Really?

The Colorado Rockies visit the Dodgers in the Chavez Ravine for a three-game series starting tonight at 8:10 p.m. MT. The fans get the feeling that several Rockies are being shut down for the season so they can go fishing. They are visiting just for show to let the Dodgers tune up for the post season. Sunday will be the final game of Todd Helton’s grand 17-year career. The Rockies announced that Tyler Chatwood will NOT start Sunday. Really? Wilin Rosario tested his sore calf this afternoon and he likely will not play in another game this year. Really? Tonight Colorado starts Colin McHugh against probable Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw. Really? CarGo may get an AB or two to get a feel for his finger. That likely means a K in each AB since he just wants to do a dry run of his swings without really intending to help the team win. You can do that in a batting cage. Really? William still can’t participate in any baseball activities. Really? Torrealba is not catching tonight. Really?

The RWOers need something to watch to get their Purple Kool Aid fix. Luckily the RWOers have not one, not two, but THREE things we can track. One, Michael Cuddyer has a huge lead heading down the stretch to win the batting title. He leads Chris Johnson and Matt Carpenter by 12 and 14 points respectively. Two, Helton needs two more XBHs to reach a nice round number of 1,000 for his career. Three, it will be Helton’s final three games of his possibly HOF career.

Drew Pomeranz is probably the only pitcher that will be worth watching this weekend as he continues to show improvement since most recent call up. His velocity has been sitting around 94 up from the low 90s and he has quicker and a more compact arm action with better command. This year was the first time in Rockies’ history that they had three starters (JDLR, Chacin, Chatwood) who made at least 20 starts and kept their ERA below 4.00. But they also set a club record for fewest wins and worst ERA as a group for #4 and #5 starter? Agbayani can check this out. He is to RWO what Doug Marino is to ROOT.

In other news, the Miami Marlins dismissed their president of baseball operations. And the Rockies have kept DOD forever. Really? Eric Wedge will not return as the manager of Seattle Mariners. The local radio shows claimed that Charlie has a drinking problem and Dick been a more of a public face while Charlie has rarely made public appearances. Really? Can we sell the Rockies to Mark Cuban or Steve Young? If that ever happens, I will say, “really?” seriously.

Blackie CF
DJLM 2B
Tulo SS
Money RF
NoDo 3B
2,500 1B
Culberson LF
Pacheco C
McHugh P

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Bill
Bill
7 years ago

Chat hasn’t worked for me in weeks so I’ll just leave this thought in here. If Rockies trade Fowler they better have a center fielder somewhere. Neither Blackmon nor Dickerson are good enough to play center. Lots of problems this past month but they really miss Dex in the field

Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago

RMH, you are absolutely correct. We’ve wasted what I think might be the 3 lowest starter ERAs ever for the Rockies — all in a single season — with some of the most horrid 4th/5th starters I’ve ever seen. Collin McHugh somehow is actually trailing Roy Oswalt right now. And that takes some doing. And Bill, you’re right: Blackmon doesn’t look like he can handle CF in anything other than a pinch, and Dickerson is purely a corner guy.

Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago

As RMH notes, the Rockies seem to enjoy giving up on the season — not so much the players as the management. This is the 3rd year running trotting out AAA lineups. Whatever became of finishing strong?

GARY
GARY
7 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

To me Ag the bigger question is why can’t we keep our regulars healthy into September.Had we been in the wild card race[one can dream],we still would have to play this lineup albeit with regular rotation guys-maybe.Why Chatwood isn’t going Sun.mystifies me.I would start Pomerance Sat and piggy back Man’sinking”ship.

Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago

Collin McHugh followed by Jeff Manship. And Roy Oswalt in the last game. And Drew comments about how having Helton pitch an inning would be “disrespecting the game.” The Rockies got that disrespecting the game thing out of the way a long time ago.

Bill
Bill
7 years ago

I turned off the game after the 1st inning. Saw enough then, but I kept checking the score on my phone. Why the hell did they keep McHugh in for four innings! Un…..believable.

The one constant for the Rockies for the past 10 – 15 years other than Helton is Dan O’Dowd. Get rid of him.

EdtheUmp
EdtheUmp
7 years ago

Fellas and gals… Haven’t posted in a while as I (along with many others) have not seen a “major league team” playing within the last month or so. Hard to show any enthusiasm. But…on another note, I have a prediction. DOD will be let go shortly after the season ends…they won’t call it a “firing” but they will word it so that it appears “it’s time to go in another direction”. “Where in the hell is that coming from Ed… Read more »

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
7 years ago
Reply to  EdtheUmp

Ed, hope you’re right in your prediction. It’s the one thing that will push me back to Coors next year.

Along those lines, I see where the Marlins let go of Larry Beinfest ad their club prez. I would love to see him come here in the same capacity and begin the housecleaning.

Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago

Interesting, Ed. You gotta wonder why, if O’Dowd confided in Kiz about Charlie’s drinking way back in ’07, Kiz publishes it now, 6 years later. Ed’s theory is a good one, but knowing the Rockies let me propose an alternative: Dick Monfort was o.k. with this since he wants Charlie to go back into a sobriety program. That’s what happens, and management winds up thanking Kiz and O’Dowd for their public “intervention,” O’Dowd is re-upped, and the club’s commitment to… Read more »

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
7 years ago

RMH, there is at least one other thing to watch this weekend. Can Ubaldo bring home the wild card for the Tribe on Sunday?

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
7 years ago

If I have my math right, and you can check me on this Ag, if Cuddy goes 0 for 8 the next two days, Johnson would still have to go 5 for 8 to overtake him.

Bill
Bill
7 years ago

Unless you are going for the #1 pick and there is a clear choice who is the best player the rest of the draft is just a crap shoot so I think that’s a lousy strategy. I would much rather see the Rockies test drive a few of their younger pitchers who might have a chance to contribute next year. Hopefully they don’t believe that McHugh, Manship and Oswalt will be on the team next year. I think you always… Read more »

sabrchip
sabrchip
7 years ago

First of all, calling Kizla a reporter is quite a stretch. Like Woody P, he’s a partime sport opiner. Someone not really locked into any kinda reality other than the ego spreading across my paper like a soaked Boulder basement. After it sits there long enuf, the smell gets too strong. When I see a Kizla or Paige column, I know what part of the paper to use to line the birdcage I don’t have. If I was a fisherman,… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago

sabrchip, it’s all overreaction — “what pitcher in his right mind would sign a deal to pitch here?” In 2009 we were talking about the humidor and how Coors was no longer death to starting pitchers. Then 2012 came. No, it didn’t all change overnight. Two things happened: (1) our best starters got hurt, and we pushed unready or incapable guys into the rotation; (2) Coors Field started playing, for a while at least, like it was 2001 all over… Read more »

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
7 years ago

Read a quote on Twitter today that goes right at the source of the Rox problems:

“When a team’s at the bottom, the oroblem’s usually at the top’

IggyRox
IggyRox
7 years ago

First, I’d like to thank all of you for your insightful and interesting posts (and articles) this year. Great, knowledgeable bunch of fans, which this town doesn’t have enough of. As for DOD… in many ways I really like the guy, in spite of his failures. He’s done some good things, just not enough to warrant a MLB GM position. So he has to go. With Geivo. There needs to be a new culture in the baseball operation. As for… Read more »

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