Might Be Ugly

The Colorado Rockies wound up a 6-game homestand with a rousing 17-run laugher over the Cincinnati Reds Sunday afternoon, winding-up their week with a 3-3 mark, taking 2 out of 3 from the Reds and losing 2 of 3 to the Texas Rangers.  Tonight they find themselves in the city of Chicago, Illinois, short an hour of sleep, where they’ll face the Cubs for 3 games in Wrigley Field before heading south to face Chicago’s arch rival St Louis for 3 at Busch Stadium in the Gateway City.  After 3 quick ones back in Denver against the Mariners, the Rockies do a 180 and head to Washington for 3 with the East leading Nationals, followed by 4 in New York against the Mets, all-in-all a stretch of 13 of 16 road tests against franchises that have the audacity of being Contenders.  Colorado, without such lofty and unreasonable aspirations, has its work cut out for it if it expects to return to Coors Field with, say, more than 4 wins in those 13 contests, and with the non-waiver trade deadline scheduled to expire Friday at 10 pm MDT, the Rockies clubhouse ought to have a few fresh faces bumbling around, trying to get the hang of fitting into the Culture of No Expectations.

Tonight it’s the Cubs, who are rolling-out right hander Kyle Hendricks (4-5, 3.66) for the 6:05 MDT contest at the corner of W Addison and Sheffield.  Colorado sends the ace of its astonishing four-man rotation, lefty Jorge De La Rosa (6-4, 4.62), to the hill against Hendricks, coming-off a 6 inning 6-run/5-hit/8 strikeout no decision versus the Rangers last Wednesday afternoon.  Hendricks also went 6 on Wednesday, taking the loss after allowing 5 runs on 7 hits over 6 innings.  He struck-out 9.

Hendricks will have a Joe Maddon order featuring the former Rockie Dexter Fowler, ripping it up with a .239 average and 25 RBI, leading off, rookie 3rd-baseman Kris Bryant hitting 3rd, and obnoxious former Padre Chris Denorfia hitting 6th in left-field.  Walt Weiss has Charlie Blackmon hitting 1st, as customary. Corey Dickerson, 3 of 7 since his reactivation for the Reds series, is back in left-field hitting 6th. Ben Paulsen is at 1st-base against the lefty and Michael McKenry will hit 8th and catch DLR.

It’s party cloudy and not horribly warm in the Windy City.  Temperatures with drift-down from about 80° as the evening progresses with a 9 MPH breezing blowing straight in, and relative humidity around 50%.  ROOT has the TV; radio is on 850 KOA am.

COLORADO (42-54)
Charlie Blackmon (L) CF
DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B
Troy Tulowitzki (R) SS
Carlos Gonzalez (L) RF
Nolan Arenado (R) 3B
Corey Dickerson (L) LF
Ben Paulsen (L) 1B
Michael McKenry (R) C
Jorge De La Rosa (L) P
CHICAGO (51-46)
Dexter Fowler (S) CF
Kyle Schwarber (L) C
Kris Bryant (R) 3B
Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
Jorge Soler (R) RF
Chris Denorfia (R) LF
Starlin Castro (R) SS
Kyle Hendricks (R) P
Addison Russell (R) 2B

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Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

Albuquerque drops a double header today, 10-1 and 10-0. Outhit 30 to 7. (Lannan and Jurrjens take the losses). Ouch.

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

Goodbye, Big P.
Or is it “Welcome back to Colorado for the 2nd year of your 2 year contract, Big P.”
No contending team will touch him now.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Correct – no team will touch him.

Ed coined “Big P,” which I love. But I think the bigger issue with JDLR is that he’s very weak mentally. He can’t take adversity – any adversity. He’s what I call a “front runner.” When things are going well…….he’s a high performance athlete. When things are going bad………he runs and hides. Not a guy you want to go to battle with on your side.

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

carp, I go back to the first time I watched DLR pitch — it was in the very first World Baseball Classic. I saw him out there for Mexico and thought “this guy has serious stuff.” Then he imploded.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

On a happier subject – forget the baseball aspect it – right now Cargo just looks physically good. He looks fast. He looks engaged.

Ag – you and I could google the phone numbers of other GMs and trade Cargo tonight. And we (or at least not I) didn’t go to Harvard (or Yale or whatever Ivy Bridich attended). Bridich has 4 days to pull of a Kindergarten trade.

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

I agree — Cargo’s moving better too, and the baserunning/fielding stats are starting to reflect that. I don’t know if he tweaked that knee in late spring training (he did come out of a game), but he’s definitely a different guy now as opposed to the first couple months

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Ag – Bridich’s Mom is reading RWO again. We’re getting the one star treatment.

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

By the way, Oliver Perez, another supremely talented lefty, was on that Mexico 2006 World Baseball Classic team with DLR. Two would-be lefty aces who never realized their potential.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

I remember OP. Filthy. But couldn’t control it.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago

What kind of a bunt is that? Straight back to the mound not down toward 3B against the shift and now you make the last two outs on two pitches. Ineptitude like theses plays including making third out at third on double steal is making me want to see WW and TR get run out of town

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

Silver Lining: my stretch out Friedrich with an eye toward giving him a couple starts in September theory will now happen out of necessity!

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

Edwin Jackson released by the Cubs. Huge disappointment/huge overpay for them. For us? Sign him! Still throws 94, now you get him cheap. What, you’d rather watch Yohan Flande start?

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Agree – I think the Rox should sign 3-4 Edwin Jackson “like” pitchers every year. Every now and then lightning is bound to strike and they’ll have something. It’s got to be better than signing the 40+ year old Jamie Moyers of the world.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago

The Rox gave up and stop hitting once the Cubs had their six-run inning. That’s been Rox M.O. all year – stop playing when the opponent has a big inning (at least 4 runs). Time to overhaul coaches (except pitching coaches) and players to get the losing mentality out of the system.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago

Here’s Tulo the rally killer in late and close situation as usual.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago

Now it’s Axford turn to give the game back to the opponent.

Julian
Julian
5 years ago

I suspect that Bridich’s phone is ringing off the hook. How many GMs are calling him about CarGo? His value is going up daily.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago

Axford and DLR both have ZZZEEEEERRRROOOOOO values.

Roxnsox
Roxnsox
5 years ago

Might Be Ugly wins in the end. Wow. Beautiful, then hideous, gorgeous, then …

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

And did you see Tulo limp off? Another trade possibility killed?

Roxnsox
Roxnsox
5 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

We’ll wait to hear, but the minute I saw him stretch hard for first base, my heart sank. Then he didn’t come out to the field. Well, he wasn’t getting traded anyway.

Bob K.
Bob K.
5 years ago
Reply to  Roxnsox

Tulo gone to the Blue Jays for Reyes and minor leaguers.

http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2015/07/blue-jays-to-acquire-troy-tulowitzki.html

IggyRox
IggyRox
5 years ago

I have seen teams have games like this one that is followed by something BIG to get people’s attention. A trade. A demotion. A firing. A DFA. What do you suppose the chances of something like that happening here? Seems like something like that only happens in cities where the owners want to (and will do what it takes to) win.

jaredean
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jaredean
5 years ago
Reply to  IggyRox

Pretty prophetic there Iggy!

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

Not to worry. We have Yohan Flande going for us tomorrow.

IggyRox
IggyRox
5 years ago

I don’t know how my ugly-ass picture ended up next to my posts, I don’t remember putting one up. Can somebody help me to a place where I can take it down? Thanks

IggyRox
IggyRox
5 years ago

Just in (Ch 4) – Tulo has been traded to Toronto.

DonnyDinger
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DonnyDinger
5 years ago
Reply to  IggyRox

Rosenthal confirming – Tulo to Blue Jays.

IggyRox
IggyRox
5 years ago
Reply to  DonnyDinger

Jose Reyes and Minor Leaguers? what the….

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

Shocking! On Robothal’s twitter feed. For real. Reyes signed thru 2017 so exactly the kind of deal I suggested – take someone else’s shorter bad contract + prospects?

DonnyDinger
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DonnyDinger
5 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

No word on the prospects yet. Gotta be something since it appears they threw Hawkins in as well.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Bridich went Jon Hart – see my comments below.

This is a good deal guys. Very good.

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

Too bad we can’t force them to take Boone too.

Bob K.
Bob K.
5 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

It now appears that Hawkins is going with Tulo. Of course I am sure this all will depend on Tulo passing a physical.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago

Jeff Hoffman – Jays #3 Prospect. AA. Post TJ guy. Fits 2018/19 timeline. Miguel Castro – Jays # 5 Prospect. This guy is a STUD. Grade 70 fastball. Made a brief cameo as the Jays Closer earlier this year. Some scouts thought he was the best young pitcher in the Grapefruit League this Spring. This will test the Rox. DO NOT TURN HIM INTO A SP! Let him sling it. STUD. Yet to be named 3rd player – could be… Read more »

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