Sliding, Sliding

The Colorado Rockies tacked 2 victories onto the end of a week that began with a 5-game losing streak, which certainly made me feel better, but they still left the Rockies in the National League West cellar, 9 games below .500 and 8 games behind the Division leading Los Angeles Dodgers.   Colorado lost 11 in a stretch of 17 games in 17 days that included a run of 9 losses out of 10.  The week started with 4 losing efforts in a row versus the Houston Astros, who are playing fearless baseball, too young to know any better and riding their wave as far as it will take them.  The Astros, rebuilt by general manager Jeff Luhnow over a short 3 seasons, dominated the meticulously constructed Rockies, the product of decades of patience and learned manipulation.

The Milwaukee Brewers followed Houston into Denver and promptly teed it up on Jorge De La Rosa, who I understand was in full histrionics in Friday’s 9-5 defeat.  I couldn’t appreciate the details from my perch on the rail of the Rooftop, where I treated a couple friends to an evening of baseball and beer. Mr Monfort’s inspiration was a big hit as the Friday evening happy hour unfolded around us.  My oldest pal, who cares nothing about baseball, thought it was the best thing ever— “this is great for a guy like me.  I’m coming back.”

Colorado got a couple of nice pitching performances out of Chad Bettis on Saturday and Chris Rusin on Sunday to secure the two victories, but it’s disturbing it takes good pitching for this Rockies squad to have a chance.  The latest swoon corresponded with a series of weak starts during which the Colorado offense contributed little to nothing.  You’ve heard this rant before, but wasn’t this supposed to be an offensive juggernaut that would compensate for its weak pitching?  DLR may be “The Cat,” but we know well who the real furry kittens in this Rockies group are.

But with the team going nowhere the RWO experienced another excellent week of commentary, from the dismantling by Houston to new reporter Donny D’s piece on TCU coach Kirk Saarloos.  July 4 is fast upon us, with the All Star Game to follow and the trade deadline a couple weeks later.  Speculation about what it will take to rebuild the Rockies is sure better to talk about than the play we’ve been seeing on the field.

But play-on they must, and tonight they open-up a 3-game set with the Arizona Diamondbacks before heading to San Francisco for 3 with the Giants at the top of a 10-game road trip that includes a trip across the bay to Oakland before winding-up in Phoenix for a Dbacks rematch.  Game time is 6:40 at Coors Field and Kyle Kendrick (2-9, 5.95) gets the call against Arizona’s Chris Anderson (3-1, 2.84) in a battle of right-handers.  Kendrick only made it 5 in his latest start, the Wednesday loss to Houston.  He surrendered 4 runs on 7 hits.  Anderson was also out Wednesday, but he was a winner, beating the Angels with a 6-inning, 2-run, 7-hit outing.

Dbacks manager Chip Hale is rolling out the usual suspects in his lineup tonight.  Left-handed hitting Danny Dorn will be his right-fielder and hit 6th, following the Rockies killer Aaron Hill.  Carlos Gonzalez’ latest mystery wound dominates the construction of Walt Weiss’ lineup.  Ben Paulsen’s hitting 5th in left, followed by Wilin Rosario at 1st, and Brandon Barnes is in his usual spot at no. 8, but playing right-field.

It’ll be partly cloudy and a bit breezy out at the old ball park.  The wind will whip out toward right at 10 to 12 MPH with temperatures in the 80°s.  TV’s on ROOT and radio’s KOA.

ARIZONA (34-35)
A.J. Pollock (R) CF
Jake Lamb (L) 3B
Paul Goldschmidt (R) 1B
David Peralta (L) LF
Aaron Hill (R) 2B
Danny Dorn (L) RF
Welington Castillo (R) C
Nick Ahmed (R) SS
Chase Anderson (R) P
COLORADO (30-39)
Charlie Blackmon (L) CF
DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B
Troy Tulowitzki (R) SS
Nolan Arenado (R) 3B
Ben Paulsen (L) LF
Wilin Rosario (R) 1B
Nick Hundley (R) C
Brandon Barnes (R) RF
Kyle Kendrick (R) P

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sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago

Nicely done Jeem. Thanks.

Your friend’s positive experience at the Rooftop once again highlights our biggest problem (to true baseball fans). Monfart has a perfectly sustainable solid business model. Why should he change?

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago

Why did we pull Kendrick after only 6 innings? He had only about 80 thru 6 innings

Gary
Gary
5 years ago

Walt didn’t want to push his luck…or Kendrick had whiplash from watching so many of his pitches fly out of the yard.

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  Gary

No kidding. Kendrick had some HARD hit outs.

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