ROAD WORTHY

PHILS FINAL FOE ON TRIP;
CARDS AT YARD FOR DECORATION DAY

The Colorado Rockies are in the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, getting set to play the Phillies in the first of four at 5:05 pm MT at Citizens Bank Park.  They’ll subject their act to the scrutiny of the descendants of Benjamin Franklin, legitimate and illegitimate alike, as Jeff Hoffman (1-0, 5.40) gets another spot start, facing right-hander Jerad Eickhoff (0-4, 4,53) of Philadelphia.

Colorado executed week 7 of the 2017 MLB season 4-2, taking 2 of 3 from the Minnesota Twins in Minneapolis before heading further east and taking 2 of 3 from the Cincinnati Reds on its first venture east of the Mississippi since the campaign-opening series in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  The offense continued to get looser.  After Luis Berrios and two Twins relievers shut them out in the night cap of Thursday’s rain-induced double header, the second in as many weeks, the Rockies scored 26 in the 3-game series with the Reds, including 12 behind Tyler Anderson in the Friday night opener.  The back end of the ‘pen also remains pristine.  Closer Greg Holland tallied save 19, in 19 tries, in yesterday’s nail-biter in Ohio.

The starting hurlers, however, failed to provide much length.  Yesterday’s starter, Kyle Freeland, ran out of gas in the 6th, making it through 5-2/3 after lasting 6 in Tuesday’s victory over Minnesota.  German Marquez was only good for 5 in the 5-1 win in Thursday’s DH opener, and Tyler Chatwood was also gone after 5 in the night cap loss.  Anderson got through 6 on Friday, but Antonio Sensatela had only 5 in him Saturday, when Colorado escaped his shaky outing with an 8-4 lead heading into the 6th.

After Jordan Lyles, who Ag tells us is pitching in terribly bad luck, gave back 4 of Friday’s 8-run lead in relief of Anderson, Rockies manager Bud Black turned to another of Ag’s picks-to-click, Chad Qualls, in the 6th Saturday.  Devin Mesoraco took the 38 year-old right-hander deep leading off, then Scooter Gennett singled, and after Billy Hamilton lined-out Qualls walked Zach Cozart, causing Black to turn to the usual late-inning left-hander Mike Dunn, who was equally ineffective.  5 batters later Dunn finally extricated himself, but the 6 runs Colorado had scored to go ahead in the 5th were wasted, as was the 4-run lead. Next on was the curious case of Scott Oberg, who like Lyles, has supposedly “excellent” stuff, excellent to hit, apparently, that is.  Oberg coughed-up another couple in his 2 innings of work, and the Reds ran away with it 12-8.

Hoffman, then, 2 days later, gets tonight’s start, and will need to be activated, along with Trevor Story, which is somewhat of a large surprise to me, in-fact jumbo.  Conventional wisdom would have had Story working a couple of weeks down there in Albuquerque, recalibrating that big swing that gets those big flies, on those special occasions the 2nd-year shortstop manages to make contact.  Story’s return likely means tough news for Raimel Tapia, who’s hitting .400 for the Isotopes and nothing for the Rockies, but Hoffman’s activation may mean somebody gets DFA’d, and perhaps this promotion is permanent.

The Phils are not exactly ripping up the league.  They hang at 15-26, a game ahead of the Florida Marlins for second-to-last in the NL East, where the Washington Nationals (remember the Nationals?) are running away from the rest of the Division.  After Hoffman goes at Eickhoff tonight Marquez gets Zach Elfin tomorrow, Chatwood faces Jeremy Hellickson Wednesday and Anderson tangles with Vince Velasquez Thursday afternoon, when there will be no TV.  The St Louis Cardinals will visit for 3 on the holiday weekend (the Seattle Mariners are actually the opponent on Memorial Day), when sdcarp is threatening to lead the peloton on Sunday’s Bike to the Game day.  The professor is on for that one.  Go Rox!

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rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
3 years ago

Dr. C is back. Read the latest Musings column.

sdcarp
sdcarp
3 years ago

We miss Aaron Nola – a good young Phillies pitcher fresh off the DL (he won yesterday).

Anecdotal story, running around LA the last 4 days, wearing my Rockies hat non-stop. Tons of respect for the Rox. Good baseball fans here.

sdcarp
sdcarp
3 years ago

One additional random thought:

This Colton Welker kid (3B, Low A Asheville Tourists – my hometown team) is absolutely blowing up. We may have another legit, “difference maker” Prospect in the Rox system. My peeps in Asheville are raving about him.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
3 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

Wasn’t it Nola that was drafted in front of Freeland and Hoffman?

sdcarp
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sdcarp
3 years ago

Yes Sir…immediately in front of those 2.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
3 years ago

I can tell Hoffman is going to have a great night. No deep counts, quick pace, and easy 96 mph FBs.

His final exam is third time through lineup.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
3 years ago

Gopherg pitching high leverage 8th? Why????

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
3 years ago

Great moment for me yesterday. I went to check the Rox progress on my phone with Gameday. It was the ninth inning and Nolen was batting. I watched the first three pitches, pointed at an inside spot on the screen and muttered “C’mon, please throw one right here.” The blue circle appeared exactly, and I mean exactly, where I was hoping and of course it showed “In Play – Run(s)” for the next minute or so before showing the home… Read more »

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
3 years ago

Dear Charlie: please stop striking out to start the game.

roxnsox
roxnsox
3 years ago

How ya like him now? (4th inning)

Agbayani
Agbayani
3 years ago

RMH, that’s because Charlie is an RBI man, not a leadoff man! 100 ribbies from the leadoff spot? It’s very possible. I feel like that’s been done before (Ricky?) but right now I can’t remember …

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
3 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Charlie is really a clean up hitter out of the lead off spot. The bottom third of the order are hitting like 1-2-3 hitters.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
3 years ago

Honestly Ag (and others) – Blackmon could have 120+ RBIs if he gets 600 PA. I was playing around with statcast killing time at the airport today. Sorted exit velocities since May 10th. Cargo had 8 or 9 over 107 MPH (far more than any other Rockie). He’s just got to stop hitting them at people. We all (even RMH) underestimated the amount of wins this team would gain by having BB as Manager instead of WW. The dude is… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
3 years ago

So you’re telling me Cargo is heating up … where have I hear that before, Mr. Goodman? (Actually, Carp, you’re exit velocity stats kind of confirm what we’ve been seeing.) On Bud Black: playing back some of Sunday’s game there was actually a great discussion with Goodman and Spilly. They were talking about how other managers like to give regulars a rest on Sunday. Bud did his clubhouse tour to ask guys how they were feeling–code for “could you use… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
3 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Cargo’s last 10 games before tonight – .342/.422/.526/.949. He’s 2-4 tonight, so bump those up just a smudge. I think what’s throwing people is that there hasn’t been the traditional power. But the exit velocities are consistent with power. If he keeps up his current pace for 7-10 more days, he’ll be +/- 275 BA, which is about where he should be. Independent of all that…..what I see with my eyes is a guy running around fairly well in the… Read more »

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
3 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

I have my doubts because he’s been batting against pitchers that can’t throw harder than 92 mph maximum. His swing and exit velocity are terrible against pitchers with 93 or higher velo.

roxnsox
roxnsox
3 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

I liked that. I was also surprised that Sunday lineups are somewhat common, which makes Bud stand out further. I’ve also got to say again how good a broadcaster Spilly is. So engaging and informative.

roxnsox
roxnsox
3 years ago
Reply to  roxnsox

This reply thread is a little odd in its ordering. In case it wasn’t clear, what I was saying I liked was Ag’s comment about the refreshing “no Sunday lineup.”

sdcarp
sdcarp
3 years ago

Pat Valaika 5-13 as a pinch hitter.
Chuck Nazty leads league in hits and RBIs.
Greg Holland leads the league in Saves (by far).
DJ is hitting his stride.
Cargo is heating up.
Story is back and taking some walks.
Murphy is taking live, “real” batting practice.
Hoffman has been dazzling his last 2 starts yet there’s not room for him on the roster.
Dahl is close to a rehab assignment.

Is this real?

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

One more win this month and they will be on pace to win 96 games this year. Sixteen wins per month times 6 months equals 96 and there is still a week to go.

Will Lyles be the victim when Gray comes off of the DL?

jimboelrod
jimboelrod
3 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

Are the planets beginning to align?

sdcarp
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sdcarp
3 years ago

The New York Times (with all time high current circulation due to you know who) has noticed the mighty Rox:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/23/sports/baseball/colorado-rockies-pitching-fast-start.html?smid=tw-nytsports&smtyp=cur&_r=0

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