So Far, Same Story

The Colorado Rockies turned-in a 3-4 record in the first week of the post-Black Bean era, which seemed to be a lot of the old “SSDD,” as the 2014 season cranks into motion.  They lost 3 of 4 to the Marlins in Miami, looking timid and tentative on the road, then whooped it up a bit in their return to Coors Field, taking 2 of 3 from the Arizona Diamondbacks, including a rousing 12-2 romp in the home opener.

The fresh season presented the historic introduction of instant replay review to Baseball, and in no time it’s clear every close play is now followed by a manager’s stroll onto the field to delay play until the bench can determine if a challenge is warranted.  You can ask Armando Galarraga, it’s just not tolerable for clearly erroneous calls to stand on tradition, yet the process moves the game closer to the condition of the NFL, impossible to watch unless you can fast-forward through the countless delays in the action.

Scandal rocked opener in Florida, as Jorge De La Rosa threw a temper fit instead of a shutout, and the series exposed the Rockies’ penchant to be dominated by above average starting pitchers, with Jose Hernandez and Nathan Eovaldi limiting them to 3 runs in 2 games, setting the stage for Diamondbacks’ nemesis Wade Miley to shut them down in similar fashion yesterday.  Colorado can’t seem to exploit the scant opportunities they receive from such starters; Miley got them on 5 twin-killings in his 5-3 win Sunday.  It was also clear in Florida that the citizens there have absolutely no interest in Major League Baseball once the calendar turns to April.  Move the Marlins to Memphis.  Transplant the Rays to Brooklyn.

The Rockies’ “fans” were out in-force in Denver, however.  Some 29,000 turned-out on an iffy afternoon in April for Sunday’s contest.  And now there’s the Rooftop, which looks like a great place to hang in case you didn’t come to the park to watch baseball.  And Colorado put-on a great show Friday. The enigmatic Juan Nicasio threw a gem of a teaser, and Charlie Blackmon, he of the misogynistic walk-up tune and “Nazty” Twitter handle, logged a 6 for 6 performance, featuring 3 doubles and a Big Fly. Charles apparently fashions himself to be a Play-a.

They tee it-up with the Chicago White Sox at 6:40 MDT this evening at Coors Field in LoDo, sending Jordan Lyles (5-9, 5.59 in 2013 for Houston) out against former Rockie Felipe Paulino (0-3, 6.51 between AA and AAA recovering from injury in 2013).  Lyles got the win Wednesday in Miami despite an uninspiring 4-run/5-inning appearance.  Paulino was good on that day against the Twins, allowing a run on 7 hits in 5.1, along with 6 strikeouts.

Rockies manager Walt Weiss is going with the A-Team tonight, Nazty in the lead-off slot, Tulo and Justin Morneau in the RBI slots, and the already maligned Wilin Rosario hitting 6th.  Robin Ventura has former Diamondback Adam Eaton leading-off in center-field, and other than Miguel Cabrera look-alike Avisail Garcia, I have no idea who the rest of their guys are.

Tonight’s weather out at the old ball park will be less than ideal.  Temperatures are to fall through the 50°s and the wind will be raging in from left-center at 10 to 15 MPH.  RoOt Sports has the telecast against the NCAA final.  Radio’s on KOA 850 am.

Adam Eaton (L) CF
Marcus Semien (R) 2B
Jose Abreu (R) 1B
Conor Gillaspie (L) 3B
Avisail Garcia (R) RF
Alejandro De Aza (L) LF
Alexei Ramirez (R) SS
Tyler Flowers (R) C
Felipe Paulino (R) P
Charlie Blackmon (L) CF
Michael Cuddyer (R) RF
Carlos Gonzalez (L) LF
Troy Tulowitzki (R) SS
Justin Morneau (L) 1B
Wilin Rosario (R) C
Nolan Arenado (R) 3B
DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B
Jordan Lyles (R) P




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7 years ago

Sorry guys – off on one of my tangents again – but something to keep an eye on: Rox have 8th pick in the Draft this year. For sometime now (well over a year) – Carlos Rodon has been the overwhelming consensus favorite for the #1 pick. To the point that the Astros actually bought 4 seasons tickets to NC State baseball this Spring to watch him. Big, strong LHed SP that pushes 95 and has a wipeout slider. Anyway……Mr… Read more »

7 years ago

Interesting, sdcarp … but the Rockies aren’t known as being the best organization for fixing pitchers facing a crisis of confidence!

7 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

No….you’re definitely correct on that one, but I guarantee he won’t fall further than the Cardinals. He’s definitely their type of pitcher.

7 years ago

Great game by all especially Jordan Lyles; I hope that convinces WW to keep him in the rotation and push Frankie Mo to the bullpen when Chatwood comes back. DLR, Anderson, Chatwood, Lyles, Nicasio for rest of April. If DLR has another head case in his next start, put him on DL saying he needs to visit a shrink.

7 years ago

Very short sample size but Lyles is certainly grasping the opportunity and putting pressure on the”brain” trust.Great for the Roxto have enough depth to have this kind of problem.Plus Chacin comes back next month..

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