If When What

Pigs are flying in the American League West, where the Houston Astros are out to an early 5-game lead, but the status quo prevails in the the NL West, where it still takes longer to dry your hair in Los Angeles than it does in Denver, and the Colorado Rockies are in last place and riding a 9-game losing streak. The Rockies are in Los Angeles for a 2-contest matchup with the Angels in Anaheim, starting tonight at 8:05, after which they’ll head downtown to Chavez Ravine for 4 with the Dodgers.  Colorado managed to wedge 4 losses in between rain showers last week in Denver, and while the circumstances were not conducive to a big turnaround, the performance confirmed the diagnosis from 2015 week 5:  the Rockies are toast; bring-on the wrecking ball.

The RWO, meanwhile, had its finest week since the founding in 2012, featuring outstanding posts from sdcarp that presented well thought-through scenarios for the destruction and re-construction of the organization, as well as a foray into the realm of architecture, presenting a couple of simple concepts to reposition the field at Coors, to tilt it a few degrees in favor of the pitchers and defense.  RWO commenters responded in-force, and with the exception of some hold-out way over there in the mountains of West Virginia, accept the truth that the current situation is beyond redemption.

The $64,000 question, of course, is what does Dick Monfort think?  Monfort is currently taking the brunt of the heat from his fan-base, now that Dan O’Dowd and Billy Geivett have more forgiving jobs.  The indictment is the same as it ever was, Monfort’s reluctance to make real transformative change, and no doubt there is a sizable investment in the Tulo-Cargo-‘Nado core, but even Monfort has to recognize at this point the gig is up.  The 2015 group of Rockies at full-strength is no different than the 2014 version was at half strength.  They’re losers; time to move on.

The near-term anticipation is therefore when will something start to happen, and when it does, what will it be?  We’re ready for the pain; it can’t be any worse that it’s been since 2011.  Stick the needle in my other eye, Dickie!

Amid all of this speculation, resignation and intrigue, Kyle Kendrick (1-4, 8.73), the pride of last winter’s free-agent class, takes the hill for Colorado tonight against LAAofA’s CJ Wilson (1-2, 2.70), a left-hander of considerable repute.  Kendrick hasn’t been out in 9 days, since he went 5 against the Padres and surrendered 6 runs on 6 hits, including home runs by Justin Upton and Derrick Norris. Wilson was out Wednesday against Seattle, when he gave up a couple of runs in 7 innings of an eventual LAAofA walk-off.  Rack one up on their chart, Jaredean.

The Rockies roll out a lineup loaded-for-bear tonight against the Angels, featuring all of those guys who were supposed to regularly post-up double figures to compensate for that crappy pitching.  It’s an AL ballpark and Wilin Rosario gets the DH role, hitting 6th between Justin Morneau and Corey Dickerson. The Angels’ attempt to buy a pennant two years ago didn’t pan out, but they still feature Mike Trout, the best player in baseball west of Nolan Arenado, batting 2nd, and he’s followed by DH Albert Pujols and 3rd-baseman David Freese.

It’ll be partly cloudy with temperatures in the low 60°s as the sun sets over the Pacific in Anaheim this evening.  The wind will be blowing across and out from right to left.  And if you’re sad on account of all this talk of the end of an era, Drew Goodman’s got the play-by-play on ROOT Sports, and he’ll make sure you fall asleep knowing everything’s going to be all right.  Jerry and Jack are on 850 KOA.

COLORADO (11-17)
Charlie Blackmon (L) CF
Troy Tulowitzki (R) SS
Carlos Gonzalez (L) RF
Nolan Arenado (R) 3B
Justin Morneau (L) 1B
Wilin Rosario (R) DH
Corey Dickerson (L) LF
Nick Hundley (R) C
DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B
LAAofA (15-17)
Kole Calhoun (L) RF
Mike Trout (R) CF
Albert Pujols (R) DH
David Freese (R) 3B
Erick Aybar (S) SS
Johnny Giavotella (R) 2B
Matt Joyce (L) LF
Carlos Perez (R) C
Marc Krauss (L) 1B

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rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago

Good summary, jeem. I can’t imagine Rox winning one game on the LA trip. Two against Mike Trout and company and four in LA where we never win. I’ve moved from the Boom and Bloom Club to the Doom and Gloom Club with sdcarp as the driver of the nuclear bandwagon.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago

For those on Twitter, in encourage you to follow “Fake Dick Monfart.” Nice parody, but he’s such an easy target! Here’s the latest tweet:

Fake Dick Monfort (@MonfortNation)
5/12/15, 6:10 PM
You can trust Bridich and I to make the moves that will define this franchise for years to come.

RMH – do I need to go to the DMV and get a CDL to drive the Doom and Gloom bandwagon? We want to be legal here at RWO.

roxnsox
roxnsox
5 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

I think Bob in WV and I agreed on THE Club a couple months ago. Tempered Hopes and Expectations. That baby has crashed and burned. 🙂

roxnsox
roxnsox
5 years ago

Fantastic pregame, Jeem! Thank heaven I can still come here to commiserate, get a few laughs, read great stuff – even if I might not (first time ever, I think, when I have the option) watch the game tonight and am maintaining a welcome distance (numbness?). (Well, thank heaven for west coast start times too.) We Were Not Optimistic, but this might be the absolute worst season ever. My gosh. I don’t think many saw THAT coming. From the last… Read more »

RocketMan
RocketMan
5 years ago

On the radio driving home, Tulo is meeting with his agent on Thursday….

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

Unwarranted Optimism time (just because I’m always a contrarian) — Yohan Flande (no, I am not kidding) is having a tremendous season in AA. Yes, he’s ancient for AA, and yes, it’s 6 starts. But a 30:4 K to BB ratio, 1 HR allowed. They were smart to re-sign him after dropping him from the 40 man roster, and he could just possibly turn into a somewhat acceptable starter for the Rockies very soon. (Yes, faint praise) Ryan Carpenter, not-quite-so-old… Read more »

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago

That’s like the 10th time a runner on first started running while the pitcher is still holding the ball. Obviously it tells me the coaching staff are bad teachers.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago

And Pujols start running while Betancourt is still holding the ball, but throws to plate instead of picking him off.

Doc
Doc
5 years ago

Tells me the players don’t give a crap.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago

Don’t be surprised if Scott Gopherg will be the first pitcher after Kendrick is done for the night.

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

Good night.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago

You know when the Rockies quit playing when CarGo let the bloop drop in front of him with Pujols ruining at the crank of the bat. Should have been easy DP had CarGo layout for the ball which was easy reach of him.

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

RMH, good observation — I was wondering about that too. That was obviously the game right there, so you’d expect any outfielder to do whatever he can to make that play. Cargo just let it drop in front of him.

Pooter
Pooter
5 years ago

I think it was a very telling sign that this group has a dark cloud over their head when it was pouring rain on them to start last nights game IN CALIFORNIA!

It’s no longer a case of winning games if starting pitcher keeps them in the ballgame. This team will figure out a way to lose no matter the situation. Things looking pretty sad for the Rox.

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