Last Dance

With Woody Paige of the Denver Post outlining his blueprint for revitalization of the Colorado Rockies, the team sets-out for its final encounter of 2013 with the Los Angeles Dodgers this afternoon at 2:10 pm MDT at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.  Meanwhile, Paige’s colleague, Mark Kiszla offers a short, mystical reflection on the season featuring a couple of well-placed shots at Rockies’ co-Owner Charlie Monfort that really makes you wonder, what’s this guy up to and who’s pulling his strings?  Mystery and intrigue aside, Colorado sends long-time Rockie Jeff Francis (2-5, 6.61) out for one last start to face the Dodgers’ Hyun-Jin Ryu (14-7, 2.97) in game no. 162 of the 2013 baseball season.

Francis has been working out of the bullpen since returning from a mid-season demotion to AAA Colorado Springs, following his role as one of Colorado’s parade of ineffective no. 5 starting pitchers.  He last worked 1-2/3 scoreless innings last Sunday against the Diamondbacks.  Ryu, the rookie from South Korea, is tuning-up for a major role in Los Angeles’ upcoming playoff adventure.  Ryu went 7 against the Giants on Tuesday, allowing one run on 4 hits and getting the win in the Dodgers’ 2-1 victory in San Francisco.

Rockies’ legend Todd Helton moves up to the no. 3 spot in the Colorado order that he occupied for the better part of his Hall of Fame career, which ends today at the edges of Hollywood.  Presumptive batting champion Michael Cuddyer hits 5th and Jordan Pacheco gets another game behind the plate. The indescribable Yasiel Puig and Carl Crawford are back for LA in the 1 and 2 spots, and Michael Young will hit 3rd and play shortstop.

Los Angeles weather is holding at clear skies, temperatures in the mid-80°s, 22% relative humidity and wind blowing out to right-center at 7 MPH.  Drew, Jeff, Jenny and the Cowboy will call the wrap on ROoT, but you’ll have to tune over to 630 KHOW for Jerry and Jack’s final words.  There’s a football match of medium magnitude over there at Mile High.

COLORADO (73-88)
Charlie Blackmon (L) CF
Josh Rutledge (R) 2B
Todd Helton (L) 1B
Troy Tulowitzki (R) SS
Michael Cuddyer (R) RF
Nolan Arenado (R) 3B
Charlie Culberson (R) LF
Jordan Pacheco (R) C
Jeff Francis (L) P
LOS ANGELES (92-69)
Yasiel Puig (R) RF
Carl Crawford (L) LF
Michael Young (R) SS
Adrian Gonzalez (L) 1B
Mark Ellis (R) 2B
Juan Uribe (R) 3B
A.J. Ellis (R) C
Skip Schumaker (L) CF
Hyun-Jin Ryu (R) P

 


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ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
7 years ago

Ubaldo is the man. This organization wouldn’t know Nolan Ryan if they had him. Hopefully Ubaldo can help the Indians deep into the playoffs.

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
7 years ago

Really glad for Ubaldo. An he’s on one of the few teams in the playoffs that I would like to see win it.

Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago

Ubaldo is the man again. Really fascinating that the Indians have two key starters — Kazmir and Ubaldo — who looked all but finished and who’ve somehow become good starters, on occasion even dominant, all over again. Cleveland – Pittsburgh World Series! TV would hate it, I’d love it!

GARY
GARY
7 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

RUST BELT RULES! I’ve lived in both cities during the last century and know how huge that would be for the area.

Bat Cat
Bat Cat
7 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

That’s the Series I’m hoping for too!

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
7 years ago

Agreed, Ubaldo is the man! Unfortunately it’s a very long shot for the Rays now so I hope Cleveland puts a beat down on the Red Sox.

For whatever reason the Rays are going with David Price tomorrow night. Someone who admits he hates pitching in Texas, hates facing Nelson Cruz, and typically doesn’t do well there. So the Rangers oblige him by activating Cruz for the game.

Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago

Raysfan, no negativity allowed — your other team is kind of in the playoffs already, and while it’s in Texas the pitching matchup (your ace vs. their #4?) is gotta be the one you want. And remember, the Rays did this in a “rebuilding year.” It’s as if we had traded Cargo (Upton) and De La Rosa (Shields) in the offseason and actually got better. There’s the lesson for Dan O’Dowd. I’m kind of sick of Texas and the A’s… Read more »

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