Rox vs. Dodgers, Game 2, L.A.

Rox vs. Dodgers, can they keep the magic alive?

 

Last night, long after everyone with sanity had gone to bed Carlos Gonzalez put a season (2.5 really) into one swing, and when I am sure anyone who was still watching was saying “I bet he is either going to strike-out or roll over to 2nd” he did what we have needed all year – hit a homer when it mattered. It felt very Cubs – Dexter Fowler-esque.

 

But just like baseball allows you to redeem a bad day within 24 hours, so to does it require you to leave a victory, even one 16 days in coming, in the rearview mirror.

 

But I am really, a game won when Stubbs and CarGo get a hit in the same inning? Don’t you have to find some mythical meaning in that? No…No. Today is what matters.

 

And so tonight the Rox get their third crack this year at the great Clayton Kershaw. I really like the guy, as a person and as a competitor. And while back in 2006 with the Rox management feeling they were on the cusp of competiting (which they were), they really couldn’t take the risk at the 2nd overall pick of taking a high school pitcher, given the flame-out rate of such prospects. It just so happens that Kershaw is one of those once-a-generation types. So the Rox get a pass on not taking Kershaw in my opinion. But oh, wouldn’t it be nice to have him today? And actually, he was in the bigs by 2008 – same as Greg Reynolds – and would have provided a big pickup in 2009 and 2010. But no, I totally get the decision then and hindsight is as they always say, perfectly focused.

 

Kershaw has been very very ordinary this year. Pitching in arguably the best pitchers park in baseball (funny all the others are on the coast as well – PetCo, AT&T, and the place in Oakland that needs to be torn-down), he starts tonight with just a 1-2 record, and an ERA of 4.26. The Rockies in two gams didn’t let him go beyond 6 (6,5.2) and put up 3 and 5 runs. Its just that Rockies pitchers were much worse in those two games (7 and 9 runs). So while normally this would be a “watch-for-a-perfect game type of scenario, this is actually a game where a decent start could give them a chance to win.

 

And tonight’s pitcher, Eddie Butler, despite having as many walks as Ks (19-19), has been, arguably, the Rox best pitcher. With Tyler Matzek having simply lost his ability to throw strikes (he had a simply miserable game at AAA the other day, and I think just needs about 10 days to go fishing and then come back – what he finally fixed last year broke again), Jordan Lyles sharing the walk-a-thon, Jorge DLR still not what we expect and Kyle Kendrick too much of what we expect, Eddie gets my nod. We still have not seen the great stuff that he showed in 2013. Its in there, just right now its not showing up. But, learning to pitch first and then re-finding your great stuff, that isn’t the worst thing either. So Butler has – and I have to admit it – proven me wrong that he should have started the year in AAA. I mean, who else were we going to put out there? Chad Bettis and Yohan Flande? Ha Ha? What, their both in the rotation now? Wow, this is a bad start to things.

 

Butler has lost twice this year vs. the Dodgers, though in both games he wasn’t really that bad. The 5 and 5.1 (rain) innings is, but he limited the Dodgers to 2 ER in both games. He have a 4:1 K/BB ratio in the first, and a 3:4 ratio in the second. For what its worth.

 

Go Get Rockies. Time to pay the Dodgers back with a 4 game sweep! Yes, I am crazy but why not…

 

Rockies Position Dodgers Position
Blackmon LF Pederson CF
Tulo SS Rollins SS
Arenado 3B Kendrick 2B
Rosario 1B Agon 1B
CarGo RF Turner 3B
Hundley C Grandal C
Stubbs CF Ethier RF
DJ 2B Van Slyke LF
Butler P Kershaw P

 

 

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Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

NIce table setter, Dr. C. Of course, someone must always point out that Kershaw really wasn’t available to the Rockies as a draft pick out of high school. He’d made it clear that he was headed to college if the right team didn’t pick him and sign him for the right price …

RocketMan
RocketMan
5 years ago

38 pitches from Butler. Good grief. Just endlessly ridiculous lack of control from these guys. What in the world is the problem?

Trip
Trip
5 years ago

It is so painful to watch Rockies pitchers. 38 pitches, 7 batters.
2 innings may be his limit

RocketMan
RocketMan
5 years ago

Is walking the opposing pitcher some kind of rite of reverse manhood for every Rockies pitcher?

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

Tulo Down! Tulo Down! Jinxed himself with the trade talk … he’ll be in Colorado forever now. And Daniel Descalso doesn’t miss a beat, doing the matador act on a hard hit but easily handled (by a real SS) drive.

RocketMan
RocketMan
5 years ago

Tulo trading window just closed….he pulls up lame running to 1st base in game 32.

RocketMan
RocketMan
5 years ago

Butler is just awful tonight.

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

How Butler doesn’t have an ERA over 8.00 is a mystery to me … guy is the luckiest pitcher alive. He’s been downright awful and yet, somehow, his runs allowed are just ordinary crappy.

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

And I’m ready for Yohan Flande v. 2.0. Seriously. He doesn’t have true MLB stuff, but at least it isn’t this A ball type wildness. At least he has a clue. He sucks, but he has a clue. Better than this.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago

Christian Bergman seems to be the only starting pitcher who can throw strikes. Even if he gets hit hard I’d rather watch him more than any other SPs cuz he’s the only SP that I can watch stress free. Five Bergmans in the rotation is better than current rotation we have now. Shows how bad the rotation is.

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago

I’m ready for Yohan Flanders 2.0 as well.

Jacob deGrom is 27. Came up last year. Was not a “prospect.” Just a placeholder for Harvey, Syndergaard, Wheeler, etc. You know what……he’s done OK!

RocketMan
RocketMan
5 years ago

New streak starts! New streak starts!

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