Keepin’ the Streak Alive

The Colorado Rockies are THE hottest team in baseball…this week…since Monday….

But what a fun week it has been!  And wouldn’t ya know it, EYj was again in the thick of the win as only he could be.

But more on that in a minute.

The lineup looked a little different today than it has, with Cuddyer at first and EYj in center instead of right field, where he’s been the rest of the week.  Johnny Herrera also took to the field in place of Josh Rutledge, who hasn’t started in three of the last four with a sore left quad, and Herrera committed hist first error of the season for his efforts.

The game looked like it would hinge on wild pitches and a bad call, with the first run of the Rockies coming from a wild pitch and missed call on LeMahieu.  The Marlins answered the wild pitch in the top of the fourth by taking advantage of an Alex White wild pitch to score their own, running the score to 2-1 in favor of the fish.

The score would hold until the sixth, which included a crushing blow of a home run from Mike Giancarlo Stanton, which was matched and raised by a two run shot from Cuddyer, playing in his first game back from the DL.  Cuddyer finished 1-4 with 2 RBI’s and 3 strikeouts.

Up until the road trip that started in LA last week, any game the Rockies were ahead on the scoreboard, the knowledgeable fan would just wait for the tides to turn, losing at any point was just expected and comebacks rarely seen.  Such has been the luck of the draw.  What changed was the fact that the team just started winning, and winning by playing hard and getting breaks, finally, go their way.  As bad as losing is to the psyche, winning breeds winning and the spark in the whole mess this past week has been none other than EYj.

EYj had a part in the walk-off  yesterday, scoring the winning run on a Tyler Colvin double.  Today he helped put the game out of reach in the seventh when he laid down the perfect squeeze bunt to score Josh Rutledge from third, the final run of the game which was an insurance run thanks to Rutledge’s triple that scored LeMahieu.

Rutledge was really the hero of the game with his go ahead pinch hit RBI that was a very nice piece of hitting.  He looked to be over-matched, not having played much this week, missing and then fouling off the first two pitches, both sliders. But he adjusted like a pro and knocked the ball just over Stanton’s head for the triple, breaking the 3-3 tie and coming in to make it 5-3 thanks to EYj.

 

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Pooter
Pooter
8 years ago

Amen to that brother!! This is a fun group!!

jeem
jeem
8 years ago

Another excellent write-up, Mike, I mean Jaredean. Very cogent observation how up until the last wk no matter how good things looked, you knew we would figure out a way to blow-it, the essence of being a “bad” team.

Rutledge out w/ a sore quad + tripling? That sounds kind of frightening.

OrangeRocks
OrangeRocks
8 years ago
Reply to  jeem

Nah but it is just another example of how the Rockies are so far out of it that they pull them out of the line up or even put players on the DL without any serious reasons – Giambi and Cuddyer as just a couple of examples.

jeem
jeem
8 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

Your Stanton reference…

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
8 years ago

Off topic here, but a few weeks ago Barry Bonds mentioned he wants to get back into baseball in some capacity. In light of the Giants having two players test positive for PEDs so far this season (Mota & Cabrera), is it possible the Giants have already hired Bonds as their PED specialist without anyone knowing? Hmmm.

rockymountainhigh
rockymountainhigh
8 years ago

I’m starting to like DJ more cuz I noticed his swing is much better. I think the Rox worked with DJ the same way they did with Colvin. It worked for both guys. Only difference was Colvin fixed his swing last winter and Rox waited until July/August to fix his swing. I just would like to see the Rox play .500 ball the rest of the way just to restore their confidence and give them motivation for 2013. I’m hoping… Read more »

DrRockies
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DrRockies
8 years ago

good points RMH and the rest of you. I have to believe that Nelson may be on the way out. I prefer his defense at 3B over Pacheco but overall, I think Nellie is expendable. Finally got to see a win at Coors last night and we were discussing bench players. When you see Sparkplug’s skills and presence when he is in the game, that really defines what you look for whether coming off the bench or starting. He comes… Read more »

DRH
DRH
8 years ago

The Rockies have several redundant pieces. I don’t see both DJ and Rutledge being on the team next year, unless one of them can play 3rd. Colvin and Cuddyer also are functional twins, don’t see both staying around. Nelson and Jonny Herrera, one will stay but probably not both. Blackmon is knocking at the door, and with Dexter’s much greater trade value, moving him and putting Blackmon in CF would bring more in return. I’m not sold on Pacheco at… Read more »

jeem
jeem
8 years ago

Totally do not understand the under 30 requirement.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
8 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

Safety squeeze is when the runner waits for contact.
Suicide squeeze is when the runner goes with the pitch.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
8 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

Oh yeah, I understand your context now. I agree, just because they call “go on contact” doesn’t equal the more gutsy decision to bunt/squeeze.

jeem
jeem
8 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

Oh that is so funny! Didn’t see much of the game (had company), but I did hear that comment + was like WTF???

jeem
jeem
8 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

Tonight we will hear about how the BIB’s grand strategy is finally brilliantly playing out.

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