It Is What It Is

Losers in 18 of their last 25 games, down two All Stars and working on starting pitcher option no. 9, the challenges facing the Colorado Rockies will not slacken.  The long-standing nuisance Atlanta Braves, virtually tied with the Washington Nationals and Miami Marlins in the National League East,  bring their act to the Mile High City this week for 4 games at Coors Field, and then the struggling Rockies head to San Francisco for 3 with the National League West leading Giants.

Colorado comes off of a 1-5 week during which they lost left-fielder Carlos Gonzalez and right-hander Jordan Lyles to (yes, not kidding) hand injuries, the latest misfortunes in a series that leave them a shadow of the group that scored 29 runs in 3 games against the Texas Rangers May 5, 6, and 7. Bizarre allusions to denial of alcoholism aside, Rockies management had no hope of covering for the relentless calamities that have demolished April’s promise of contention.  The week’s sole victory, a 10th inning walk-off on a Brandon Barnes triple, snapped an 8-game losing streak, but the rousing win had no carry, followed by another lousy loss in the rain-shortened Sunday afternoon encounter with Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Nonetheless, there’s no option other than forging ahead, recognizing that playing hard-nosed fundamentally sound baseball will be the team’s best ally against scuttling the entire season with July, August and September yet ahead.  Policies such as not walking the first two guys you face, and not striking-out 9 times in 6 innings might be a few helpful suggestions as to how to go about this.

So yonder comes Atlanta.  The Braves will send right-hander Gavin Floyd (0-2, 2.80) to the hill tonight at the old ballpark, for a 6:40 MDT start against Option No. 9, Colorado rookie righty Christian Bergman (4-4, 3.84 at AAA Colorado Springs).  Bergman is a 6′-1″ 180 pound 26 year-old out of Glendale, California.  He attended UC Irvine prior to signing with the Rockies, who selected him in the 24th round of the 2010 First Year Player Draft.  Bergman defeated the New Orleans Zephyrs on June 3, allowing 2 runs on 10 hits in 6 innings.  He struck-out 5 and didn’t walk a batter.  The veteran Floyd, who came over to Atlanta after 6 seasons with the Chicago White Sox, also pitched Tuesday.  He faced Seattle and went 5 innings, giving-up 3 runs on 10 hits.

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez rolls-out his cast of usual suspects, including Coors Monster Freddie Freeman, who’ll hit 3rd, with the notable exception of Tommy La Stella, a left-handed hitter who will play 2nd, with Atlanta still trying to figure out what happened to the player once known as Dan Uggla. Beleaguered Rockies skipper Walt Weiss has pencilled-in an outfield of Corey Dickerson in left, Drew Stubbs in center, and Charlie Blackmon in right.  They’ll be joined by catcher Mike McKenry, who hits 6th, and Charlie Culberson has 3rd-base tonight.

Clear and cool is the weather-word for Denver this evening, yesterday’s storms wreaking havoc over in Kansas, with warm temperatures scheduled to return to the Front Range on Tuesday.  The wind’s supposed to blow across from 1st to 3rd with temperatures in the mid 60ºs.  Good buddy Drew Goodman will back from a rainy day off to team with Jeff Huson for the TV on ROoT.  Jerry Schemmel will be back over on KOA 850 am, along with sidekick Jack Corrigan.

Rookie right-hander Eddie Butler, who made his MLB debut on Friday, became the latest Colorado Rockie to visit the 15-day Disabled List, joined by teammate Michael Cuddyer, as the Rockies continue to vaporize before our eyes.  Turns-out Butler had a sore shoulder coming into the debut.  Cuddyer banged-up his shoulder making a defensive dive at 3rd-base against the Dbacks.  Chad Bettis has been reactivated, and RWO favorite Wilton Lopez is designated for assignment.

ATLANTA (32-29)
Jason Heyward (L) RF
B.J. Upton (R) CF
Freddie Freeman (L) 1B
Justin Upton (R) LF
Evan Gattis (R) C
Chris Johnson (R) 3B
Tommy La Stella (L) 2B
Andrelton Simmons (R) SS
Gavin Floyd (R) P
COLORADO (29-33)
Charlie Blackmon (L) RF
Drew Stubbs (R) CF
Justin Morneau (L) 1B
Troy Tulowitzki (R) SS
Corey Dickerson (L) LF
Michael McKenry (R) C
Charlie Culberson (R) 3B
DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B
Christian Bergman (R) P


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7 years ago

A week or so ago, Cuddyer said he felt comfortable playing 1st or 2nd and said he would play 3rd if asked adding it’s been awhile since I played there and I wasn’t that good. I didn’t see the game, or was it one inning, when all the batted balls found him at 3rd and where he got hurt but I was told it wasn’t pretty. I presume Walt had other options there. And is it true that Butler had… Read more »

7 years ago

The Butler news is just hard to believe,especially with Winkler also going down.At least its a shoulder and not the elbow.I thought Lopez was showing promise at CS.I know they need room on the 40 man but I would have considered Matty B. for DFA.Injury may be part of the game but we are becoming the NL Texas Rangers!

7 years ago

What’s the over and under on Tulo making it to the All-Star game before he gets injured?

7 years ago

This Cuddyer injury just feels like a knockout punch to this team.

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