Here Comes Rocktober

The Colorado Rockies finished their final week at Coors Field in 2015 3-4, getting swept and schooled by the Pittsburgh Pirates for the 4 losses, then sending their beloved fans home for the winter with a rousing 3-game sweep of a strangely indifferent Los Angeles Dodgers operation.  They’re back out on the road for the 26th and final week of the campaign, visiting the Arizona Diamondbacks for 3, including tonight’s 7:40 MDT start at Chase Field in Phoenix, then heading to San Francisco to close things out with 3 against the Giants.

Clint Hurdle brought his Pirates in for their only 2015 visit to the Mile High City on Monday in a mood not-to-be-denied.  They made methodical work out of Colorado, putting-down any minor but misguided notion the Rockies might have had about logging a victory, including on Thursday, when Colorado blew into the 8th inning with a 4-2 lead before Pedro Alvarez made contact with Jairo Diaz’ 97 MPH fastball. But then LA made town having lost 4 of its last 6, and Friday the Rockies got over 7-4 behind home runs by Charlie Blackmon, Carlos Gonzalez and Corey Dickerson.  Saturday featured more Chicks Dig the Long Ball action, including a 1st inning grand slam by Nolan Arenado and a 2-run walk-off shot from Cargo. Sunday was a romp, led by another 5 RBI from Arenado, who certainly seems to be making MVP noises, at least in the minds of Colorado fans.

The Dodgers lost again Monday to the Giants— they’ve dropped 4 in a row and 8 of their last 10— and their lead over SF is down to 5 games with 3 more to go versus the World Champions ahead of the Rockies’ bay area visit.  The Pirates and St Louis Cardinals have secured post-season spots in the NL Central and the New York Mets are the champions of the NL East.  The cuddly Chicago Cubs will get the second NL Wild Card.  The Royals have won the AL Central, and Toronto has clinched a spot in the East, where they lead the New York Yankees by 5.  Texas, Houston and LAAo’A are engaged in blood-combat over the flag in the AL West, and the losers of that battle have to contend with the Minnesota Twins for the chance at the one-game play-in.

Christian Bergman (3-1, 4.62) gets the start for Colorado in tonight’s match with the Dbacks, facing left-hander Robbie Ray (5-12, 3.53).  Bergman started Wednesday’s loss to Pittsburgh and got knocked around.  He only made it 3-2/3 and surrendered 7 runs on 10 hits.  Ray faced the Rockies back on the last day of August, allowing a run on 5 hits over 5-2/3.  He got a victory on Tuesday over LA, shutting them out for 6 innings on 3 hits.

RWO favorite Jose Reyes in back in Colorado manager Walt Weiss’ lineup, inexplicably hitting 2nd and bumping DJ LeMahieu back to 7th, where he’ll hit in front of Tom Murphy, who’s catching Bergman. Arizona will have Ender Inciarte leading-off ahead of 2nd-baseman Brandon Drury and center-fielder AJ Pollock.  Paul Goldschmidt will admire Arenado’s RBI race lead from Chip Hale’s cleanup slot.

It’s smokin’ in Phoenix despite the onset of autumn, so the roof will be closed and all of the accurate weather information typically disseminated here will not be of use.  But you know you can watch the game on TV, where ROOT Sports’ George Frazier is winding down his storied broadcast career On the Road.  The matchup will be on radio, too:  KOA 850 am.

COLORADO (66-90)
Charlie Blackmon (L) CF
Jose Reyes (S) SS
Carlos Gonzalez (L) RF
Nolan Arenado (R) 3B
Corey Dickerson (L) LF
Justin Morneau (L) 1B
DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B
Tom Murphy (R) C
Christian Bergman (R) P
ARIZONA (75-81)
Ender Inciarte (L) RF
Brandon Drury (R) 2B
A.J. Pollock (R) CF
Paul Goldschmidt (R) 1B
David Peralta (L) LF
Welington Castillo (R) C
Jake Lamb (L) 3B
Chris Owings (R) SS
Robbie Ray (L) P


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6 years ago

For a moment I thought the Rockies will be the first team in MLB history to walk four guys on 16 pitches for a walk off loss. And first four hitters without swinging a bat. I don’t know which would have been worse, this or the run scored from 1B on a wild pitch last year.

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