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The Colorado Rockies find themselves on the far side of the US tonight, in that most patriotic of burgs, Boston, Massachusetts, where they’re facing the Red Sox tonight in the opener of a 3-game set that wraps-up a 9-game trip east.  Colorado returns to Denver Thursday for 3 with the hated Giants on the weekend and 4 versus Cincinnati next week.

The Rockies finished the week 2-4, dropping 2 of 3 to the Cards and 2 of 3 to the Pirates, but the scores expose a more optimistic outlook than the results would suggest.  Colorado dropped the finale in Pittsburgh with a resounding thud, Jordan Lyles blowing an unexpected opportunity and earning a ticket back to New Mexico.  Jon Gray earned the week’s Esmil Rogers award with an inexplicable start in St Louis on Thursday, but in-between, in the games the MLB allowed us to watch, the Rockies got a 1-run outing from Chad Bettis, a 2-run start from Chris Rusin, a 2-run performance from Eddie Butler, and Tyler Chatwood held the Pirates to one in his appearance on Saturday.  Sunday brought the surprising news that Jorge De La Rosa would return to the rotation tonight, apparently bumping Rusin and meaning Butler has earned a spot in the rotation, which suddenly runs Chatwood-Bettis-DLR-Gray-Butler, and there are your four no. 3’s and a 5, trending north.

More notably, Rusin slides into the long role in the ‘pen, which has shed Scott Oberg, whose Great Stuff proved to be nothing but straight cheese, and Velveeta at that, and Christian Bergman, who despite the great hair, failed to turn any heads.  But now, working outward from Rusin, Justin Miller becomes the mop-up guy, Gonzalez Germen, from whom we expected nothing, Chad Qualls, the resurgent Boone Logan, and Miguel Castro, back from a sore shoulder, will be up for the middle duty, and Carlos Estevez and Jake McGee are on-call for late-night labor.  Jason Motte is a couple days away, and Adam Ottavino is 10 weeks out.  Pardon me, it’s either the altitude or this 707 Headband stuff— something’s going to my head.

Meanwhile, in what RMH and sdcarp have dubbed Dead Meat Tuesday, De La Rosa (1-3, 10.18) faces the Sox down there at the corner of Yawkey and Van Ness, as famous a place as you can be if you’re talking baseball.  Carp is calling for a DFA, and Walt Weiss is speaking of DLR as if he were a lame race horse, but the lefty is known to be a cat with nine lives, even if he’s working late into no. 8.  He’s been down in Albuquerque scuffling around, and he’ll certainly get a test tonight against AL East contending Boston.  As if history, injury, and age were not enough, De La Rosa faces off against Red Sox ace David Price (6-1, 5.33).  The left handed Price won his ninth 2016 start Wednesday over the World Champion Royals, giving up 2 runs over 7-1/3 on 5 hits and a walk.  He struck-out 5.

The designated hitter will be in-force in the American League park, and Ryan Raburn gets the duty for Colorado.  He’ll hit 6th in a Rockies’ lineup that will have 1st-baseman Mark Reynolds in the cleanup slot.  Dustin Garneau will hit 8th and catch DLR. Boston features an order that will have Xander Bogaerts, the ageless David Ortiz, and the aging Hanley Ramirez in the 3-4-5 positions.  Former Rockie Josh Rutledge will be at 3rd-base, hitting 8th.

It’s 56° and cloudy in Beantown, and what do you know but showers are expected at game time.  The wind will be blowing straight-in at about 6 MPH, and the relative humidity is 88%.  I believe we have Drew and Jeff back on TV for ROOT, with Jerry and Jack taking the radio over on KOA.  Game time is 5:10 MT.

COLORADO (21-22)
Charlie Blackmon (L) CF
Trevor Story (R) SS
Nolan Arenado (R) 3B
Mark Reynolds (R) 1B
Carlos Gonzalez (L) RF
Ryan Raburn (R) DH
Gerardo Parra (L) LF
Dustin Garneau (R) C
DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B
BOSTON (27-17)
Mookie Betts (R) RF
Dustin Pedroia (R) 2B
Xander Bogaerts (R) SS
David Ortiz (L) DH
Hanley Ramirez (R) 1B
Chris Young (R) LF
Jackie Bradley Jr. (L) CF
Josh Rutledge (R) 3B
Christian Vazquez (R) C
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rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
4 years ago

Game over. JDLR starts everyone off with ball 2 count while David Price starts everyone with 2 strikes.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
4 years ago

Why does WW continue to hit Cargo#4 or#5? He either should be on the bench or bat #8 or #9.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
4 years ago

I really hope Eddie Butler can go 4-5 innings of shutout baseball at Fenway against #1 offense in baseball. That can only restore his swagger and confidence. Maybe even #3 starter averaging over 6IP per start.

Chatty, Chettis, Gray, Butler is a nice rotation to begin with. Nice rhythm going. That leaves Rusin or a call-up to #5. I can’t stand JDLR and Lyles as they just crash and burn the bullpen.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
4 years ago

For the record, RMH gets 100% credit for “Dead Meat Tuesday.” Of course I wholeheartedly endorse it!

If Rusin had started Monday and Butler today we’d be in a better place.

So we can make room for Motte by DFAing JDLR. But we still need a long man out of the Pen.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
4 years ago

Clint Barmes just announced his retirement; your turn JDLR and save us some headaches.

Agbayani
Agbayani
4 years ago

I’m not getting DLR here. Yes, his velocity is down, but not way down. He was sitting at 90 today, which isn’t good, and is a problem, but not nearly the same level of problem as his sudden case of “pitching like the talented mess of a guy the Brewers and Royals dumped before the Rockies turned him around.” I’ve been one of the fans who says he’ll turn it around, but he really is running out of time. Interesting… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
4 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Ag – you have impeccable timing. Here’s an article on Mr. Fuentes from my hometown newspaper:

http://www.citizen-times.com/story/sports/2016/05/23/tourists-fuentes-flourishes-everyday-role/84781316/

Buried in the article is also the reason for Brendan Rodger’s DL stint – tight hamstring.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
4 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

It should also be noted that Brian Mundell continues to rake in Asheville with a 371 BA (and it’s becoming a large sample size).

sdcarp
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sdcarp
4 years ago

Ha……Boone Logan to DL and JDLR to Pen.

You can’t possibly make this stuff up, so it has to be true!

sdcarp
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sdcarp
4 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

Will it take JDLR 10 minutes to jog from the Pen to the mound? Inquiring minds want to know.

EdtheUmp
EdtheUmp
4 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

I’d much rather see JDLR jog to the taxi stand so that he can catch the next flight to Albuquerque with a connecting flight to Phoenix, where I believe, he resides. Beautiful weather most of the time and he can “catchup” with his former teammates during 2017 spring training.

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