Royals, Miami Do LoDo

Brett Anderson had the bulging disc in his lower back repaired on Thursday.  Friday Troy Tulowitzki went under the knife to stitch-up the torn labrum in his hip.  Yesterday was Carlos Gonzalez’ turn, his left knee receiving an overhaul.  Colorado Rockies manager Walt Weiss is headed over to Bosley for a hair transplant, and even Charlie Blackmon, “Chuck Nazty,” is considering an Emergency Pre-emptive Vasectomy (EPV).  Step right-up for your nips and tucks, Rockies fans— it’s that time of year and it’s all on Uncle Dickie, whose group of baseball practitioners continue on an upward trend, winning 3 of 7 for the week, up another notch over 2 of 6 the week before.

Overwhelmed by the Marine Layer in San Diego, the Rockies got swept for three by the Padres, but celebrated the weekend retirement of Hall of Fame hopeful Todd Helton’s No. 17 by taking 3 out of 4 from the Cincinnati Reds, despite the Crumbling Infrastructure surrounding the old ballpark at 20th and Blake that put a halt to the planned festivities on Saturday night.  The Kansas City Royals visit for a 2-game reset of the series that occurred in Missouri May 12-13, then the Miami Marlins arrive for 3, a mirror-image of the set in south Florida that opened the season in April.

Rookie left-hander Tyler Matzek (2-8, 5.50) gets the call for Colorado in tonight’s opener, set for 6:40 MDT at Coors Field in downtown Denver.  Matzek will face Royals’ ace James Shields (11-6, 3.29), who’ll be looking to extend his surprising squad’s 2-game lead over the Detroit Tigers in the American League Central.  Shields took-on the Oakland Athletics last Thursday in KC, allowing 3 runs on 7 hits in 6 innings, but missed-out on the decision in the Royals’ late 7-3 victory.  Matzek took the loss for the Rockies in Wednesday’s finale in San Diego.  He too lasted 6 innings, surrendering 5 runs on 8 hits, but struck-out 9, his best mark in that category as a major leaguer.

Big Money Michael Cuddyer returned to the Colorado lineup over the weekend, capping it off by hitting for the 7th cycle in team history, but he’s already worn out, despite yesterday’s off-day and the one coming-up Thursday.  Blackmon, Drew Stubbs, and NL Player of the Week Corey Dickerson will be in the outfield behind Matzek, with Mike McKenry calling the pitches.  Kansas City’s Ned Yost counters with a group of Nori Aoki in right, Lorenzo Cain in center and Alex Gordon in left.  Salvador Perez is the Royals’ catcher, and he’ll be hitting 3rd.

Denver weather is doing its usual summer afternoon thing, storms blowing-through here and there and wind knocking-out the power in places, but authorities insist the water supply at Coors is not threatened, and even if it is, Uncle Dickie can sell you a couple of $9 Coors Lights, and you’ll never notice.  Temperatures will be in the 70ºs, and the wind will be variable, calming a bit into 7-9 MPH territory.  It’s Drew and Jeff on ROoT, Jerry and Jack on KOA.  Don’t miss it.

KANSAS CITY (69-55)
Nori Aoki (L) RF
Omar Infante (R) 2B
Salvador Perez (R) C
Billy Butler (R) 1B
Alex Gordon (L) LF
Lorenzo Cain (R) CF
Mike Moustakas (L) 3B
Alcides Escobar (R) SS
James Shields (R) P
COLORADO (49-75)
Charlie Blackmon (L) RF
Drew Stubbs (R) CF
Justin Morneau (L) 1B
Nolan Arenado (R) 3B
Corey Dickerson (L) LF
Michael McKenry (R) C
Josh Rutledge (R) SS
DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B
Tyler Matzek (L) P

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Bill
Bill
6 years ago

Corey Dickerson NL Player of the Week? Guess they don’t count base-running and fielding.

gary
gary
6 years ago
Reply to  Bill

get over it bill.he’s a semi rookie with great upside.He and Arenado are the only reason to still watch.

Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago

Good to see that Jeem is not content to just play out the string … he is in the best weekly wrap shape of his life!

Julian
Julian
6 years ago

Another great outing by Tyler Anderson tonight for Tulsa. His ERA is leading the Texas League by a mile. Can he be an effective major leaguer?

Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago

That’s very encouraging on Tyler Anderson. His ERA sits at right around 2.00 now, and they seem to be letting him go a little deeper into games. Could we see him in September? I hope so since I ain’t coming to the park to see Yohan Flande pitch.

RocketMan
RocketMan
6 years ago

Why is Brothers still being given the ball? The guy is completely out of sync.

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
6 years ago
Reply to  RocketMan

Here’s betting that AFTER the season we find out Brothers was nursing an injury all season. And to think before the season we collectively thought it was stupid to bring in Hawkins when we had Brothers to close games out. Shows what we know!

sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago
Reply to  Bob in Indy

My personal single biggest miscalculation coming into the season. I thought we would be solid at Closer with Brothers, and Hawk would slide to the 8th where he’s better suited anyway. Wrong, wrong, wrong!

RocketMan
RocketMan
6 years ago

And, as we all knew, without Cuddy, this is a completely sodden line-up, NL Player of the Week or not….

RocketMan
RocketMan
6 years ago

And then there’s Masset, a great follow-on to the pinpoint pitching from Brothers.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
6 years ago

I think the Royals scored all of their runs after two outs and bases empty. Finish off the inning! Already turned off TV and now studying for my fantasy football draft this weekend.

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
6 years ago

Absolutely stupid to pull Matzek. He gets the first guy in the 7th to ground out on an 0-1 pitch, strikes out the next batter, gives up a single on an 0-1 count, then walks a guy on a full count pitch. At that point, he had thrown only 98 pitches, 60 for strikes. Maybe in a pennant race you pull him, but certainly not there. Forget the L-L, R-R thing. How are young pitchers ever going to develop if… Read more »

Bill
Bill
6 years ago

Question – which I don’t know the answer perhaps because I only watched the final few innings. (Which wasn’t fun). Why didn’t Cuddyer play?

Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago

Drew mentioned that Cuddy had 10 plate appearances in yesterday’s doubleheader, the implication being that he already needed a rest. Gotta keep him fresh for the September pennant run! Great example the last couple weeks of the value of rebuilding from scratch. The Cubs are where the Royals were in 2010-12, accumulating young talent, trying to make most of it peak at around the same time. They went for it in the post-2013 offseason, trading Wil Myers (the best prospect… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

The Royals built the “farm to die for,” but it’s taken them 3-4 years to figure out how to use it. They were too reluctant to trade from the Farm initially.

I’m betting Theo won’t make that mistake in Chicago and their ascension to relevance will be quicker.

Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago

Off topic, on Tulo — I was looking up info on hip labrum injuries and I came across this very interesting article. “A hip labrum tear (there is also a labrum in the shoulder) is often the result of something orthopedic physicians diagnose as “femoral acetabular impingement,” where the femur and the pelvis become too close as a result of the extraordinary forces elite athletes create. “The ring of cartilage gets pinched between the femoral neck, and the cup, called… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Good stuff – thanks. If Tulo can produce as well as Gordon offensively when he returns, and still play solid defense, we should all be happy. Gordon is a really solid player. Keep in mind…..when Gordon burst onto the scene as a can’t miss prospect (and it took him awhile – he almost missed), he was a 3rd baseman. Most will cringe when I say this – but our most valuable player in the trade market isn’t Tulo or Cargo… Read more »

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