Well, on what might arguably be the hardest road trip of the season for the Rox, things havent begun well. The Friday night win taxed the bullpen (aka, Tommy Kahnle). Whether or not that meant they ran out Chris Russin to start the 7th, an opening walk opened the floodgates due to missed pitches from Rafael Betencourt, and the Rox lost 7-5. It was a game they could have and should have won, especially when they got to Giants pen early thanks to a line shot off Timmy L.
The Sunday went bad despite a great opening with Nolan (Am I an All-Star or what) Arenado, but Kyle Kendrick’s gopher balls arrived just in time for the Giants to hit everything possible out the park. Facing a not-great but still very good Madison Baugarner (one of the 5 or 6 pitchers you would choose to start an organization with these days, right), the Rox left town 1-2 instead of potentially 2-1 or even 3-0.
Monday night…sucked. Just be straight. David Hale struggled again (he is a better pitcher than he has looked the last 3 games…maybe a tune-up in AAA will get things fixed). To Hale’s credit he didn’t burn the pen, going 7 innings and allowing the 9 hits and 5 ER (4 in the first). Christian Friedrich had a bumpy game, but (yes, I am defending him) its hard for a pitcher to come in with any focus or killer instinct in a game where it is a blow-out. And that game may have only been 5-1 but felt like 15-1.
So the road trip continues. The key, as always, is less about hitting than it is about pitching. If Jorge De La Rosa can give them 6-7 innings of 3 run ball they have a chance to win this game. Sonny Gray is a scratch tonight, so they get a young kid, Chris Bassitt. He will likely only go 3 or 4 innings (total this year in 5 games is 10 innings). They just need to get men on base and get a few hits with RISP. As for Jorge? His 4-3 record and 5.15 still speak to the early season issues. His consistency hasn’t been there this season but one argument for this has been his stuff has been amped up, hitting 96 at times, over-throwing, getting higher velocity instead of more spin. Add that to his cut finger issues and he has not been the best DLR.
By the way, I don’t think he is a candidate for trade, because this Rox think 2016 may be their Wild Card run year 1 (sort of like 2016) as we are going to see a lot of talent start to flow into Coors. They need a vet to lead the staff…and lets be clear, Kyle Kendrick…not it.
Game goes at 8:10 tonight.