Race Time

As Major League Baseball’s 2015 regular season slips into its 6th and final full month Troy Tulowitzki’s Toronto Blue Jays lead the American League East by a game and a half over the Yankees, the Kansas City Royals are way out on top in the Central, and in the West the Houston Astros are trying to hold-off their intrastate rivals from over there in Arlington.  In the National League the Mets are out by 5-1/2 over the Washington Nationals in the East, St Louis has it by 4-1/2 over Pittsburgh in the Central, and the Dodgers are up on the Giants by 3-1/2 in the West.  The AL roster of Wild Card contenders is as many as 8 teams deep, whereas in the Senior Circuit only the Pirates, Chicago Cubs and San Francisco look to have a fighting chance for the sudden-death shot at the MLB post-season.

The Colorado Rockies, to no one’s astonishment, are not among the contenders, so expectations at this stage of the campaign focus on who’s going to get a call up or back to The Show, and to whatever havoc the local nine can cause the contenders in the 34 games that remain.  The hotly anticipated return from the Disabled List of right-hander Kyle Kendrick is already set for tomorrow evening, and 1st-baseman Justin Morneau will undoubtedly join him.  But the prognosis for Albuquerque Isotopes Cristhian Adames and Trevor Story is less certain.  In addition, righty Tyler Chatwood continues to be on prominent display in the Colorado dugout, although no news of Chatwood rehab appearances has hit the wires.

In the meantime the Rockies are back in the NL West after a respectable 3-3 road trip, facing the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Giants in an 8-game home-stand that starts tonight against the Dbacks at Coors Field for a 6:40 MDT start.  The set includes a day-night doubleheader tomorrow as Colorado will wedge the 8 games into 7 days as they work themselves through a stretch of 21 in 20, playing 37 of their final games over a 38 game stretch.  Chad Bettis (6-4, 4.69) will make his 2nd start since returning from the DL himself for the Rox tonight, facing-off with Arizona left-hander Robbie Ray (3-10, 3.86). Bettis got a win in his first start back Tuesday in Atlanta, lasting 5 and surrendering only a run on 5 hits with 2 walks and 4 strikeouts.  Ray also was out Tuesday, in St Louis where he had a tough ride against the Cards, taking a loss and giving up 6 scores in only 3 innings of a 9-1 St Louis romp.

The relatively surprising Diamondbacks are rolling with a bunch of the usual suspects in their order for tonight’s grapple.  1st-baseman Paul Goldschmidt leads the offense and hits 3rd.  He’s joined in manager Chip Hale’s infield by Jake Lamb, who hits 6th at 3rd-base, Phil Gosselin, who’s 7th at 2nd, and Chris Owings, who’ll hit ahead of Ray and play shortstop.  Colorado will go with a fairly typical group as well.  Matt McBride gets the call at 1st against the lefty, hitting 7th, and Brandon Barnes will hit 8th in left.

Denver weather is unsettled as the evening sets in.  Thunder showers will be lurking about in the early innings before the night settles into a cloudy, gusty mode, temperatures in the 60°s with wind blowing out to right at a better than 10 MPH clip.  The standard broadcast options prevail, TV’s on ROOT with radio on KOA.

ARIZONA (63-67)
Ender Inciarte (L) RF
A.J. Pollock (R) CF
Paul Goldschmidt (R) 1B
David Peralta (L) LF
Welington Castillo (R) C
Jake Lamb (L) 3B
Phil Gosselin (R) 2B
Chris Owings (R) SS
Robbie Ray (L) P
COLORADO (52-76)
Charlie Blackmon (L) CF
Jose Reyes (S) SS
Nolan Arenado (R) 3B
Carlos Gonzalez (L) RF
DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B
Nick Hundley (R) C
Matt McBride (R) 1B
Brandon Barnes (R) LF
Chad Bettis (R) P

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sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago

I like Chettis. He gave up a big bomb. But he’s working quickly and is always around the strike zone. He continues to be be my biggest Rockie positive this year.

Checking in on DJ – he’s up to 144 hits, surpassing his career best. On pace for 190. It makes absolutely no sense to bat him in the 3-6 slots. But he’s a nice 2 or 7 type guy.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago

Whaaaaaaaat??????? – we may get Kyle Kendrick AND Boone Logan back on the same day. That’s something like 11M for a -0.5 WAR. We should be so proud.

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

Matt McBride – seems like a nice guy, always hits in the minors, 30 years old, no real position, has only had a couple cups of coffee in the big leagues in 10 seasons of professional baseball. I like when these guys get called up in September; kind of a reward for perseverance. BUT WHY ON EARTH IS HE STARTING WHILE KYLE PARKER SITS? Against a lefty?? Two possible explanations: 1. Nobody believes in Parker, not Bridich, not Weiss, not… Read more »

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
5 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Ag, I’ve been thinking the same thing abou Parker since last season when WW basically let him rot on bench the last 6 weeks of season. It’s happening again this year. I really think his confidence is just totally shot at this point. I actually think he can be very productive if given opportunity, but I go with option 2 that WW just doesn’t like him. It may be the last straw that gets him fired, we can only hope.

Gary
Gary
5 years ago
Reply to  Cisco Kid

Parker takes really crappy at bats and gets himself out on marginal pitches.McBride is my kind of story but no future here unless he lights up September.If Dickerson is healthy play HIM a lot to see if he is the real deal and a Cargo offensive replacement.Give Kendricks an early off season-absolutely NO reason to give him more starts at the expense of anyone we might use in the future.

Julian
Julian
5 years ago

A meaningless game, but that certainly was a fun bottom of the 9th. Change the walkoff count to 7.

I do like Paulsen. He seems to have a lot of heart.

roxnsox
roxnsox
5 years ago
Reply to  Julian

Whaaaat? Julian, you’re my first clue that they came back and won last night. Haha. That’s how I’m rolling. Down 4-1 late? Why even bother when there’s a good book waiting and my other teams have finished? Why even look at the score the next day? HAHA on me 🙂 Rockies Double Play will come into rare use later in my house.

Gary
Gary
5 years ago

This team does have heart.Certainly more then me as I tuned out in the ninth after Charlie struck out.Then took my obligatory nap during the news and woke up during the news replay and vaguely heard something that sounded like the Rox had won.Once functioning,I turned over to ROOT and in a “Ground Hog Day” moment watched Charlie wiff again to start the ninth.From there on I was rewarded for all the hours of suffering by watching the really unlikely… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  Gary

Funny how young guys without long term contracts play with heart in August and September. Something that bears watching – Giants and Dodgers went 14 innings last night. Dodgers won, moving 4.5 games ahead. They play again today – both likely using spot starters. Wednesday is the final game of that series….with the Dodgers throwing Kershaw. Barring a big time meltdown by one of the NL Central teams, one of these teams misses the playoffs altogether. It’s entirely possible the… Read more »

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