Fall Guys

The equinox is upon us, and the baseball season is winding down too as the Colorado Rockies match-up with the Arizona Diamondbacks one last time in 2013, this afternoon at 2:10 pm MDT at Coors Field in Denver.  Juan Nicasio (8-8, 4.98) will take the mound for Colorado with an outside chance at 10 wins behind a strong performance today and a final start next Sunday in Los Angeles.  He’ll have his work cut-out for him as his teammates search for a solution to left-hander Patrick Corbin (14-7, 3.17).

Corbin has made two starts against the Rockies in 2013.  On May 20 he held them to 1 run on 3 hits in Denver, striking-out 10 in a complete game.  He only lasted 8 innings on July 7 in Phoenix, but again held Colorado to a run on three hits and struck-out 10.  Corbin had a rough go of it in his last start, allowing 6 runs on 7 hits in only 2 innings Tuesday in a 9-3 Arizona loss to the Dodgers.  Not to worry, Nicasio was pretty stinky on Tuesday as well, giving-up 8 runs on 8 hits in 2-2/3 frames as the Rockies fell to St Louis.

Big Money Michael Cuddyer returns to the Colorado lineup in right-field, now in a chase after former Diamondback Chris Johnson of the Atlanta Braves for the National League Batting Championship.  Nolan Arenado is back at 3rd base and Yorvit Torrealba is catching Nicasio.  AJ Pollock will hit 2nd in center-field for Arizona.  Aaron Hill hits cleanup for Martin Prado, who takes a rest along with Didi Gregorius. Chris Owings is at short.

It’s a mostly cloudy Sunday afternoon in the Mile High City.  Game time temperature will be 75° with an 8 MPH wind blowing out to right field and 33% relative humidity.  The Clown Show’s in its final series of episodes on ROoT.  KOA’s got the radio with the Broncos up for Monday Night Football.

ARIZONA (78-76)
Adam Eaton (L) LF
A.J. Pollock (R) CF
Paul Goldschmidt (R) 1B
Aaron Hill (R) 2B
Miguel Montero (L) C
Matt Davidson (R) 3B
Gerardo Parra (L) RF
Chris Owings (R) SS
Patrick Corbin (L) P
COLORADO (71-85)
Charlie Blackmon (L) CF
DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B
Troy Tulowitzki (R) SS
Michael Cuddyer (R) RF
Charlie Culberson (R) LF
Todd Helton (L) 1B
Nolan Arenado (R) 3B
Yorvit Torrealba (R) C
Juan Nicasio (R) P

 


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Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago

Thanks for keeping up the pre-games, Jeem. And yes, I still read them even though I pretty much stopped watching when football season started. And I see I’m not the only one. Kind of glad to see Nicasio get blown up today, not because I’ve got anything against the guy, but simply because I don’t want anything out there stat-wise that would allow O’Dowd and Monfort to say in the offseason that “we think Nicasio can be a very effective… Read more »

GARY
GARY
7 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

I respectfully disagree Ag.The kids have shown a ton of fight and in these games but can’t overcome some god-awful pitching.Blackmon is hitting over .500 for the past ten games[yea I know-short sample],but has been on a tare since the ASG.He has raised his average from .235 to.300+.And he is hitting lefties really well and hitting a bunch of extra base hits.Culbertson’s bat has been a surprise and he had 2 out field assists today.Dickerson’s been very solid as has… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago
Reply to  GARY

Gary, the “premium” ticket prices will keep me away from the Red Sox series too. As for losing interest: I don’t mean to suggest that they aren’t playing hard. That 15 inning win proved they still are. But my comparison to the rock bottom 2004-2006 years was based on us seeing some young call-ups I was really interested in getting a look at, unlike this year where there’s no one to get excited about. 2004: Chin Hui Tsao. Electric stuff.… Read more »

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
7 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

So you don’t consider Dickerson, Blackmon, Rutledge, and Arenado as players to get excited about? The only difference is that they were called up much earlier and that depleted “new faces” to watch in September. I’ve spent long enough watching the Rox trot out Colvin day after day in the lineup back in May/June that anybody not named Colvin makes me happy.

Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago

Dickerson/Blackmon = Spilborghs. Not excited. Glad they’re playing well, but not excited. Arenado? Sure. Would’ve been worth seeing him LAST September when I also had no reason to watch. Rutledge did provide some reason to watch last summer, but unfortunately he hasn’t caught fire since. Jonathan Gray would’ve been exciting. I understand why the shut him down, but I really would’ve liked to see a couple appearances with the big club.

GARY
GARY
7 years ago

To be more specific[upon further review],Todd has tied Buddy Bell for 95th place all time in hits.The next one will obviously move him to sole possession of that spot.Whenever one tracks Todd’s amazing stats it seems some new unknown.at least to me,item pops up.With his 4 rbi’s yesterday he hit 1400 for his career.That makes him one of only 46 major leaguers to have 1400 RBI’s AND 1400 runs scored!Also,if you didn’t know this great trivia answer-he also is the… Read more »

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
7 years ago

If my memory serves me correctly it looks like Ed the Ump may have called it correct. Ed I believe you said 74 wins at the start of the season. I will be off by a few. I went with 71 wins and take the under. I highly doubt the Rockies will see the starting lineup for the Dodgers and maybe not even the Red Sox so a few more wins should happen. I can’t remember who said 90 wins… Read more »

Julian
Julian
7 years ago

Charlie Blackmon is the NL player of the week, and Culberson was a finalist. I’m enjoying watching Blackmon, Dickerson and Culberson play. I think that they could be good contributors next year. It gives the team options in terms of being able to explore trades for veterans such as Dexter or CarGo.

GARY
GARY
7 years ago
Reply to  Julian

My point exactly.Just like last winter we need pitching.Unfortunately,we now need help in rotation and back end of bullpen.Octavino used to start with the Cards-how about switching him and Nacascio as an experiment in ST?

Julian
Julian
7 years ago

I don’t know that I’d move Ottavino out of the bullpen. He’s had a pretty good year there as a 6th and 7th inning guy. I’d leave him there and find a fourth or fifth starter somewhere else.

sdcarp
sdcarp
7 years ago

I’ve been MIA since about May. It’s been a fun summer. Honestly – got out of the baseball “loop” a bit. But now it’s time to return (I’ve always been as much a Hot Stove fan as a game fan) and own up to some opinions/predictions I made before the season. 1. I predicted 81-81. Obviously – WRONG. Although…..part of me still thinks this could have (easily) occurred. 2. I said that Tulo should be traded – most likely to… Read more »

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