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REELING ROX IN SF; PHILLIES VISIT AHEAD OF BREAK

There is no joy in Mudville.

The Colorado Rockies won only once during week 12 of the 2016 MLB season.  That came a week ago vs the Blue Jays. They’ve lost 5 straight and are in San Francisco for the first of 3 with the Giants.  Tyler Anderson (0-2, 2.66) goes for Colorado against San Fran’s Jake Peavy (4-7, 5.33) at 2:05 pm MT at AT&T Park.  The Philadelphia Phillies will visit Coors Field for 3 over the weekend, going into next week’s All Star Break.

After Jon Gray came back from an aborted start to deliver 7 strong in the Monday victory, the week really exposed the flaws in the current edition of the evolving Rockies.  Jerked-around or not, Eddie Butler is not yet ready to succeed in a starting role, and Eddie was gone with one out in the 4th on Tuesday as Toronto rolled 14-5.  Tyler Chatwood’s stint on the DL put a gap in the rotation and Chad Bettis’ inconsistent recent performance has left Colorado working with essentially 3/5 of a starting staff, which has started to wear on the bullpen, provoking fears the improved Rockies may have simply postponed their traditional June Swoon, leaving us exposed to a July Slide.

Wednesday an offensive outage spoiled another nice start by the rookie Anderson, and regrettably presaged what was to come, and there’s really nothing to say about the 3-game set in Los Angeles except 41 strikeouts and 2 runs.  Sea Level Sickness set-in once again, and unless Colorado can figure out a permanent way to forget that old song, it’s going to take a real serious pitching revolution if they plan to contend.

Nevertheless, the onset of July brings us upon the All Star game, and with due respect to Nolan Arenado, Trevor Story, Chatwood, and especially Carlos Gonzalez, who is already pissed-off, I’ve got to back-up Roxnsox who noted recently that Charlie Blackmon and DJ LeMahieu are REALLY good players.  Hey Ag, BABIP or no, I think DJ and Charlie are going to be alright…  Realistically, only Arenado and potentially Story are likely selections, as the Rockies are losing and no one’s paying any attention to Colorado, although there continues to be fairly widespread nationwide curiosity about just how stoned we are out here.  But Cubs fans are stuffing the ballot box, and as much as you’d like to respect what Theo Epstein and his staff have done with that franchise, you had to know Cub fans couldn’t be cool about it.

Arguing counter to the July Slide notion, Chatwood will return to the rotation tomorrow against the Giants.  Jake McGee was back yesterday in LA.  Adam Ottavino pitched on consecutive nights over the weekend for the Isotopes.  Less thrilling perhaps, Chris Rusin and Christian Bergman are near returning.  Gerardo Parra is still a bit out, but with the work Brandon Barnes has delivered since his call-up Parra has hardly been missed.

So Anderson goes this afternoon against the Giants, who despite all of the noise being made in Chicago and places like Arlington, Texas, remain as strong a World Series contender as anybody.  Anderson went 6 on Tuesday against Toronto, allowing 3 runs on 8 hits and 2 bases-on-balls.  He struck-out 6.  Peavy had a rough start Tuesday in Oakland, giving-up 7 in 3-1/3, although only 3 were earned.  The right-hander didn’t have any strikeouts, surrendered 5 hits and 2 walks, and took the loss in the A’s 7-1 victory.

Rockies’ manager Walt Weiss will roll his potential all stars out 1 through 5, Blackmon in center, LeMahieu at 2nd, NoDo at 3rd, CarGo in right and Story at shortstop.  For all their majesty, Bruce Bochy’s Giants have a few unfamiliar names in their Independence Day order.  Grant Green hits second at 2nd, Mac Williamson will be 6th in right, I think we know Jarrett Parker, hitting 7th in left, and Ruben Tejada is 8th at 3rd-base.

It’ll be cool and breezy on the San Francisco Bay this afternoon.  The temperature will be in the mid 60’s with 55% humidity.  The wind will blow out toward left at 13 MPH.  ESPN will have the TV broadcast for today’s holiday contest.  Radio’s on KOA 840 am.

COLORADO (37-44)
Charlie Blackmon (L) CF
DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B
Nolan Arenado (R) 3B
Carlos Gonzalez (L) RF
Trevor Story (R) SS
Ryan Raburn (R) LF
Mark Reynolds (R) 1B
Nick Hundley (R) C
Tyler Anderson (L) P

SAN FRANCISCO (52-32)
Angel Pagan (S) CF
Grant Green (R) 2B
Brandon Belt (L) 1B
Buster Posey (R) C
Brandon Crawford (L) SS
Mac Williamson (R) RF
Jarrett Parker (L) LF
Ruben Tejada (R) 3B
Jake Peavy (R) P

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Agbayani
Agbayani
4 years ago

Nice summary of The Week The Season Ended, Jeem. I will correct one thing: there’s nothing BABIP-driven or illusory about what Blackmon and DJ have done so far this year. Blackmon is having his best season, but there’s nothing out of line with his established talent level. DJ is also having his best season, but that’s mostly because he’s seen a big uptick in his power — he’s a big guy who’s hit very much like a scrappy second baseman… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
4 years ago

Another decent start by Anderson wasted today. We’re now on 3 runs scored in 35 innings on this west coast trip. Consolation: “only” 6 strikeouts through 8 innings today.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
4 years ago

Now I’m really on vacation away from Rockies baseball. Pitching has been there, but as always when pitching shows up hitting magically disappears.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
4 years ago

In my little “Sell and Buy” diatribe I said we’d slowly sink. Boy….I was wrong about the “slowly” part. We’re in a bonafide nose dive.

Nice article Jeem. Pretty much sums it up.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
4 years ago

From MLB Trade Rumors: “Dan Vogelbach, 1B, Chicago Cubs (Triple-A Iowa) We’ve known for years that the Cubs were flush with position player prospects. Many of them have reached the Majors, even if not as regulars at one position due to their defensive versatility. Javier Baez has played all over the infield. Willson Contreras is seeing time in left field in addition to his work behind the plate. Addison Russell had to play second base when he first arrived. Kris… Read more »

roxnsox
roxnsox
4 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

Here’s my contribution to the discussion. Who would they want from our BP? And can we even spare anyone?

roxnsox
roxnsox
4 years ago
Reply to  roxnsox

Hey, “who would they want” was supposed to be snarky. But I’m serious about whether we can afford to lose any of the decent ones! Who are they anyway? (Logan maybe. Estevez definitely.)

Bob K.
Bob K.
4 years ago

Justin Miller DFAed and Ottavino activated.

http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2016/07/rockies-designate-justin-miller-activate-adam-ottavino.html

This still leaves them with 39 on the 40 man roster. I have no clue who they could be saving the 40th spot for.

Bob K.
Bob K.
4 years ago
Reply to  Bob K.

Oops. Miller was placed on the DL so with Ottavino’s return they now have a full 40 man roster.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
4 years ago

RoxnSox…….trust me, I know (and appreciate immensely) Snark!!!!!

I’m not necessarily saying the Rox have what the Cubs need. Immediately after the Marquez for Dickerson trade, I thought maybe we did (meaning McGee). But that hasn’t turned out so well. I do think Logan is legitimately desirable to a number of contenders. But not “top prospect” legitimately desirable.

BobK…..I think Hoffman comes up as soon as he pitches the Futures game. If not Hoffman, then Marquez.

Bob K.
Bob K.
4 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

It may well be for Hoffman. Bridich was recently heard to say that Hoffman is closer to being ready than was thought.

Agbayani
Agbayani
4 years ago

Who would the Cubs want? Well, how about … Adam Ottavino! That would hurt, particularly since he signed for 3 years in the offseason and we all harbor hopes of being competitive by at least Year 3. But if he comes back healthy? What would the price be? I’m guessing it wouldn’t be a pure 1B prospect, but still … every man has his price. Now he’s the weird thing: right now, the Rockies are better stocked with pitching prospects… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
4 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Ag – you’re “on point” here. This is why Kyle Lewis was my first choice in the Amateur Draft (even though Riley Pint was an excellent pick). Lewis is a high end offensive college talent…..meaning he could be in the Majors by late 17/early 18. He synced well with our contention window and could have helped mitigate our offensive deficiencies. Now………….”IF” Bridich knows that he can trade Cargo and others for (near) future offensive help as the trade deadline approaches,… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
4 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

Oopsie –

What I was going to say….IMO – the next month will show us how much Monfort is still meddling (or not) with Bridich running the Club. There are some no-brainer “for a bucket of balls” type trades that should be made simply to free up space for the kids. JDLR and Hundley for example. If these very simplistic type trades aren’t made, I think it means Monfort is still meddling.

Agbayani
Agbayani
4 years ago

Just as I say that our minors pitching depth is running well ahead of our hitting depth, I see that Jeff Hoffman threw out an awful start at ABQ tonite … 4+ IP, 8 ER ….

Doc
Doc
4 years ago

Anyone have a clue what Hundley and Pagan were jawing about last night?

Bob K.
Bob K.
4 years ago
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