Crab Cakes and Queens

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.

COLORADO (47-51)
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

BALTIMORE (57-40)
Adam Jones (R) CF
Jonathan Schoop (R) 2B
Manny Machado (R) 3B
Mark Trumbo (R) 1B
Chris Davis (L) DH
Matt Wieters (S) C
J.J. Hardy (R) SS
Nolan Reimold (R) LF
Dariel Alvarez (R) RF

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jaredean
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jaredean
4 years ago

So many fun storylines tonight and as excited as i am with Dahl (and i’m VERY excited) i gotta say i’m almost as excited to watch Nolan give Manny some pointers at 3rd. 🙂 It’s no secret i don’t like the kid and hate the East Cost bias that makes it seem like Manny is the best player in the world and Nolan Who???

jaredean
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jaredean
4 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

wow…spoke too soon…2 errors??? Say it ain’t so…

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
4 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

Yeah, right after I told a bunch of Orioles fans just how good he is. What I didn’t realize is that he only had one error all year before this.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
4 years ago

The rox hitters are acting like Gallardo throws 100 mph darts. He is topping out at only 89. Rip it now. No excuses.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
4 years ago

That’s what I’m talking about NoDo.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
4 years ago

WW idiot again. You’re on the road against team with best home record. You have to take more risks to find wins. Leading 2-1 and u play the infield back to sacrifice tying run??????

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
4 years ago

That’s 3 hours thru 9 with JDLR against AL East team. Bob in WV must be happy!

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
4 years ago

Again, Hundley is expendable. Wolters makes this tag easy.

Doc
Doc
4 years ago

Hats off to BP (best pitcher). Pitched a great game. Congrats to Dahl on his first hit–great to see quality players filling out the lineup.

Bill
Bill
4 years ago

Gotta agree with RMH. On the road you play for the win, not tie. Although Drew and Jeff thought the Rockies had the advantage in extras. Right! Playing in cuts off the run in the 8th. And yeah Lyles misplayed the ball but if Hund;ey held on to it, the runner would be out. But WW said it was a tough play. Yup it’s a tough play and I couldn’t have made it. But I’m 71 and haven’t played real… Read more »

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
4 years ago
Reply to  Bill

Had Lyles caught it and been alert, he had an easy 1-6-3 DP on that last play which would have got them out of the inning entirely.

roxnsox
roxnsox
4 years ago
Reply to  Bob in Indy

Two-Stooges play on that groaner!

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
4 years ago

Hey, gang, just rolled into the driveway at 2:45am. First game at Camden Yards was memorable, despite the ugly dismal last play. Beautiful stadium. Sure wished Dahl’s great throw in the first inning was a split second faster. Great to see him get his first hit. Now the cool story. Had dinner at Dempsey’s in the warehouse in right field, then walked across the concourse to watch batting practice. Before I saw the field a high towering ball came over… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
4 years ago
Reply to  Bob in Indy

Nice! Good fans in Baltimore.

roxnsox
roxnsox
4 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

Cool, Bob! More on the fans: did you all notice the announcer mentioned it was his debut in the bigs when he came to bat, and the crowd gave nice applause hearing it? Didn’t know they were that cool in Baltimore. Thumbs up! St. Louis is the place I’d think to hear that.

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
4 years ago
Reply to  roxnsox

Yes, it was a classy welcome to the show for Mr. Dahl. St. Louis, eh? Well, the Baltimore Orioles were once the St. Louis Browns so perhaps some of that DNA remains.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
4 years ago

Dahl’s athleticism is a notable upgrade for the Rox. One “comp” I heard for Dahl not long after he was drafted was Jim Edmunds. In his heyday, Edmunds wax one of the best defensive OFers in the Majors. I sort of get the “comp.”

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
4 years ago

Just a couple more tidbits on the game last night. The rain you saw late in the game was nothing like it appeared on TV. Those camera shots with zoom lenses pick up every raindrop between Point A and Point B. It was actually a very light rain that only lasted a few minutes. Very deceiving. When Trevor Story flied out to deep left with a runner on in the 7th, Drew said he just got under it. From our… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
4 years ago

Bob, great story on Dahl’s BP homer! They lost last night, but “competitive on the road against good teams” is always a big turning point. And as for Dahl: I’ve been thinking of more recent examples, like “Charlie Blackmon with more power, a little more speed, and a better arm.” I also saw Andy Van Slyke as a comp — and that’s basically the “better Charlie” that I’m thinking of. Whatever he is, I’m pretty high on him, and I… Read more »

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
4 years ago

Third straight game that Hundley gives us a reason to throw him in the box and lock him up. A straight FB that goes through his legs giving the O’s a reasonable chance to rally on 9th

Agbayani
Agbayani
4 years ago

And RMH, notice how Drew and Jeff and Spilly and whoever are no longer talking about what a wonderful game caller/handler of pitchers Hundley is? That’s about all anyone could say last year. I guess his game calling is in decline too? I was no fan of signing Hundley, but he’s been exactly what we thought he was (there’s a little Denny Green for you) ever since he joined the Rockies, which is fine, but he is now the past,… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
4 years ago

Road series tied 1-1. Rubber game tomorrow. Most elite teams have a true “ace.” When that “ace” goes in the rubber match, they win the series. That’s why they’re elite teams. In the entire history of the Rockies, I contend that we’ve only had a true “ace” for about a season and half. Ubaldo, 2008 and the first half of 2009. So we haven’t had the “ace” luxury. Jinx alert………Jon Gray is trending toward “ace.” He’s on the bump tomorrow… Read more »

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
4 years ago

Continue commenting on this thread. I don’t get home from work until 5pm, no time to add a new thread. I’ll try to put something up post game.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
4 years ago

For the 4th night in a row, Hundley helped the opponent. When all of Gray’s sliders are hangers don’t ever call another one. Yet he called for it that Machado hammered into the seats.

Yes he had a 2-runice HR but Murphy could have done the same thing.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
4 years ago

Jon Gray is good.

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