ROLLIN’

BUBBLE BURST, NEXT HURDLE IS PITTSBURGH

The Colorado Rockies dropped yesterday’s contest with the Chicago Cubs 7-5, closing-out a week of champion bashing and busting a run of 7 in a row.  The NL West leading Rockies are in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania this afternoon, where they kick-off a 3-game set with the Pirates at before returning to Denver on Thursday, when they’ll begin a stretch of 16 straight within the west Division with 3 versus the San Francisco Giants.

Colorado began the week at home, where they took 2 from the defending AL champ Cleveland Indians by scores of 11-3 and
8-1.  Antonio Sensatela got his 8th win Tuesday with 6-1/3 innings of 3-run/6-hit pitching and Mark Reynolds homered twice driving-in 5 of the 11 Rockies’ scores.  Wednesday saw Nolan Arenado leading the offensive charge with 3 hits in 5 at-bats, a double, triple, and single for 3 RBI as Kyle Freeland registered victory no. 7, also going 6-1/3 and limiting the Tribe to a run on 6 hits.

By Thursday Colorado was off to NL and World Series champ Chicago, where they got to Jon Lester for 4 in the 2nd, and Tyler Chatwood, Scott Oberg, Jake McGee and Greg Holland made them stand-up for a 4-1 win.  German Marquez had a rough time of it Friday afternoon, throwing 80 pitches in 3 innings despite allowing only a couple of runs on 2 hits and 3 bases-on-balls. Left-hander Chris Rusin followed with 2 innings of 1-run relief, and Mike Dunn, Oberg, fresh-off-the DL Adam Ottavino, and Holland each threw an inning.  Holland earned his 23rd save despite walking the bases loaded with one out.  Rockies’ pitchers tallied 9 walks and 2 hit batsmen on the afternoon and RMH bit-off 2 of his fingernails and lost nearly 30% of his remaining hair.

The week’s most anticipated start came Saturday.  Jeff Hoffman won for the 4th time in 2017 in his 3rd call-up to the big club and appears to have secured a permanent spot in a Colorado rotation that nevertheless has little room for the right-hander obtained in the epic 2014 trade to the Blue Jays of Troy Tulowitzki.  Hoffman gave-up a run over 6-1/3 on 4 hits and a walk, striking-out 8.  The one-time Rockie Eddie Butler got the start and loss for Chicago.  Butler surrendered 3 of Colorado’s 9 runs on 6 hits in 5 innings.  Reynolds and Charlie Blackmon hit Colorado home runs.

Sensatela was back out yesterday, lasting 4 innings despite throwing 36 pitches in a 4-run Chicago 1st.  The hapless Jordan Lyles picked-it up for Sensatela after the Rockies had tied it up in the top of the 5th, and had dispatched with 5 consecutive Cubs when the struggling and troubled Addison Russell took him deep with a drive over the left-field wall.  Kyle Schwarber followed that up with a more spectacular blast to right, and that would be enough for the Chicago victory.

The Rockies outscored the opposition 42-16 over the course of the 5-1 week.  Reynolds has resumed his torrid pace after a brief interval of normal human performance, and Blackmon has evolved into a bonafide superstar.  The two sit at 158 hits and 107 RBI between them as of June 12, and the balance of the offense is chugging along with a team batting average of just under .270.  The Carlos Gonzalez breakout has yet to materialize, and Trevor Story continues to struggle, currently riding a streak of 9 consecutive strikeouts if I heard that right (and there’s a good chance I didn’t).

The series with erstwhile Rocktober orchestrater Clint Hurdle’s Pirates commences at 5:05 MT at PNC Park and will be followed by more 5:05 starts Tuesday and Wednesday.  Chatwood goes at Gerrit Cole tomorrow and Marquez gets Chad Kuhl in game 3. Tonight it’s the rookie left-hander Freeland (7-3, 3.34) going for win no. 8 against righty Jameson Taillon (2-1, 3.31), who is making his first start since May after undergoing surgery for testicular cancer, a comeback that hits home in a Colorado clubhouse that includes Chad Bettis recovering from the same condition.  @Chuck_Nazty gets no rest for the Rockies.  He’s batting first in front of the usual suspects in Bud Black’s starting lineup.  Max Moroff will lead off against Freeland in a Hurdle lineup that has Gregory Polanco, David Freese, and Jose Osuna in the power slots, and as always includes the perennial all-star Andrew McCutchen.

 

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rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
3 years ago

Cargo. ….Is…..Done. 5 for last 1,000 ABs. I don’t know which to DFA first, CarGo or Lyles. How about both?

Agbayani
Agbayani
3 years ago

Not to throw a wet blanket on this incredible Rockies start, but … … if you look hard enough, it’s easy to see the weaknesses in this team which may be exposed more and more as the season goes on. And here’s the biggie: Park adjusted offensive ranking (going by fangraphs’ RC+, which is park adjusted- given the impact of Coors, you can never rely on non park-adjusted stats): Rockies rank 27th in baseball. That’s … really bad. And Cargo… Read more »

roxnsox
roxnsox
3 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

I’m a little worried about middle relief, too! Also, has a team ever had The Talk with a former superstar and eased him (or plunked him right down) onto the bench? Are there any outfielders in the minors who have pop and are about ready? (I’m happy to see Tapia get a stretch to really showcase/prove himself, but he doesn’t hit long balls if I am not mistaken.)

sdcarp
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sdcarp
3 years ago

You guys (and girls) know I love the amateur draft. I’ve also recently confessed that I haven’t followed it as closely this season. For two reasons mainly. First, the Rox didn’t have a 1st round pick. Second, my beloved college alma mater wasn’t as good as normal this season, so I didn’t watch as much college baseball. That being said, I did some research on the Rox picks. Basically visited some web based scouting services ( the free portions at… Read more »

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
3 years ago

How long are u waiting Rockies? Wait until he is 0-100???? Change your bat to balsa wood so u can swing faster.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
3 years ago

Buh bye Lyles AND CarGo. Lyles is gone when Gray or Anderson comes off DL.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
3 years ago

DEEEEEE EEEFFFFFF AAAAAA Cargo

Agbayani
Agbayani
3 years ago

Bud Black vs. Walt Weiss: Black pulls Marquez tonight even though he’s still working on a shutout in the 6th inning and his pitch count isn’t that high, but 2 runners on base. 3 run lead. Weiss: “give the kid a chance to work out of it.” Black: “nice work, kid, but you’re done.” This is the second time in a row he’s had the quick hook for Marquez. Two weeks ago I would’ve said it’s an incredibly tough decision… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
3 years ago

Cargo humbled: Black sits him today and tomorrow. Cargo humiliated: 7th inning, key game situation (a hit probably puts this game away with Tapia on 3B), Bud calls on the mighty Alexi Amarista to pinch hit instead of Cargo. And … he delivers the RBI line drive. Ouch (for Cargo).

Agbayani
Agbayani
3 years ago

Jon Gray rehab start: 4 shutout innings, 1 BB, 5 K, 58 pitches. I’m guessing he gets one more, then he’s back in Denver. Tom Murphy is also almost certainly on his way since he’s picked up right where he left off last year. The obvious move is to send Hanigan down (hoping he clears waivers). My suggestion: send Valaika down. Wolters plays a perfectly decent 2B in a pinch, so you have the flexibility to carry 3 catchers for… Read more »

Bob K.
Bob K.
3 years ago
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According to RockiesRoster.com, Hanigan has 2X options available. It is my understanding that the X means that it requires his agreement to be able to be optioned. If he agrees to be optioned, I don’t believe he has to be DFAed. To DFA him would be needed to remove him from the 40 man roster which at this time they do not need an opening on the 40 man roster to accomplish any of the known moves available. They still… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
3 years ago

Hello Ladies and Gents – I’m rolling around the fabulous State of Colorado (Ride the Rockies 2017) on a quest to ride 450 miles in a week and stop at every Craft Brewery along the way. I must say, the newly opened “Square Peg” brewery in Alamosa is great, as is the old standby “Horsefly” in Montrose. Great commentary by all. Ag – I’d swap Marquez and Senza, but I agree. Bob – thanks for the clarification regarding Hanigan. I’d… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
3 years ago

Bob K – you nailed it, and Hanigan accepts the option. Very cool, and very selfless of him. Murphy’s bat in the lineup every other night changes the offense!

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