I was ready to write an inspiring thread after the game Wednesday night. Then the bullcrap threw away a sweep over the hated Dodgers washing away the heroic turn around of Rockies baseball starting in Washington D.C. The feel-great story of Stephen Cardullo was swept away in the flood of tears.
Now we flip the calendar to September, the final month of the long baseball season all but technically eliminated from post season dance. If you can manage to put the emotions aside, we can say Colorado has played beyond expectations this year. As in off the charts expectations. This is how close we have been to being in the WC spot – win one game each in Milwaukee and Philadelphia, bull crap blew 3-run lead in the ninth against the Dodgers twice, a win here and there against the likes of Cincinnati, etc etc.
There is a real rotation that we can look forward to next year, that’s for sure. Tyler Anderson, Jon Gray, and Jeff Hoffman are likely to be the key cogs for a while with Chat Bettis and Tyler Chatwood bringing up the rear. If the lineup doesn’t regress, Colorado will have the most feared lineup in baseball. Blackmon, DJLM, CarGo, NoDo, Story, Dahl, Tom Murphy will be hitting 1-7. No break for the opposing pitcher until the 8-hole hitter playing first base comes up (Parra?). Rusin and Lyles has shown in small samples that they will be consistent long relief guys. Zero will be another year removed from the TJ and he’s expected to be back to pre-TJ form. It is generally believed that command is the last thing to come back to a pitcher after the TJ. Explains why Zero blew the last game with two walks before the granny.
With the playoff hunt out of the way, we turn our attention to the call ups. Today Murphy and Raimel Tapia were called up. The RWOers are still waiting for Kyle Freeland and Eddie Butler to join the team. Let’s hope Murphy will run Hundley out of town with a Trevor Story/David Dahl like start.
The bad news is that Arizona is in town playing awful baseball. That causes the Rockies to play even worse baseball. Don’t be surprised if Arizona takes 2 of 3 or even pick up a sweep.
Rant over. (I’ll stop ending the article with “Rant over” as soon as Colorado beat up scrap heap teams and the bullpen shut down the opponent over the last three innings.