Here Goes Nothing

The Colorado Rockies and all but the chosen of their peers took a couple days of respite from the long drag of summer, taking-in some sun, some beach, some water, some sleep.  Embattled Rockies Owner Dick Monfort took time to buy some breakfast for fan Chris Voss, the media-sensation he’d created early in the week, and revealed the following earth-shattering news:  Dick doesn’t want to fire anybody.  He’s got a lot of really nice, hard-working people on the payroll, who keep his money-churning baseball operation clicking, and none of  ’em are getting let go.  Not bringing anybody in to make ’em nervous, either.  What are ya?  Nuts?

Well maybe bland Billy Geivett, which tells you even Dick is getting weary of sardonic pronouncements like “well whaddaya expect me to to with the circumstances I’m saddled with here?”  Ever-body else is safe, though.  Suck it up fans, end of story.

Meanwhile the 25 guys on the MLB roster have re-convened in the lovely setting of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on the scenic banks of the Allegheny River, a finer sight seldom to be found, although the humidity in July may be a bit sticky.  They tee it-up at 5:05 MDT at PNC Park against the Pirates of former skip Clint Hurdle, who lurk in 4th place in the competitive National League Central, 3-1/2 games behind the division-leading Brewers, who you may recall showed the local heroes a few things about winning baseball a couple weeks ago.  Left-hander Jorge De La Rosa (10-6, 4.56), apparently recovered from a life-threatening hamstring tweak in his previous outing gets the honor of opening up the figurative “second-half,” much as he handled Opening Day in April.  The sight of DLR stalking the hill will bring comfort to one and all, considering Colorado’s policy of winning only on nights started by the wily veteran.  That was the case a week ago tonight, when De La Rosa got the victory over the Twins with 6 gritty pain-scarred innings of 1-run/6-hit baseball.  Pittsburgh will run one-time ace Francisco Liriano
(1-7, 4.72), also a lefty, out against the Rockies.  Liriano too pitched last Friday, taking the loss 6-3 to the Reds in Cincinnati.  He only made it through 4, allowing 3 runs on 3 hits, but walking 6.  He struck-out 4.

Colorado manager Walt Weiss has a new trick up his sleeve for the contest, sitting All Star Charlie Blackmon and sliding left-fielder Corey Dickerson into the lead-off slot.  Drew Stubbs takes Blackmon’s spot in center-field and hits 2nd, while recent DL returnees Carlos Gonzalez and Nolan Arenado bat 3rd and 5th, respectively.  In another twist, Home Run Derby participant Justin Morneau gets another day, with Charlie Culberson trying his hand a 1st-base, hitting 7th.  Hurdle leads-off with rookie Gregory Polanco, who will play right-field.  MVP Andrew McCutchen is the center-fielder and hits 3rd.  Veteran Russell Martin catches and cleans-up.

It’s cloudy in the Steel City with temperatures in the 70ºs.  That humidity starts out at around 50% and looks to rise as the evening progresses.  Wind is light at about 4 MPH, blowing in from right-center. Your ROoT Sports personalities will be back and fresh, especially Jenny, and Marc Stout will treat us to another scintillating Fan Friday full of insightful Tweets.  Jerry and Jack are also duly rested over there on the radio, KOA 850 am.

COLORADO (40-55)
Corey Dickerson (L) LF
Drew Stubbs (R) CF
Carlos Gonzalez (L) RF
Troy Tulowitzki (R) SS
Nolan Arenado (R) 3B
Wilin Rosario (R) C
Charlie Culberson (R) 1B
DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B
Jorge De La Rosa (L) P
Gregory Polanco (L) RF
Starling Marte (R) LF
Andrew McCutchen (R) CF
Russell Martin (R) C
Neil Walker (S) 2B
Gaby Sanchez (R) 1B
Pedro Alvarez (L) 3B
Jordy Mercer (R) SS
Francisco Liriano (L) P


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7 years ago

Jerry is off tonight, and I think all weekend, as the survivors of the plane crash in Iowa are “celebrating” 25 extra years of being alive. That’s an event worth memorializing. Not many people walk away from a plane crash. Certainly nobody in the Ukraine yesterday. Not sure if that qualifies as a crash as that was a terrorist attack. Still the result was almost 300 people died.

Sorry to get off-topic. Spilly fills in for Jerry tonight

7 years ago

Missed why Morneau and Blackman are not playing??

7 years ago

I think Morneau did something to his back during batting practice this afternoon. Charlie played on Tuesday, maybe he is tired.

Why does Weiss keep on bringing his Brothers and Beleise (spelling?) in tight games? Hasn’t worked all year, why should it be different now.

Of course, as my wife says, why are you still watching Bill? I have no idea. Guess I’m looking to see a new way for the Rockies to lose every night.

7 years ago
Reply to  Bill

My husband and I finally said last night, “why do we keep watching this?” Hope, I guess.

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
7 years ago

I just couldn’t bring myself to drive one hour to the stadium to see the game tonight. Jeem, humidity is common this time of year as you mentioned in your pre-game, but for the last 3 days we have had gorgeous days with almost no humidity. Expecting rain tomorrow. Think I’ll just save my money this weekend. This game was lost in the first inning when the first two reached and NoDo hit into the DP to kill the threat.… Read more »

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
7 years ago

Question is, why is WW STILL giving Belisle quality innings? Why not use Kahnle in the 8th in a tie game? Why do we still care?

One week left for Rox to still be relevant in 2014-Broncos camp starts in a few days.

Enjoy the crowds for the next few home games Dickie, because once the kids are back in school Coors Field will turn into a mausoleum.

7 years ago

Ah, the favorite part of the season–the annual countdown to the trade deadline where the boys in purple do their best to look as terrible as possible so no other team would want them and/or diminish the number of baseballs the Rox might get for them in a possible trade.

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