REBOUNDING FROM NATIONALS DISASTER

ROX IN SAN DIEGO; FINISH APRIL 16-10

The Colorado Rockies completed week 4 of their 2017 MLB season 3-4, taking 2 of 3 from the Arizona Diamondbacks in Phoenix over the weekend after losing 3 out of 4 earlier in the week to the Washington Nationals at Coors Field, surrendering 46 runs during the Nats’ 4-day stay in the Mile High City.

The Rox headed into the week on a bit of a roll, having won 4 of their past 5 and coming off a sweep of the struggling San Francisco Giants.  They snagged the first contest with Washington 8-4, coming from behind after Tyler Anderson coughed-up a 3-run lead in his 6th and final inning.  On Tuesday German Marquez got his first 2017 start and the Nationals, who are an absolute beast, climbed all over the right-hander, dispatching him to the showers after 4 innings and 8 runs on 9 hits.  The Nats continued to pile it on from there, eventually winning it 15-12 as Colorado pecked away with 9 runs over the final 5 frames.  On it went for Washington Wednesday.  They scored 5 times against Tyler Chatwood early, then added 6 more over Chris Rusin and Agbayani’s buddy Chad Qualls.  Thursday afternoon the Rockies got 6 innings of 4-run/7-hit ball from Antonio Senzatela, and then Carlos Estevez and Jordan Lyles decided to throw-up a reprise of August, 2016, with the Nationals frolicking their way out of town 16-5.

It was a devastating smack-down by a clearly superior club, especially considering Monday’s win came with scheduled Washington starter Stephen Strasburg out on paternity leave and Bryce Harper taking the night off.  But Friday delivered a second consecutive quality start from the rookie left-hander Kyle Freeland, who gave-up a run on 6 hits over 6 innings, and Rusin, Adam Ottavino and Greg Holland followed with 3 innings of nothing but a walk.  Colorado scored single runs in the 1st, 3rd, and 7th innings to prevail 3-1, and while modest, the victory seemed nevertheless huge in the wake of the Nationals’ onslaught, and the Rockies followed it with a come-from-behind win Saturday, when Dbacks’ closer Fernando Rodney, the former Detroit Tiger, imploded in the 9th.  Even a sometime, minimally engaged Tiger fan can tell you Arizona was smoking some of that wacky Colorado tobacky if they thought Rodney had the potential to close games.  Rodney is the type of guy who can always get you 2 outs.  Tough luck if you happen to need 3.

Sunday featured a 13 inning 0-0 marathon that ended when former Rockie Daniel Descalso took the hapless Lyles, last man standing in a Colorado bullpen that had 3 people unavailable, deep to right-center for a 2-run walk-off.  Marquez followed the debacle versus the Nationals with 6 scoreless innings on 6 hits, and his work, in addition to that of Freeland, and to a lesser extent Senzatela, was the major development of note for the week.  Chatwood, despite an effusive glossing from Ag after his April 15 shutout, has failed to dazzle since, and Anderson is unfortunately starting to put some sample-size behind his 7.71 ERA.

Charlie Blackmon has shaken loose of his early season fumbles, had 6 RBI for the week, and is now hitting at a .290 pace. Mark Reynolds continued his strong start with another 5 RBI, Tony Wolters had a 5 for 13 week, and Pat Valaika was called-up from Albuquerque at the expense of the hated Steven Cardullo and came-across with 4 hits, including the single that started the wreckage against Rodney.  The much anticipated debut of prized free agent Ian Desmond occurred on Sunday at the expense of Cristhian Adames.  Desmond had a single in 5 appearances, seeming to find the Dbacks’ pitchers a bit more of a challenge than the teenagers he’d been ripping-up over at Salt River Fields.

Anderson (1-3, 7.71) gets the call tonight against Will Myers and his band of renegades.  He’ll face right-hander Trevor Cahill
(1-2, 4.50) in an 8:10 MT start at Petco Park.  The Rockies face San Diego for 3 before returning to Denver for a 10-game stand that includes more Arizona, the World Champion Chicago Cubs, and another dose of division rival Los Angeles.  Senzatela goes against Jared Weaver tomorrow and Freeland gets Luis Perdomo on Thurday afternoon, when there’s no TV.

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sdcarp
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sdcarp
3 years ago

This article gets 4 – stars for using “Whacky Colorado Tobacky.” (the rest of the article is great also).

sdcarp
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sdcarp
3 years ago

Desmond = freak. Play him in RF tomorrow.

Aaron Judge = super freak. That kid is crazy.

Agbayani
Agbayani
3 years ago

And guess what team walked the pitcher again. Resulting in 2 “earned” runs that should be charged against Charlie Blackmon, badly misplaying two balls in the same inning. We need Dahl back, and he needs to play CF!

sdcarp
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sdcarp
3 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Note Ramiel Tapia has been playing exclusively CF in ABQ (I believe I’m correct in saying that). I think the Organization recognizes that Blackmon’s speed is beginning to erode. It’s noticeable on the base paths.

Bob K.
Bob K.
3 years ago

“Anderson (1-3, 7.71) gets the call tonight against Will Myers and his band of renegades.”

Chatwood is pitching tonight. Anderson last pitched on the 29th of April and isn’t scheduled to pitch again until May 10th.

Bob K.
Bob K.
3 years ago
Reply to  Jeem

I did think the Maternity leave was intentional but just thought it was an attempt at humor.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
3 years ago

Walked opposing pitcher again and lost the game right there for the 3rd or 4th time this year. It’s now 20 innings and counting since the Rockies last had a RBI. CarGo can’t hit or bunt against extreme shift. I mean all four infielders were on right side of second base. EMBARRASSING!! That’s my last straw with him. BB – 3 lineup changes need to be made. CarGo benched. Move Reynolds to clean up. Move DJLM to 8-hole since he’s… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
3 years ago

When you walk the opposing pitcher, there SHOULD be at least two runs scored. It’s karma (independent of bad OF play). That being said…..we’ve got to be able to score more than 2 runs off Trevor Cahill and similar type pitchers. RMH – you know how I feel about this. Cargo should have been traded two years ago when he had some value. I think someone would have taken his contract (we wouldn’t have gotten much in return player wise,… Read more »

roxnsox
roxnsox
3 years ago

Drew Goodman said he favored Charlie’s attempt to make that diving catch “because of the no-hitter.” I disagree. It was only the 6th inning, and with a 1-run lead, you’ve got to be thinking win the game first and foremost. One-run lead in the 8th and a no-hitter going? Maybe dive for it. Three-run lead in the 6th? Dive for it. I don’t understand the criticism of Blackmon in general. He is a fine center fielder who makes almost every… Read more »

roxnsox
roxnsox
3 years ago
Reply to  roxnsox

I do agree that a younger guy like Dahl or Tapia is close on his heels and might soon be the better choice in the field. I want Dahl in left, though. And Tapia’s bat is nowhere close to Charlie’s.

Bob K.
Bob K.
3 years ago

Wolters to the 7 day DL. Hanigan called up from Albuquerque to replace him and takes spot on 40 man roster vacated by Adames. Dunn activated from the DL and the corresponding move was to send Estevez to AAA.

http://roxpile.com/2017/05/03/colorado-rockies-unveil-roster-moves-prior-wednesdays-game/

Bob K.
Bob K.
3 years ago
sdcarp
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sdcarp
3 years ago

What if I had predicted on March 1st, 2017 that Antonio Senzatela would be the best SP for the Rockies in 2017 (BTW – I definitely didn’t tell you that)? You would have said – “sdcarp – you’re crazy!”

Agbayani
Agbayani
3 years ago

These rookie pitchers continue to amaze me! I know … waaaay too soon to relax, but going 3 for 3 in successful transitions to MLB so far is just astounding. Depth wouldn’t hurt, and Jeff Hoffman is putting things together just in time: 6 IP, 2 R tonight, following his best AAA start last time around. And Desmond … how the heck did he arrive back in MLB after missing more than a month with his timing in place? He… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
3 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

I think Desmond’s injury was one that allowed him to maintain fitness, continue at least lower body strength training, and throw. True….he couldn’t swing a bat, and he probably couldn’t catch/field until extremely late in the process. But he wasn’t starting from scratch when released by the Doctor. I’m holding out hope that Tom Murphy will be somewhat similar.

Agbayani
Agbayani
3 years ago

Chad Qualls: let my bask in the glow of my accurate assessment that he’s still got some value! (This afterglow may expire at any time)

sdcarp
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sdcarp
3 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Only if you allow me to bask in the glow of my Ian Desmond man crush,

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
3 years ago

We lost because the walks came around yup score all the SD runs.

Bob K.
Bob K.
3 years ago

Really? I thought the Rockies added another one run victory and that Holland now has 12 saves. I might be wrong but I believe that the Rockies have 2 “blown saves” and that both of them belong to Ottavino and that in both cases, Greg Holland got a save in those games. The Rockies are now 9-0 in one run games. They only need to win 3 more one run games to have as many as they won all last… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
3 years ago
Reply to  Bob K.

In the strange world of reliever stats, Otto got a Hold and McGee the Blown Save today. I know….it makes no sense.

Bob K.
Bob K.
3 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

That is just weird. They need to change that statistic anyway. How can you blow a save when you are eligible to get a save. It should be listed as a blown hold unless the pitcher would have actually qualified for a save and not a hold. To the best of my knowledge, they still only have two blown saves (holds) so far this year.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
3 years ago
Reply to  Bob K.

Yeah I know, I wrote this off as a loss before the game was over. I am trying reverse jinxing. So if I play Debbie Downer, the Rockies play better. That’s the superstition I’ve got going. 🙂

sdcarp
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sdcarp
3 years ago

Nice 4-2 road trip. Stole a game in Zona. Lost an extra innings game, won an extra innings game. Warm weekend on tap at Coors. The ball will be flying.

Bob K.
Bob K.
3 years ago

All this failing to hit with runners in scoring position sure reminds me of why Espy was fired as the hitting coach the last time. I think it was a huge mistake to let Blake Doyle go. They were right up there at the top of the league in hitting with 2 strikes on them and scoring with 2 outs.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
3 years ago
Reply to  Bob K.

I’m not blaming Duane Espy. Remember, Jeff Salazar and Espy split the duties as the hitting coaches. Also in my very humble opinion, it is CarGo that is screwing with the rhythm of the lineup. He has been one big bad culprit and he’s going down hill fast.

Bob K.
Bob K.
3 years ago

My understanding is that Salazar is officially Espy’s assistant. I don’t blame Salazar when everything that is going on is pretty much the same problems they had when Espy was the hitting coach before. The reason given for firing Espy the last time was the failure to hit when there were runners in scoring position. I also remember that Arenado’s worst offensive season was his season in Tulsa when he had Espy for a hitting coach. I have been expecting… Read more »

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