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:
Weiss on if Jon Gray is an option for call up: “There’s still a bit left in development for him, the consistency is starting to show up”
— MLB Network Radio (@MLBNetworkRadio) June 17, 2015
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:
@johnaxford John, what an amazing scenery! We’re glad you landed safely! What brings you to Denver?
— Thrifty Car Rental (@thriftycars) June 17, 2015
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.
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)
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)