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.