Rockies Hammer Pirates 11-5 Ahead of SD Series

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.

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NOCOgary
NOCOgary
4 years ago

JDLR was anything but a big wussy today.No antics or meltdowns.Amazing the difference in his control with that annoying pause eliminated from his windup.I love to bitch but in this case kudos to DLR and Foster/Holmes for teaching an old dog new tricks.He could have a great second half if he can repeat today’s performance.ROX are going to have some roster issues when Zero comes back in July.

Agbayani
Agbayani
4 years ago

Ottavino pitched for Modesto last night. Obviously not sharp (got 2 outs while giving up 2 runs), but if things go well we won’t need to see Jake McGee as closer for long. Meanwhile, look who’s back in Modesto: Alex Balog. 5 shutout innings, 8 groundouts/1 flyout. He came on strong in the second half last year, and after getting a late start this year (which was, I think, just about limiting his innings) he’s picked up right where he… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
4 years ago

And now Jake McGee on the 15 day DL (knee — I think he’s had that issue before, although general suckitude could be the real cause here) with Tyler Anderson called up. Who’s rotation slot does Anderson take? I vote for Eddie Butler even though Bettis has actually been worse the last month, if only because I agree with folks here that Butler could benefit most from simplifying things with a trip to the pen. I’m actually reasonably optimistic about… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
4 years ago

GS – General Suckitude. I like it. I approve! Estevez should (and may already) be the Closer. Kid is a beast. Draft is finally over. Now Bridich has to turn into Houdini and make Reyes/Qualls/Motte/McGee magically disappear. This should be fun. I have to say…..I’m genuinely intrigued by our 2nd and 3rd draft picks. I’m a real fan of “out-of-the-box” thinking. I push it with my employees. I’m 50/50 on whether these two guys pan out (or not), but I… Read more »

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

Estevez has indeed been named the closer. I was surprised that Weiss pulled Motte before any real damage was done. http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2016/06/rockies-place-jake-mcgee-on-15-day-dl.html From MLB Trade Rumors “The Rockies have until Wednesday to either add shortstop Jose Reyes to their roster, trade him or designate him for assignment, and executives tell Rosenthal that Colorado is continuing to shop the 32-year-old. However, there are plenty of questions about how much he’s capable of contributing in the majors at this point, per Rosenthal. Reyes,… Read more »

roxnsox
roxnsox
4 years ago

Glad they held on today. Whew. Side observation – I’d love to see Jonny Gray stop chewing his fingers down to the knuckles – kid won’t have fingertips to pitch with at this rate. However, Helton was almost as bad and he didn’t have much trouble:)

NOCOgary
NOCOgary
4 years ago

Speaking of suckitude-I am not a big Parra fan so far.Last night he failed to catch ball that would have preserved the win.Today in the 1st he loafs on a single and allows Myers to go first to third right in front of him.He has been thrown out at third on ill advised steals and never takes a pitch even when baseball intellect says allow guy on first to steal. .Sees fewest pitches of any Rockie.How can Reyes possibly be… Read more »

Bob K.
Bob K.
4 years ago
Reply to  NOCOgary

From what I have seen, Tony Wolters is the best Rockies catcher at controlling runners and throwing them out. He did so good early in the season that a lot of runners stopped even trying to steal on him. Garneau in his first stint this year wasn’t throwing anyone out but is doing much better lately. I so hope you are right about the Rockies trading Hundley. The problem with Hundley is that he really is nothing more than a… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
4 years ago

Gary, Parra has been awful — both the eye test (the boneheaded plays you mention) and by the stats test (he’s the second least productive LFer in baseball, with only Justin Upton behind him — even Dickerson, having an awful season in Tampa, ranks better offensively when adjusting for home park.) But we’re stuck with him since there’s really nobody else ready to take over in LF. It was a weird signing from the start — it only made (some… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
4 years ago

Hey, Tyler Anderson listed as today’s starter, replacing Butler. Looks like Butler goes to the pen. Rox management is thinking along the same lines as some of us here at RWO! What will I complain about now?

Pooter
Pooter
4 years ago

Pumped to watch Anderson today! I would love to see this rotation Bettis, Anderson, Chatwood, DLR, Gray. Rusin in bp and butler in AAA

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