Relaxing, Regrouping

The Colorado Rockies were 3 runs in to laying down an 8-spot in the 4th inning yesterday afternoon when Drew Goodman dropped the “Gene Gene the Dancing Machine” bomb (as Giants reliever Jean Machi got ready the the San Francisco bullpen).  Goodman’s blast into the ’70s may prove to mark the turning-point in the Rockies’ 2015 season as Colorado responded with 5 additional runs, punctuated by a Nolan Arenado rainbow into the left-field service bay.  The Rockies completed a torturous 8-game homestand that featured more than that many hours worth of rain delays with splits in series against the Giants and Philadelphia Phillies, and also received a roster remake that appears to have refreshed the chemistry in the Colorado clubhouse.

Wilin Rosario is back.  Chad Bettis is on for Tyler Matzek.  Ben Paulsen is sitting-in for Corey Dickerson.  Brooks Brown returns for Ken Roberts.  And Brandon Barnes, raking, replaces Drew Stubbs, the elephant gently and humanely escorted out of the room.

The Rockies’ starting pitching, as manager Walt Weiss noted after yesterday’s win, had significantly improved beginning about halfway into the 11-game losing streak; a number of worthy performances were wasted as the offense followed the pitching walk-fest into a funk, but over the ups and downs of the past week the good work has started to pay off, most delightfully with the 8-1/3 inning gem Bettis delivered Sunday.

Bettis had gone 6 in Tuesday’s win against Philadelphia, and suddenly had the look of guy who realized he was a major leaguer.  Yesterday’s masterpiece evoked memories of the complete game Matzek posted versus the Padres last September, although you have to admit in retrospect that one was sort of a “false positive.”  But Kyle Kendrick has been good three times running, DLR was the DeaLeR again before tweaking the groin thing, and now here is this former Brave David Hale.  Jordan Lyles continues to struggle getting on a roll, beset with large digit contusions, and looks like he’ll end-up on the DL, bringing us to Eddie Butler.  More on Eddie to follow.

But the boys look relaxed for the first time in a coon’s age; Barnes return seems to have convinced them to “f-it, let’s just have some fun,” and there ought to be some, with 3 ahead in the Great American Bandbox followed by 3 more in the City of Brotherly Love’s launching pad.

The aforementioned Butler (2-5, 4.38) starts for Colorado later this morning, which arrived in Cincinnati about 3 o’clock am Eastern time for a quick shower and shave before the 11:10 start against the Reds. Butler, whose development the Rockies are in the process of botching spectacularly, remains in the majors only because of the schedule and the troubles of Jordan Lyles.  After tripping his way through 6 starts to a 2-3/3.73 illusion, he lasted only 2-2/3 May 15 at Chavez Ravine, throwing 83 pitches, then Wednesday he only made it 3 against the Phillies, this time twirling 77 tasty morsels up to the opposition.  But he’s ready to go, presumably arriving ahead of the team Sunday, and he’ll face veteran Jason Marquis (3-4, 6.91), who in all honesty, I thought was dead.  Marquis, 38, a right-hander and former Rockie, hasn’t got much to lord it-up on Butler with, however.  He followed a 3-inning loss to the Giants on the 15th with a 3-2/3 loser to the Royals on the 20th.

Barnesy leads it-off in center for Colorado, as Charlie Blackmon and Troy Tulowitzki get to sleep-in.  DJ LeMahieu hits 2nd, and Daniel Descalso plays shortstop, hitting 8th.  The Reds lineup doesn’t reflect the team’s’ record.  Brandon Phillips, Joey Votto, and Todd Frazier go 1-2-3, and speed demon Billy Hamilton hits 9th after Marquis.

What do you know but thundershowers are predicted in the Queen City, clocking-in with a 60% chance at game time on a muggy but windy 79° afternoon.  The wind will blow across from right to left at 16-18 MPH.  ROOT has the telecast, and if anybody didn’t notice, Ryan Spilborghs absolutely nailed his audition in the booth over the weekend.  Radio’s where is usually is, 850 am KOA.

COLORADO (17-25)
Brandon Barnes (R) CF
DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B
Carlos Gonzalez (L) RF
Nolan Arenado (R) 3B
Ben Paulsen (L) LF
Wilin Rosario (R) 1B
Nick Hundley (R) C
Daniel Descalso (L) SS
Eddie Butler (R) P
Brandon Phillips (R) 2B
Joey Votto (L) 1B
Todd Frazier (R) 3B
Jay Bruce (L) RF
Brayan Pena (S) C
Marlon Byrd (R) LF
Zack Cozart (R) SS
Jason Marquis (L) P
Billy Hamilton (S) CF


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6 years ago

Nicely done Jeem.

Butler’s start this morning takes on the HUGE scenario. If he “shits the bed” today I am guessing he will find out how the weather is in Isotope-land.

6 years ago

The Reds’ house is in disarray. Bryan Price is on the verge of being fired. Cueto is complaining of a sore elbow. Devin Mesoraco needs hip surgery. Billy Hamilton has an OBP south of 260. Don’t dare compare Jay Bruce to deceased Cream bassist Jack Bruce (RIP)!

Golden opportunity for Vacuum I and Vacuum II, Barnes, Paulsen, Chettis, and their supporting cast of Tulo, Cargo, and JDLR.

6 years ago

Rockies played so so, but found a way to win. Dr._C , add this”W” to bullpen games record.

6 years ago

Only watched the final 2 or 3 innings. Did see Nolan’s dive into stands (routine for him) and the scratching out the run in the 9th. 3 in a row! But I would wait awhile to start printing the playoff tickets. I watched the 2nd lacrosse game of my life today, the first being on Saturday. I’m not sure of most of the rules but I do know you have to get the ball in the goal and there are… Read more »

6 years ago
Reply to  Bill

Bill – Josh Hamilton went to HS just a few blocks from one of my college apartments. I used to occasionally jog through his High School (Athens Drive, Raleigh, NC) grounds. Anyway…..I was out of Grad School and gone for about 8-10 years before Josh graduated, but had stayed in touch with some folks in that area. He was destined to be the consensus number 1 pick. But even then there were whispers of his wild side. Of course the… Read more »

6 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

Sdcarp. No idea what this guy would do. He may revert back to his younger days. But it wouldn’t cost them more than a ham sandwich. It wouldn’t be like the Angels giving Hamiton 200 million or whatever it was. Heathcott is most likely making the minimum. Ever since they signed Hampton and Neagle they’ve been afraid to go after a quality pitcher although Hampton was pretty good for awhile. And of course not only was Neagle a disappointment on… Read more »

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