Francis Fantastic, Colvin Clutch

Jeff Francis continued to put distance between him and his first two starts of the season.

You remember those, right?  8.2 innings pitched combined to choke out 12 runs and  a 12.46 ERA?

His last four starts you ask?  Why they combined for 21 innings and only five earned, dropping his ERA to a respectable 5.16.

Well, respectable for the Rockies that is.  You can’t really talk about true respect when you are discussing a team that has only won seven games in their last 25 efforts.

Seems like the only pitcher that can get the team on the road to a win is Francis.  Since he joined the team if he is on the mound the team has a 5-1 record.  If he isn’t?

They are 2-15.

The other bright spot of the night would be one Mr. Tyler Colvin.  The Rockies won 3-2 and without Colvin’s bat they would have been shutout 0-2.

Colvin came into the third inning ready to take advantage of a walk and an error by the Red Birds to deposit his latest souvenir into the right-center field seats.

The only fans more upset at Colvin this season, other than the Cardinals at that moment?

That would be the Cubs, who get to hear about each and every Colvin at-bat by the fans that lament the fate of the player they received in return, one Ian Stewart.  The same Stewart that just announced Monday he would undergo season ending wrist surgery.

At least something is going right for this team….baby steps….baby steps.

OTHER NEWS:
  • Jeremy Guthrie will be starting on Wednesday night, possibly because Outman will be busy legally changing his name to Walkman.  Or was that Hitman? MissTheStikeZoneBadlyMan?
  • Dexter Fowler, after the game, told Troy Renck that his lat is “90-to-95 percent” good to go.
  • CarGo is considered the underdog to win the HR Derby according to sports betting site Bovada
  • Hernandez will begin a rehab assignment Wed or Thur in Triple A
  • Juan Nicasio will pitch a simulated game Thursday
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jeem
jeem
8 years ago

HA! “Walkman.” I like it. Hey more drivel from me: on Rosario, undoubtedly he is a bright spot. Seems to be a wonderful kid, + frankly the only player on the team seeming to be having any fun. But at the same time he needs to bear his fair share of the burden for the pitching debacle. I have never seen so many pitches going to the backstop in 45 years of following baseball. I know he has a TON… Read more »

Jaredean
Jaredean
8 years ago
Reply to  jeem

Jeem, I would also submit his horrible move to second as to why he needs more work with Hernandez. Part of it can be blamed on Scutaro not being the glove Tulo is, but Baby Bull really has a sub-par accuracy to second. He already has eight errors this season, and I’d think most are throwing to second (or first) and just missing badly. I gotta believe he is also in the mix for the way he calls the games,… Read more »

jeem
jeem
8 years ago
Reply to  Jaredean

Yeah on the throws to second. Between that + wild throws to first up the right-field line we have WAY too many runners going 1st to 3rd. In fact, while the defense has cleaned-up quite a bit since the spring we still seem to be throwing it around like beer-league softball without or long after the ball is batted.

jeem
jeem
8 years ago

+ just read Helton article in yesterday’s Post. I am observing the MFL is now looking for excuses to get Helton in the lineup (Dex), more evidence of “managing to lose.” The MFL wants out.

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

LOL, Jaredean … Walkman. That’s gonna stick. Jeem, right on all counts. I thought Olivo was challenged at blocking pitches. Rosario takes it to a whole new level. We all assume he’ll get better, but we’d like to see some improvement this year. It would be a shame if something like that holds him back since he’s already showing he can handle big league pitching (at least at average catcher level, maybe considerably better) and he can certainly throw. And… Read more »

jeem
jeem
8 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Yes, Wilin has a great bat + I’m w/ you. Hoping this PB/WP issue doesn’t hold him back.

Also agree Helton not finished. And sure, you could give him 8 or 9 days off. Why not? Take the fam out to see some monuments in DC. Bennet’s office is next door to my home. I’ll get him to arrange a tour of the White house for the Heltons.

roxnsox
roxnsox
8 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

I like “MissTheStrikeZoneBadlyMan” too.

Well, it’s a strange feeling to see them hold a one-run lead for the win when expectations are for a one-run lead to equal a certain loss. Real, actual baseball game. Taking what I can get 🙂

Bill
Bill
8 years ago

Roxnsox right. Last night’s win was like a real MLB game. Rosario is getting his on the job training and sometimes he looks lost out there. But you have to remember who is throwing to him. Most of the time the pitchers don’t have the slightest idea where the pitch is going either. If we were getting lots of Wild Pitches and Passed Balls and very few walks one could rightly put all or most of the blame on the… Read more »

jeem
jeem
8 years ago
Reply to  Bill

“Most of the time the pitchers don’t have the slightest idea where the pitch is going either.” LOL! Sure can’t argue with that!

SteveinAurora
SteveinAurora
8 years ago

Way off topic, but the downtown backdrop behind the stadium in St. Louis is way up there on the “impressive” scale. I’d have to give the ballpark designers a 9.8, anyway, just in that respect.

IggyRox
IggyRox
8 years ago
Reply to  SteveinAurora

I agree Steve. St. Louis is not my favorite city, or my favorite team, but when it comes to baseball and a really nice stadium with an outstanding view (and great pic), I am impressed. I hope to visit there someday, and will root for the Cardinals (because I played for the MSBL Cardinals for a while) and because it is a great baseball tradition. My retirement plans include a little land in a place that is 4 or less… Read more »

Bob in WV
Bob in WV
8 years ago
Reply to  SteveinAurora

I have to disagree. St. Louis’ ballpark is one of the newest, but I was shocked to see that it still has a concourse that is isolated from the field. That is, you have to go up tunnels to get to the seating and can’t see the field while walking the concourse. Not so in Colorado, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Philly, San Fran, etc. I really didn’t understand it.

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