Road Work

On Saturday the Colorado Rockies got a win in Atlanta, Georgia, and in a sense that oughta count as a series victory given their history in the Peach State, but facts prevail, and Colorado dropped the set with the Braves on the heels of splitting a rain-shortened confrontation with the San Francisco Giants to finish a second straight week at 2-3, 5 games behind the Giants in the NL West at 27-23, and 1/2 game ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers.  More significantly they lost 3rd-baseman Nolan Arenado to a broken finger until after the All Star Game, where he in all likelihood would have been one of the stars performing.

Free of the spooky deep south, Colorado continues a 9-game trip through Philadelphia and Cleveland, teams both pulling-up the rear in their respective Divisions.  A couple of series wins to swing it back home for 10 games to open the summer portion of the MLB schedule, and to forestall a developing negative trend on the road, face the team as it opens-up 3 with the Phillies at Citizens’s Bank Park down there by the Naval Yards in south Philadelphia at 3:05 MDT.

Right-handers Jhoulys Chacin (0-3, 4.76) and Kyle Kendrick (0-5, 4.53) go at it in the opener.  Chacin, trying to gain traction in just his 5th start of 2014, has pitched decently, but badly enough to be winless.  He lost to San Francisco Wednesday, lasting into the 6th, when he surrendered 2 of the 3 runs he allowed on 4 hits and 2 walks in 5-2/3 innings.  Kendrick hasn’t been horrible, but he hasn’t got any wins either.  He lost to the Rockies on April 19, giving-up 3 runs in 7 innings.  Kendrick also pitched Wednesday, when he lost to to the Marlins.  He also went 5-2/3, giving-up 6 runs on 7 hits.

Slumping DJ LeMahieu, a poor hitter,  gets a break from the Colorado lineup this afternoon.  Josh Rutledge will handle 2nd-base and hit 7th.  Charlie Culberson gets his third start in Nolan Arenado’s absence at 3rd base, and slides down into LeMahieu’s customary 8th spot.  The Phillies’ old guard remains largely intact.  Ben Revere is now the center-fielder, and leads-off.  Light-hitting Cesar Hernandez gets a start at 3rd, hitting 8th.

Philadelphia weather is scheduled to be warm and breezy with mostly sunny skies.  The temperature will be in the mid-80ºs and the wind will blow across from 3rd to right.  Relative humidity will be about 40%. The highly-ranked RoOT Sports broadcast crew, featuring George Frazier this trip, will have all the sights and sounds.  It’s Jerry and Jack on KOA 850 am.

COLORADO (27-23)
Charlie Blackmon (L) CF
Michael Cuddyer (R) RF
Troy Tulowitzki (R) SS
Carlos Gonzalez (L) LF
Wilin Rosario (R) C
Justin Morneau (L) 1B
Josh Rutledge (R) 2B
Charlie Culberson (R) 3B
Jhoulys Chacin (R) P
PHILADELPHIA (21-26)
Ben Revere (L) CF
Jimmy Rollins (S) SS
Chase Utley (L) 2B
Ryan Howard (L) 1B
Marlon Byrd (R) RF
Domonic Brown (L) LF
Carlos Ruiz (R) C
Cesar Hernandez (S) 3B
Kyle Kendrick (R) P

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ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
6 years ago

Chacin is garbage. They need to trade him for anything.

EdtheUmp
EdtheUmp
6 years ago

9 game road trip…we will extremely lucky to go 3-6. Beginning of the end fellas and gals.

Best hitting team ever? I’m not seeing it…even tho the stats back it up, it’s possible it was all a mirage…reel us in and then crush us, just like they seems to do every year.

Kendrick was 0-5…

How many innings without scoring?

jaredean
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jaredean
6 years ago
Reply to  EdtheUmp

unbelievable…seems to happen every year – they hit, hit, hit and then go freaking cold for days at a time…how can the whole team be hot and then all go cold? Unreal…

Did you bet on the team in Vegas again this year? What was the line?

EdtheUmp
EdtheUmp
6 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

jd…

76.5…I took the over…time will tell

if I don’t cover this year I am thru betting the rox…

long way to go…

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
6 years ago

2013 after 51 games: 27-24
2014 after 51 games: 27-24

Just saying.

I’m sure the spin masters over at 20th & Blake are getting their excuses ready-“See, if we hadn’t had all those injuries we could have won 90.”

roxnsox
roxnsox
6 years ago

It’s time to close the curtain on any hope of the mile-high team ever hitting well on the road. It’s physics, it’s mental, it’s tiredness, it’s the curve breaks better against them anywhere but Denver, it’s…it’s…it’s… they look like a bunch of sheep (the stupidest most docile animal I can think of). I feel bad for the Rockies hitters over the years, though, trying to overcome whatever “it” is. Brothers sure looks like a shadow of his promise (and sometime… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago

Been on the road the last 3-4 days, but my wife and I were watching when Arenado broke his finger and I told her that was the worst injury we could possibly have…..worse than losing Tulo. But injuries are ravaging many MLB teams….we have to get in line behind teams like the Rangers. Ed – regarding 3-6 road trip, that was my prediction before it started, before the Arenado injury. I’ll be psyched to go 3-6 with Arenado out. I’m… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago

Prog: “Chacin is garbage.” Well, maybe not garbage, but certainly nothing to get excited about. He had great situational luck last year, and wasn’t as good as his numbers would suggest. And not surprisingly, he’s not very good this year. Time to move on after (or during) this season, depending on how long we stay in contention. Ed: “Lucky to go 3-6.” Yeah, that would be good at this point. JD: “Unbelievable.” It does happen every year. True. And it… Read more »

roxnsox
roxnsox
6 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Rutledge sure didn’t hit today when it would have been BIG. Twice, as I recall. There’s no time for “maybe” he will…

Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago

roxnsox, I didn’t see today’s game, so I missed Rutledge’s failures in big situations. But where else do we go to find more offense? Right now we’re starting weak hitters at two positions — you either give Rutledge a shot at one of them (and he has hit in the minors, and has had a couple good runs with the big club too), or you gotta go out and get someone else.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
6 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

That was Rut’s first start since being called up. He should have started immediately after the call up to stay at game speed. Rut needs to play everyday. Rather have Rut than Clobberson.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
6 years ago

What everyone has been saying in the above posts are right. I think the ship is taking on too much water now. For me, my biggest gripe was that it was at least four times, if not more, on the current road trip that Baby Bull GIDP to kill rallies early in the game. After those DPs, the wind stopped blowing into our sails. Our ship is rudderless with no wind out in the ocean. The good news is that… Read more »

Gary
Gary
6 years ago

There is not a team in any sport that would make such wholesale-and panic strickened-changes.As one of the level headed posters here RMH I am shocked at your nuclear option,but I feel your pain.

EdtheUmp
EdtheUmp
6 years ago

Front office meme will be consistent… “we’ve hit a little bump but we don’t want to panic in the middle of a nine game road trip.” There is some validity to that statement, although, IF we do indeed go 3-6, we will be in third place and trending inexorably downward. Not what you want to see entering the “dog days”. The question I have for our group is simple…assuming we lose the next three games we would be 27-27, one… Read more »

Gary
Gary
6 years ago
Reply to  EdtheUmp

Ed,I’d have take .500 to your point and that was with a healthy compliment.

Bill
Bill
6 years ago

Luckily we almost had a tornado the other night so I spent most of the day cleaning the gutters. I’m hurting now but I watched very little of the Rockies today. I did see Rutledge leave two men on base twice and remember at least once he swung at the first pitch. But I agree with Ag. With Arenado out you can’t start both DJ and Culberson (especially on the road). As I mentioned after the Friday night loss this… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago

Consider me a skeptic on Winkler and Anderson. Anderson has been strictly limited to 5 innings per start this year, so I don’t see any way he gets called up. And he really hasn’t earned it either. Winkler? Very impressive AA (and hi A last year) numbers. As you know, I’m a big stats guy, so I’m inclined to love sleeper guys with great numbers, but over the years I’ve put more stock in what the scouts say, and they… Read more »

Gary
Gary
6 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

They maybe waiting for the June date where call ups don’t lose service time,but they can’t wait much past that.However as Harry Carey used to say:”Steve 0 runs isn’t going to win any ball games”.Amen Harry.Not even with a staff of Cy Young,N.Ryan and S Koufax.It’s not a lack of hits as much as no hits with RISP.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
6 years ago

All the suggestions I was putting on the table (in my above post)was not meant as “do it all”. It was meant as a list of potential options and do at least one or two minimum. My #1a and #1b option which is a must IMHO is replacing Frankie Mo in the rotation and play Rutledge everyday somewhere. Anything should be an upgrade over Frankie Mo and Rut needs to play everyday so he can add thump to the lineup.… Read more »

Gary
Gary
6 years ago

Ah,sanity returns.Even a bull pen tweak might be appropriate.

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