Nelson at Second Hoping To Stymie Sweep

Christian Friedrich will take the mound this afternoon, hoping to help the team avoid another sweep. The days of being on the winning end of a sweep seem like a glitch in the Matrix, almost an apparition, as the team seems to have moved back to their losing ways.

While the power to clear the fences was on show in last nights loss, the ability to have anyone on base to really make a dent was the issue. One person that showed he could still wield the lumber effectively was Chris Nelson who, who came in during a double switch with Francis, and went on to go 2-3 with one of the five home runs. Perhaps it is because of that, or to give DJ a rest, or maybe just a hail back to the Sunday Lineup of yestermonth, but Chris Nelson will be playing at second today.

Colvin will also lead off todays lineup.

ROCKIES LINEUP
Colvin (CF)
Scutaro (SS)
Gonzalez (LF)
Cuddyer (RF)
Helton (1B)
Pacheco (3B)
Rosario (C)
Nelson (2B)
Friedrich (P)


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Jeem
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Jeem
8 years ago

Group, I had a great time sitting in for “the man” the past week. It was sure fun during the good streak but now it’s sure looking pretty dire. I keep thinking they’ve got great potential, then they go out and just look pitiful. Let’s hope Jaredean’s return turns the tide.

EdtheUmp
EdtheUmp
8 years ago
Reply to  Jeem

Jeem…VERY nice job on the pinch hit appearance. Dare I say as good as our exalted leader? Your very minimalized and subtle and sarcastic take is classic. And much appreciated by this sarcastic-loving reader, I might add.

Props to you from this old, beat-up ex-ump.

jeem
jeem
8 years ago
Reply to  EdtheUmp

Ed, thanks so much. Love throwing in a zinger now + then. Wish we could get these guys winning!

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
8 years ago

Good job to the RWO team.

Not a good job by the actual team. They have no leadership anywhere from ownership, management, coaching or players. Pretty much just a bunch of individuals. Sometimes their stars align and we get a few wins, but for the most part no body playing for each other.

Solo HR syndrome strikes again.

Starting pitching sucks, but hardly the only problem.

Please find new management for next year.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
8 years ago

I hope this awful team loses 100 games this year. Give us something to look forward to with the #1 pick. Of course the best GM in the biz will blow that too.

yampaja
yampaja
8 years ago

“Year of the Opposing Team’s Fan™”

jeem
jeem
8 years ago
Reply to  yampaja

Ya ha ha!

Miketober
Miketober
8 years ago

I just got back from the game. I was mad as hell about the “blown call”, but after watching the replay I admit they got it right. Probably it was a catch and a fumble on the transfer out of the glove – but calling it a non-catch is reasonable, and Cargo should have run.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
8 years ago
Reply to  Miketober

It was an out and should have been called as such. Cargo running would only reaffirm the blown call and he’d of been out anyway. Umps need to be accountable for this bullshit. I am glad Tracy R. too the 2b ump to task. Guy was daydreaming out there.

Miketober
Miketober
8 years ago
Reply to  ProgMatinee

I don’t buy into the whole theory that if the batter thinks it was a catch or a foul ball or double-strike, he should not run because this will somehow influence the ump into making the call that favors the batter. Baseball should be played the “right way” – the way you teach kids – which is run out everything even if you think the ball is foul or you will be out on a routine play. I agree with… Read more »

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
8 years ago
Reply to  Miketober

Tulo got hurt running out a ball that people said he probably shouldn’t run out. Second nature on a ball that you think is caught, you stop. To then restart your motor with a jerk start might pull a hammy. Maybe if he runs from the box he is safe without injury, but I think it happened so fast, I don’t blame him for shutting it down. I’m not blaming the umps for this loss by any means, but giving… Read more »

Bill
Bill
8 years ago

When you score 8 runs and lose you can’t blame the umps. I only watched bits and pieces of the game which may be why I might keep my sanity. I had the sound off but it looked like Helton made a mental error when he got doubled up on Pacheco’s soft line drive. Why was he moving, there was now way he could have scored. I saw the replay of the play in the 9th inning. I think the… Read more »

Colorado Thistle
Colorado Thistle
8 years ago
Reply to  Bill

How about hitting 5 home runs in two different games this year and losing both? This team can’t get it right.

Colorado Thistle
Colorado Thistle
8 years ago

I wonder why Friedrich looks so good on the road and so terrible at home. I understand the whole Coors Field issues for pitchers but this seems to me to be more mental than anything else.

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
8 years ago

Interesting observation. Dave Krieger has his opinion and I am looking forward to hear what he has to say today. I know JT doesn’t want to hear it.

Miketober
Miketober
8 years ago

I did not understand the double-switch in the top of the 8th. Belisle came in, Nelson to 3B for Pacheco, and LeMahieu in to 2B. The Rox were down by only 2 runs with 2 innings to play, so why take out one of your hottest hitters (Pacheco) when Belisle is only going to pitch 1 inning? It didn’t matter since that spot in the order didn’t come up again, but if Helton continues the rally in the 9th you… Read more »

Bill
Bill
8 years ago

I only watched bits and pieces of the game so can’t comment on the double switch but that is typical Tracy. He loves to double switch even if it doesn’t mean anything or if it puts you in a bad position. Frankly it doesn’t matter. As long as they keep DoD, Tracy and Apodoca in their present positions the Rockies will be average at best. 4 guys who couldn’t get it done in Denver.. Hammel, Ubaldo, Morales and even Paulino… Read more »

DRH
DRH
8 years ago

I grew up in the DC area, rooting for the Senators. Terrible teams. When they became respectable they were moved. Twice. The area suffered from continuously bad baseball. Then no baseball. The Nationals weren’t very good just a few years ago. Within DOD’s reign here. Their ascendance shows what can be done with good drafting, good coaching. They didn’t go out and purchase expensive free agents, the alternative the Rockies management always holds up as the wrong way, as opposed… Read more »

GARY
GARY
8 years ago
Reply to  DRH

Actually the Nats did go after expensive free agents and blew alot of big bucks prior to their current young phenoms! Jason Werth is at the top of that list! Off the top of my head others that come to mind-I.Rodriguez,Jason Marquis,and I know there were others.They have had an unlimited budget ever since the move.They also spent alot this past winter to complete that great young rotation.I think any comparison to what DOD has to work with here is… Read more »

Pooter
Pooter
8 years ago

I have totally lost interest in this 2012 team. Guthrie starting tonight, in Oakland, probably 137 in attendence. I will check the scoreboard to see how this team is doing this series and probably the rest of the year.

In THE BATTLE OF THE BLIND I would say Freidrich is still the best starter on the staff even after that horrible performance yesterday.

Trade Fowler and many others, GET SOME DAMN PITCHING!!!

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
8 years ago
Reply to  Pooter

I think Friedrich is still a crap shoot. Time will tell though. Yes he has a decent w/l record and has thrown a good game or two. He has also been the recipient of some big offensive numbers. I think you will now see his splits come into question and whether or not he can pitch in Coors by some members of the media.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
8 years ago
Reply to  Mike Raysfan

I think thats a valid argument for 50% of our players overall. I’m starting to wonder if Cargo is not just a Coors Field guy. You would think his swing would translate anywhere, but the numbers don’t support that.

Bill
Bill
8 years ago

I’m a firm believer in the “dirty” pictures theory. The only logical reason some people continue to hold their jobs is that they have “dirty” pictures of their boss.

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
8 years ago

Today is purple Monday so like previous Monday’s I wore my Rockies purple. I was stopped by the fashion police and informed the Govenor has rescinded purple Monday. Anyone caught wearing purple on Monday will be forced to wear Dodger blue for week straight as pushinment.

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
8 years ago

How about those Angels? The hotest team in baseball ….oh wait …. the Dodgers are beating them.

GARY
GARY
8 years ago
Reply to  Mike Raysfan

Nobody beats the Dodgers-NOBODY!

Colorado Thistle
Colorado Thistle
8 years ago
Reply to  Mike Raysfan

I know they were playing us, but the Angels looked like one of the very best teams in baseball. They have just enough pitching to go with that crazy good lineup. I wouldn’t be surprised to see them in the WS.

DRH
DRH
8 years ago

The Angels, put together by GM Jerry Dipoto, former Rockies closer, former Rockies staffer, whose career path was of course blocked by Dan ODowd, the best GM in baseball.

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