Gut Check

The Colorado Rockies stumbled out of Denver with a much needed win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday, fully aware they’d face three left-handers in the weekend series in Phoenix, culminating with Patrick Corbin (9-1, 2.49) this afternoon at Chase Field, where they wrap things-up with the Arizona Diamondbacks at 2:10 pm MDT.  They’re in dire need of another get-out-of-town win today, lest they slip out of contention with the All Star Break still on the horizon.  Right-hander Roy Ozwalt (0-3, 7.88) has a chance to play up to the big expectations that accompanied him to Denver and stop the slide that’s dropped the Rockies 4-1/2 games behind the Division leading Dbacks.

Arizona won’t have to shuffle its rotation on Corbin’s behalf, as he’s in perfect position to lead the National League to the mound in 10 days at Citi Field in New York City, with the Rockies’ Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez backing him-up on defense.  Corbin took his first 2013 loss on Tuesday against the Mets, when he failed to get an out in the 7th and left with a 5-0 deficit in a game the Dbacks eventually lost 9-1. Everything seems to be working the way it’s supposed to for Ozwalt, except those 93 MPH fastballs seem to keep getting driven into the gaps at 113.  The Dodgers knocked him around for 5 runs in 5 innings of Clayton Kershaw’s shut-out, also on Tuesday.  He gave up 9 hits and struck-out 5.

DJ LeMahieu and Wilin Rosario are back for the Rockies in Walt Weiss’ lineup, and the first-year skipper is sticking with Jaredean’s recommendation and leaving Jonny Herrera at shortstop.  LeMahieu leads-off, Rosario hits 5th, and the Bean is in the 8-hole.  Gerardo Parra will lead-off for Arizona against the right-hander.  Eric Chavez is in at 3rd-base, Jason Kubel’s in left, and Cliff Pennington’s at short.

The Chase roof will be closed with game time temperature outside expected at around 108°.  But it’ll be a dry heat, with 16% relative humidity.  TV’s on ROoT, and KOA has the radio.

COLORADO (42-46)
DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B
Jordan Pacheco (R) 1B
Carlos Gonzalez (L) LF
Michael Cuddyer (R) RF
Wilin Rosario (R) C
Nolan Arenado (R) 3B
Tyler Colvin (L) CF
Jonathan Herrera (S) SS
Roy Oswalt (R) P
ARIZONA (46-41)
Gerardo Parra (L) CF
Aaron Hill (R) 2B
Paul Goldschmidt (R) 1B
Eric Chavez (L) 3B
Cody Ross (R) RF
Miguel Montero (L) C
Jason Kubel (L) LF
Cliff Pennington (S) SS
Patrick Corbin (L) P

 


IN GAME CHAT

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rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
7 years ago

Colvin over Dickerson? Inept.

Swede
Swede
7 years ago

I just turned the game off. Too painful to watch or listen. Destined To Fail.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
7 years ago

So much for the DanteBichete experiment. Problem with playing the local hero card is its harder to hold them to the fire when it’s derserved.

Trip
Trip
7 years ago

I don’t think it’s Bichette, I lay the blame on BIB DoD. He gets lucky and gets a few starters, but the farm has no one MLB ready. I’m not talking stars, but someone that is well rounded enough that can field and hit without embarrassing. Most of what he has gathered can do one, but not both, and most of the time neither very well. He has the fourth longest tenure of current GM’s, but I have no idea… Read more »

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
7 years ago

Word is out that the Rox have fired their Modesto manager Lenn Sakata. Here is the story from the Modesto Bee: http://www.modbee.com/2013/07/07/2797104/sakata-fired-as-modesto-nuts-manager.html Some very interesting quotes from Sakata, most telling is this one: “So I got fired, I guess, because I don’t believe in the philosophy of what they’re doing. I got fired for caring too much about the development of each player.” If you’re keeping score at home, that’s three managers that have left the organization in the past… Read more »

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
7 years ago

Sorry for the typo, that should have been “The Emperor’s New Clothes”, the story of a king who hires two swindlers that promise him the finest, best suit of clothes from a fabric invisible to anyone who is unfit for his position or “hopelessly stupid”.

Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago

Goodbye, Roy Oswalt. These comeback things almost always end poorly. Last season — getting signed by the Rangers, pitching his way out of a starting job, getting moved to middle inning relief work, and then being left off the postseason roster — left a bad taste in his mouth. I’m sure Oswalt, a prideful man, wanted desperately to end things on a better note, even if only the Rockies were interested. And it ended on a worse note still. Doesn’t… Read more »

Miketober
Miketober
7 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Oh I’m sure that if the Rockies paid a division rival to take Oswalt off our hands he would post a 0.98 ERA the rest of the way.

GARY
GARY
7 years ago

We are approaching terminal velocity again and only the Padres can break our fall.I have the “fork” ready for my annual call but will try to be fair and wait till the ASB.

DRH
DRH
7 years ago
Reply to  GARY

My annual call was when they lost to the Mets. No need to wait. It’s always a shame when the Broncos preseason is more interesting than the Rockies, but here we are again.

Doc
Doc
7 years ago

Isn’t DOD supposed to be specifically in charge of the minor leagues these days? Sure don’t see much improvement since they divvied up the workload. In fact, he seems to be spreading his chaos into every nook and cranny in the system. I’m disappointed that Walt hasn’t turned out to be more like Gibson, just another yes man for Billy and DanO. Looking more and more like we’re going to be big sellers–Tulo anxious to get back before the All… Read more »

Pooter
Pooter
7 years ago

Get your brooms out because it’s a mess! Name that movie….

Bill
Bill
7 years ago

Its incredible that DoD and Geivett keep their jobs while they fire every body else. Somebody in upper management is responsible for the fact that the Rockies had no right handing hitting outfielder to replace a center fielder for a few weeks. All we had is left-handed hitting corner outfielders. Somebody in upper management decided that Rosario was the catcher of the future despite the fact that for the 2nd year in a row the Rockies lead (by a wide… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago

According to Renck the Rockies offered better prospects than the Dodgers for Nolasco, but only the Dodgers were willing to pick up the balance of Nolasco’s 2013 salary, about $5.5 million. Here’s “inept” for you RMH:
Question: how much will the Rockies pay the combination of Francis, Garland, Volstad and Oswalt this year? By my calculations, at least $6 million. Oops, looks like DOD blew it again.

Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago

And for the same money – 6 million bucks of Charlie and Dickie’s hard-inherited money! – as the Dodgers are paying Nolasco we got (out of the 4-headed Francis-Garland-Volstad-Oswalt monster) the following results: 6-15, 6.60 ERA over 146 cringe worthy innings. That is sub-replacement level. Some Clay Mortensen type (just to throw out a replacement level name we know) would almost certainly done better for the minimum salary.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
7 years ago

I apologize for not writing the post game. I was so angry that turned off the tv in the third inning. I’ve lost my patience with the ineptness of the management especially after Colvin started yet another game.

Excellent comments regarding the firings and more informative than the post game had I written it. Just as well let this thread be our post game reporting.

Bill
Bill
7 years ago

Rockies just called up Charlie Blackmon to replace Roy Oswalt on the 25 man roster. I like him, but this just reinforces what I mentioned earlier. Is that all they have is left-handed hitting outfielders? When the hell are the Monforts gonna wake up and realize that DoD is inept?

egossage
egossage
7 years ago
Reply to  Bill

Where in the hell is Xavier Nady???

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
7 years ago
Reply to  Bill

Nationals just traded for the Cubs Scott Hairston. Couldn’t BIB have made this deal prior to this weekend when the Rox were facing all those LHP in Arizona? They were too busy firing single A managers.

Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago
Reply to  Cisco Kid

Cisco, that speaks volumes about whether ownership has any notion whatsoever of competing this year. Hairston would have been the perfect cheap addition. Over his career he’s significantly above average as a hitter vs. lefties. He’d be an upgrade immediately, and when Fowler returns he could allow continue to play vs. lefties while Helton/Pacheco sit. (In fact, he would probably send Pacheco packing to AAA.). And all he cost the Nats was a grade C/C+ prospect according to John Sickels.… Read more »

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
7 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Ag,

I’ll tell you why deals like this or bringing up Nady haven’t been done, it’s because BIB doesn’t have any room on his 40-man roster. It’s all those great “prospects” that are being protected.

Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago

Cisco, how could I have forgotten the “no room on the 40 man roster” excuse! Gotta protect Charlie Culberson!

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
7 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Or Josh Sullivan, who hasn’t pitched since April.

Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago

Or Will Harris, last year’s surprise Josh Sullivan guy they protected, only to let him go in the offseason … he’s now pitching well for the Dbacks

Trip
Trip
7 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

I’m guessing the DBacks have pitching coaches. The Rocks should consider the same.

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