SHAKY REBOOT

ROX ESCAPE NEW YORK WITH ONE; PADRES IN LODO TO OPEN 6 GAME STAND

The Colorado Rockies defeated the New York Mets Sunday afternoon behind an offensive surge and 6 innings of 4-run/7 hit pitching by Jeff Hoffman (6-1, 4.33) to salvage one win in the weekend series at Citi Field, after posting moderately revolting losses in their first two games back from the All-Star break.

“Less Than Zero” is the name of an Elvis Costello song released back in 1977, as well as the title of Bret Easton Ellis’ astonishing 1985 debut novel.  It is also a description of what Jon Gray had going for him Friday evening in Queens.  Gray gave-up 2 in the 2nd, and 3 of the 6 runs that would eventually be charged to Gray had scored by the time Bud Black rescued the right-hander with nobody out in the 3rd.  Zac Rosscup would make his first Rockies’ appearance in relief of Gray, and while Rosscup was less than spectacular in 2 innings, at least he got out of the inning, which wasn’t going to happen for Gray.  Colorado’s offense got one in the 1st, and tacked on another in the 6th off of Jacob deGrom of New York, who lasted 8.  Josh Edgin finished-up for the Mets.

Tyler Chatwood was working-up another stink-fest on Saturday, down 3 while having walked 3 with only one out when Black extracted him for what turned-out to be a strained calf muscle that has landed the right-hander on the 10-day DL.  No sooner had I “figured-out” the bizarre odyssey the Rockies have been putting Antonio Senzatela through meant that Chatwood was likely to be dealt before the deadline (and wouldn’t a crackerjack outing in the big city be just the thing), than the 27 year-old busted-up that piece of guesswork.  Chris Rusin picked-up the pieces for Chatwood and got nicked for 4 against his ledger, although 3 were unearned.  Then, throwing further water on my Senzatela speculation, July 9’s big hero, Kyle Freeland, handed-in 3 scoreless in relief of Rusin, as we learned Freeland will be the next of the rookie starters to get an “innings management” break in the action. Seth Lugo was the Mets hurler to shut down the Rockies on Saturday, limiting the “attack” to 3 runs on 7 hits over 6-2/3.

Sunday things went further into curiouser and curiouser (cried Alice) territory, as New York’s Steven Matz (2-3, 4.48) got his shot at a start with Less Than Zero.  The Rockies climbed all over Matz right out of the gate.  DJ LeMahieu, who would go on to a 4-hit afternoon, singled with one out.  After Nolan Arenado was retired on a pop-up, Mark Reynolds doubled, LeMahieu to 3rd.  Ian Desmond, back from a calf-strain of his own, singled-in the runners, then Colorado right-fielder Gerardo Parra singled Desmond over to 3rd where he would score on a Trevor Story double, Parra following with run no. 4 of the 1st.  Matz was back for the 2nd, greeted by Charlie Blackmon with a double.  After LeMahieu’s second single knocked Blackmon over to 3rd, Arenado launched his 18th 2017 home run over the center-field wall, and that would do it for Matz, who would last only an inning plus,
surrendering 7.  Gray was a comparative iron man Friday, lasting 2-plus, although Gray surrendered 9.  The Rockies would go on to build the lead to 9-0, then Hoffman got nicked by a Lucas Duda home run in the 4th, a 2-run shot by Asdrubel Cabrera in the 5th, and gave-up one in the 6th on singles by Jay Bruce and TJ Rivera, a fly ball, and a sacrifice fly by Colorado fan favorite José Reyes, which tightened matters up to 9-4.  But Blackmon launched his 21st in the 7th, and Parra took Neil Ramirez deep in the 8th, both 2-run jobs, and the Rockies would run off to a 13-4 win.

They’re back in Denver this afternoon, hosting the San Diego Padres for the first of 3 in a 6:40 start tonight at Coors Field. There’s an off day Thursday, then Clint Hurdle and the Pirates visit for another 3-game set over the weekend.  Colorado is still seeking to reestablish the winning momentum that carried them for the better pat of the spring, so a strong dose of home cooking will be appreciated by the partisans.  German Marquez (6-4, 4.36) gets the start tonight, facing Luis Perdomo (4-4. 4.54) of the Padres.  Perdomo got a look at the Rockies on May 4 in San Diego, going 6 and giving up a run on 5 hits in a game Colorado would go on to win 3-2.  Marquez got his look at San Diego about a month later, losing on June 2 and suffering through 6 runs on 8 hits over 5 innings, yet striking-out 9 all the same.

The aforementioned Senzatela gets his call back to the Major Leagues for the Rockies tomorrow against Dinelson Lamet, and Wednesday afternoon Gray gets a reset against San Diego’s Clayton Richard.  There will be no TV for the Wednesday matinee, but the newly rebranded ATT Sportsnet will have the action tonight and Tuesday, wowing us with that new graphics package I have to admit looks pretty slick.

It’ll be partly cloudy and hot over at the old ball park for tonight’s contest, 89° as things get going for a pleasant night of baseball featuring a mild breeze out of the north at 4 MPH.

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Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
3 years ago

Rockies overall are having one of their worst offensive seasons, if what I’m reading is correct. Don’t the Rox have a new hitting coach this year? If so, how much could that be factoring into the decline? Please discuss, ladies and gentlemen.

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

ROFLOLMAO

sdcarp
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sdcarp
3 years ago
Reply to  Bob K.

Go Bob Go!

Bob K.
Bob K.
3 years ago
Reply to  Bob in Indy

Duane Espy is the head hitting coach. He was previously fired by the Rockies because of the failure of the hitters to get timely hits when runners were in scoring position. Nolan Arenado had his worst offensive season in AA Tulsa when Espy was the hitting coach at Tulsa. Trevor Story was not a really good hitter in the minors but he shined while Blake Doyle was the hitting coach. Now he is back to hitting worse than when he… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
3 years ago
Reply to  Bob K.

For the record – Bob mentioned this very early in the season.

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
3 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

Thanks, guys. Don’t remember that from the other Bob but confirms what I’ve been thinking.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
3 years ago

Jeem – this article gets my vote as greatest RWO story EVER simply by the mention of Elvis Costello and the brilliant “My Aim Is True” album (home of “Less than Zero”). I’ve played that thing a few (thousand) times.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
3 years ago
Reply to  Jeem

Don’t be shy – do it. Throw in some John Prine also.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
3 years ago

Here’s a great note from the Padres:

“Austin Hedges (head) was scratched from the Padres’ lineup Monday.” Ouch.

Agbayani
Agbayani
3 years ago

uh oh. Otto on with runners on 2nd and 3rd, no outs …

Agbayani
Agbayani
3 years ago

Holy crap … now he brings in Gopherg with the tying run at the plate?? And finally Bud gives in … Holland for the 4 out save. But he’s made it a tough save now.

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

After Oberg, Dunn came in and got the last out in the 8th inning. Holland faced four batters in the 9th because he gave up a two out double but it was only a three out save.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
3 years ago

It’s going to a big stinker tonight. Tapia optioned back to AAABQ while CarGo is killing any offensive rhythm we have. And Amarista starts in place of Arenado. Only 5th game of post ASB and you give him a rest already? Desmond also off the bench tonight. Big big stinker tonight.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
3 years ago

Looked to me like Nolan may have tweaked his groin on that odd force out throw to third from Marquez last night.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
3 years ago

Tigers took 3 lowly prospects for JD Martinez? Martinez is a rental right?

sdcarp
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sdcarp
3 years ago

Correct RMH – rental. That deal kills me. That means we could have had him for Tapia….more or less. RMH…I know you don’t like his defense, but it’s better than Tapia’s defense. We could have played him in RF and subbed in Cargo as a defensive replacement late in games.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
3 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

I will have to double check my memory. I bought 2017 Baseball Handbook and it had best OF defensively for every organization. Tapia was rated the best. Again I’ll have to double check my memory.

Update: Baseball America Prospect Handbook 2017 – In the best tools listing for the Rockies under “Best Defensive Outfielder” belongs to Tapia. Best outfield arm goes to Sam Howard.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
3 years ago

From MLB Trade Rumors: “Interestingly, the Rockies are said to have inquired about Orioles Kevin Gausman and Dylan Bundy. Those two have struggled quite a bit this year; since the start of June, the former has allowed 32 earned runs in 40 2/3 innings while the latter has surrendered 29 earned over his 36 1/3 frames. Still, they’ve each experienced their share of MLB success after long runs as top prospects. And both can be controlled into the future, Gausman… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
3 years ago

RMH, Carp – Right! We should’ve pulled the trigger on JD. We had more to offer without really doing serious damage to the future. My full analysis: The Diamondbacks have made a massive move to upgrade their offense, acquiring outfielder J.D. Martinez from the Tigers in exchange for infield prospects Dawel Lugo, Sergio Alcantara and Jose King. That’s a really crappy haul for Martinez. And it HUGELY pains me that the Dbacks snagged him, particularly since he’ll displace the awful… Read more »

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
3 years ago

I’m getting impatient with the Rockies patience on CarGo. K and weak rollover into shift in first two ABs.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
3 years ago

Rusin BABIP’ed to death this inning. All infield hits and rollovers with eyes.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
3 years ago

The White Sox are about to add Ian Clarkin and Blake Rutherford to their haul of Prospects as they deal Frazier/Robertson/Kahnle to Yankees (instead of the Red Sox). Next year’s trip to Spring Training will definitely include some time on the backfields at Glendale watching all these young Sox.

Also – another walk off hit by Brendan Rodgers. His adaptation time to AA was about 1 week.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
3 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

The CWS/NYY deal goes down as expected, I like this deal for both teams. The Yanks get the help they need now and can afford Robertson in 2018 PLUS keep these guys away from the Red Sox. The CWS get more Prospects. I like their volume approach. Some of these Prospects will work out. The trend to trade further in front of the deadline seems to be real. Regardless of what we scheme/talk about here on RWO – it’s clear… Read more »

Doc
Doc
3 years ago

Remember when? This from ESPN’s Buster Olney on devalued players: Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado Rockies The 31-year-old slugger seemed like a human trade rumor for about three or four consecutive years, with the industry assuming that the Rockies would move him before he reached free agency in the fall of 2017. Colorado is pushing for a playoff spot, but Gonzalez’s struggles this year are so significant that even if the Rockies wanted to flip him for value, they wouldn’t be able… Read more »

Bob K.
Bob K.
3 years ago

Looks like the day off helped Arenado. He has 3 homers and 7 rbis so far.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
3 years ago

Hallmark of a good team, regardless of sport, is getting wins consistently against lesser opponents. Nice sweep of Padres. Our flaws were still at least somewhat visible. But the offense certainly took a positive step.

Looks as though JD Martinez is already hurt – hit in hand by pitch.

David Dahl progressing.

More rumors linking Rockies to AJ Ramos (he’s club controlled through 2018)

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
3 years ago

On the MLBN show tonight the three desk analysts were asked to name one trade, anybody any team…. Greg Amsinger proclaimed Yu Darbish to the Rockies. Whoa! What will that take? McMahon, Tapia, and Yency Almonte?

sdcarp
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sdcarp
3 years ago

RMH – Darvish is a pure rental. We saw that it didn’t take that much to get JD Martinez (another pure rental). Obviously SPer is a premium position – much more so than corner OFer with questionable defense. There will also be competition (Yankees for sure). But, I still don’t think it will take quite as much as the three you suggest. That’s close – but not quite that much.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
3 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

RMH – I realize your just the messenger, passing along info you heard. But take a look at the AL Wildcard standings. Should Texas sell?

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