Rockies Go for 4 Straights – Rockies v Reds

Two weeks ago the Rox were in the midst of some of the worst baseball in their entire history. They were not just bad – they were bad to watch. Their starting pitching was not just awful, they were 2012 awful. Their relievers were so spent they falling apart on the mound and in the trainers room. Their defense was making just bad mistakes, dumb mental ones, often caused by the parade of walks that pitchers were tossing up on the scoreboard. And the offense? They didn’t walk and couldn’t put two or three hits together to score runs. Oh, they could score runs when they hit solo homers (optimum word there is solo, because they would have had to get a walk or hit before the home run). And wow could they strike-out…a lot! They stunk, to use words that are fit for a family website. Oh and they couldn’t get 4 games in on the schedule without having a rainout, which gave the team no rhythm.

 

But over the past ten days or so something happened. The Rox learned to actually play baseball like a decent (i.e., 75-80 win) team. Even last week in L.A., where they managed only a split, they had two examples of what teams that need to pull out of a proverbial flat spin call “good losses.” they should have done more than have a .500 record on their recent home stand, but they played two teams that were playing some of their best ball of the season. But the also left on a 2 game win string.

 

For me, the biggest game of the recent period was the Friday night loss last Friday to the Giants, when a reliever who had no point in being in the bigs based on his stuff I watched in that game, took a 2-0 game to 7-0. Normally a team that is dead lining puts together 9 more meaningless at-bats and everyone gets home to their kids a bit earlier. But instead the Rox battled that into an interesting game, and had chances throughout the last 3 innings to add even more runs than they did actually score. The offense still isn’t clinking on all cylinders, but the 9th inning of the first game of the Red’s series showed even more encouragement in the 9th when against a non-sharp Aroldis Champman, who still throw harder than any human being should, lefty Blackmon and righty DJ got a walk and a hit and Nolan the Great (NtG maybe?) had a great at-bat and managed to get the necessary sac-fly to get the run in and then leave the rest of the offense to see if it could get another hit (they didn’t of course) and then got the last three outs and a third win.

 

And so, now facing a team that was them three weeks ago themselves, they have a chance for a 4-game win stream. Look, we all doubt this team is going to be playing meaningful games in August let alone September (but baseball isn’t a linear game, things happen, like managerial changes, young players hit a hot streak of figure it out, or whatever), so let’s see what this team can do the next three weeks. A little 12 for 16 and this team is back to .500, and honestly, I think the wild card race will be a packed race til late August as every team, save for the finally playing the way they should Nationals, have holes (the Cardinals got a huge hole when Adam Wainwright, a really great person and excellent pitcher, destroyed his leg) and that means a lot of 85-88 win teams. So, if the Rox can just get a little hot, they can at least be on the periphery of the race and give us some cause to talk Rockies, rather than waiting for snow to fall or the CC-DU game at Mile High.

 

On the bad side the Rockies little issue with injuries continue. First Corey’s blown plantar fasciitis, which I wrote wasn’t going to be a good thing long-term, now has Jorge De La Rosa’s cut hand. So tonight we get the great (oh, wait, not really) Chris Russin. Guess it could have been worse – they did send Flande down to bring up Russin. At least CarGo isn’t the same shade as the grass, so he will be back in the lineup. If only Tulo’s current bad string wasn’t making all of us that same color when he comes up.

 

 

**** I am still recovering from this latest bout of pneumonia, and have been very weak and tired, so still not writing regularly or even watching the games live but DVRing so I can watch later….hope to rejoin the community at RoxWalkoff.com soon *****

 

Today’s Starters

 

Colorado Position Red Position
Blackmon CF Cozart SS
DJ 2B Votto 1B
CarGo RF Frazier 3B
Tulo SS Bruce RF
Arenado 3B Pena C
Paulsen 1B Byrd LF
Hundley C Negron 2B
Barnes LF Lorenzen P
Russin P Hamilton CF
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ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
5 years ago

Why exactly are finger abrasions constantly nagging DLR? Is he not taking care of himself properly, gripping the ball wrong? Or is this something all pitchers go through an he just can’t adjust or compensate for the pain? Good think DLR isn’t a car mechanic.

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

Prog, Ed the Ump has the DLR diagnosis — he’s a chronic pussy.

EdtheUmp
EdtheUmp
5 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Watch him when there is a visit to the mound…I have NEVER seen him make eye contact with the coach. NEVER trust a man who doesn’t look you in the eye. The “message” sent to the coach is unmistakable…”I’m gonna do what I want, leave me alone.” For me personally I want a “bulldog” on the mound. He is a Chihuahua as far as I’m concerned. He refuses to alter his grip on his curveball…that’s what his “injury” is from.… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

Tulo in a game situation:

A. Pop-up
B. Double play ball.
C. Strikeout
D. None of the Above.

Vote now!

Gary
Gary
5 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

How about E.-All of the above.

RocketMan
RocketMan
5 years ago

ANd we have a WINNER!!! STRIKE-OUT. On a ridiculous pitch!

RocketMan
RocketMan
5 years ago

Does ANYONE other than the ROOTERS think that Tulo is one of the “right guys at the plate” in that kind of situation?????

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

Hey, Brooks Brown is doing a fine job. But tie game in the bottom of the 9th, Reds already burned Chapman … what the hell is he doing out there for a second inning??

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

I always think you want to go down in a game like this with one of your best on the mound. Not Walt Weiss. Cheap game winner, but the walk killed ’em. [Sigh.]

RocketMan
RocketMan
5 years ago

Another incident of BullPen Mismanagement (following of course, the Mighty Tulo striking out, again).

Waste of a nice pitching effort by Rusin.

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago

Walt should have made a pitching change to start the 9th……but Brooks Brown walking the leadoff hitter is an equal no-no. They both get (dis)credit for that one. Interesting to see the Braves and Dodgers make a rather large (in number of players involved) trade relatively early in the season. I get it from the Dodgers perspective, but need to process all the names before I figure out the Braves angle on this one. I questioned a couple of Brave’s… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

Viola’ – the Braves angle on this deal is Chris Withrow. Dodgers first round pick from 2007. Darn solid RP currently recovering from TJ surgery. You know I’m not a fan of inking post TJ surgery SPers due to the lifespan of the surgically repaired elbow. But…….not nearly as big as issue with RPers. Withrow could have an outstanding career from this point forward and not reach 700 innings. He fits the re-opening of the Braves contention window in 2017… Read more »

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago

Not trying to defend the Rox, just starting the facts: broke Brown is capable of pitching multiple innings. If the game went several extra innings we would have been in far better shape than the Reds. But then we have Bergman for that reason. So once again mismanagement of the bullpen. But blame the whole mess on our pet peeve – lead off walk. Tulo is not the only one to K, but that was embarrassing to swing at pitch… Read more »

Gary
Gary
5 years ago

Ump could have called strike three on pitch before walk.

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

I see your point, RMH. I just think our better relievers — Betancourt (in general), Friedrich (vs. lefties), Axford — are all being underused, and Walt shouldn’t let a game get away from him by throwing Brooks Brown or Ken Roberts out there. Hell, I’d even go with Gopherg over Brown in that situation because he has the strikeout stuff. Then again, this is where losing Ottavino (and even Hawk) really hurts — if Otto is around, Axford gets the… Read more »

Gary
Gary
5 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Other free agents like C.YOUNG and A.HARANG have been available late into the winter/spring several times and we have passed.Harang was tied for IP in Sun.Post and ERA of 3.95.I think Youngs ERA is about 1.00.Just saying….

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Reds picked 8th in 2009, we picked 11th. But if it makes you feel better, we passed on Shelby Miller and Garrett Richards. And had we not been bound and determined to pick for need, and instead had taken the best player available regardless of position…….drumroll…….we could have taken Mike Trout who’s WAR is a cumulative 31.4, nearly triple that of Strasburg or Leake.

I’m sorry if I made you throw up.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
5 years ago

I wonder if Tulo’s Maserati is an automatic because he certainly can’t handle clutch.

Gary
Gary
5 years ago
Reply to  ProgMatinee

That’s the Prog biting sarcasm we’ve been missing!

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  ProgMatinee

LOL – it’s an auto with Miley Cyrus in the CD player 24-7.

Pooter
Pooter
5 years ago

Having Brown work a second inning is just another example of Walt being a loser! I swear the guy lacks a competitive bone in his body. Especially after a walk the guy should have been pulled. Some coaches prepare for a win, some prepare for a 16 inning game. Walt sucks at coaching

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

Hah! Prog wins the thread. Lo and behold, up 5-1 today. Don’t want to jinx us, but there’s a reasonably good chance those rested bullpen guys won’t be needed or won’t need to go more than an inning today (tomorrow’s an off day). Tulo the non-Mr Clutch (Mr Automatic, Prog?) – I took a look at the numbers Overall, career: .883 OPS Late and Close, career: 679 2015 overall: 697 2015 Late and Close: 350 OPS Late and Close is… Read more »

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