Rox Roll Into Miami

After a gut wrenching walk off by Cleveland with four runs off Greg Holland Tuesday night, Colorado scratched and clawed their way to a comeback victory Wednesday morning, 3-2.  It was the second straight blown save by Holland after blowing one against Philadelphia on Sunday and Holland shaved everything but the brows off his head to wash away the bitter taste.

Chuck Nazty continues to be the engine of the offense if there was any.  He homered to start the game Tuesday night for the only Rox output against Corey Kluber.  But German Marquez and the bullpen (other than Holland) threw up zeroes and came within a strike of a 1-0 victory before the Holland’s wheels came off.

The next day, Colorado continued to struggle getting just a solo homer by Alexi Amarista which was answered by Francisco Lindor’s two-run shot in the bottom half of the inning.  Then Cleveland had their closer out for the ninth to potentially wrap up a 2-1 victory only to blow it on a run-scoring, game tying double by Jonathon Lucroy.  Colorado’s bullpen picked up Holland with seven shutout innings after Antonio Senzatela started the game.  The game went into the 12th inning when Chuck Nazty went yard for the go ahead run.  Out came Chatty and sdcarp was no doubt nervous about his high walk rate.  Bam, 1-2-3 quick inning for the save!  Carlos Estevez pitched the best game of this year with two scoreless inning allowing just a harmless walk and no hits.

Colorado moves on to Miami for a three-game set against the Marlins.  The Gray Wolf will get things started Friday and he will be followed by Jeff Hoffman and Marquez.  This is their chance to break out their bats and put the Marlins out of the WC chase.

The Rockies are 65-49 sitting in the first WC seat ahead of Arizona by half a game.  As of now, Los Angeles jumped out to an early 3-0 lead Thursday night and if they hang on for a win, Colorado increases the lead to one full game.  St. Louis is now on a little streak of their own winning six straight to improve their record to 59-56.  The Brewers continue to slide a little bit dropping to 59-58 after tonight’s probable loss (losing 7-2 after eight innings).  The Cubs are 4-6 over last ten games and losing their grip on first place barely a game ahead of St. Louis.  Pittsburgh has an outside chance to sneak into the wild card sitting eight games back of WC #2.  My forecast is St. Louis  and Chicago will battle for the Central title.  The wild cards are Arizona’s and Colorado’s to lose.  So the RWOers need to keep their eyes on Chicago and St. Louis and glance over at Milwaukee and Pittsburgh which are not likely to make inroads.

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sdcarp
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sdcarp
3 years ago

The ‘Topes game in New Orleans last night was rained out. But Ryan McMahon’s name wasn’t in the starting lineup. Couple that with Mark Reynolds having a sore wrist and it’s a mystery worth watching today.

Free Ryan McMahon!

sdcarp
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sdcarp
3 years ago

Rodgers is on the DL.

Reynolds’ Achilles heel (his wrist) is acting up. Got to tread lightly with that.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
3 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

McMahon up. MONEY

Bob K.
Bob K.
3 years ago

McMahon called up due to Reynolds’ wrist. Tapia sent back to AAA and Sam Moll DFAed.

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2017/08/rockies-promote-ryan-mcmahon.html

Bob K.
Bob K.
3 years ago

Rockies sign 1B Ryan Howard to a minor league contract.

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2017/08/rockies-to-sign-ryan-howard-to-minors-deal.html

Agbayani
Agbayani
3 years ago

Ryan Howard, really? I’m perfectly fine with signing him to a minor league deal because it signals to me that Bridich is gearing up for the great September Roster Explosion. Howard may never see Coors Field, but if he can deliver a fly ball or two in a sac fly situation in ABQ, well, then, why not? He’s washed up, even more so than Giambi was in 2009, but I checked: Giambi was hitting .193 with Oakland when we signed… Read more »

Bob K.
Bob K.
3 years ago

At this time, the X-Rays were negative and there are no broken bones in Arenado’s hand.

http://m.rockies.mlb.com/news/article/248204452/nolan-arenados-hand-x-rays-negative-after-hbp/?topicId=27118374

sdcarp
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sdcarp
3 years ago

Damn – I go for an off-the-grid mountain biking weekend in Steamboat and miss all sorts of drama! 1. Rox swept by Fish. 2. Sign Ryan Howard to a minor league contract. 3. Nolan gets dinged on his hand by a pitch and somehow the season is over. Wow! Here’s my questions/thoughts: 1. Bettis and Freeland about to be activated – so we’re due for some 40 man roster action. Today for at least one of those moves. 2. All… Read more »

Bob K.
Bob K.
3 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

No 40 man moves are required at this time. Bettis had already been activated from the 60 day DL and optioned to AAA. There are moves required but they only involve the 25 man roster.

Agbayani
Agbayani
3 years ago

40 man: Shane Carle is the obvious victim, and he’s a guy who very well could wind up re-signing. Right now with Nolan out I would hand the job at 3B to McMahon. Who knows, he could go all Bellinger on us! Probably not, but this team needs a boost. Senza (and Chatwood) – I think those guys are our bullpen reinforcements for the wild card drive, and I’m pretty good with that – I like them better than some… Read more »

Bob K.
Bob K.
3 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

With what Chatwood can do in one inning sessions, I would not hesitate to use him as the closer until Holland gets straightened out. No idea how much Holland’s cut index finger is affecting him..

sdcarp
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sdcarp
3 years ago
Reply to  Bob K.

Bob K………….I’m going to throw this out and preface it by saying I realize many will think its crazy, but what the hell. I see Closer material in Senzatela.

There – I said it!

Bob K.
Bob K.
3 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

Senzatela definitely has the mentality and the ability to do it. I like Chatwood as a closer or set up man because he can no longer string enough clean innings together to be a starter or even a long relief pitcher.

Agbayani
Agbayani
3 years ago

Wild card update: Rox advantages – – 45 games left. 25 at home, 20 on the road – expanded September roster helps Rockies (25 games at Coors) more than other teams – finish with the Dodgers, busy setting their playoff rotation (expect 60 pitch limits on their starters?) D’backs/Cards: the opposite. More on the road than at home. But Cards have 7 left vs. the Padres, 6 left vs. the Reds. Lots of bad teams to beat up on. Brewers:… Read more »

roxnsox
roxnsox
3 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Yesterday the TV broadcast showed strength/weakness of schedule for the contenders. The Cards and D-backs have the (theoretically, I know) easiest schedule. Something like right near the bottom-feeders to play. The Rockies have somewhere near the hardest (theoretical) schedule. THAT worries me. (And I’m SO sick of the gosh-darn Cardinals, who have risen from the deep. Go away. Not your turn.)

Agbayani
Agbayani
3 years ago

Bob K, good catch. I forgot that Bettis was already off the 60 day. I think Holland is fine. He had some nail-biter saves earlier in the season where he put lots of guys on but escaped unscathed. Just lady luck evening things out a bit ….

Agbayani
Agbayani
3 years ago

Did I just see Cargo shorten up his swing with 2 strikes????

Doc
Doc
3 years ago

My thought exactly Ag. I think Cargo is coming around–he actually stole a base and slid headfirst. Fingers crossed. Having Bettis back just may be the inspiration that rekindles the fire we so desperately need. Congrats, Chad. And thanks.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
3 years ago
Reply to  Doc

Cargo has a 289 BA for the month of August (to date). No power to speak of, but at least he’s been a serviceable bottom of the lineup hitter this month.

Is it just me, or does anyone else think Jonathan Lucroy has seamlessly fit right in with this Rox group and seems to be really enjoying himself – and making a significant contribution?

Agbayani
Agbayani
3 years ago

Well, that was a perfect night. I’m sorry I wasn’t there. Roxnsox and other cancer survivors, thanks for sharing your stories too. Watching the clips of the little boy in the stands who’s fighting cancer himself really drove it home for me. And on the pure baseball side … The Rockies needed this. A lot. Welcome back, Chad! Cargo: that stolen base was absolutely the perfect decision at that time. Could it be that Cargo recognizes his limitations a bit… Read more »

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