Regaining Sea Legs

ROX SALVAGE 1 OF 4 VS SEATTLE; IN SOUTH CALIFORNIA FOR 3 WITH PADRES

One of the better pieces of news coming out of the past off-season was the Arizona Diamondbacks’ moving Jean Segura to the American League, where he would pose considerably less of a hazard to the Colorado Rockies, but unfortunately the Dbacks’ trade sent the 27 year-old infielder to Seattle, which appeared on the Rockies schedule for back-to-back home and away 2-game series this past week.  It can be safely stated Colorado does not match-up well against long lineups filled with doubles-hitting sluggers and unfamiliar pitching staffs, and the Rockies dropped 3-straight to the Mariners before recovering in time to snag yesterday’s afternoon contest 6-3.  Colorado has moved-on to the most pleasant environs of San Diego, California, and Seattle is off to the west coast of Florida, with good riddance to Segura, and Robbie Cano, and Ben Gamel, for all that that matters.

The Mariners followed the St Louis Cardinals into Coors Field on Memorial Day, and the Rockies were zipping along upon their fine 2017 roll, with Tyler Chatwood up to face some guy named Sam Gaviglio, who no one, including a lot of people in Seattle, had ever heard of.  Gaviglio managed 5 innings and held the Rockies to 5 runs, whereas Chatwood’s outing was a complete mess (6 runs on 7 hits and 3 walks over 4-1/3).  6 relievers stifled Colorado for the distance and a 6-5 Mariners win.  Tuesday evening was Tyler Anderson’s start, and he put himself in the doghouse of Professor RMH in the 2nd when 2 walks and a homer netted 3 runs for Seattle, then 2 singles and 2 doubles in the 3rd cost Anderson another 3.  Ariel Miranda and 4 more Mariner relievers restricted the Rockies to 4 and Seattle ran it out to a 10-4 win, including 3 in the 9th over freshly-recalled Carlos Estevez.

On the west coast in Washington Wednesday for the visiting side of the exchange, it was left-hander James Paxton who would muzzle Colorado.  Paxton returned from a strained forearm to shut-out the Rockies on 3 hits over 5-1/3, and the Mariners’ bullpen limited Colorado to but a single additional hit in the 5-0 victory.  But Thursday the calendar flipped-over to June, and the Rockies finally got a familiar face to abuse, the former Brewer Yovani Gallardo.

Colorado got it rolling in the 2nd when Carlos Gonzalez led-off with a walk.  Mark Reynolds followed with a big home run to left-center, then Gerardo Parra hit a rule-book double in the same direction.  Ian Desmond bunted Parra to 3rd, then Trevor Story pulled a line-single down the left-field line to score the left-fielder.  Tony Wolters singled Story to 3rd, and he scored the 4th run on a Charlie Blackmon sacrifice fly, and that would be all the Rockies required for the victory as Kyle Freeland (6-3, 3.53) took full advantage of play in the American League park, hitting 3 Mariners.  Freeland held Seattle to 2 runs over 6 innings on 2 hits and 2 walks in addition to the HBPs.  Colorado added runs in the 3rd on a solo shot by Nolan Arenado, and in the 5th, when Gonzalez walked again, stole 2nd, and scored on a single by Parra.  Chris Rusin, Jake McGee, and Greg Holland each contributed an inning, with Holland logging his 20th save of the 2017 campaign.

The Rockies will take-on San Diego tonight at 8:10 MT at Petco Park, with German Marquez (4-2, 3.76) taking on the veteran left-hander Clayton Richard (3-6, 4.33).  The Padres are on a 4-game winning streak, including 3 over the World Champion Chicago Cubs, and would like nothing better than to give Division rival Colorado a big load of trouble.  Chatwood gets the former Rockie Jhoulys Chacin at 4:10 Saturday, and it’ll be Anderson versus Jarred Cosart on Sunday afternoon.

A big thanks to the professor for sitting-in Monday while I entertained old friends from elsewhere.  We braved the weather to witness the 3-0 loss to the Cards on Saturday night.

Boy, you really have to be quick with the remote to get to the next inning before that horrible Southwest Airlines commercial sets in.  Hopefully you’ve got a beautiful redwood beam to gaze upon in the meantime.

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rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
3 years ago

Professor’s counter: 1

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
3 years ago

I want to meet CarGo after the game and break his legs. The whole year he’s come up in critical situations and either struck out or ground weakly into the shift. His stats this year are off 40 year old pitchers that top out at 85 MPH.

Bob K.
Bob K.
3 years ago

Cargo isn’t the only one who has failed in critical situations.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
3 years ago
Reply to  Bob K.

Yes and no. Not the only one, but then he’s the only one who fails 99% of the time.

I do have one final hope…i noticed he went to a shorter and lighter balsa bat after failing the first two times at bat with a heavy and long shining black bat.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
3 years ago

The Brewers bullpen and manager reminds me of 2016 Rockies bullpen and WW. I watched the final inning two days in a row on MLB.TV. Friday solo HR by Dodgers tied game in 9th and won with another HR in 12 innings. Note that Kenley Janssen threw 2 innings on over 30 pitches. Brewers led today by three runs in 9th inning. Their manager like WW says my closer threw 1 inning (only about 20 pitches) so I’m going with… Read more »

Bob K.
Bob K.
3 years ago
Agbayani
Agbayani
3 years ago

Sunday Optimism Mea Culpa, or Things I May Have Been Wrong About, 2017 ed.: 1. That Jeff Hoffman projects as (most likely) a middle of the rotation starter, with a #2 starter ceiling. Move each of those up one notch. 2. That Tony Wolters will not hit enough to be a regular catcher. 3. That Jake McGee’s days as a useful reliever are likely over. Next up? That Trevor Story may not be able to hold down the starting SS… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
3 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Before today, Jeff Hoffman’s 2017 WAR was 0.5-0.6, depending on the service you prefer. Tulo is at 0.3 WAR for 2017 to date, and is owed 20M in 17 (and 18 and 19, and 14M in 20). I’m willing to bet, when analyzing just the “first degree” of the Tulo trade in 2021, the Rox will be ahead 50M (we know that) and 20-30 WAR. This doesn’t even get into the tangential positives of having 50M in payroll 2018-2020.

Bill
Bill
3 years ago

The only game of the Padres series I watched was Friday night. And they lost. Actually I watched the last second of today’s game. Saw Parra catch the ball near the fence and Goodman say the game was over. Rockies win! But I am going to watch more games in the future although I’ll be out of town and busy most of this week. I was very disappointed in the Jeff Hoffman I saw last year and the Jeff Hoffman… Read more »

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
3 years ago

This is going to be a long comment in regards to comments about projections of players as posted by other RWOers. Keep in mind that this is not an attack on the author; it’s just my optimistic opinion (or pessimistic). Reynolds – I wouldn’t call it regression; only less playing time in order to keep his production up. Blackmon – He is simply Chuck Nazty; he won’t get better or worse. He was just fortunate to have bottom of the… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
3 years ago

McGee – what I like is that he’s back to 90% fastballs. Something was seriously wrong last year as he started throwing about 1/3 sliders and whatever else he calls his offspeed stuff. The results are there this year. I just don’t trust he’ll be reliable all year. Just a gut feeling that a guy who is no longer among the hardest throwers in baseball will somehow find out that hitters will be able to digest that steady diet of… Read more »

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
3 years ago

Took me a while to find this thread to start new thread regarding our 2017 predictions:
http://jaredb17.sg-host.com/2017-rockies-predictions-anyone/

sdcarp
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sdcarp
3 years ago

Damn – clicked the link, I’m reading through my preseason predictions, generally feeling good about them, and then I get to the NL Playoff Teams and list the Mets and say “big bounce back year by Matt Harvey.” Geez……not looking so good on that one.

Bob K.
Bob K.
3 years ago
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