More Down than Up

The Colorado Rockies got a slick pitching performance out of Jorge “The Cat” De La Rosa Sunday afternoon to finish week 10 of the 2015 MLB season at 3-4.  They started the week on a positive note, taking 2 of 3 from the St Louis Cardinals, but then the boys let a tough commute get the better of them, and they landed in Miami and averaged a run and a half a game in the 4-game set with the Marlins, losing three before “breaking-out” and scoring 4 behind De La Rosa.  The starting pitchers strayed a bit from the steady path they’d been striding.  Chad Bettis faltered a bit in the Wednesday afternoon loss to the Cards, Chris Rusin got lit-up Thursday, and David Hale squandered the run he was allotted Saturday, giving back 2 in the 6th, but not even George Frazier had a 1.50 ERA, so I’m pointing fingers back at the offense again.

Corey Dickerson returned from the DL at the expense of Kyle Parker (we hardly knew ye Kyle), and racked-up 3 hits in 3 games before coming-up lame in his 3rd at-bat Saturday.  Manager Walt Weiss says Corey’s feeling better, and he’d have been off Sunday in any case, but I see Ag’s buddy Rafael Ynoa’s getting the nod in left-field tonight.

The Rockies are in Houston for 2 against the AL West leading Astros, then the two teams head to Denver for 2 more at Coors Field.  I’m told this is what’s known as a “rivalry series,” although the only rivalry I know of between the Astros and Colorado is the one Ag mentioned in yesterday’s postgame: Houston bailed after their promising 2011 squad laid an egg in 2012 and went all-out for the full-bore rebuild.  The Rockies continued to stand pat, 2 years after the promising 2010 squad morphed into that 98 loss job in 2012.  A quick check of the scoreboard will tell you the Astros had the better strategy. The Milwaukee Brewers follow Houston to Coors for 3 on the weekend to wind-up Colorado’s skein of 17 games in 17 days.

Nevertheless, Colorado means to compete and it’ll send the right-hander Bettis (2-1, 3.05) out against Houston’s Dallas Keuchel (7-2, 1.90), the lefty who has been lighting-up the American League, for a 6:10 MDT start at Minute Maid Park in Houston.  Keuchel is a 27 year-old 6′-3″ 210 pounder.  He lost his last start in Chicago, despite allowing only 2 in 7 against the White Sox.  Bettis was the loser Wednesday against St Louis.  He only made it through 5, and gave-up 3 runs on 6 hits, but struck-out 6.

Weiss has moved Charlie Blackmon down to the bottom of the order to set-up a double-leadoff situation with DJ LeMahieu in the American League park.  Troy Tulowitzki hits 2nd and Nolan Arenado 3rd.  Mike McKenry is the DH and will hit 5th, and Brandon Barnes is in for Carlos Gonzalez following McKenry.  The Astros are managed by AJ Hinch and guys like me will recognize only former Brave Evan Gattis, who hits cleanup and is the DH, Colby Rasmus, and Luis Valbuena, the 3rd-baseman who hits 7th.

It’s not stifling down there in east Texas, 81°, but thundershowers are expected and the humidity is at 79%, so I’m guessing the roof will be closed at Minute Maid.  Drew Goodman and Jeff Huson will have the TV broadcast on ROOT and Jerry Schemmel and Jack Corrigan are your crew on 850 am KOA.

COLORADO (28-34)
DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B
Troy Tulowitzki (R) SS
Nolan Arenado (R) 3B
Wilin Rosario (R) 1B
Michael McKenry (R) DH
Brandon Barnes (R) RF
Rafael Ynoa (S) LF
Nick Hundley (R) C
Charlie Blackmon (L) CF
HOUSTON (36-28)
George Springer (R) RF
Carlos Correa (R) SS
Preston Tucker (L) LF
Evan Gattis (R) DH
Colby Rasmus (L) CF
Chris Carter (R) 1B
Luis Valbuena (L) 3B
Marwin Gonzalez (S) 2B
Jason Castro (L) C

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rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago

Game over. I think it’s been at least 10 or 20 years since we came back to win the game on the road after giving up at least three runs in first inning.

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

2 outs, 2 run lead, 7th inning, runner on second, Blackmon vs. a lefty .. .OF COURSE they are playing him shallow. You want to avoid the base hit to score a run. The fact that Goodman and Huson are astonished by that just shows how out of touch the Rockies organization (from ownership to GM to coaching staff to management-approved ROOT announcers) are.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
5 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Drew Goodman can’t teach an 12 year old anything new about baseball.

RocketMan
RocketMan
5 years ago

Could somebody, anybody, tell me why Ynoa has a spot on the roster????

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
5 years ago

Are you sh***g me Walt? Tying run coming to bat and you have your 16mil “co-star” sitting on bench and you still let Ynoa bat? Predictable result- game ending DP.

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

What was ROOT’s explanation for that? Something about how Dickerson couldn’t run? What the hell did that have to do with letting Cargo sit on the bench while Ynoa hit? Am I missing something, or are these two totally unrelated things?

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

Well, I had to play that one back: Drew suggests that since Cargo is 2 for 11 vs. Gregerson Walt decided to stick with Ynoa. I hope that’s not the real reason, because it is an idiotic reason. But I can’t for the life of me think of any other reason why you’d ever let Ynoa hit there instead of Cargo. But then again, these are your Colorado Rockies.

Bill
Bill
5 years ago

I admit I spent most of the night watching the hockey game. To me not much better than Stanley Cup finals. But I kept clicking over to the Rockies during commercials. The last time I clicked over, wow. The Rockies were down by three with 1 out in the 9th and the tying run was at the plate. Rafael Ynoa at the plate. As I hadn’t watched the game I didn’t know that Cargo was available and figured there was… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

Tyler Matzek reporting to Boise to make a start for short-season (between Rookie ball and Low-A ball) Rockies affiliate. Baby steps … … meanwhile, notice the language the Rockies reporters use. I think it’s telling. Patrick Saunders at the DP: “Mike McKenry was rewarded for all his grunt work” with a start as DH. “Rewarded” — that’s how things work around here. Kind of a youth league approach — “you’ve worked hard, haven’t complained, how about a start as designated… Read more »

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