poor starts from first Tyler Chatwood, and then Jorge De La Rosa. They got well against a dismal Atlanta squad starting Thursday. The Rockies got over on Mike Foltynewicz in the 6th on Thursday to deliver a win for Chad Bettis. Jon Gray survived a rain-delay and an appearance by Jason Motte on Friday for his 7th win. Saturday Colorado solved Matt Wisler in the 6th and cruised to an 8-4 win, Anderson’s 3rd.
Chatwood (9-6, 3.65) was back on the hill yesterday, feeling the heat from Tuesday’s substandard outing and analysis by the RWO’s Bill. The right-hander concocted a curious concept to keep Braves’ hitters at bay in Coors Field, attempting to complete the game without throwing a single strike. The Rockies greeted Atlanta righty Tyrell Jenkins (0-2, 6.17) rudely. Charlie Blackmon singled and DJ LeMahieu walked, then Nolan Arenado deposited a fly ball into the right-field seats. Colorado made it 4-0 in the 1st on a Trevor Story double, Ryan Raburn fly-ball, and Nick Hundley single. LeMahieu homered to lead-off the 4th and Arenado followed with a double. Trevor Story, who had a monstrous weekend, made it 7-0 with a shot into the left-field pavilion. Chatwood accepted the largess, walking 8 as he splattered his way through 5 innings, surrendering but a single hit and striking-out 5. Gonzalez Germen gave-up the Atlanta runs in a 2-inning stint, and Scott Oberg and Jake McGee both delivered scoreless innings.
The Rockies are in Baltimore, Maryland this afternoon, opening a 3-game set with the Orioles at Camden Yards with a 5:05 MT start. They head on to the borough of Queens, New York City, on Thursday for 4 with the Mets before returning to Denver a week from tonight. De La Rosa (6-7, 6.17) gets the start tonight, facing Baltimore right-hander Yovani Gallardo (3-2, 5.69), the long-time Brewer. DLR got battered Tuesday by the Rays, giving up 9 runs (7 earned) in 4 innings on 11 hits and a couple walks. Gallardo pitched Wednesday and lost to the Mets. He allowed 4 in 7 innings on 5 hits and 4 walks, striking-out 5.
Albuquerque Isotopes center-fielder David Dahl got the big-league call Sunday afternoon and is taking-over left-field for Colorado tonight, hitting 6th. He’ll follow the Rockies’ usual murders row of Arenado, Carlos Gonzalez and the red-hot Story, still intact with the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline looming. Baltimore, managed by Buck Showalter, counters 3-4-5 with Manny Machado, Mark Trumbo, and Chris Davis.
Thunderstorms are rumbling around the Chesapeake Bay as game time approaches. Wind will blow straight-out at 5-7 MPH, and humidity will fall from 84 to 70% after the storm passes. RWO gossip columnist sd carp will be watching the wire to keep you informed on the deadline dealings as ROOT Sports gives us the telecast and KOA takes the radio.
Charlie Blackmon (L) CF
DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B
Nolan Arenado (R) 3B
Carlos Gonzalez (L) RF
Trevor Story (R) SS
David Dahl (L) LF
Mark Reynolds (R) 1B
Daniel Descalso (L) DH
Nick Hundley (R) C