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The Colorado Rockies racked-up wins in 5 out of 6 in week 8 of the 2015 MLB season.  They did it on the road, east of the Mississippi, and they did it behind their starting pitchers, most notably Chad Bettis, or Brad Chettis, or whatever it’s supposed to be.  Bettis turned-in the week’s highlight, 8 shutout innings on Friday, 7-1/3 hitless, 6 perfect, but the entire staff had an excellent week, save the ballerina Jordan Lyles, who is off for a short vacation.

Eddie Butler followed Bettis’ standout May 23 outing Monday, and survived 6 with the Rockies beating Aroldis Chapman.  Eddie followed that up with 6 strong ones on Saturday, and Colorado prevailed behind home runs from Mike McKenry, Nolan Arenado and Ben Paulsen.  Chris Rusin stood-in for The Cat on Tuesday and held the Reds to one over 7 on the only downer-day of the week, the walk-off double by Skip Schumaker.  Kyle Kendrick’s now had 4 nice starts in a row, and he finally got a win on Wednesday. Bettis did his thing Friday on a 4-for-4 night by Troy Tulowitzki that included 2 homers, and Sunday it was Rusin again, this time coming to Twinkle-Toes Lyles’ rescue with 4-2/3 frames of scoreless work. Rusin also set Brooks Brown up for his big feat, the 11 pitch decimation of Cameron Rupp, Darin Ruf and Ben Revere.

The Boys are Back in Denver this week and into next, hosting a 10-game home stand that features the Los Angeles Dodgers, Miami Marlins, and St Louis Cardinals.  The Dodgers arrive leading the NL West by a game and a half, and are plugging along at a non-spectacular rate, but they’ve got Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke lined-up to test the Rockies tonight and Tuesday.  LA visits for 4 in 3 days, including a non-televised afternoon game tomorrow.  Colorado is off on Thursday, with the 20-31 Marlins and the game’s most frightening player, Dee Gordon, in for 3 on the weekend.

Kendrick (2-6, 6.38) gets the task tonight against Kershaw (3-3, 3.86), in a 6:40 MDT start at the old ballpark in Lower Downtown.  Kendrick went 7-1/3 in Wednesday’s win, surrendering only 5 hits and throwing only 75 pitches, 49 strikes.  Kershaw beat the Braves Tuesday.  He shut them out for 7 innings on 4 hits and struck-out 10.  But he doesn’t like Coors Field.

Dodgers’ manager Don Mattingly has center-fielder Joc Pederson in the lead-off slot with Jimmy Rollins moving down to 8th against Kendrick.  Justin Turner takes over at 3rd-base, batting 2nd, with Juan Uribe moving on to Atlanta.  Enrique Hernandez will hit 6th in left-field.  Walt Weiss has the thoroughly discussed DJ LeMahieu, “a poor hitter,” in the 2-hole again, with Tulo, Arenado, and Wilin Rosario manning the RBI spots.  Brandon Barnes is in right-field, as Carlos Gonzalez gets the night-off, which is a shame, because Drew Goodman gave me the inside word on Cargo:  “you know he’s gonna hit.”

The usual early evening cloudiness will follow a sunny day in Colorado, as warmer temperatures greet the Rockies for the last 6 games of the season’s first third.  It’ll be coming-down out of the 80°s at game time with the wind blowing straight-out at 8 MPH.  ROOT Sports has the telecast, coming off a rocky week after the Spilborghs audition.  Jenny Cavnar’s new husband got a lot of face-time, two nights, which truly enhanced the coverage, and I believe it was Saturday we got one of those inning-long charity drones, this one from former criminal Michael Milken, and call me Ebenezer Scrooge, but those are the worst.  And you can’t fast-forward through ’em.  Jerry and Jack are on KOA.

LOS ANGELES (29-20)
Joc Pederson (L) CF
Justin Turner (R) 3B
Adrian Gonzalez (L) 1B
Howie Kendrick (R) 2B
Andre Ethier (L) RF
Enrique Hernandez (R) LF
Jimmy Rollins (S) SS
A.J. Ellis (R) C
Clayton Kershaw (L) P
COLORADO (22-26)
Charlie Blackmon (L) CF
DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B
Troy Tulowitzki (R) SS
Nolan Arenado (R) 3B
Wilin Rosario (R) 1B
Nick Hundley (R) C
Brandon Barnes (R) RF
Rafael Ynoa (S) LF
Kyle Kendrick (R) P

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RocketMan
RocketMan
5 years ago

Coors is definitely inside Kendricks’ head, and his propensity to give up longballs makes the decision to acquire him one more in a long line of Rockie’s pitching mysteries……

I didn’t think that the ball would be flying so well tonight, still not that warm. Too many fatballs up and over the plate.

RocketMan
RocketMan
5 years ago

OK, OK. Coors is in every Rockies’ head. What a dismal return from the terrific road trip.

Gary
Gary
5 years ago
Reply to  RocketMan

Blew the improved ERA in one night.

Gary
Gary
5 years ago

Define what you meant exactly by “face time” as pertaining to newlyweds.

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