Oh Brothers

The Colorado Rockies were hanging in there.  They’d fallen behind 3-2 in the top of the 5th, then tied it. As Christian Bergman (2-4, 5.56) warmed-up to open the 6th, Rockies’ broadcaster Drew Goodman delivered the mortifying news that Rex Brothers was getting ready in the Colorado bullpen.  If there was ever a time to shut the Los Angeles Dodgers down 1-2-3, this was it, but instead Bergman elected to channel Alex White and drill lead-off hitter Carl Crawford in the back, a Rockies’ pitching strategy that dates back to the Bob Apodaca era.  Bergman went-on to surrender singles to Juan Uribe and AJ Ellis to load the bases, and on came Brothers.  It took the left-hander only 2 pitches to ruin Bergman’s night, and it left citizens in the states of Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, and even some in the rebel-held provincial capital of Donetsk to wonder why in the hell Rex Brothers is wearing a baseball uniform, not to mention one of a Major League team.  On the other hand it is well known the citizens in these areas are excessively emotional, and prone to exaggeration.  About 45 minutes later Ellis grounded-out to end the inning, and the Dodgers led 11-3, a score that held until the finish of the Monday night contest at Coors Field in Denver.

Bergman pitched 5 decent innings before succumbing.  Brothers was followed by Nick Masset, who was horrible, allowing the 2 Brothers left-on to score along with 3 more that were solely his own creation. Colorado manager Walt Weiss paraded Matt Belisle, Brooks Brown, Christian Friedrich and Adam Ottavino to the mound to handle the final innings, and in the ‘pen’s defense, they were solid, stifling Los Angeles on a hit and a walk the rest of the way.

But if you want to talk about stifling, you can hand it to the Dodgers’ relief corps as well.  Paco Rodriguez came-on in relief of starter Roberto Hernandez to get the final out in the 4th, and Pedro Baez, Brandon League, Brian Wilson and Chris Perez combined with former Rockie Jamie Wright to hold Colorado to the 5th inning run on 4 hits the rest of the way.

LA picked-up a game on the hated Giants, who lost in Arizona to the Dbacks, and will be back for more Rockie meat tonight.  Dan Haren goes for the Dodgers against Tyler Matzek of Colorado.  It’s another 6:40 start at Coors Filed.

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EdtheUmp
EdtheUmp
6 years ago

TMI at his worst.

first pitch…double…2 runs

second pitch…double…1 run

Horrible is much too kind of a word for TMI.

It boggles the minds of the RWOers as to why he was given the opportunity.

Clearly, WW has no clue.

Last week he posited that TMI would be kept out of high pressure situations…so myuch for that strategy.

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
6 years ago

Last week there was an article floating around about how WW would not allow this team to quit. Judging by this current 7 game slide, I’d say he’s doing a bang up job of it.

Julie G
Julie G
6 years ago

A month ago I thought that Walt was just working his way through a tough season although I had misgivings about his handling of the bullpen. I am sorry it took so long, but he hasn’t a clue about what to do. I admire the way he gets along with his players, but he and Tommy need to be somewhere else next year and they can take the rest of the management with them. At least now when the ship… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago
Reply to  Julie G

I’ve stated before that I’ve spent very little time worrying about, or second guessing, Walt because there are so many upstream problems. But it’s becoming clear that we need a Managerial change (as well as the upstream changes).

RocketMan
RocketMan
6 years ago

The persistent pitching problem of starters not able to get through the lineup the third time is perplexing. The constant stream of starters going 5 or 5 and 1/3 of an inning is crazy. Why isn’t the notion a middle reliever in these situations rather than all of the situational crap. Don’t we have any middle relief any longer? Brothers has no business being called in that early based on his performance in 2014 for sure, but also based on… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago

Rocketman, the reason our starters can’t make it through 6 innings is that they’re crappy starters. Every pitcher is worse the second time through the order than the first. And worse still the third time through vs the second. Now if your starters are Adam Wainwright or Clayton Kershaw, no big deal. They’re so good that even when they drop off significantly they’re still effective and still preferable to almost any reliever. But take a marginal starter to begin with… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

This is spot on.

Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago

Mike Myers, Gabe White, Justin Speier, Brian Fuentes, Steve Reed v.2 and Jamey Wright v.2 –all cheapo relievers O’Dowd found out there, all of whom gave us at least one really useful season. That well has gone dry. Even the guys I thought were clever pick ups failed miserably — Masset the rehabbing veteran and Chris Martin the perpetual minor leaguer. Has O’Dowd lost it or is he just on an unlucky streak when it comes to finding these “value… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Ottavino. I’ll give O’Dowd credit for that one. He’s actually been decent.

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