There was a “doubleheader” today – the game vs. Pirates this afternoon and the MLB Draft started in the middle of Rockies’ game. Chettis struggled mightily again giving up five runs and lasting only three innings. After three, WW said enough of his downfall and turned to JDLR and what a gem he threw today. He went four innings, all of them 1-2-3 innings The Rockies offense got their jump start today getting out ahead 6-1 after two innings.
Then the Pirates rallied off Chettis with four runs in the third inning, three of them on David Freese’s oppo homer. When JDLR came in to start the fourth, Colorado dismantled Pittsburgh and won going away 11-5. The Pirates had no hits and one BB (off Justin Miller) over the last six innings. JDLR contributed mightily with his bat. While the game was still in the balance at 6-5, the bases were loaded when JDLR came to the plate. He laid down the most perfect bunt you could possibly lay down with the bases loaded to bring in a run and put two runners in scoring position. They eventually came home on Charlie Blackmon’s single to make the score 9-5.
Excellent analysis according to Ryan Spilborghs on ROOT RM: Chettis does not have a problem mentally, but he is rushing his pitches which has been middle, middle, and middle. Spilly also showed videos of the bad JDLR and JDLR since he was moved to the bullpen. He had hiccups when he lifts his front leg. The coaches eliminated that and JDLR was pitching at a much better pace and rhythm. He threw just 41 pitches over four innings today and guess what? 36 were for strikes.
Colorado won its fourth game in the last five games. But as you can guess, a bottom feeding team from San Diego is coming to town this weekend. The odds are that they will probably stoop down to their level of play. The saving grace is that the best two pitchers in Jon Gray and Chatty are going this weekend. Don’t embarrass the fans who make the trip to Coors Field.
Today the Rockies in the MLB Draft had Kyle Lewis and Riley Pint available when it was their turn to pick at #4. They selected Pint whose 100-MPH velocity was impossible to pass up. With Jeff Bridich as the general manager and Steve Foster/Darren Holmes coaching, it is obvious that the latest template for pitching at altitude is fastballs. Fastballs work at both altitude and sea level. Baseball America had Riley Pint as the #2 best available pick before the draft started. After he was selected, all MLBN analysts were singing the praises of the selection by Rockies. FWIW, Lewis fell all the way to #11. A couple of analysts were saying that Pint has a very high ceiling and has great potential to be top of the rotation pitcher with patience in developing him.
A.J. Puk fell to #6, even Corey Ray (another OF) went ahead of him at #5 six picks ahead of sdcarp’s favorite (Lewis). Colorado has two more picks tonight at #38 and #45.