Rox Attempt to Win Series @ Pittsburgh 5/22/2016

Tyler Chatwood set the club record yesterday with 27.2 consecutive innings of doughnuts on the road, surpassing Tulo’s nemesis Ubaldo Jimenez.  Chatwood didn’t even know it and didn’t care as all he wanted to do was win the game.  Another great day from the pitching staff yesterday as Chatty had a quality start giving up just one run in six innings.  He was followed by Gonzalez Germen who was a bit shaky (1 BB and 1 hit), but got two outs.  Then Carlos Estevez, the newly minted high leverage flame-thrower came in to get the third out and then threw up a zero in the eighth inning to keep the score at 1-1.

Then Colorado, like playoff teams usually do, took advantage of Francisco Cervelli’s throwing error on Gerardo Parra’s swinging bunt that stopped one foot in front of the plate with two outs to begin a rally.  Dan Descalso stepped in as a pinch hitter for Estevez used all of his World Series experience to draw a walk off Mark Melancon.  Both runners moved up on a wild pitch.  Tony Wolters bounced the ball to first base that hit the bag which changed direction that caused Jaso to be off balance allowing an infield hit.  Descalso, again using his WS experience and possessing high baseball IQ, turned on the after burners once the ball was put in play.  He never stopped and scored all the way from second base on an infield hit by Wolters.  I question the scorekeeper charging Jaso with an error allowing Descalso to score.  Descalso never slowed down and he simply beat Jaso while he was sprawled on the turf.  Should be two RBI infield hit in my opinion.

Then Cristhian Adames showed why he belonged to the big club instead of Ben Paulsen when he drilled a two-run homer to dead center field to make the score 5-1.  Jake McGee came in to close out the game despite it not being a save situation.  As usual, he had two runners on but they did not score.

There are two players on the Rockies who are polar opposites in baseball IQ.  Wolters made a perfect block of the plate within the rules on the throw from DJLM to prevent Kang from scoring the equalizer.  He nearly did the exact same thing later in the inning on the throw from Ryan Raburn to home, but the runner slid in just a split second ahead of the throw.  If the throw was a second earlier, he would be been blocked and tagged out again.  Wolters should have a Gold Glove out of the catching position.  On the other hand, Parra has a very low baseball IQ.  I’ve been saying that for almost the entire year.  Purple Row came out with the article that perfectly backed up my assessment of Parra’s baseball IQ.  Keep Parra in the bottom third of the batting order.  As well as keeping CarGo on the bench as a fourth OF.

The Rockies are 21-21 and currently 2-3 on this trip.  Chad Bettis goes against Juan Nicasio who was reformed by Ray Searage.  Today is arguably the best chance to win at least one more game on this trip with Boston and their offensive prowess up next on the foray east.  JDLR likely will be dead meat Tuesday.  Chris Rusin will be used immediately in his new role when he comes in the third inning to replace JDLR.  Then we turn to Jon Gray and Eddie Butler to find a way to steal a game in Boston.

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sdcarp
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sdcarp
4 years ago

LOL……………….”Dead Meat Tuesday” is brilliant. It’s like a bad horror movie title. That’s appropriate because Tuesday may well be a real life horror movie. I’m a huge fan of the philosophy of “placing people in a position to succeed.” It doesn’t matter if we’re talking about sports, business, personal life, etc. With that philosophy in mind, it almost seems like the Rox are purposely placing JDLR in a position to FAIL Tuesday. It feels like this is the last straw.… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
4 years ago

I like Adames in for Story at SS today move by the Rox. Only Trevor’s 2nd off day of the season. He needs to be paced to play 150 games, so he’s due a few off days.

Plus – you could do much worse than Story off the bench as a late inning pinch hitter.

sdcarp
sdcarp
4 years ago

By my count, we’re 1 for 1 with the Pirates and rainouts. We desparately needed that first one at Coors. They had our number, we were in a deep funk. But I thought we had a solid pitching matchup advantage today. Karma. Makeup 12:35 EST tomorrow. Intriguing possibilities. I guess Lyles is the obvious choice. But you could bump up Rusin or JDLR as well. Actually……..JDLR doesn’t make sense because it forces the team’s hand with a roster move a… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
4 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

Maybe I can answer my own question – Rockies website shows Lyles vs. Vogelsong tomorrow. JDLR vs. David Price Tuesday (remember my “setup for failure comment?”), Bettis Wednesday, Gray Thursday.

If we could somehow, some way squeeze a W out tomorrow…….dare we dream?

sdcarp
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sdcarp
4 years ago

Hoffman good early today, but ran into trouble in the 5th. He’s looking good, but can improve his efficiency. Freeland torched today. He’s having a nice year after losing the bulk of the last two seasons to injury. IMO – he’s the least likely of the first tier SP prospects to be called up. He can use a full minor’s season just to continue building arm strength and get his confidence back. Marquez (on the 40 man roster) is about… Read more »

Pooter
Pooter
4 years ago

Some games were not meant to be played. Been a weird game… Seemed like a boom or bust opportunity for Lyles today and he busted big time!

sdcarp
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sdcarp
4 years ago

I missed today’s game – sounds like it was a real “cluster.”

I’m sure the Lyles/JDLR/Rusin/Butler dilemma deserves it’s own thread – and it’s a good, worthy discussion. But there’s some significant offensive underachieving going on as well. Come on…..we faced Niese and Vogelsong. On paper, you can’t get any more fortunate than that.

Agbayani
Agbayani
4 years ago

Right, Carp — today was one of those games I’m glad I missed. Heard a little bit on the radio after Lyles melted down — sounded ugly. Meanwhile, guess who’s back in Hartford … Antonio Senzatela. 6 IP, 4 H, 1 unearned run, 72 pitches. Good to see it wasn’t anything serious. That gives a little boost to the farm system pitching, which has hit a somewhat rough patch after a great start. On the never-ending rehab front, Jason Motte… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
4 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Funny that you say that about Lyles. I’ve also been a Lyles apologist from virtually the day after the Dexter trade with the same thought process. “Chance to be solid #4.” I thought I saw a little Jason Hamel in him. He passed the look test. Oh well!

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