More longball on tap from Astros

A storm is arriving in Denver, dressed in orange and blue. With Kyle Kendrick on the mound, the forecast is cloudy with a 100% chance of longballs from the Houston Astros. The only good news is there is one less bat in the lineup with the series shifting from Minute Maid to Coors and shedding the DH.

Yesterday’s display of cellulose-launched spheroidal projectiles may soon claim Chris Rusin as a victim. However, the Jon Gray Call-up Clock is stuck at 10:10. The other Rox blogger sites have declared the clock shows 11:59, but today Walt Weiss was on the airwaves suggesting otherwise:

Even a broken clock is right twice a day. Unless this is a Walt head-fake (on the order of the Ynoa “tough out”), I wouldn’t hold my breath on Gray, at least not for a few more weeks and we see what deals materialize by the end of July. Once Gray comes up, he ain’t going back down, he’ll be slotted in and put to work when everything else is sorted out.

I’m not ready to label Rusin as a failure, but he is what he is at 28 yrs old. I don’t think anyone sees Rusin as more than a #5 on the bubble, and there just isn’t a lot of upside at this point. He is likely destined to be a AAAA type.

Bad news of the day: reliever Justin Miller has been called up. This set off a wave of speculation about Gray and Rusin – but the real news is Corey Dickerson is back on the DL (which RWO readers knew was coming from my post last Saturday).

If not Gray soon, now what? The near-term return of Eddie Butler is a possible scenario. A better option is John Lannan, who has had some major league success and has been steadily turning in solid starts since a meltdown on May 5. He could step in from the left side for Rusin.

And, Brendan Rodgers is headed to Grand Junction after inking a $5.5M deal and posing for photo ops with Rox brass. Figures, my Pioneer League connection for the last 7 years now lives in Texas. I didn’t lose a daughter, I gained a son, it’s all good.

In other travel news, the Alicia Silverstone Social Media Award for the day goes to Thrifty Car Rental:

Oh, not much really, just saving games for some baseball team.

Frankly, Houston has been blasting the cover off of everyone and leads the world with 91 HRs. We’re about see two more games of it firsthand. Houston also leads the world in strikeouts, and in password changes. The only chance Kendrick has is the formula we’ve seen work: limit the jacks to the solo variety, manage the damage, and hang on for the Rox offense to put up more than 5 runs.

Barnes is likely here to stay, and Rosario gets the nod with a lefty on the hill. Hopefully CarGo will continue his transition to rampage mode, and get some help from the rest of the lineup.

Houston Astros
RF George Springer (R)
SS Carlos Correa (R)
2B Jose Altuve (R)
LF Preston Tucker (L)
1B Chris Carter (R)
3B Luis Valbuena (L)
CF Jake Marisnick (R)
C Jason Castro (L)
P Brett Oberholtzer (L)

Rockies
CF Charlie Blackmon (L)
2B DJ LeMahieu (R)
SS Troy Tulowitzki (R)
RF Carlos Gonzalez (L)
3B Nolan Arenado (R)
1B Wilin Rosario (R)
C Nick Hundley (R)
LF Brandon Barnes (R)
P Kyle Kendrick (R)

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rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago

I’m checked into the Rooftop area at Coors. Expecting to catch a third deck HR from an Astro hitter. The only way we win tonight is to toss a shutout. Back to my beer to drown in my sorrows.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago

Ball game. I said a shutout is needed. Rox swinging at bad pitches out of zone into outs. Funny thing, I’m sitting in section 115 row 6 and Dick Montfart must have moved to avoid humiliation and he’s sitting in section 115 row 7, five seats from me.

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
5 years ago

Do me a favor, spit in his beer.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago

He got up and left just after I posted. Does he read RWO?

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago

Cy Oberholtzer, shaking my head, and at Coors. Need to sell Coors and move to grand junction

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago

I could move to Fruita with my Mountain Bike and be a happy man!

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
5 years ago

Another inning where our pitcher gives runs right back.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago

As bad as the Rox sucks, im glad beer is keeping sane.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago

People leavng in droves now.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago

RMH – did you see what your boy Kyle Schwarber did to the Idians today? Check out the Cubs/Indians box score. You’ll say “I told you so.”

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

I was touting Schwarber the reason we should consider Stephendon.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago

I know you were! Good call. His AA Minor League stats are ridiculous and Theo (and some non-Cub scouts) are now saying he has a great chance to stick behind the plate. The Cubs and Astros will be forces for years to come. Both are stocked.

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

Who the *&!* is Justin Miller? We’ve now officially entered the Rockies special, the “expanded September roster in June” phase of the season. And I guess Walt is pretty much conceding this one, down 3 runs at home in the top of the 8th, going to a guy who could not have been higher than about 15th on our reliever depth chart at the start of the season.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Justin Miller is the dude with the sleeve tattoo that caused baseball to instigate the long sleeve rule for pitchers with tats. Ironically, I think he was originally drafted by the Rox. He died a couple of years ago.

I know, I know…….wrong Justin Miller.

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

Now we are in the process of burning Axford for tomorrow afternoon’s game, which could, just possibly — hey, it happens once a week or so! — be a Rockies save situation. And by the way when I looked up Justin Miller I saw that he is dead. And this Justin Miller also has a sleeve tattoo? Dude, don’t tempt fate.

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

What happened to the days when we gave the VISITING team the humidor balls while we hit with the dry ones?

RocketMan
RocketMan
5 years ago

Holy Toledo, that Coors Field is sure a home run haven…..except for the team that spends half the season there. Our relievers need to be relieved.

The offensive ineptitude is simply staggering, given the visiting teams’ ability to launch big fly after big fly. There’s not a Rockies hitter that any team fears these days, a sad descent for the ancestral home of the Blake Street Bombers.

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

Cargo with the classic meaningless solo shot, down 5 runs in the 9th. Our 2-tool rightfielder (hits with power, throws; doesn’t hit for average, doesn’t run well, doesn’t field his position well) strikes again.

Gary
Gary
5 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Maybe not. He hit everything hard and on the barrel all night,Also seems to be going to left more.May break out in time to keep Monfort from trading him.

RocketMan
RocketMan
5 years ago

During the commericial break after the top of the night I went into thr kitchen for some microwave popcorn, game was done when I got back. Guess the boys really worked the counts, huh?

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