Funereal March

No limit of hoping for fresh starts, returning players, refreshing performances or optimistic scenarios have done the Colorado Rockies any good in 2014.  Misfortune continues to dog the local nine, and on the heels of a 1-6 scamper through the cities of Chicago and Detroit, the ponderous tones of Frederic Chopin have replaced hip-hop and country-rock on the clubhouse stereo of the home team at Coors Field.

Little went well on the ride through the Great Lakes.  The stench the Rockies emptied into the Detroit River migrated downstream and fouled the domestic water system in Toledo, Ohio, and the surrounding vicinity.  Brett Anderson (1-3, 3.12) turned-in a third consecutive notable start on Wednesday, laying the foundation for the week’s sole victory, which took 10 innings to achieve, following-up on the 6-1/2 hour, 16 inning Tuesday defeat in which Colorado scored 3 in the 1st and none in the succeeding 15.  In Detroit the Rockies got Justin Verlander well on Friday, allowed the Tigres to tie an American League record by scoring in every inning on Saturday, and finally submitted passively before a 2-hit/12 strike-out masterpiece by right-hander Anibal Sanchez on Sunday.

Chad Bettis was voted off-the-island, Pedro Hernandez made a throw-away start, Carlos Gonzalez banged-up his ankle running into a wall (again), and Jason Pridie made his MLB debut.  Colorado sits at 44-67, last-place in the National League West, trailing the Dbacks by 4-1/2 for 4th-place; trailing the Texas Rangers by only a game in the race for the Majors’ worst record.

Happening upon this blissful mid-summer situation come the Chicago Cubs, who took 3 of 4 from the Rockies last week at Wrigley Field.  As always, they’ll be trailed by a vast congregation of  former Illinois residents, the type who were never taught to take-off their hats in the house.  Chicago is on for three, no TV on Thursday; the Rockies head to Phoenix for three with the Dbacks on the weekend, then head to San Diego for three more there starting Monday.

Game time down at the old ballpark is 6:40 MDT, and the Cubs will send left-hander Travis Wood (7-9, 5.10) out to oppose Anderson.  It was also Wood and Anderson six days ago in Chicago, and Wood gave-up 4 of the 6 Colorado runs on 8 hits in 6 innings.  He struck-out 11 Rockies, who logged a total of 67 Ks on the 7-game trip.  Anderson went 7 that night.  He allowed 11 hits but only 2 runs, and struck-out 9 Cubs himself.  The lefty will be looking to build on a strong stretch of starts following a shaky post All Star Break return from the disabled list.

Chicago manager Rick Renteria has made the previously unknown Mendy Alcantara his lead-off hitter and center-fielder, and now someone named Javier Baez, who I trust is not the folk-singer’s grandson, is hitting second and playing 2nd-base.  Luis Valbuena has taken over at 3rd and Junior Lake moves down to eighth in the order.  Cristhian Adames has resurfaced in the Rockies lineup in apparent late-breaking roster move, and he’ll be at shortstop hitting second.  Gonzalez continues to nurse his wounds; Brandon Barnes is in right-field.

Typical rush-hour showers will head toward Kansas as Play Ball! approaches.  Skies in LoDo will be partly cloudy with temperatures falling into the low 70ºs.  ROoT has the TV and radio’s on KOA.

CHICAGO (47-63)
Arismendy Alcantara (S) CF
Javier Baez (R) 2B
Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
Starlin Castro (R) SS
Justin Ruggiano (R) RF
Luis Valbuena (L) 3B
Welington Castillo (R) C
Junior Lake (R) LF
Travis Wood (R) P
COLORADO (44-67)
Charlie Blackmon (L) LF
Cristhian Adames (S) SS
Nolan Arenado (R) 3B
Justin Morneau (L) 1B
Drew Stubbs (R) CF
Wilin Rosario (R) C
Brandon Barnes (R) RF
DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B
Brett Anderson (L) P

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sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago

Padres hire AJ Preller (Texas Assistant GM) as their new GM. I’ve ranted for a while that we need to look to Oakland/Texas/TB for our next GM. I like what the Padres have done. They made no-brainer deals at the deadline WITHOUT a GM and now bring on a new GM with 2 months remaining in the season. That’s just enough time to get to know the organization prior to Hot Stove season. Some speculation that they will/should move young… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago

Things Jeff Huson actually said: “Stubbs should bunt the runners to 2nd and 3rd, then they’ll probably intentionally walk Rosario, but you still have Pridie as a lefthanded pinch hitter to get the run home.” What could possibly go wrong?

Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago

And it worked like a charm! No Jason Pridie to pinch hit, we’ve got Brandon Barnes! Double play ball. We’re out of pitchers! Brett Anderson can’t possibly pitch through “back cramps.” Kiss your 11 million buck option goodbye, Brett! Way to tough it out.

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
6 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Here’s betting that Anderson’s “day-to-day” becomes a DL stint. Sure would be fitting this year.

Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago

More of a pussy than Brett Anderson? Gut it out buddy. Get out the salonpas patch or something.

Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago

Bob, I think we’re seeing a dynamic of a crappy team at work here — nobody is willing to take even an outside chance of aggravating an injury, so Tulo goes on the DL because given “where we are now” it doesn’t make sense to try to play through it, Anderson walks off the mound rather than trying to get through an inning and maybe let the back spasms calm down in the bottom half, etc., etc.

Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago

And the rubber-armed Frankie Morales just backed [hah!] right into the rotation again!

sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago

Preach Ag…..I love it!

Shocker – Javier Baez with game winning HR in the 12th. Kid has major power for a MI. Cubbies are about to be nasty.

Pooter
Pooter
6 years ago

You would think the Rockies would have learned their lesson relying on unhealthy gingers! (Aaron Cook) Anderson just can’t and won’t ever stay healthy. Just another prize that the Rockies held onto at the trade deadline.

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