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ROX PONDER ANDERSON, GRAY RETURNS; IN LA FOR 3 V DIVISION LEADERS

More props this week to our trusted leader, Professor RMH, for covering while a few vacation days were taken in that most pleasant burgh on the Treasure Coast of Florida, the city of Vero Beach, home of the Ancients (better known to me as Mom and Dad), and former Spring Training home of current state of Colorado Public Enemy No. 1, the Los Angeles Dodgers.  As a matter of fact, some 37 years ago I unknowingly had a brief conversation in the lobby of Mom and Dad’s building with some guy on the subject of whether the day’s exhibition game, when the Dodgers were set to host the Detroit Tigers and a guy named Mark Fidrych (God rest his soul) making one last try at a return to glory, would be played, considering the downpour that was at that moment swamping the adjacent porte cochere.  The contest did go on, and what do you know but that guy in the lobby was in attendance along with me and my grad-school buddies, except he was on the field, wearing number 32.  Yeah, that no. 32. Name of Koufax.

I had a delightful stay, including a nourishing helping of the Steak Tidbits at Bobby’s on the beach, the excellent watering hole favored by the Dodgers during their 60 years in the sleepy little city, largely cut-off from the exploits of the Colorado Rockies, except for a few minutes of gloat-time checking the morning scores until the dire Wednesday and Thursday news from the Rocky Mountains came over the wires.  Seems the local nine has run upon a bit of a speed bump in its quest to contend in 2017.  After the heroics of Nolan Arenado lifted Colorado to a 4-3 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday evening, extending a win streak to six, rookies Jeff Hoffman and Antonio Senzatela had back-to-back early-inning implosions, coughing up 9 each to the Dbacks in 16-5 and 10-3 losses which dropped the Rockies into 3rd place in the NL West, a game and a half off the 1st place Dodgers and percentage points behind Arizona.

Redemption doesn’t look to be easy as Colorado faces the Dodgers for 3 at Chavez Ravine this weekend, starting tonight at 8:10 MT when lefty Kyle Freeland (8-4, 3.42) faces fellow lefty Alex Wood (7-0, 1.90) of Los Angeles.  With Tyler Anderson rejoining the club Thursday in a 9th inning cameo, and right-hander Jon Gray ready-to-go for all intents and purposes, there’s big intrigue surrounding the Rockies starting pitcher rotation.  The hold-your-breath rotation that’s featured 4 rookies for the better part of a month is showing signs of wear even as the front-end of the bullpen continues to struggle, and our personal experts, the venerable Agbayani and sdcarp, expect at least one of the rookies to replace the hapless Jordan Lyles in the ‘pen with another getting an all expenses paid trip to Albuquerque, New Mexico for a bit of fine-tuning and education.  Rockies’ manager Bud Black has been coy about the actual plan, and Anderson’s mop-up stint yesterday complicates the speculation, but there’s no doubt something’s about to give, and I guess we’ll know about it by Monday when the weekend’s results are tallied and the team kicks off a 3-game set in San Francisco before heading to Phoenix to wind up a stretch of 16 straight Division matchups.

Freeland has been Colorado’s most consistent, if not spectacular, member of the kiddie-corps, and he’ll be followed to the hill by Tyler Chatwood, who gets the pleasure of opposing the legendary Clayton Kershaw on Saturday, and German Marquez, another rookie on the edge, goes at Brandon McCarthy Sunday afternoon.  DJ LeMahieu, Arenado, Trevor Story, and Raimel Tapia have been the hot hitters for the Colorado offense of late, LeMahieu poking his average above .300 for the first time in awhile in defense of his 2016 batting title.  Charlie Blackmon meanwhile continues to lead the charge, now at 98 hits, 56 RBI, and 16 home runs to go with a .328 BA.

No speculation here on the matchups for San Francisco, but I’ll be back with all the good gossip Monday afternoon.

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rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
3 years ago

Great conversation between Ag and carp about the various trade scenarios. We all have heard this expression, “It’s a risk not to take a risk.” I’ve watched the Dodgers on tv a couple of times this week hoping they would lose. Not. They just set a major league record for most HRs inn one series. If the Rockies pitchers can keep the ball inside the park we should be competitive. Nearly impossible but now i want 2of 3 in LA… Read more »

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
3 years ago

Game over cuz Freeland threw a hanging slider with 2 strikes to Turner. And again another strike 2 hanger to Bellinger. And he walked the 8- hole journeyman catcher twice. Hanging slider again with 2 strikes to Puig. First pitches FB right down Broadway had been hit hard tonight. Difference between the two teams tonight – Dodgers ambush pitches over the plate while Rockies swing at pitches they’re were already way out of the zone even before out breaks farther… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
3 years ago

Right, RMH. Now we have a 4 way Race to Albuquerque by our rookie pitchers. And Kershaw tomorrow … by the way, I looked back at how the Dodgers absolutely stole Alex Wood from the Braves. The main part of that deal: Dodgers had recently signed Cuban Hector Olivera to a ridiculous contract with a huge bonus. They suckered the Braves into taking him (the Braves got “a deal” since they got the player without having to pay the bonus).… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
3 years ago

Here’s the deal at the moment: Job #1 when BB was hired was to change Rockies pitching culture. He took this young group of SPers under his wings and convinced to pound the strike zone, work fast, get ahead in the count, etc. Mission accomplished – in spades. BUT – baseball is a never ending game of adjustments. The League (and especially the Division) knows what BB is up to now. They know they’ll see a first pitch strike now… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
3 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

BTW – all of my rambling above…..you can bet BB and crew know and are working on it as we speak. Just be patient.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
3 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

I keep telling myself to be patient for adjustments to be made by the Rockies pitchers. I thought Freeland did much better over final 3 innings except for Puig homer. They need to learn to make in game adjustments quicker and on the fly, not between innings.

Agbayani
Agbayani
3 years ago

You know how we’re always talking about the Planet Alignment Theory? Everything seemingly falling into place so the Rockies make the playoffs? THE PLANETS HAVE ALIGNED THIS YEAR! Teams that on paper should be in the thick of the wildcard race have collapsed: the entire NL East other than the Nats. The Giants. The Cards and Pirates are hanging by a thread. We assume the Cubs will get their act together (and will make a big trade or two), leaving… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
3 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Ag – I grew up in the south, and was force fed the Atlanta Braves. You either loved them or hated them. I generally hated them. Regardless, they were on TV every freakin’ day. This brings me to 1993. The lowly Braves were beginning to become contenders. They had a bevy of young pitchers. Guys maybe you’re heard of – Smoltz, Avery, Wohlers, Stanton. They had signed this FA from the Cubs for a whopping 5M per year – Greg… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
3 years ago
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I’ll add this – Andrew McCutchen. Everyone knows him as a great player. However, he really struggled last year. Hell, he flat out sucked (ala’ Cargo this season). Then….he was also in the tank April and May of this season. But he’s really exploded lately. His contract expires this season (although there’s a 2018 team option). The Pirates have basically said they’re going to trade him.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
3 years ago
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Two proverbial curveballs in the trade market. First, the Rays are playing better than most expected, perhaps taking Archer out of the mix. Second, way under the radar and somewhat miraculously (without Danny Duffy), the Royals have climbed back to 500. They’re full of tough decisions. The Rox have long coveted Lorenzo Cain. They also have Mike Minor.

roxnsox
roxnsox
3 years ago

I haven’t heard a single official word about Dahl in I don’t know how long. Just muzzy “it’s taking longer” type stuff. Admittedly, I don’t comb websites etc. and mostly rely on the Root crew, a bit of the Post, and RWO. It certainly seems to be heading for a lost year, and what a shame. Any of you all know anything more?

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
3 years ago

It’s going to be a very bad night for the Rockies hitters. They continue to swing at pitches way out of the zone and taking pitches right down Broadway. Can’t they learn from the Dodgers? They always take pitches outof the zone Ann’s make the pitchers come back over the middle of plate.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
3 years ago

Opponents continue to ambush first pitch strikes. And take walks when the strikes are not there.

Agbayani
Agbayani
3 years ago

Just flipped this one on after dinner on a glorious Colorado summer evening … are you kidding me, 9 walks by Rockies pitchers and we’re in the 5th inning? 8 of ’em by Chatwood? This is looking like the Rockies being intimidated by the Dodgers in Chavez Ravine ….

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
3 years ago

Here we go again. Another 10 walks today.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
3 years ago

Good for BB. Looks like Anderson is going back on DL. WW, Anderson would have stayed in and give up 5 more runs.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
3 years ago

Strike 2 on Forsyth and McGee throws cheese right down Broadway. That’s why the Dodgers tied up the game.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
3 years ago

And Otto is trash throwing pitches towards first base. You can’t come in with 2 outs and throw 2 WP and issue a walk.

So it looks like we have only four useful bullpen arms. Holland, McGee,Gopherg,and Rusin. Starting pitchers: Gray has to get back in now. Anderson has to go on DL. Marquez and Senza has to replace two relief arms. Call up Jairo Diaz.

roxnsox
roxnsox
3 years ago

It’s going to be interesting to see how the team responds (rebounds?) after that unholy mess. Poor Otto. He has struggled for command all year, obviously, but now he has the yips.

I can’t recall a more brutal loss. There probably was one (or a few), but my retinas are imprinted with 5 runs on wild pitches. Straight. I think. Oh, what do the details matter? Brutal. Even Holland seemed rattled by his predecessor’s performance.

Agbayani
Agbayani
3 years ago

I think Dave Roberts (“we’re the best team in the league”) and Dodger Stadium really got into the Rockies heads this weekend. No question this was a total pitching meltdown. Pitchers have bad games, but not 8 walks in 4 innings (Chatwood) or wild pitching in 5 runs (Otto). And Roberts was going for the sweep/kill today, bringing in Jansen for a 5 out save. No question he wanted to put these upstart Rockies in their place. And it hurts… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
3 years ago

Since it’s only fair to pile on after a pathetic performance like that: Bridich, I know you did some good things. But Justin Turner signed for LESS money than Desmond, which is just insane. There was some speculation that Turner gave the Dodgers the old hometown discount – he’s from the LA area too – but Turner has quietly been one of the top 20 players in baseball the last 3 seasons while Desmond has been wildly inconsistent. I like… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
3 years ago

Wow – just wow. I’m and full blown summer mode and have been missing some games lately (in this case – lucky for me). Times like this remind of one of my top 5 all-time movies – Bull Durham. Specifically, the “we need a rainout scene.” That’s what the Rox need – a rain out and a reset button. There’s really no point in analyzing this mess at the moment.

Bob K.
Bob K.
3 years ago

Cargo and Anderson put on 10 day DL. Qualls activated from DL and Jairo Diaz called up.

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2017/06/rockies-place-carlos-gonzalez-tyler-anderson-on-10-day-dl.html

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