Looking for Nine

Brett Anderson (0-3, 4.95) gets his second start since returning from the Disabled List last Sunday as the Colorado Rockies search for ways to complete baseball games that don’t involve turning to the bullpen. Anderson can’t be expected to go “all Bob Gibson” and deliver a complete game shutout, but seven sharp ones ‘d be nice, as would handing the ball off to somebody whose name starts with a letter other than B.  The Rockies and Anderson face-off against Clint Hurdle and the Pittsburgh Pirates at 5:05 MDT in the middle game of a 3-game weekend set at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, with Charlie Morton (5-9, 3.32) taking the hill for the Pirates.

Anderson has yet to gain traction on the 2014 season, making only his 5th start, still essentially in extended spring training as he recovers from a finger broken in a plate appearance way back on April 12. The left hander returned to face the Twins July 13 before the break, ineffectively, allowing 6 runs (5 earned) on 10 hits in 5 innings of work.  He threw 92 pitches that afternoon, 53 for strikes, and took the loss as Colorado fell 13-5.  Anderson walked 3 and struck-out 5, and was 0 for 1 in two at-bats, picking-up an RBI with a sacrifice bunt.  Morton, a sinker-balling righty, will be making his 20th 2014 start in a 7 year MLB career that started with the Atlanta Braves back in 2008.  He was last out on July 12 in Cincinnati, allowing 5 runs on 6 hits in 6 innings of the Pirates’ 6-5 11-inning win over the Reds.  Morton struck-out 6 and walked 2.

All Star Charlie Blackmon returns to the Rockies’ lead-off slot after an extra day-off, in center-field of an outfield flanked by left-fielder Corey Dickerson, with Carlos Gonzalez in right.  Nolan Arenado moves-up to the 2-hole at 3rd-base and Charlie Culberson remains at 1st hitting 7th, as Justin Morneau nurses a stiff neck.  Pittsburgh rolls-out the same order as a night ago, except All Star utilityman Josh Harrison hits 2nd for beaning victim Starling Marte.  Colorado hitters can expect to be moved-off the inside part of the plate, and in fact a close shave or two would not be unexpected with the Pirates missing Marte.

Unseasonably cool weather continues in the Steel City, where Bob from WVa assures me the 84% humidity is not an issue with temperatures in the upper 60ºs.  As far as I know Jerry’s back from his reunion on 850 am KOA, freeing Ryan Spillborgs to join Drew Goodman and Jeff  Huson for a few innings in the TV booth on ROoT Sports.

COLORADO (40-56)
Charlie Blackmon (L) CF
Nolan Arenado (R) 3B
Carlos Gonzalez (L) RF
Troy Tulowitzki (R) SS
Corey Dickerson (L) LF
Wilin Rosario (R) C
Charlie Culberson (R) 1B
DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B
Brett Anderson (L) P
PITTSBURGH (50-46)
Gregory Polanco (L) RF
Josh Harrison (R) LF
Andrew McCutchen (R) CF
Russell Martin (R) C
Neil Walker (S) 2B
Gaby Sanchez (R) 1B
Pedro Alvarez (L) 3B
Jordy Mercer (R) SS
Charlie Morton (R) P

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Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
6 years ago

Jeem, love it! Actually, it started raining here in northern WV just about the time the game was ending and it has rained off and on since. Our lovely humidity is back! On a finer note, I had a preliminary job interview this week that would have me relocating back to Denver! I’d be working at the Henderson Mine above Empire and would live in the Golden/Lakewood/Arvada area. RMH, you just might get that beer I still owe you from… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago
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Good for you Bob (potential CO job) – that’s exciting news.

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
6 years ago

I just came up with the solution to the Rockies problems. The team for the last two years has been great coming out of Arizona in the spring before fading a month or so later. Next year, let’s trade everyone in the Rox organization for everyone in the D-backs organization…including owners and front office. The D-backs would have an instant contender and the Rox would get the culture change we need to build a winner at long last. Heck, it… Read more »

Bill
Bill
6 years ago

Well what do you expect from Bettis? I don’t care if he did great last year (according to Drew and Jeff), he stinks this year. He hasn’t thrown a great many innings this year and yet giving up 1 run in 1/3 of an inning only raised his ERA about .3 or so. Still below 9. Why the hell is he still on the team? Rockies will continue to cry about bad luck, and yes they had a little with… Read more »

Julie G
Julie G
6 years ago

Sorry, we wasted such a good game from Anderson. At least we know we have two pitchers. Ottavino needs some rest and if we could bring up somebody to take Bettis’ place….

IggyRox
IggyRox
6 years ago

Tonight was another tribute to the ‘culture’ of the Colorado Rockies. Nobody got thrown out, nobody tore up the locker room, nobody got caught with a hooker. Perhaps somebody should consider the above. Though I’d wait for the hooker… they’re in Pittsburgh right now, after all. Here’s an idea. Not sure if soccer does something similar (if I’m going to watch grass grow, I’ll watch golf), but why not have the worst team in each league gets demoted to AAA,… Read more »

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