Happy Return

Mets’ center-fielder Andres Torres had reached leading-off the fifth inning against Colorado Rockies right-hander Jhoulys Chacin on a ground ball Colorado first-baseman Tyler Colvin booted, then moved to second on a grounder back to Chacin by Josh Thole.  With New York pitcher Chris Young at the plate, Torres took-off for third but was caught in a run-down when Chacin threw behind him to shortstop Jonathan Herrera at second-base.  Herrera ran him toward third-baseman Jordan Pacheco, who took Herrera’s throw and chased Torres back to second, tagging him out on his second lunge. Second-base umpire Lance Barksdale initially called Torres safe, but was corrected by Fieldin Culbreth, who was working third.  The umps’ honest work sent Mets’ manager Terry Collins into a blind rage which got him ejected by Culbreth.  Chacin got Young to end the inning.

New York came-out for the sixth befuddled by the loss of their leader.  Young, who had a perfect game going, lost it on DJ Le Mahieu’s ground-single up the middle.  Herrera followed with a second ground-single, then Chacin laid-down a sacrifice and Young threw it into right-field allowing Le Mahieu to score the tying run.  Colorado right-fielder Charlie Blackmon dumped a dying-quail single over the head of Mets’ shortstop Ruben Tejada, driving-in Herrera and moving Chacin to third.  Dexter Fowler plated Chacin with a single, Blackmon to third, then Rockies’ catcher Ramon Hernandez hit a sacrifice fly to bring Blackmon home.  When the dust settled Colorado had a 4-1 lead on the way to a 6-2 victory Tuesday night at Citi Field in New York, the first for Chacin since August 28, 2011.

Young caused some befuddlement of his own to the Colorado hitters before the outburst in the sixth, retiring the first 15 Rockies on 53 pitches, striking-out 6 of them.  Chacin meanwhile matched him for three innings before surrendering one in the fourth, then went-on to complete six, throwing 73 pitches, 51 strikes, and allowing just the single run on 4 hits with 2 strike-outs.  He walked none.

The Rockies added a run in the eighth on a Blackmon double and Fowler single.  Dex went 2 for 4 with 2 RBI.  In the ninth Andrew Brown, who had bailed Chacin-out in the sixth by nailing Tejada at the plate with a strong throw from left-field, doubled, moved-over on a Le Mahieu sacrifice, and scored on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Herrera.  Matt Reynolds, Josh Roenicke, Matt Belisle and Rex Brothers finished-up on the mound for Colorado, which has won 7 of its last 9, allowing just one run in three innings.

The two teams go back at it Wednesday evening with another 5:10 start in Queens in the third game of a four-game set.  The Rockies will send lefty Jeff Francis up against right-hander Matt Harvey of the Mets.

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Doctor_Christopher
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Doctor_Christopher
8 years ago

Hello all, hope I am still welcome. Health has made not only posting on this site but also watching the Rox something I could not do (in the case of the later, I think watching more would have made me sick). But after watching Chacin tonight, I felt better and I think the Rox management did as well. Back in the spring of 2011 when the Rox were the hot pick to go the WS and Ubaldo was still thought… Read more »

jaredean
jaredean
8 years ago

Dr. C! You have been missed…we’ve been lamenting your absence and hope your illness is all but passed. Uou are more than welcome anytime, as long as i still run this thing that is… I couldn’t agree more with the joy of watching the “return of the prodigal pitcher” back to the mound…many were extremely frustrated with him for his horrible presence, and I even more so finding out that he had been hurting all year and hadn’t said anything… Read more »

Bob in WV
Bob in WV
8 years ago

This was definitely a breath of fresh air in a stench of a season. Isn’t it amazing that as bad as the season has been, we suddenly are seeing some hope with the play of Josh Ru, Josh Ro, DJ, EY2, Wilin, Jordan, Tyler, etc.? As much as I hate to say it, we are all probably going to go into 2013 posting with our eternal optimism. It’s in our blood, gang! Realistically, this team has been able to score… Read more »

Bob in WV
Bob in WV
8 years ago

Oh, and welcome back Doc C!

Doc
Doc
8 years ago

Welcome back, Dr. C. We need your purple sunglasses around here, especially me. I’m glad the Rox are winning, happy for the playing time the AAAA guys are getting, and grateful I’m not a Mets fan. The Mets stink. Good to see Chacin pitch well, showing his physical ailments are behind him. However, I’m not sold on his head being right yet. A couple more well-pitched games and he’ll be ready for the Rox to show him the money, and… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

Dr., we missed you. Welcome back. One minor disagreement, just because I see you’re back in game shape: velocity isn’t everything, but it is pretty huge. The 88 mph fastball Chacin was not a major league pitcher. The 92-93 guy is a very good major league pitcher. Same with Pomeranz. The 87 mph Pomeranz is marginal at best. The 92/93 guy could be an ace. So Chacin coming back is a huge part 1 of the plan to be competitive… Read more »

lwesche
lwesche
8 years ago

Had to work elections late, so always good to be able to come to this site and read what happened. After watching all these young guys, all I keep thinking is, it will make for an interesting spring training. Some of our vets better get back as their jobs are being taken at the moment. Am not naming names yet! While this little run has been fun to watch, we are still the second worse team in baseball. Maybe by… Read more »

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
8 years ago

Most of you know that I have been a proponent of the 4-man rotation if it is properly handled. So here’s my beef with the way it was handled yesterday. In Chacin’s last start at CS he threw 90+ pitches, so he obviously has been stretched out. With 5 starters currently in the rotation, it appears that Chacin will have 4 days rest until his next start. So why was he limited to just the 75 pitch limit last night?… Read more »

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
8 years ago
Reply to  Cisco Kid

Sixth inning. 4-1 game. 2 outs and runners on the corners……?

Pinch hit every single time.

You gotta go for the jugular at that point. Sure, it didn’t work out, but trying to increase the lead by 1 or 2 runs is the right gamble rather than relaxing.

A bullpen should have no problem pitching 3 innings.

rockymountainhigh
rockymountainhigh
8 years ago

I’m going to scream and get this off my chest. I wish we would stop labeling JT “MFL”. He has done everything he can with the cards that he was dealt by DOD. I saw a lot of things over the last few weeks that JT has done positively for the team. The list is too long to write here, but some examples were exhibited last night especially when executing small ball tactics to scratch out a few runs. I… Read more »

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
8 years ago

Yes. That is great RMH.

jaredean
jaredean
8 years ago

Contrats to you and Ruby and give her a big welcome home hug from us!

Bob in WV
Bob in WV
8 years ago

A real milestone, RMH, great news. By contrast, my mother was in the hospital for about one month, but then was sent to a rehabilitation center. It was a long time ago, but I’m guessing she was there for another couple of months. What does the rehab look like for Ruby (got her name from Jared’s reply)?

DrRockies
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DrRockies
8 years ago

Great news RMH!

rockymountainhigh
rockymountainhigh
8 years ago

One month in neuro ICU; one week in step down ICU; and three weeks in rehab all in the same hospital. Reports to my insurance company from the hospital were saying that she was doing so well that they are no longer paying for her stay at the hospital. Physical & occupational therapies were not problems for Ruby at all. The only hurdle left is speech & language therapy which takes longer to rehab and I don’t know how much… Read more »

Liz
Liz
8 years ago

Great news RMH and welcome back Doc nice to hear from you again. Keep up the insight guys I enjoy it very much. However, I am not going to get to excited by our “baby bombers” quite yet. It is good to see guys that really want to play, hopefully they will play the outfield/infield a bit better too many errors.

jaredean
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jaredean
8 years ago
Reply to  Liz

I agree Liz and the two that really stand out with Brown in left – both could have been outs if brown had called off everyone – but he waited until the last second on one of them (don’t remember on the one with JoshRut)…just comes with playing more – you don’t see CarGo running into people (well, not unless it is the first day of spring training that is ;-))

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

RMH, good news all around. I grudgingly agree about Tracy. He’s been dealt a terrible hand this year, and I gotta say the team is still playing hard. (I had some doubts about that a couple weeks ago, but they’ve put them to rest.). I think when we mock the Manager For Life thing we’re really mocking ownership. Why on earth do they feel they need to make such preposterous statements? What happened to the old-fashioned vote of confidence with… Read more »

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
8 years ago

I’m balancing the improved play and results with the reality that we’ve played some pretty mediocre teams.

jaredean
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jaredean
8 years ago
Reply to  ProgMatinee

You know, i’ve thought about that a lot and i just keep thinking about the fact that we have also played pretty mediocre teams earlier in the year and lost to them (Padres were in last place before we helped them swing past us with our losing ways)…the last few weeks we’ve played really well against some legit teams (Dodgers being the biggest one) and the big difference from earlier in the season is that we haven’t stooped to the… Read more »

lwesche
lwesche
8 years ago
Reply to  Jeem

Funny….I was having the same thought!

Miketober
Miketober
8 years ago

How about the umps taking the time to get the call right on the “caught stealing”? Ed should be proud of his profession after that call.

OrangeRocks
OrangeRocks
8 years ago

Nope no slack for the MFL Tracy from me. Yes the team has played well for two weeks in August, however this team has ALSO “quit” on the MFL two Septembers in a row – so no there is no love for Tracy from me! Just a few of examples of my MLF questions: 1. Why not start EY2 before he is the last resort due to inhuries? 2. Giambi’s perpetual roster spot? 3. Why have your best starter pitch… Read more »

Bill
Bill
8 years ago

It’s been fun watching the Rocks play decent ball for the last few weeks. But remember they played such horrible ball in June and July that in no longer matters. But it’s fun. Before the series started I exchanged some emails with my son-in-law also known as The Mets Fan. He tried to tell me that the Mets were worse than the Rockies. Guess, he’s right. They’ve looked like the 62 Mets the past two nights. I agree with some… Read more »

OrangeRocks
OrangeRocks
8 years ago
Reply to  Bill

Yes technically the GM makes roster decisions, however every manager in baseball has a considerable amount of input into those decisions, so you have forced me now to extend my list even further: 6. Playing Cargo in left instead of right field where he belongs. 7. Escewing the stolen base and the hit & run like it was they’re illegal in the MLB. 8. Releasing your best overall catcher with Nieves. 9. Allowing a pitcher to hit for himself and… Read more »

Bill
Bill
8 years ago
Reply to  OrangeRocks

Rocks. I also agree with most of your additional reasons for not liking Tracy, although again releasing Nieves was probably a GM decision.

And his resting of players is ridiculous. Cal Ripken would never had gotten close to his record if he played for Tracy.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
8 years ago
Reply to  OrangeRocks

Nieves the best catcher on the team? Huh what? You lost me there!

But yeah, I agree with much of your other points.

OrangeRocks
OrangeRocks
8 years ago
Reply to  ProgMatinee

The keyword there with Nieves was best “overall” catcher which obviously includes defense. No he doesn’t have the power that Rosario and Hernandez have, but he is a “substantially” better defensive catcher than both of those guys with a much better average. In short I thought he was the perfect backup MLB catcher for the Rockies – decent bat for average, defensvive minded, experienced/not old, not on the DL and most of all cheap. The MFL didn’t play him simply… Read more »

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