Papa Jon’s Special

With a 3-1 victory over the Baltimore Orioles, we can go over to Papa John’s and get half price pizza Thursday all day.  By the time you get your pizza, Colorado would have played a game already in Queens in which the game started at an odd time of 11am MT today (Thursday).

After a disappointing loss in the series opener (3-2 loss in 10 innings) on Monday where the Rockies had the best chance to win at least one game, they came back to beat ace Chris Tillman whom have never lost at home this year Tuesday night.  Tillman was attempting to become the first 15-game winner in the majors.  CarGo had a two-run ground rule double to score the first two runs.  Thunderstory followed him one out later with a two-run single to give Chad Bettis a comfortable 4-0 lead.  David Dahl had his first career hit when he grounded up the middle.  The Rockies held on to win 6-3.

Tonight the Rockies potentially got what they have been waiting for in franchise history (other than Ubaldo’s 1.5 year run).  Jon Gray went out and shut down Baltimore.  He even had a runners-on-the-corners no out situation.  He did what all top of the rotation pitchers do most of the time – execute his pitches against the heart of the lineup and came away with no damage.  His counterpart, Dillon Bundy, threw a perfect game through five innings making the Rockies hitters look silly.  Thanks to Gray, the Rockies stayed focused and finally chased Bundy out of the game in the sixth when Nick Hundley had a no-doubter big fly to score two.  Dahl followed one out later with a solo blast (first career HR) to dead center field to make the score 3-1.  They again held on to win 3-1 and take the series from Baltimore.  It was only the second time this year that the Orioles had lost the series at home.

The key to the series win was the fact that the Colorado pitching staff kept the ball inside the park against the major league team leader in HRs.  Baltimore had only two HRs in the series, both (total 3 runs off HRs) which had come in harmless situations.  The Rockies improved to 49-52 which is substantially better than expected by most Steamer-type projections.  The main factors are Thunderstory, top-of-rotation performance by Gray, and Tyler Anderson’s pitching beyond the wildest dreams.  It didn’t hurt that most of the regulars did not regress as expected.  I’m sure that none of the analysts ever projected the Wild Thing to be the closer.  Neither did they expect Dahl to be a regular in late July.  (hopefully he stays in the lineup to keep his feet wet and learn a.k.a. Thunderstory)

The problem is…..is that going to cause the front office to think, “oh by the way we are contenders, we’ll hold on to the team and see how they play out.”  There are still outfielders available such as Jay Bruce and B.J. Upton (traded).  Plenty of bullpen been has been made available which makes it hard for JB to find a dance partner.  At least we are playing for third place and as of tonight Colorado is at five games or more ahead of both Arizona and San Diego.  We’re only four days from August and the Rockies refuse to go away although they have been a enigma often.  They play down to stinky teams and play up to playoff type teams.

Anderson, Chatty, JDLR, and Bettis will match up against deGrom, Matz, Colon, and Thor in Queens.  The four-game set begans tomorrow at 11am MT.  Colorado only need to split the series to have a successful  road trip.  Then Colorado returns home against the Dodgers, Marlins, and Rangers (2 games).  It that is of any help, I’m wearing my super-lucky Thunderstory jersey in the third game of the Dodgers set.  The Dodgers have been playing well as of late even without Kershaw and likely will pick up a difference maker via a trade before they come visit Coors Field.

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sdcarp
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sdcarp
4 years ago

Thank God Jon Gray didn’t abandon the curveball. I attended the ST game in Maryvale in March where he got hit a little bit and said afterwards “I’m not throwing the curve.” Fortunately…….that was a heat of the moment statement. The guy is actually throwing four pitches now. That makes all the difference. Like – the difference from being a RP to being on the verge of being a bonafide #1 SP. Mets Closer Juerys Familia lost his converted Saves… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
4 years ago

“The problem is…..is that going to cause the front office to think, “oh by the way we are contenders, we’ll hold on to the team and see how they play out.” RMH – sadly, this is likely true. The Rockies success bar has been lowered so far that finishing ahead of the DBacks and Padres is seen as a victory by the FO. It’s like have a 4th grade graduation ceremony. I DO think this……..we need to get rid of… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
4 years ago
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Excuse me…..meant to say “swapping Murphy for Hundley.”

Agbayani
Agbayani
4 years ago

What? Another win against a good team on the road? Another strong start from a rookie pitcher? I won’t mention another defeat almost stolen from the jaws of victory by one Jake McGee, he of the “0 IP, 2 H, 1BB, asterisked *”pitched to 3 batters in the 7th inning” performance. Too bad virtually no one saw it. Keep the young kids coming. I’d love to see Murphy and Tapia at least get a cup of coffee in the majors… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
4 years ago

Back in the mountains with the bicycle…..so slow in catching up. Wow, what a news day! German Marquez lost a no-hitter with 2 out in the 8th. Tom Murphy is white hot. At least one “mystery” team involved in Jonathan LuCroy sweepstakes. Terry Collins said Familia would be unavailable today – but he pitched. Something tells me someone is hurting in the Mets BP. Rox win a thriller in the 9th. Estevez a big Save. My “bonus” pitcher Tyler Anderson… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
4 years ago
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Oh yeah – there was the Carlos Gonzalez “I’m willing play 1B” revelation as well. How could I forget that one.

Bill
Bill
4 years ago

I;m in the NY area and could have watched the game here. (I think). But I forgot they were beginning the series with a day game. Anybody know why? I know that unless a trade is in the works the Rockies will have four good outfielders when Parra comes back. However I’m not sure Parra qualifies as good. He made some bone-headed plays before he got hurt. But even if he was really good why move Cargo to First. One… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
4 years ago

Tom Murphy – after a HR already tonight – is 31 for 55 in July.

Doc
Doc
4 years ago

Bill, .I believe today was “Camp Day” and stands were filled with bright tee-shirts;good for the kids but tough assignment for the Rox. Gotta love what these guys are showing–the young guys picking up their teammates. Wow! Just listened to this on ESPN podcast–Buster Olney discusses trade dealine with Jeff Bridich. Espn.go.com/espnradio/playPopup?id=17163286 Bridich says he doubts Blackmon or Cargo will be traded and discovered Cargo started out as a first baseman. Keep it going guys; you’re looking like a team… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
4 years ago

No! Not Gas Can McGee!!

Agbayani
Agbayani
4 years ago

McGee: 5 batters faced in NY, 5 batters reached. He’s pitching a “McGee Shutout”

Agbayani
Agbayani
4 years ago

I know I’m gonna jinx him, but … if there’s a ballpark that’s suited for Gopherg, it’s Citi Park … you’ve got to hit it a ton to get it out of there.

Agbayani
Agbayani
4 years ago

Winning is fun! Now just DFA McGee and call up Freeland to take over the lefty role in the pen alongside Logan.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
4 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

That’s an interesting idea (says sdcarp…….admirer of Earl Weaver).

sdcarp
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sdcarp
4 years ago
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Sorry – my above comment was intended to be in response to Ag’s Freeland comment.

Bill
Bill
4 years ago

Doc, Thanks for the heads up about camp day. I saw that this morning in the Stamford Advocate near where I’m staying this week. I watched the last 3 innings of the game tonight via the Broadcast. Gary Cohen and Ron Darling were very critical of the Mets – especially the 3 batters who were Oberged out on 3 pitches in the 8th and Bastardo’s pitching in the 9th. Not only his giving up the Cargo blast but the amount… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
4 years ago

RMH – I’m going to throw you for a loop here because I’m always in the “trade” mode to get ready for the contention window. Boone Logan is a valuable commodity at the moment. I’m actually not opposed to keeping him if the framework for an extension is in place. I say that because we really don’t have a LOOGY “PLUS” in our high minors. So Logan isn’t like Hundley. Hundley is actively blocking a younger, cheaper, and likely better… Read more »

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
4 years ago

Is this real life?

Doc
Doc
4 years ago

Welcome back, Prog. It’s like we’re waking up in the same dream.

Bill
Bill
4 years ago

Wake me when this dream is over. Actually playing like a ML team since the break. With the exception of McGee. It’s muggy with about 40-50% chance of rain tonight. Not sure how heavy the rains are suppose to be but I don’t think it’s suppose to be terrible but predicted most of today from early to mid-afternoon through most of the day tomorrow. It’s also Mike Piazza day here and game might be delayed because of that. Interesting fact,… Read more »

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