More Fun for Chacin?

Jhoulys Chacin described his first start in the Rockies’ controversial 4/75 starting pitcher rotation as “really fun,” and one can infer the previous 14 months had not been particularly fun for the Colorado Rockies’ right-hander, who suddenly lost his effectiveness in late June of 2011.  Chacin (1-3, 6.16) makes his second start for Colorado coming-off a 3-month stint on the Disabled List for a nerve impingement in his throwing shoulder Sunday afternoon against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field in Chicago, starting at 12:20 pm MDT.  The Rockies are looking to take the 3-game weekend series with the Cubs and head back to Denver following a 6-1 road trip to face the freshly bolstered Los Angeles Dodgers for three games at Coors Field.  Chicago turns to righty Chris Volstad (0-9, 6.88), who is winless in his last 24 starts.

Chacin held the New York Mets to one run in 6 innings last Tuesday in a 6-2 Rockies’ victory, allowing 4 hits, walking none, and striking-out two.  Volstad last pitched a week ago in Cincinnati when Chicago lost to the Reds 5-4.  He also went 6 innings, with no-decision in a 4-run, 7-hit performance.  The teams split their first two 2012  contests in mirror-image fashion earlier in the weekend.  Colorado squandered a 3-2 eighth inning lead with shoddy defense to lose 5-3 on Friday; the Cubs returned the favor with a sloppy seventh Saturday afternoon to fall 4-3.

Charlie Blackmon slips into the lead-off spot at right-field in Rockies’ manager Jim Tracy’s lineup with yesterday’s first four sliding down a notch.  Luis Valbuena is back at third-base for the Cubs and Steve Clevenger is catching.

It’ll be cloudy in the Windy City with a chance of showers this afternoon.  Temperatures will be in the low 80’s, muggy with around 63% relative humidity.  Winds will be out of the south-southwest at 10 to 12 MPH.  Rockies’ TV is on ROOT Sports, and the radio broadcast today is on KHOW 630 am.

COLORADO (51-74)
Charlie Blackmon (L) RF
DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B
Jordan Pacheco (R) 1B
Carlos Gonzalez (L) LF
Wilin Rosario (R) C
Tyler Colvin (L) CF
Chris Nelson (R) 3B
Jonathan Herrera (S) SS
Jhoulys Chacin (R) P
CHICAGO (48-77)
David DeJesus (L) RF
Luis Valbuena (L) 3B
Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
Alfonso Soriano (R) LF
Starlin Castro (R) SS
Steve Clevenger (L) C
Brett Jackson (L) CF
Darwin Barney (R) 2B
Chris Volstad (R) P

 


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Bill
Bill
8 years ago

Radio is NOT 850 because of Bronco game. 560, 710 or another of Clear Channel’s radio stations.

Miketober
Miketober
8 years ago

Come on Rockies, pull this one out. Don’t let those lovable Cubs think they can retake 14th place!

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
8 years ago

It seems like the Rockies are always on the losing end of these rain delays, in terms of the umps forcing them to field in the crap and then the other team gets the beneficial delay call so they don’t have to.

elrodvt
elrodvt
8 years ago
Reply to  ProgMatinee

Chacin has looked really good. Hope he can bring that to Coors.

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

Small part of the game that I saw, Chacin looked pretty good, but not as sharp as his first start. Still, very encouraging for next year. Who do you guys want to see when rosters expand? Possible position players: 1. Arenado. Can’t see why not as soon as Tulsa’s year ends. Sure, we’ve crawling with marginal youngish third basemen already, but it’s not as if any of them have grabbed the job by the horns. 2. Wheeler. I’m disappointed, and… Read more »

OrangeRocks
OrangeRocks
8 years ago

For my money the Parker Fraizer and the MFL kid don’t have the 2012 stats or prospect status to warrant a MLB trial at this point, however I would like to see Wheeler, Arenado, McBride and Gardner. Likely no allstars on list below, but here are five other Rockies farm hands that might be worth a look in September: 1. Nick Schmidt, left handed starting pitcher. Got him from the A’s in the Street trade if I remember correctly. Quietly… Read more »

Bob K.
Bob K.
8 years ago

Two reasons that you won’t see many September call ups: 1 – 40 man roster 2 – cost There is one opening on the 40 man roster but there are three on the 60 day DL. When the guys on the 60 day DL come off of it. two spaces on the 40 man roster will have to be opened up. If they bring up any more that aren’t already on the 40 man roster that will be that many… Read more »

OrangeRocks
OrangeRocks
8 years ago
Reply to  Bob K.

Thanks Bob K – you are correct – got the players right but blew the team.

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
8 years ago

I thought Tracy Ringolsby did a good job covering this subject with Dave Krieger 2 weeks ago. I agreed with him. We will see many auditions and they won’t be all for staying with the Rockies.

I thought the conversation about Rosario was interesting to say the least. I do agree though that he does need a lot of work.

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

Orange, some interesting thoughts there. I forgot about Schmidt. He’s had a pretty successful comeback year, and he’s moved himself into fringe prospect status. I doubt we’ll see him since he’s already thrown 134 innings coming off injury, but he could surprise us in spring. Any Sky Sox watchers who can give us a scouting report (velocity, stuff, etc?). Dickerson has also stepped up, and Tim Wheeler better watch out because guys are gaining on him. I think with the… Read more »

Bob K.
Bob K.
8 years ago

Off topic. Nice to see that Scott Boras lost another client. Dexter Fowler switched agents.

http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2012/08/casey-close-to-represent-dexter-fowler.html

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