Left Coast Labor

The Colorado Rockies head to the west coast and into NL West Divisional play this week on the tail of a 4-2 opening week of 2015 that ended with a devastating 9th inning loss to the Chicago Cubs on Sunday, when La Troy Hawkins blew his 2nd save of the short season.  The Rockies will face the San Francisco Giants for 3 games in San Francisco’s AT&T Park, including today’s 2:35 MDT contest, take the day off on Thursday, then head out to Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles for 3 with the Dodgers.

The Rockies got 2015 off to a rousing start with a 10-0 shutout of the Milwaukee Brewers a week ago, which they ran-out to a 4-game win streak before losing to the Cubs Saturday and Sunday.  The offense has been strong, as expected, scoring 5 runs in each outing that followed the opener.  DJ LeMahieu leads the pack with a .480 batting average and Corey Dickerson is knocking them around with 9 RBI. Nolan Arenado is tight on Dickerson’s heels with 7 ribbies.  The starting pitching was good enough in Milwaukee, but struggled a bit in the return to Denver, although Jordan Lyles has been steady in both of his appearances.  The defense had been relatively flawless up until Sunday, when backups Daniel Descalso and Mike McKenry broke-out a game of bootsy.

The NL West figures to be extra competitive, especially if Colorado is in the mix, with the World Champion Giants, free-spending Dodgers and an amped-up San Diego Chargers squad.  The Rockies send right-hander Eddie Butler (0-0, 3.18) out to match-up with San Francisco rookie Chris Heston (1-0, 0.00), also a righty, this afternoon.  Butler went 5-2/3 Wednesday against the Brewers, and allowed 2 runs on 4 hits with 4 walks and 5 strikeouts.  Heston was better, also going Wednesday, holding the Diamondbacks scoreless for 6 innings on 3 hits, 2 bases-on-balls, and 5 Ks.  Danger is in the air as Colorado opens the California campaign against a hurler never before seen.

Manager Walt Weiss is back to lineup type A after the Sunday version laid an egg.  Chuck Nasty leads-off, Cargo and Tulo are 2-3, and Justin Morneau cleans-up.  Bruce Boche’s champs will have newcomer Nori Aoki leading-off in left for Hunter Pence.  Joe Panik made the most of a 2014 chance and is the 2nd-baseman, hitting 2nd.  Matt Duffy takes-over for Pablo Sandoval at 3rd base, and hits 7th.

It’s going to windy in China Basin.  A gale will blow from left-to right at 19 MPH under mostly sunny skies and a temperature of 60°.  MLB’s mum on the subject, but my TV says the game’s on Root, and I reckon KOA’s got it on radio as well.

COLORADO (4-2)
Charlie Blackmon (L) CF
Carlos Gonzalez (L) RF
Troy Tulowitzki (R) SS
Justin Morneau (L) 1B
Nolan Arenado (R) 3B
Corey Dickerson (L) LF
Nick Hundley (R) C
DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B
Eddie Butler (R) P
SAN FRANCISCO (3-4)
Nori Aoki (L) LF
Joe Panik (L) 2B
Angel Pagan (S) CF
Buster Posey (R) C
Brandon Belt (L) 1B
Gregor Blanco (L) RF
Matt Duffy (R) 3B
Brandon Crawford (L) SS
Chris Heston (R) P

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rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago

Hawkins removed as close for foreseeable future. If needed, Betty will close today. That’s clear it is WW’s team, not Bill Geivett’s.

DonnyDinger
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DonnyDinger
5 years ago

The Courtship of Eddie Butler.

jaredean
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jaredean
5 years ago
Reply to  DonnyDinger

ha! that is a total flashback to my youth and watching The Courtship of Eddie’s Father…wonder how many picked up on that…

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago

We have to play the proverbial bullpen hand we’ve been “dealt.” Otto should close. Betty and Logan should handle the 8th depending on match ups. Ax and Freidrich the 7th. Hawk should be used in low leverage situations for awhile.

This rearrangement will depend primarily on Ax regaining most of his form from three years ago and the continued emergence of Freidrich.

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

FWIW – in my opinion, we have an elite Closer in ABQ. His name is Jon Gray.

Gary
Gary
5 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

NO!-no rookies in that role.”Betty’s just alright with me” Get the Doobie Bros.reference Jaredeen? [or the Byrds et.al.]

jaredean
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jaredean
5 years ago
Reply to  Gary

🙂 sure did!

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

NO NO he need starters not bullpen arms. Kahne and Diaz are options before Gray.

roxnsox
roxnsox
5 years ago

Energizer! Shut out the !%^$@#$!3$%#$! Giants in their celebratory home opener! I hope they fold this year – enough of them 🙂

Butler again bends but doesn’t break. Got to think he’s getting some good learning. And Walt with the “mix and match 9th” – beautiful, diplomatic, and he didn’t wait around. A+. Raffy! Raffy! He’s our man! If he can’t do it….(someone) can! I thought this guy was done after that injury, seriously.

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

roxnsox, I love the enthusiasm! Some might find it, well, obnoxious, but I love it! (Just kidding. By the way, Red Sox fans have been very well behaved here lately.) Eddie Butler is pitching like your classic talented rookie pitcher, right now a little more rookie than talent showing through, but hey, he didn’t crumble under the pressure of having baserunners on basically all the time. 6 walks = a win. I’m sure he’ll take that any day. A brief… Read more »

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Maybe the light switch just came on for Brooks Brown a.k.a Matt Holiday (I don’t think he was that good in AAA)?

Bill
Bill
5 years ago

Ag. You are right, we won a game we shouldn’t have won. Starting pitcher walks 6 in 5 1/3 innings and Rockies pitch a shutout! Are you kidding me? I like Butler’s stuff and his ground balls but you can’t keep doing that. I’m happy and slightly amazed that Weiss went with Betancourt. I think some of that has to do with what kind of man Hawkins is. He knew he screwed up and admitted so yesterday. He’s not like… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

Bill, I was just speed watching the DVR’d game, and I had to stop and rewind because I couldn’t believe it — Betancourt is working fast out there now! Not just normal pace — actually fast. About 20 seconds or so between pitches most of the time. And he’s got a splitter working now. Love seeing him back … let’s hope he can hold some leads just like old Betty.

Gary
Gary
5 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

He had actually sped up back in 2013 before the injury Ag.Not light speed but no longer time to urinate between pitches.Today, he was pretty much a normal pitcher.By the way,as a negative Nelly I figured the bunting fiasco in the top of the ninth would come back to bite us in the ass.Ten days out of ST and no one can lay down a bunt.What the hell do they practice down there for weeks? Descalso has shown me nothing… Read more »

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
5 years ago
Reply to  Gary

Well, they sure weren’t practicing sliding either, Gary.

jaredean
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jaredean
5 years ago

“The Giants are the first defending World Series champs to be shut out in their home opener since the 1953 New York Yankees.”

Love that stat!!!

Roxnsox
Roxnsox
5 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

10 stars!

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