Oh Yeah, It’s Ugly

Three weeks ago, with the Colorado Rockies headed out on the road to open a stretch that included away and home 3-games series with the Washington Nationals and the New Yorks Mets, we speculated in this spot that it “Might Get Ugly,” and it certainly has, with the Rockies logging a 3-9 record over the course of those contests, managing to split with the Nats but getting swept by the Mets, which fairly well reflects the fortunes of those two contenders, New York moving out to a 5-game lead over Washington in the National League East.  Colorado treated us to a single moment of joy for the week of August 17, in the Thursday cage match featuring Yohan the Terrible v Wealthy Max, when Scott Oberg and John Axford executed scoreless relief outings for what seemed to be the first time since LaTroy Hawkins was a Rockie.  All hope the appearances would “break the spell” came apart in the ensuing series with the Mets, which rattled to a close with the dispiriting news that veteran right-hander Rafael Betancourt had been Designated for Assignment, and when you think about where Colorado would have been the past four torturous seasons without the work of Betancourt, you have to fear the dire days that lie ahead.

Raffy hit the streets as Justin Miller got a ride back down 25 to Albuquerque, and Michael McKenry landed on the 60-day DL with a blown-out knee.  Dustin Garneau arrived Thursday in favor of McKenry, and Simon Castro and Jairo Diaz joined the bullpen Sunday, delivering 3 innings of scoreless relief in another losing cause.  Garneau, who doubled in his first MLB at-bat in Thursday’s victory, is a 28 year-old career minor-leaguer out of Cal State Fullerton.  Castro, a righty, is a 27 year-old out of the White Sox organization coming off of 2013 Tommy John surgery.  Cairo was obtained from LAAo’A in the Josh Rutledge deal and is also a right-hander, a 24 year-old who managed 8 saves in 14 tries in his 2015 stint in Albuquerque.

The post ASG schedule gets no easier for the Rockies, who find themselves in their favorite place, Atlanta, Georgia, for a 3-game set with the Braves on the front end of a 6-game trip that also includes a visit to Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.  Lefty Jorge De La Rosa (7-5, 4.50) gets the call for Colorado tonight in the ATL against Braves’ right-hander Julio Tehran (8-6, 4.32) in a 5:10 MDT start at Turner Field.  De La Rosa appears to have finally stumbled upon the right strain, as his aches and pains seem to have subsided sufficiently enough for his last several starts to be without incident.  He was last out Wednesday against Washington, when he went 6 scoreless innings before taking the obligatory screwing from the Rockies bullpen in a 4-1 loss.  He allowed 4 hits, 6 walks, and struck-out 6.  Tehran also went 6 on Wednesday, leaving without decision after a 1-run, 4-hit, 7-strike-out performance.

Charlie Blackmon will be leading it off for Colorado, and he’s got more baserunning tricks up his sleeve tonight as he continues to be more and more “lead-offy.”  Jose Reyes, thumb out, hits 2nd at shortstop and Kyle Parker will be in left-field, hitting 8th.  The Braves have Rockies killer Freddie Freeman back this time around, hitting 3rd at 1st-base.  Freeman will be followed by Jonny Gomes and a series of names that are suspiciously unfamiliar.

As expected, it’ll be muggy in the Georgia capital tonight, a temperature of 83° is predicted for game time with 75% humidity under sunny skies.  The wind at Turner Field will blow in from left-field at about 8 MPH.  ROOT Sports has the TV broadcast starting at 5:00.  Radio’s on 850 KOA.

COLORADO (49-73)
Charlie Blackmon (L) CF
Jose Reyes (S) SS
Carlos Gonzalez (L) RF
Nolan Arenado (R) 3B
Ben Paulsen (L) 1B
DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B
Nick Hundley (R) C
Kyle Parker (R) LF
Jorge De La Rosa (L) P
ATLANTA (53-71)
Nick Markakis (L) RF
Cameron Maybin (R) CF
Freddie Freeman (L) 1B
Jonny Gomes (R) LF
Christian Bethancourt (R) C
Jace Peterson (L) 2B
Adonis Garcia (R) 3B
Pedro Ciriaco (R) SS
Julio Teheran (R) P

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Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

From the DP article on Reyes: “He’s not interested in playing for a team that isn’t competitive”. Unfortunately for Jose, no team that is competitive is interested in him. It’s a match made in heaven. Broke down aging shortstop is a dead-end town. “People know what I’m capable of. My numbers are down. Stolen bases [19; he once had 60 or more in 3 consecutive seasons – Ed.], triples [0; he once had 19 in one season; how can you… Read more »

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Loved what you just wrote, Ag, You should send a copy of this letter to the Rockies and request them to put it in Reyes’ locker. If I was playing for the Rockies today, I’d give him the silent treatment and ask the management to get rid of him any way any how. I can’t imagine how Deej and Ben Paulsen(as examples) feel after hearing that. They were toiling in the minors for a while and working three times harder… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago

Aging in the post PED era is brutal. But the biggest strike against Reyes is the boat anchor contract. If he were in a similar contract situation to Chase Utley, he’d be attractive as a rental – I think someone (Yankees) would try him at 2nd.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago

One of the great, longtime truisms of fantasy baseball on display tonight. When the Rockies are on the road, have the opposing pitcher in your lineup. I had Teheran tonight, and will have Miller Wednesday night.

The Mets still think they’re at Coors. 14 runs through 7 innings at Philly.

Our old friend Jhoulys Chacin starts tonight for the surging Snakes.

Bill
Bill
5 years ago

Rockies always have excuses for their lousy play. Usually they open with, “well it’s been a long road trip and the weather is hot and humid and the players want to be home in their own bed with (presumably) their own wife etc., etc. etc.” Rockies just went 2 and 7 on the home stand and Walt Weiss was complaining about how hard it is to play at home for such a long time and the hot dry weather isn’t… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago
Reply to  Bill

Bill, you’re right. Oh, the horrors of playing 10 in a row at home. In summer heat! At least the Cubs could always claim that all the day games wore them down. Or the Rangers, who could claim that 98 with 80 percent humidity wore them down. It’s been downright cool at night at Coors lately. But still, the excuses. carp, on Reyes: as you may have noticed, few things annoy me more than an overpaid, underperforming player whining about… Read more »

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
5 years ago
Reply to  Bill

I’ve also been watching a lot of Pirates and Cubs. I’ve gone from giving my money to the Monforts to just 2 home games. Yep, only been to 2 home games this season. No road trips. And I am willing to bet the Monforts don’t care because they are still drawing crowds.

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  Mike Raysfan

The Cubs are really good at the moment.

I see the Cubs and Mets success being easily sustainable. The Cubs have a boatload of young talent everywhere. The Mets have a boatload of young SP talent (and then some). These two have been rebuilt the right way and are going to be good for years to come.

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

Life in the low minors: “Due to the visiting team’s (Modesto’s) bus breaking down, tonight’s game has been cancelled. The two teams will begin the four-game series with a double-header starting Tuesday, August 25 at 5pm. Gates will open at 4:30pm for the twin bill, featuring a Taco Tuesday presented by El Ranchito Taco Shop.”

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

So you’re saying our bus sucks also?

Maybe we can trade Reyes to the Yankees for half his owed contract amount and a bus.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Ag – the bus made it and Taco Tuesday is underway.

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

Whew! Was worried all day about the Modesto Nuts stranded somewhere in the California Central Valley. Maybe they got a new bus in exchange for Stubbs?

Julian
Julian
5 years ago

Reyes has to go. Can we trade him for an overpriced pitcher who’s not that good but still good enough to be in our starting rotation? Can we trade him for a prospect by agreeing to pay 80% of his salary? We can’t have a player here who doesn’t want to be here.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  Julian

I’ve previously proposed (somewhat seriously) this with CC Sabathia.

I do think you’re on the right track with your thoughts. If we have to absorb some salary (take back another bad contract), it could at least be in a helpful spot (i.e. – pitching).

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago

It’s good to see my favorite Rockie of 2015 – Chettis – back and looking non the worse for wear.

EdtheUmp
EdtheUmp
5 years ago

DFA Kahnle tonight!! FOUR walks…27 pitches, 10 strikes…OMG!!

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  EdtheUmp

Funny thing is…….he got a “hold” for that performance.

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
5 years ago
Reply to  EdtheUmp

sad but true

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago

Don’t need to DFA him as he still has options. Just send him back to your back yard and have some target practice.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Hunter Brothers get to the bigs before Rex will be recalled.

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

Off the top of my head – I can’t recall a team with so many individual total control breakdown pitchers at a time. Brothers. Matzek. Logan. Kahnle. I feel like there’s more but I must be blocking them from my memory. Just amazing. Other than Logan they have one thing in common: they were wild in the minors too. I’d say it’s less about player development and more about the kind of pitchers we draft or sign …

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Interesting. I’ve spent a fair amount of time (I shouldn’t admit to this) studying the Cardinals. They seem to draft/sign more than their fair share of “under the radar” kids (pitchers) that excel. If you look at little deeper, these kids tend to be under the radar because they only threw 90 mph in HS instead of the highly rated 95 mph guys. But then look at their HS records, ERA, and WHIP. They tend to be the 13-1 types… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago

Tomorrow will be interesting.

Every year in MLB there are a handful of pitchers that are having great years, but don’t get run support. This year, Shelby Miller (tomorrow’s Braves starter) has taken this unfortunate distinction to an extreme. He’s pitched exceptionally well and has gotten absolutely pathetic run support. Now…….add that to the Rockies road offense (probably without Cargo) and I’m calling a 1-0 game.

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