Nicasio Uses Arm & Bat to Beat NYM 7-4

The resilient Rockies had an easy time tonight after a disastrous 5-4 loss the previous night.  Juan Nicasio went seven shutout innings on just 95 pitches.  “Bad” Bettis finished the game on 40 pitches while giving up four earned runs.  @dondingee tweeted, “major league velocity + minor league movement and location + major league hitter = vulnerability in #Rockies bullpen”.  He obviously was speaking of Bettis.

Nicasio helped himself with three RBIs on a two-run single in the 2nd and a sacrifice fly in the 4th  to stake Colorado to a 4-0 lead on losing pitcher Bartolo Colon.  CarGo hit a solo home run in the first inning and he later left the game with a swollen finger (not the same hand as the injury last year).  Corey Dickerson continued to swing a good bat with three hits including a RBI triple. NoDo extended his hit streak to 21 which is six short of the club record held by Money in 2013.  NoDo made two more amazing plays (catching a wind-blown foul pop going over the tarp and David Wright’s chopper that was caught on short hop going into foul territory and thrown to first base right on the money) which are becoming routine on a nightly basis.

The Rockies improved to 17-13 sitting in third place behind the Dodgers (17-12) and Giants (17-11).  The last three years the Rockies have played badly in the month of May, so this is a good start.  They also confirmed that Jhoulys Chacin will make his first start Sunday replacing Tyler Chatwood in the rotation.  Tomorrow night Zach Wheeler will face Jorge De la Rosa as the Rockies seek to continue their winning ways.

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sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago

Nice job Juan………and Bettis sucks up 2 innings prior to returning to CS Sunday. Chatwood = flexor strain and inflammation. Realistically, about as good a diagnosis as you could hope for in the elbow injury hierarchy. Sounds similar to what to CWS start Chris Sale is dealing with at the moment. He was put on the DL about 10 days ago, and has been able to play catch a couple of times in the last few days. He’s scheduled to… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago

Nice job by Nicasio, but remember this is a really, really weak hitting team. Other than David Wright you’ve got a Daniel Murphy, who fits in the category of “nice hitter for a second baseman,” Lucas Duda, who fits in the category of “useful platoon-only first baseman,” a couple guys well into their declines in Chris Young and Curtis Granderson, and one guy who still has good potential (even though he’s 25) in D’Arnaud. I’m not sure what they throw… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Ag – brief update on Chatwood injury via the seemingly parallel Chris Sale situation – Sale threw long toss again today and is cleared for a bullpen from the mound Monday (almost exactly 2 weeks from the diagnosis of the injury). If he comes out of that OK, there will be at least one rehab start. So that situation is smelling like 4 weeks. Of course there are varying degrees of an injury, and people heel at different rates……but best… Read more »

egossage
egossage
6 years ago

Is it time to pass the “Fine China” nickname on to Cargo?

roxnsox
roxnsox
6 years ago
Reply to  egossage

No, but we need to create a related one for him. FC has earned his nickname and the right to keep it…but maybe it’ll get dusty on the shelf!!!

egossage
egossage
6 years ago
Reply to  roxnsox

How bout we call him “Delicate”

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
6 years ago
Reply to  egossage

How about Brittle Pony. 🙂

jaredean
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jaredean
6 years ago
Reply to  ProgMatinee

Brittle Pony…brilliant!

David Martin
David Martin
6 years ago

Thanks for the comment over on Rockies Review.

Nolan Arenado is making once-a-year plays every single night at 3rd base. I know how good he is, but I feel like every night he impresses me more with another special play. His bat is also looking good. If he fully comes into his own this season, the Rockies might not be an April fluke.

Doctor_Christopher
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Doctor_Christopher
6 years ago

David Martin, said it last night on the chat, I actually enjoy the Rox defense more than the offense and Nolan is part of that. You got the feeling that David Wright on that one ball just said, “Wow, I could never do that and he made it look like spring training.” Before the Bettis bomb (worry not folks, he is heading back on Sunday…he has to get more deception on his delivery…great arm but the ball is seen easily… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago

Josh Rutledge = Viral Infection = 15 DL. I wondered why Culberson played 2nd the other night instead of Rutledge. Ryan Wheeler called up.

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
6 years ago

Why not send Bettis down today and bring up either Lopez or Scahill just for the next two days? It’s obvious Bettis won’t pitch again before Sunday since he threw 40 pitches, so why waste a roster spot on him these next couple of days. Please let’s start thinking outside the box Rox FO.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
6 years ago
Reply to  Cisco Kid

I guess the thought of Lopez isn’t much worse than the thought of Brothers.

The Rockies should think outside the box by pulling letting either Brother or Lopez start a crucial AB, then with 2 strikes, fake an injury, come out of the game and let the other guy get the third strike.

jaredean
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jaredean
6 years ago
Reply to  Cisco Kid

Maybe they want to make sure someone else doesn’t go down before then so they don’t have to send him and then bring him back up to fill in for an injury?

Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago

CarNoGo. And I stand by my prediction that Wilton Lopez will be back and will make a positive contribution this year … also Nick Masset is being brought back very gently … looks like they let him go 1 inning at a time, then take a couple days off, but I imagine we’ll be seeing him in June.

jaredean
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jaredean
6 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Wilton??? Oh man, you lost me there…never had and never will have faith in him…

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
6 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

JD, this would be a one or two replacement. Someone to cover a few innings during garbage time. Why keep Bettis on roster if he’s not available for another few days?

jaredean
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jaredean
6 years ago
Reply to  Cisco Kid

As long as it is garbage time and no “real” innings…say when the score is about 10 runs + or – then i’m good with it…the guy is the opposite of clutch…see Bettis and raise him 50…

Roxnsox
Roxnsox
6 years ago

Hmmmm. Brittle Pony and CarNoGo. I’m torn; both fantastic.

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